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Rio 'pacified' slum hit by violence

Violence broke out in a Rio de Janeiro slum after its residents lit fires and threw homemade explosives to protest the earlier death of a local.

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US executions on hold over lethal drug secret

A sharply divided Oklahoma Supreme Court has put on hold the executions of two death row inmates who have challenged the secrecy surrounding the source of the state's lethal injection drugs.

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US gang member killed in Salt Lake City court

An accused street gang member standing trial in federal court in Salt Lake City has died after being shot by a deputy marshal while attacking a witness who was testifying against him, federal law-enforcement officials said.

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Mexico prepares to pay tribute to Marquez

The ashes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez are being taken to Mexico City's majestic Palace of Fine Arts on Monday, where thousands of admiring readers are expected to pay tribute to the Colombian Nobel laureate.

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Stowaway survives flight in US jet's wheel

A teenager has survived a trip across the Pacific Ocean hiding in the wheel well of an airliner, enduring frigid temperatures and a lack of oxygen at altitudes of 11,000 metres, authorities say.

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Venezuelan capital hit by Easter protests

Fresh clashes have occurred in Venezuela's capital, with hooded anti-government protesters hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at riot police who returned fire with rubber bullets, tear-gas and water cannon.

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Boston ready for marathon year after bombing

At least 35,660 runners are set to compete in this year's Boston marathon in the US, as security officials step up security after the deadly bomb attack during last year's event.

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Maduro marks one year in office amid turmoil

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is completing one year in office as he grapples with a series of violent protests and attempts to keep up his predecessor's, Hugo Chavez, socialist legacy in the oil-rich nation.

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World reacts to Garcia Marquez's death

Mourners hold candles as they pay homage to Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez [Reuters]

Nobel-winning author is paid tribute by world leaders and fans of his literary work.

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Obama signs law blocking Iran's envoy to UN

US President Barack Obama has signed legislation aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations, but says he is only treating it as guidance.

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