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31 July 2014 Last updated at 00:55 ET

Argentina defaults for second timeSupporters of  President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner protest against hedge funds in Buenos Aires

Argentina has defaulted on its debt - for the second time in 13 years - after last-minute talks in New York with a group of bond-holders end in failure.


A man holds a Venezuelan passport in this photo taken on 25 June, 2014US travel ban on Venezuela officials

The US imposes travel restrictions on Venezuelan government officials it says are linked to human rights abuses during recent protests.

Relatives carry coffins of some of the 31 villagers massacred during the civil war in 1982, in Santa Maria Nebaj, Guatemala, 30 July 2014Guatemala buries massacre victims

The remains of 31 indigenous Ixil Mayans, killed in 1982 at the height of the Guatemala civil war, are buried in a ceremony in the country's north-west.

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Wyre Davies Article written by Wyre Davies Wyre Davies Rio de Janeiro correspondent

How Brazil silenced its critics

Fears of mass civil unrest in Brazil during the World Cup turned out to unfounded, not least because of the government's heavy-handedness, writes our Rio correspondent Wyre Davies.

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