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Elza Soares, one of Brazil’s greatest ever singers, dies at 91
Loss of much-loved samba star prompts outpouring of tributes and praise as six-decade career ends

Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro

20, Jan, 2022 @10:39 PM

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Heavily armed police launch bid to reclaim control of Rio de Janeiro favela
State governor says surprise operation against drug gangs and mafia groups is start of ‘transformational’ occupation

Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro

20, Jan, 2022 @12:14 AM

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SuperMoustache! Sounds like a job for Venezuela’s socialist superhero
A cartoon character smiting imperialist enemies – a dead ringer for President Nicolás Maduro – has inspired acclaim and derision

Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent

19, Jan, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Two journalists exposing Mexico’s corruption and drug violence murdered within one week
Margarito Martínez Esquivel and José Luis Gamboa are the latest casualties in the world’s most dangerous country for reporters outside war zones

Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent

18, Jan, 2022 @3:32 PM

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Omicron dims optimism as South America enters pandemic’s third year
Signs of an incipient return to normality have been dashed as case numbers soar but high vaccination rates offer reason for hope

Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro and Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires

12, Jan, 2022 @10:10 AM

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Venezuelan opposition defeats Maduro candidate in Chávez’s home state
Regime suffers symbolic blow as little-known Sergio Garrido secures victory in Barinas governorship election

Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent

10, Jan, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Brazil’s bars choose their customers for their politics as election nears
Unjabbed supporters of President Bolsonaro are banned from some pubs – but elsewhere fans can buy pizza named after him

Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro and Ouro Preto do Oeste

06, Jan, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Rebuilding bridges: Former president’s mission to defeat Bolsonaro in Brazil
Twenty years after being elected, leftwinger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is gearing up for an electrifying bid to regain power

Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent

03, Jan, 2022 @5:00 AM

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‘Very worrying’: is a far-right radical about to take over in Chile?
As election run-off looms, José Antonio Kast’s opponents sound the alarm

Tom Phillips and John Bartlett in Rancagua

16, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Brazilians see red over pro-Bolsonaro mayor’s blue Santa grotto
Christmas attraction in Rio Branco is painted in the blue of mayor’s party – then traditional red, then back to blue

Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent

14, Dec, 2021 @1:22 PM

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Brazilian politicians in three-round punch-up after waterpark feud
Mayor of Amazonian town of Borba and ex-councillor settle differences in bout livestreamed on the internet

Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent

13, Dec, 2021 @12:44 PM

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Missing Rio boys tortured and killed for stealing bird, say police
Members of Red Command drug faction accused of crime that caused outcry across Brazil

Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent

10, Dec, 2021 @4:33 PM

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