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Pope makes surprise visit to Rome shantytown

Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a shantytown on Rome`s outskirts on Sunday, stunning poor residents, many of them from his native South America.

Pope approves martyr status for slain Salvadoran archbishop

Pope Francis on Tuesday approved a decree declaring slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero a martyr for the church.

Three red cards and Libertadores Cup has not even begun
Three red cards and Libertadores Cup has not even begun

The violence and misconduct that has often blighted the Libertadores Cup has reared its ugly head the week before the start of South America`s top club competition.

Dakar Rally: Nani Roma heads Mini 1-2-3 as Nasser Al-Attiyah stretches lead
Dakar Rally: Nani Roma heads Mini 1-2-3 as Nasser Al-Attiyah stretches lead

Defending champion Nani Roma led a Mini 1-2-3 in the Dakar Rally ninth stage on Tuesday as Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah increased his overall lead with four days action in South America to go.

Brazil`s Rousseff begins second term under cloud

Brazil`s President Dilma Rousseff begins her second term Thursday, aiming to get economic growth back on track, and to rebuild government credibility after a major kickbacks scandal.

Golf course aside, 2016 Rio Olympics preparations on track: Minister
Golf course aside, 2016 Rio Olympics preparations on track: Minister

Brazil`s outgoing Minister of Sport, Aldo Rebelo, says the 2016 Rio Olympics preparations were progressing well, while acknowledging "problems" surrounding the golf venue which have had ecologists up in arms.

River Plate win Copa Sudamericana
River Plate win Copa Sudamericana

River Plate won their first continental title in 17 years on Wednesday when they beat Colombian side Nacional Medellin 2-0 in the second leg of the final of the Copa Sudamericana.

Morning glory as 2016 Rio Olympics opts for early finals
Morning glory as 2016 Rio Olympics opts for early finals

Eight track and field finals at the 2016 Rio Olympics will be staged in the morning to capture prime-time TV audiences in Europe, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said Wednesday.

European strikers have gone soft: Arsene Wenger
European strikers have gone soft: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes European forwards have gone soft and says the majority of the world`s elite strikers now hail from South America.

'Top Gear' abandons Argentina filming after protests
'Top Gear' abandons Argentina filming after protests

The cast and crew of 'Top Gear' have cut short a visit to Argentina following claims host Jeremy Clarkson drove a car that made reference to the Falklands War.

Chile coup anniversary leaves 14 wounded, 179 arrested

Fourteen people were wounded and 179 arrested during unrest that broke out on the 41st anniversary of the coup that brought Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to power, police said on Friday.

Five new monkey species discovered
Five new monkey species discovered

 Conservationists have discovered five new monkey species in South America that have, since, been added to the animal record books.

Rio 2016 launches volunteer programme
Rio 2016 launches volunteer programme

The Rio 2016 organising committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has launched a recruitment drive for 70,000 volunteers for the first Games to be held in South America.

Travel Oscars: Quito top South American attraction

Travelers interested in exploring the best of South America should consider bypassing predictable destinations like Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires and book a stay in Quito, Ecuador, which was named South America’s leading destination for the second year in a row at a major awards gala dubbed the Oscars of the travel world.

Seals may have spread tuberculosis to humans: Study

In a bizarre turn of events, research shows that tuberculosis likely spread from humans in Africa to seals and sea lions that brought the disease to South America.

I need a hug, says Luiz Felipe Scolari on Gremio return

Luiz Felipe Scolari said he needed a hug and some affection as the former Brazil coach returned on Wednesday to his favourite club Gremio after an 18-year absence.

PM Modi hails BRICS Bank, promises to work closely with South America

PM in his meeting with South American leaders said that in a globalised and inter-connected world, the destinies of all countries was inter-linked.

Pellegrini rejects offer to coach Brazil

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has reportedly turned down a chance to coach South American giants Brazil.

Uruguay likely to host World Cup 2030

Uruguay are favourites to host the FIFA World Cup 2030 despite the South American country`s President Jose Mujica calling the FIFA hierarchy "old sons of b*****s".

Brazil celebrates German victory as drubbing is forgiven

As Germany fired home their World Cup winning goal, the Maracana erupted. Thousands broke into song, but the chant that echoed around the stadium was in Portuguese - not German.