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A plume of ash and smoke rise from the Copahue volcano, as seen from Caviahue, in the Argentine province of Neuquen

Thousands flee as volatile South American volcano threatens to erupt

Chile and Argentina have  evacuated a region near the Copahue volcano in the Andes on the border between the two countries, after fears intensified that it would erupt.

The president of the Italian parliament, Laura Boldrini

Italy: MP writes open letter to 'suicidal' gay teen

In a public exchange of letters that has touched many Italians, the speaker of the parliament has asked to meet a young gay man who says he feels suicidal in one of Europe’s most homophobic societies.

President Dilma Rousseff is set to announce a new development agency that will offer assistance to African countries

Sao Paolo to write off £600m of African debt

Brazil will cancel or restructure almost $900m (£595m) of debt owed by African countries as part of a plan to increase its future funding to the continent.

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez escapes punishment for 'punching' opponent in World Cup qualifier

The incident occurred in Uruguay's game with Chile

Luis Suarez played with a ‘dead or alive’ attitude in the Netherlands

'Child-like Luis Suarez is capable of doing anything to win,' says the man who brought the Liverpool striker to Europe

Suarez is currently serving a ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic

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Liverpool striker Andy Carroll earns England chance

The striker is currently out on loan with West Ham

Luis Suarez pictured training with Liverpool today

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez 'has the mentality of a child' says the man who brought him to Europe

Henk Veldmate signed the Uruguyan striker for Gronigen

Charles Darwin

Page 3 Profile: Charles Darwin, father of evolution

Surely we know everything we can about Darwin?

Antolin Alcaraz in action against Manchester United

Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz 'touch and go' for FA Cup final

The Paraguay defender suffered a hamstring strain at the weekend

Chile's Marcos Gonzalez (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Brazil, during their friendly football match at the Mineirao stadium

Brazil booed by own fans during draw with Chile

 Luiz Felipe Scolari's side were playing their first friendly at a 2014 World Cup stadium

Andre Santos

Andre Santos claims to have only learnt how to be a full-back after move to Arsenal

The defender is currently out on loan at Gremio

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Suarez punches his Gonzalo Jara during Uruguay's defeat against Chile

Why can Lionel Messi get away with a punch and not Luis Suarez?

Uruguayan FA question why Fifa have targeted the Liverpool striker

Seven die in Venezuela's post-election protests amid calls for recount

Seven people have been killed and 61 injured in protests following Venezuela’s presidential elections in which the opposition candidate is demanding a recount.

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