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Rio police storm favela in dawn operation

More than 1,000 police, backed by the military and armoured vehicles, occupied a vast favela near Rio de Janeiro's international airport months before the football World Cup.

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Venezuela death toll rises amid new protests

The death toll from weeks of protests for and against the Venezuelan government has risen to 39 after two people died in separate incidents, according to the interior minister, Miguel Rodriguez.

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US officials cut number missing in landslide

The number of people missing in a deadly Washington state landslide has fallen from 90 to 30 after many people on the official missing list were confirmed alive.

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Mexico finds abandoned immigrant children

In one week, 370 immigrant children, most of them from Central America, were found abandoned in Mexico, after traffickers promised to take them to the United States but left them to their own devices after being paid thousands of dollars, authorities said.

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Cuba passes law to attract foreign investors

Cuban politicians have approved a law to make it more attractive for foreign investors to do business in and with the country, a measure seen as vital if the island's struggling economy is to improve.

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Earthquake rattles Los Angeles

A magnitude-5.1 earthquake has shaken Los Angeles and surrounding counties, authorities have said.

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US policy puts strain on mentally ill

The World Health Organisation ranks mental health disorders as the number one source of disability, but millions of sufferers in the US say they are no longer getting routine healthcare.

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Drug cartel suspects killed in Mexico

Ten suspected drug cartel members have been killed in a gunfight with soldiers and police in eastern Mexico, authorities have said.

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US closer towards ending NSA phone call sweep

The Obama administration has provided details about its plan to end its bulk collection of millions of records of phone calls made in the US, and introduce new procedures required to get permission from a judge before asking phone companies for data.

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MH370 search satellite spots 122 objects

A satellite scanning the Indian Ocean for remnants of a missing Malaysia Airlines jet has found a possible plane debris field containing 122 objects.

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