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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Police took control of the notorious Rocinha slum in Rio without as hot being fired

Forces seize Rio's largest slum in war on drug gangs

Heavily armed police and soldiers moved into Rio de Janeiro's largest slum early yesterday in an operation that officials claimed was a sig- nificant victory in the battle to rid the capital city of its ruthless drug gangs.

Police took control of the notorious Rocinha slum in Rio without as hot being fired

Armed police drive out drug gangs in battle for Rio's slums

Heavily armed police and soldiers moved into Rio de Janeiro's largest slum early yesterday in an operation that officials claimed as a significant victory in the battle to rid the city of its ruthless drug gangs.

Venezuela prays for kidnapped Major League baseball star

Baseball-mad Venezuela is waiting anxiously for news of the fate of one of the country's top players, Wilson Ramos, kidnapped from his family home while on winter break from his US Major League team.

Daniel Ortega replaced his Marxist rhetoric with frequent
references to God and Jesus

Ortega heading for third term in Nicaragua presidential poll

Having changed the constitution, the former rebel leader looks likely to win by a clear margin

How the hunt for seafood is ravaging a tropical island

Poorly controlled shrimp farms are causing widespread damage

Why the day of the condor could be drawing to a close

A decline in the numbers of the giant Andean bird casts doubt on the survival of a spectacular Peruvian tradition

Condon faces inquiry grilling

THE MOTHER of Stephen Lawrence has stepped up the pressure on the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Condon, ahead of his appearance today at the inquiry into the black teenager's death by again calling for his resignation.

Pop musician `was set on fire'

A TALENTED black pop musician who died after being found on fire in mysterious circumstances told his brother he had been torched by four youths, an inquest jury was told yesterday.

Mystery death of burning musician

POLICE DO not know whether a pop star found burning in the street was murdered or if he committed suicide, an inquest jury was told yesterday.

Police deny attempt to coach Lawrence officers

THE METROPOLITAN Police yesterday denied making a systematic attempt to coach officers giving evidence to the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.
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