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Mexico arrests top official over cartel links

A former top official in Mexico's western state of Michoacan has been arrested accused of holding meetings with top bosses from the Knights Templar drug cartel.

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Quebec separatists lose snap elections

The anti-independence Liberal Party has won a majority in Quebec's legislative elections, in a crushing defeat for the main separatist party that will likely end the chance of a referendum on independence for several years.

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Venezuela's Maduro agrees to opposition talks

Velezuela's president has agreed to meet representatives of the opposition to help put an end to the protests that have gripped the nation for more than two months.

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Solis wins Costa Rica presidential run-off

Political centrist Luis Guillermo Solis has easily won the presidential runoff in Costa Rica, an expected result given that his only rival had stopped campaigning a month earlier because he was so far behind in the polls.

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Hollywood icon Mickey Rooney dies at 93

Mickey Rooney, whose long Hollywood career began as a child star in the 1930s, has died at the age of 93, US media has reported.

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Brazil army occupies slums ahead of World Cup

Brazil has stepped up its efforts to shore up security during the upcoming football World Cup as the country's armed forces moved into Rio de Janeiro's most violent slums to crack down on drug gangs.

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US Court dismisses Yemen drone strike lawsuit

US citizens Anwar Al-Awlaki and Samir Khan were killed in a US drone strike in Yemen [AP]A US court has dismissed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s administration for drone-strike killings of three US citizens in Yemen in 2011.

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US probes Fort Hood shooter's motive

The US soldier suspected of shooting dead three people before killing himself at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas was identified as Ivan Lopez, a man battling mental illness when he went on a rampage.

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US denies 'Cuban Twitter' made to stir unrest

The US government created a service similar to Twitter in Cuba in a "discreet" operation intended to promote democracy on the communist-ruled island, officials said, but denied that the $1.2m effort was aimed at fomenting unrest.

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Panel votes to declassify CIA torture report

The US Senate Intelligence Committee has voted on to declassify its long-awaited report on the CIA's use of brutal interrogation methods that critics say amount to torture.

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