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Presidents form strike partnership

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Evo Morales have long been on the same side politically. Now the presidents of Iran and Bolivia, both harsh critics of the US, have teamed up to play a friendly game of five-a-side football with professional players during Morales's state visit to Tehran.

Bolivian navy can finally sail out to sea, says Peru

Land-locked Bolivia is getting a tiny sliver of the Pacific – a dock, a free-trade zone and the right to run some naval vessels, although the agreement signed with Peru falls far short of what Bolivians have dreamed of for 126 years – a coastline of their own.

Adrian Hamilton: Israel has no future as a purely Jewish state

More cynical observers of the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, tend to dismiss his latest offer to the Palestinians, to stop settlement building if only they would recognise Israel as a "Jewish" state, as typical of the man – a meaningless gesture to evade commitment. "Bibi", in the eyes not just of the left in Israel but increasingly the officials of Washington and Europe, is the "Tricky Dicky" of the Middle East, only without Nixon's vision of international affairs.

Chile celebrates as first miners make greatest escape

There were few words, in the end, that Florencio Avalos could find to express the joy he felt when he finally reached the surface of the San Jose mine shortly after midnight. Just a smile as wide as the Atacama Desert as he stepped out of the Phoenix escape capsule and fell into the arms of the wife and two children that he’d last embraced almost seventy days ago.

Bolivian President puts boot into the opposition (well, his knee...)

Evo Morales filmed striking out at rival during inter-party football match

No forgiveness for my enemies, warns freed President of Ecuador

The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, promised yesterday that there would be "no pardon or forgiveness" for the policemen who threw the country into chaos on Thursday when they roughed him up and then held him captive inside a hospital in the capital city, Quito, for more than 12 hours.

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Former guerrilla Dilma Rousseff set to be the world's most powerful woman

Brazil looks likely to elect an extraordinary leader next weekend

Misty For Me on song for clear Moyglare win

Aidan O'Brien made it two from two in Ireland's top-level juvenile races this season as Misty For Me added yesterday's Moyglare Stud Stakes to the Phoenix Stakes taken by her stablemate Zoffany three weeks earlier. In both Curragh contests a hot shot from the Richard Hannon stable was eclipsed, the even-money Memory in the filly's case and the 4-9 Strong Suit in the colt's.

What if Latin America Ruled the World?, By Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

In the early 1940s, the Uruguayan artist and writer Joaquin Torres Garcia was asking a similar question to the author of What if Latin America Ruled the World? Garcia's answer was cartographic. In his picture America Invertida the continent is switched round so that the Cape Horn is at the top of the world. As Garcia would later write, "because our North is really the South. There should be no North, for us, except in opposition to our South. So we now turn the map upside down, to give us a fair idea of our position, and not as they wish in the rest of the world"

South of the Border (15)

Oliver Stone's latest documentary aims to do for Venezuela's President, Hugo Chavez, what his 2004 Looking for Fidel did for Castro.

Access to clean water is 'human right', says UN

The UN General Assembly has declared access to clean water and sanitation a "human right" in a resolution that more than 40 countries, including the US and Britain, did not support.

Hopes and Prospects, By Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky is one of the most hysterically abused figures in the world today. Even his critics have to concede that his work in the field of linguistics – beginning to decode the structure of how language is formed in the human brain – makes him one of the most important intellectuals alive. But when he applies the same rigorous method to figuring out how power – especially the American government's – works, he is pepper-sprayed with smears. He is a self-hating Holocaust denier, a jihad-loving traitor, a Pol Pot-licking communist, and on and on.

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