Simeon Tegel

Simeon Tegel is a British journalist based in Lima, Peru, and covering Latin America. Visit his website at simeontegel.com.

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Hugo Chávez celebrates being re-elected, while opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, warned a chastened president that he must govern for all Venezuelans

Man of the people Chavez survives scare to extend rule

Venezuelans re-elect 'el Comandante' despite country's crippled economy and spiralling murder rate

Henrique Capriles
Capriles studied law at university, but has spent almost his entire adult life in politics, working as a local mayor, member of congress and, since 2008, governor of Miranda, the wealthiest of the country's 23 states. Capriles was charged and cleared – twice – with orchestrating violent protests outside the Cuban embassy during the 2002 coup. He has always denied the accusation and claims he was
mediating between the ambassador and the mob.

Hugo Chavez finally meets his match

He has survived cancer and a coup attempt in 14 years as Venezuela's President, but 'el Comandante' may be about to lose power in Sunday's vote

Ivan Velázquez Caballero, in the checked shirt, and two suspects are paraded with drugs and weapons seized during their arrest

The end of El Taliban: Mexico captures one of its most-wanted drugs kingpins

Mexico's navy has captured of one of the country's most-wanted druglords, Iván Velázquez Caballero, alias "El Talibán", a leader of the ultra-violent Zetas cartel.

Some of the mangrove in Bajo Lempa destroyed by rising sea levels

El Salvador in battle against tide of climate change

Rising sea levels and deforestation have destroyed the mangrove crops that villagers depend on to survive

Crisis in the cloudforest for woolly wonders

The yellow-tailed woolly monkey has long been hunted for its meat and fur, but now local attitudes are changing, as Simeon Tegel reports from Corosha, Peru
Riot police in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa

Can private cities save a nation with world's worst murder rate?

Fears of new 'banana republic' as US firm signs Honduras deal

Aliaksandr Barankov poses in his Belarus military uniform

Ecuador rejects Belarus' extradition request of former police inspector Aliaksandr Barankov who may have faced the death penalty

Ecuador has freed a Belarusian former police inspector who allegedly faced the death penalty in his homeland after uncovering government corruption there.

Postcard From...Lima

Are they superhumans? Or just genetically blessed? American scientists studying remote communities in the Peruvian Amazon ravaged by vampire bats have found the first evidence of humans immune to rabies.

First evidence of immunity to rabies found in community ravaged by vampire bats

American scientists studying remote communities in the Peruvian Amazon ravaged by vampire bats have found the first evidence of humans immune to rabies.

The carcass of a cow in the state of Nuevo Leon

Chihuahua: Where the rain doesn't fall any more

A record drought in northern Mexico has prompted warnings that the region's climate may have changed for good

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Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
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Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
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Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
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Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
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Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss