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30 September 2014 Last updated at 14:34 ET

Argentina defies US over debt paymentArgentina banner

Argentina deposits $161m in bond interest payments with the state-controlled Nacion Fideicomisos bank, in an effort to skirt US court rulings.

A Clorox worker walks past the company logo at its headquarters in Valles del Tuy in Venezuela on 26 September, 2014Venezuela defends Clorox seizure

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro defends his government's decision to seize a US-owned factory following the departure from Venezuela of Clorox.

Police special forces deployed at a hotel where a man kept a hotel employee hostage in Brazilia 29 Sept 2014Brazil hotel hostage crisis ends

An apparently armed man who held a hotel employee hostage in Brazil's capital, Brasilia, surrenders to police after a seven-hour stand-off.

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Brazil in narrow presidential race as Silva captures imagination

Presidential candidate Marina Silva is a product of the impoverished Amazon working life - the BBC's Wyre Davies travels to the jungle to understand her beginnings.

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