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Why animal charity matters: Helping livestock victims of natural disasters helps people too

Despite possible appearances some animal charities have got their priorities right

Jacob Ostreicher, right, with Sean Penn last year

Sean Penn rescues American businessman Jacob Ostreicher from violent Bolivian jail

The actor released a statement to confirm he was with a New York  businessman who had been spirited out of Bolivia after spending over two years in captivity for crimes he claims he did not commit

Diplomatic war erupts after Bolivian senator flees to Brazil

Officials in La Paz launch inquiry as dissident leaves country with the aid of Brazilian embassy

Edward Snowden at a meeting with human rights campaigners at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport today

Edward Snowden 'yet to seek' Russia asylum as NSA whistleblower emerges from hiding

Fugitive from US intelligence services emerges from hiding at Moscow airport and says he wants to be allowed to fly to Latin America

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden: 'US will say I aided our enemies,' says NSA whistleblower in newly released video interview

Edward Snowden, the 30-year-old wanted by American authorities for leaking information about classified US surveillance programs, predicted he would be seen in violation of the Espionage Act and that the “US government will say I aided our enemies”.

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden offered asylum by Venezuela, Nicaragua and now Bolivia

WikiLeaks says Snowden has applied to six new countries in his quest for asylum, bringing the total approached worldwide up to 27

Bolivia President Evo Morales delivers a speech upon his arrival in La Paz, Bolivia, after an enforced stopover in Austria

South American nations to hold summit over grounding of Bolivian president Evo Morales' plane, as France apologises

The 12-nation Unasur bloc meeting as regional leaders express anger over incident

President Morales boards his plane in Vienna

Bolivia says European nations ‘kidnapped’ Evo Morales in hunt for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Grounding President’s plane was an ‘act of aggression’ that will result in complaint to UN

Lionel Messi pictured during the match with Bolivia

Bolivia: Andes glaciers are melting fast

Glaciers in the Andes have shrunk by up to 50 per cent since the 1970s, and some could disappear altogether, a study warns.

Crowds rally for Hugo Chavez's unofficial swearing-in

Thousands of supporters of Hugo Chavez rallied outside his presidential palace in Caracas today in an alternative inauguration for a leader too ill to return home for the real thing.

Portfolio: George Steinmetz

A third of the Earth's land surface is classified as desert, from the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica to the North African Sahara – and it is a subject that represents a life's passion for landscape photographer George Steinmetz. Inspired by a hitchhiking trip across North Africa in the 1970s, the American aerial artist has spent the past 15 years documenting deserts from above.

Hark to Mexico's new name: Mexico

Mexican President Felipe Calderon is clearly a fan of lexical clarity – last week, he put a motion to congress to change his country's name from the United Mexican States to, simply, Mexico. It would put Mexicans in a select group of countries without the need to point out that they're an Independent Democratic Republic of Whatever (well done, Canada, Malaysia, Georgia and others).

The Bak'tun Route has launched in Guatemala, visiting 11 ancient cities associated with the Mayan calendar, which ominously ends on 21 December 2012

Spanish Londoner wins Taylor Wessing prize for portrait of reluctant Bolivian woman

Jordi Ruiz Cirera, 28, has won the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 for his photograph of Bolivian woman who (only reluctantly) agreed to have her portrait taken. 

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