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Rousseff to run for #Brazil re-election

Brazil's ruling Workers' Party has formally nominated President Dilma Rousseff to run for re-election in October in what is shaping up to be its toughest race since winning power in 2002.

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Major US church votes to sanction #Israel

Presbyterians

A leading Christian church in the United States has endorsed a policy of divestment to protest Israel's policies towards Palestinians, deciding to sell church stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories.

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US blacklists three nations over trafficking

The United States has blacklisted Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela, accusing them of failing to stop human trafficking, opening them to possible sanctions, and putting them in the same category as North Korea and Syria.

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US military urged to curb migration surge

The leader of the US House of Representatives has urged President Barack Obama to deploy troops along the Mexican border to help curb a surge of undocumented Central Americans migrating to the US, calling it a "national security and humanitarian crisis".

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US 'lost more than 400 drones in crashes'

The United States has lost more than 400 military drones in major crashes worldwide since 2001, The Washington Post said in a report questioning the safety and reliability of the unmanned aircraft.

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Scores of US scientists 'exposed to anthrax'

Atlanta laboratory

As many as 75 scientists working in US government laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria and are being offered treatment to prevent infection from the deadly organism, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

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Obama rules out US combat troops in #Iraq

Barack ObamaBarack Obama has said US forces would not be returning to a combat role in Iraq but added he was prepared to take the option of "targeted" military action in the future.

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#Argentina president criticises US court order

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez has said that her government will honour its payments to holders of its restructured debt and so avoid a default, despite suffering a setback in its long-running legal battle against "holdout" investors.

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Santos wins Colombia's presidential vote

Supporters of Santos celebrated his victory at their campaign headquarters in Bogota [Reuters]Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has won a second term, beating right-wing challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga in a vote that will allow peace talks with FARC rebels to continue and seek an end to five decades of war.

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Colombians vote in tight presidential race

Colombians have begun voting in what is being described as the tightest presidential election in two decades. 

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