# South America

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# la nina
Heat and cold records broken in just five days in Argentina
The South American country this week battled its eighth heat wave so far this summer.
# New Zealand
Enough cocaine to 'service New Zealand for 30 years' found floating in Pacific Ocean
The cocaine is thought to have been dropped there by an international drug-smuggling syndicate.
# Peru
At least 25 dead after Peru bus accident, say police
The bus was en route to the border with Ecuador when it left the road.
# Brazil
Brazilian supreme court approves investigation into Bolsonaro over Congress riot
Bolsonaro claims Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was not voted into office, but rather was chosen by the Supreme Court and Brazil’s electoral authority.
Last year
# South America
One person killed after 'rogue wave' hits Antarctic cruise ship during storm
A representative of the Viking cruise company said that four other tourists sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were treated onboard.
# Brazil
'Democracy is back': Lula wins Brazil's bitter presidential vote
Incumbent Jair Bolsonaro has not yet conceded the election, after months of alleging that the country’s voting system is corrupt.
# Changing of the guard
Lula da Silva defeats Jair Bolsonaro in Brazilian presidential election
Bolsonaro has been Brazil’s president for the past four years but has been defeated by the leftist challenger.
# Global View
'Some of our guys come from Brazil's favelas, which is just extraordinary stuff'
St Michael’s director of rugby, Andy Skehan, has been working with the Brazilian national team.
# world cup qualifiers
Scenes as Peru stun goal-shy Colombia, Venezuelan Rondon's treble sinks Bolivia
Edison Flores gave Peru a smash-and-grab victory after David Ospina’s gaffe cost the hosts.
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# international travel
No plans to ban South American passengers as there are no direct flights into Ireland
Travellers from South America are no longer allowed to come into the UK, amid fears over a new virus variant first identified in Brazil.
# South America
Argentina surpasses 1 million coronavirus cases
Colombia, Mexico and Peru are expected to hit the same milestone in coming weeks.
# South America
Neymar hat-trick sees PSG star surpass Ronaldo's goalscoring record for Brazil
Elsewhere, Argentina laboured to a 2-1 win over Bolivia and Chile drew 2-2 with Colombia.
# Jeanine Anez
Bolivian President Jeanine Anez has tested positive for coronavirus
Multiple political figures in South America have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last week.
# Resignation
Future interim Bolivian president promises new elections amidst pro-Morales protests
It follows weeks of protests against the re-election of the 60-year-old.
# Lights out
PHOTOS: Thousands turn out to watch rare total solar eclipse in South America
Solar eclipses happen when the Sun, Moon and Earth line up, allowing the Moon to cast its shadow on Earth.
# mercosur deal
Healy Rae tells ministers to get out of their 'ivory towers' and talk to Irish farming families about EU trade deal
The biggest ever trade agreement between the EU and South American countries was announced last week.
# eu trade deal
Varadkar: Ireland will vote against South America trade deal if risks outweigh benefits
The Mercosur trade pact is the largest ever concluded by the EU.
# power cut
Almost 50 million people in South America woke up to darkness yesterday, so what happened?
The huge blackout is being blamed on Argentina’s electricity grid.
# South America
Miranda heads 93rd-minute winner as Brazil defeat Argentina in sapping Saudi Arabia heat
Brazil edged past Argentina in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday thanks to Miranda’s dramatic late winner.
# Economic crisis
Venezuela heading towards 1,000,000% inflation, according to IMF
The South American nation is in the midst of a five-year economic crisis.
# Mexico
Mexico earthquake unearths a temple dedicated to an ancient rain god
The structure is believed to date back to around the year 1150.
# Devil's Curve
At least 48 people die after bus goes off Peru's 'Devil's Curve'
It plunged 100 metres and landed upside down on rocks at the edge of the sea.
# tensions
Anti-government 'mercenaries' hunted after stealing weapons in attack on Venezuelan army base
Maduro claimed the “terrorist” group had ties to Colombia and the United States.
# Uruguay
For the first time, a country will sell recreational marijuana in its pharmacies
Uruguay will become the first nation to make the step later this year.
# South America
"If you touch one of us, we all react" - Women react to brutal rape and slaying of teenager
Student Lucia Perez was allegedly raped and impaled on a spike by drug dealers.
# Conflict
After 52 years of war and 260,000 dead, Colombians reject peace deal with Farc rebels
Both sides are, however, insisting that peace will prevail.
# Peru
Michaella McCollum returns home to Ireland months after release from Peru jail
The convicted drug smuggler was pictured in Dublin Airport yesterday.
# Parade of Nations
In photos: The opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
The 2016 Olympic Games are officially underway.
# Going Caracas
How does an oil-rich country with an economy bigger than New Zealand have food shortages?
Venezuela’s President has threatened to seize factories amid unrest.
# gender imbalance
White men make up 25% of Brazil's population - they now account for 100% of its cabinet
The country’s new cabinet is not looking representative.
# Desperate Times
After switching to a two-day work week, Venezuela moves clocks forward to save power
The country’s economy has been crippled by falling oil prices.
# reader routes
My Best Road Trip: An ancient VW camper, no air-con and a South American epic
A crazy 5,150 kms across three countries in an old Volkswagen T2 was so much fun – even though the hot seats skinned me alive.
# South America
'She was like the gospel in action': Tributes to Derry nun who died in Ecuador earthquake
Sister Clare Theresa Crockett had worked in a school in Playa Prieta.
# South America
Ecuador earthquake: At least 233 dead as rescue efforts begin
The country was hit by the massive earthquake at around 1am Irish time.
# Birth Defects
Zika virus: Travel warning issued for pregnant Irish women
A total of 19 countries are covered by the warning.
How I went from 9-to-5 accountant to these South American waves for my office
Richy O’Carroll didn’t want to have any regrets – so he decided to set sail for Peru.
# Neglect
Argentinian man accused of locking his wife and autistic son in a cage for years
He allegedly fed his son dog food.
# the inca trail
Why two young Dubliners quit their day jobs to go into business... in Peru
“We’re very proud of the fact that we feel like we represent Ireland in everything we do.”
# deep cover
Secret Nazi jungle hideout discovered by archaeologists
Three stone buildings have been excavated in the Argentinian jungle complete with swastikas on the walls.
# Montevideo Star
The reign of the "world's humblest president" ended yesterday
Jose Mujica leaves Uruguay with 12 years consecutive growth, but challenges.