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Mexico waves goodbye to the Beetle
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Mexico waves goodbye to the Beetle

Volkswagen is to stop producing the Beetle, bringing to an end the model's 80-year history.

The company has been making a version of the Beetle called the Final Edition at a single factory in Mexico.

The last one will roll off the line on Wednesday.

Designed during the Nazi era in Germany, the Beetle became a post-war motoring icon and sold in its millions around the world.

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Italy court sentences 24 behind dictators’ murder pact
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Italy court sentences 24 behind dictators’ murder pact

A court in Italy has sentenced 24 South American ex-officials to life in prison for illegally detaining, torturing and killing hundreds of opposition activists in the 1970s and 1980s.

Among the victims – who were killed as part of Operation Condor, a pact between South American military rulers – more than 20 were Italians.

Twenty-three of the 24 defendants were sentenced in absentia.

It is doubtful whether their countries of origin will extradite them.

The regime that left records of its crimes
Operation Condor: Landmark human rights trial reaches finale

Nevertheless, relatives of the victims welcomed the sentences handed out by the Court of Appeal in Rome as an acknowledgment of the crimes committed under military rule in Latin America.

The relatives had campaigned two decades ago to first bring a case for the 23 victims of Operation Condor who were Italian nationals, taking advantage of a law which allows the murders of Italians abroad to be investigated and tried in Italy.

Who was sentenced?
The two dozen men on trial were senior officials from Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay and included former military rulers. Among them were:

Gen Luis García Meza, who ruled Bolivia from 1980 to 1981. He died on 29 April 2018.
Col Luis Arce Gómez, who was García Meza's interior minister
Gen Francisco Morales Bermúdez, who ruled Peru from 1975 to 1980
Pedro Richter Prada, who was Morales Bermúdez's prime minister from 1979 to 1980
Pedro Espinoza Bravo, who was deputy intelligence chief in Chile
Juan Carlos Blanco, who was Uruguay's foreign minister from 1972 to 1976

What was Operation Condor?
Operation Condor was a campaign of state-sponsored terror organised by South American military rulers in the 1970s and 1980s. The US-backed regimes conspired to hunt down, kidnap and kill political opponents across South America and beyond.

It was first devised in 1975 at a meeting of intelligence chiefs from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Operation Condor later came to include Brazil, and – in a more peripheral role – Ecuador and Peru.

Victims were kidnapped, tortured, forcibly disappeared and murdered with those targeted often snatched off the streets or taken from their homes.

The most well-known victims of Operation Condor was Orlando Letelier, foreign minister under Chile's socialist President Salvador Allende, who was assassinated in Washington DC in 1976.

The exact number of those who died is hard to establish. Prosecutors provided evidence showing that at least 100 left-wing activists were killed in Argentina alone. Human rights groupRead More – Source

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Fernando de la Rúa, Argentine ex-president, dies at 81
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Fernando de la Rúa, Argentine ex-president, dies at 81

Former Argentine President Fernando de la Rúa, who quit office amid violent discontent, has died in Buenos Aires aged 81.

De La Rúa ran the country for just over a year, leaving in December 2001 at the height of the country's economic crisis with riots taking hold.

The country had four different presidents in the following two weeks.

The Telam state news agency said he died of cardiac problems and other complications.

The government has declared three days of national mourning and President Mauricio Macri tweeted his condolences to De La Rúa's family.

How did De La Rúa come to power?
A former lawyer and head of the Buenos Aires government, he was voted in to office on a campaign based around the slogan "I know I'm boring".

He modelled himself as a stark contrast to his predecessor, the flamboyant Carlos Menem, whom Argentines suspected of corruption and favouritism.

Argentina country profile

He did not belong to the polarising Peronist party, which dominated the trade unions, but was a member of the moderate Radical Party, only once before in power in recent history.

He was also not linked to the armed forces, who led a brutal dictatorship in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He had distanced himself from that period by stepping down as a senator when the junta took over.

What happened with his presidency?
Argentina was experiencing a dire recession when De La Rúa took over.

He took office with a 75% approval rating and promised economic revival. But he was soon accused of being too passive and giving free rein to Economy Minister Domingo Cavallo, who is widely credited with making a bad situation even worse.

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The final straw for many Argentines was when Mr Cavallo, in an attempt to stem a run on the banks, introduced a cap on withdrawals in December 2001. This angered the middle classes as they watched their savings disappear through rapid devaluation.

Many voiced their discontent by taking to the streets bashing saucepans.

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Climate change: How important is the rainforest in limiting global warming?
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Climate change: How important is the rainforest in limiting global warming?

Billions of leaves in the Amazon rainforest take in carbon dioxide – a gas which contributes to global warming. So does deforestation cause a rise in global temperatures?

Erika Berenguer is a scientist at the Oxford Environmental Change Institute. She's been studying the same patch of trees in the Amazon for ten years.

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CHANGING PLACES LATAM: Mike Tasevski, Verónica Niemann, Tito Pérez…
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CHANGING PLACES LATAM: Mike Tasevski, Verónica Niemann, Tito Pérez…

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Mike Tasevski is now Vice President, Global Sponsorships at Scotiabank. Previously, he spent almost 10 years at Mastercard, where he served as VP, North America Sponsorships and later as VP, Market Development.

Mercedes-Benz Argentina announced the appointment of Verónica Niemann as Manager, Public Affairs, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility.

State-run Banco do Brasil SA has promoted Antonio Hamilton Rossell Mourão, son of the country´s Vice President Hamilton Mourão, to Head of Marketing & Communications. A civil servant working at Banco do Brasil for almost 20 years, Rossell Mourão was previously an advisor in the agribusiness division, where he had been for 11 years. His wife also works at the bank.

Agency FCB&FiRe Chile names Tito Pérez CEO. Perez comes from Publicis Groupe, where he spent nearly 31 years.

Fernando Silva is media agency Quiroga new Partner & Global CEO.

Gustavo Quiroga, who until now held that position, was promoted to Global Chairman.

Estée Lauder Companies announced new Leaders at brands Smashbox and GlamGlow, effective immediately:

Sejal Shah Miller has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Global General Manager, Smashbox.She reports directly to John Demsey and succeeds Beth DiNardo, who has made the decision to retire from her position as Global Brand President, Smashbox and GLAMGLOW.

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Venezuela crisis: Opposition announces talks in Barbados
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Venezuela crisis: Opposition announces talks in Barbados

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Venezuela's opposition says it has agreed to resume talks with President Nicolás Maduro to try to resolve a prolonged political crisis.

A meeting between opposition and government officials will be held in Barbados, self-declared interim President Juan Guaidó says.

A date for the talks mediated by Norway was not given. Dialogue between the two sides broke down in May.

There was no immediate comment from Mr Maduro's government.

Mr Guaidó, head of the country's National Assembly, declared himself interim president in January and has the backing of more than 50 countries, including the US and most of Latin America.

Mr Maduro retains the loyalty of most of the military and important allies such as China and Russia.

Some four million people have fled Venezuela since 2015, according to the UN, amid a severe economic crisis that has resulted in high unemployment and chronic shortages of food and medicine.

What's the current political situation?
"In response to the mediation of the Kingdom of Norway [the opposition] will attend a meeting with representatives of the usurper regime in Barbados, to establish a negotiation on the end of the dictatorship," Mr Guaido said in a statement.

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Copa America 2019: Brazil beat Peru 3-1 to win first title in 12 years
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Copa America 2019: Brazil beat Peru 3-1 to win first title in 12 years

Gabriel Jesus scored one goal and assisted another before being sent off as Brazil won a first Copa America title in 12 years, beating Peru 3-1.

Manchester City forward Jesus set up Everton to volley in the opener before scoring the decisive second.

Paolo Guerrero had briefly given Peru hope when he equalised from the penalty spot minutes before Jesus struck.

Jesus was shown a second yellow with 20 minutes left but Richarlison's late penalty sealed the win.

Victory will have been a huge relief for Jesus, who was in tears when he was sent off, kicking a water bottle and then pushing over the VAR monitor as he left the pitch.

It is the ninth time Brazil have won the Copa America and is their first tournament success since winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics.

The victory also maintained their record of winning the Copa America every time they have hosted it.

From joy to tears to joy again for Jesus

There will have been few Brazilians celebrating as wildly at the final whistle as Jesus, who went through the rollercoaster of emotions during the match.

The striker has, at times, struggled to deliver on the international stage – he failed to score a goal in five games at the 2018 World Cup – but was the standout performer in the first half of Sunday's final.

His cross for Brazil's first was excellent, holding the ball up on the right before spotting an unmarked Everton at the back post, then picking out the striker with a pinpoint delivery.

Peru, who had upset the defending champions Chile in the semi-finals, were back on level terms just before the break when their all-time top scorer Guerrero converted a penalty, awarded by VAR for a handball by Thiago Silva.

But Jesus took centre stage once again, tucking a neat finish in at the near post deep into first-half stoppage time.

Brazil looked in control from then on, but the game took another twist midway through the second half when Jesus jumped into the back of Carlos Zambrano. Referee Roberto Tobar had no hesitation in producing the second yellow.

The 22-year-old was in tears as he left the field and sat on the steps inside the tunnel, fearful that his dismissal would aid a Peru comeback.

But he was able to celebrate when Brazil were awarded a penalty four minutes from the end after Everton was fouled by Zambrano. Substitute Richarlison kept his cool to convert from the spot and end Brazil's Copa America trophy drought.

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Line-ups
Brazil

1Alisson
13Alves da Silva
4Marquinhos
2Thiago SilvaBooked at 53mins
12Lobo Silva
8Arthur
5Casemiro
9Gabriel JesusBooked at 70mins
11CoutinhoSubstituted forMilitãoat 77'minutes
19Sousa SoaresSubstituted forMarques Loureiroat 90+3'minutes
20FirminoSubstituted forRicharlisonat 75'minutesBooked at 90mins

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3Miranda
6Filipe Luís
7Neres Campos
10Willian
14Militão
15Marques Loureiro
16Cássio
17Fernandinho
18Tolentino Coelho de Lima
21Richarlison
22Fagner
23Ederson

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1Gallese
17AdvínculaBooked at 84mins
15ZambranoBooked at 68mins
2Abram
6Trauco
13TapiaBooked at 49minsSubstituted forGonzálesat 82'minutes
19YotúnSubstituted forRuidíazat 78'minutes
20Flores
8Cueva
18CarrilloSubstituted forPoloat 86'minutes
9Guerrero

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3Corzo
4Santamaría
5Araujo
7Ballón
11Ruidíaz
12Cáceda
14Polo
16Pretell
21Álvarez
22Callens
23Gonzáles

Referee:
Roberto Tobar

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Home TeamBrazilAway TeamPeru

Possession
Home54%
Away46%

Shots
Home12
Away7

Shots on Target
Home3
Away2

Corners
Home3
Away4

Fouls
Home25
Away21

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Match ends, Brazil 3, Peru 1.

Full Time
Posted at 90'+7'

Second Half ends, Brazil 3, Peru 1.

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Foul by Richarlison (Brazil).

Posted at 90'+7'

Luis Advíncula (Peru) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Foul by Dani Alves (Brazil).

Posted at 90'+7'

Christian Cueva (Peru) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 90'+6'

Foul by Richarlison (Brazil).

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João Gilberto: Brazilian ‘father of bossa nova’ dies aged 88
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João Gilberto: Brazilian ‘father of bossa nova’ dies aged 88

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Influential Brazilian musician João Gilberto has died aged 88.

The singer and composer was known best as a pioneer of the bossa nova genre, which found international popularity in the 1960s.

Reports say Gilberto died at home in Rio de Janeiro after a period of illness. His son confirmed the news of his death in a Saturday Facebook post.

"His fight was noble, he tried to maintain dignity," Marcelo Gilberto said.

Born in the north-east state of Bahia in 1931, Gilberto began singing aged 18.

João Gilberto BBC music page

His release of the record Chega de Saudade in the late 1950s was considered a game-changer for Brazilian music.

Gilberto's style – mixing traditional and modern musical influences – inspired bossa nova, or new trend, music and many other artists after him.

In 1964, he famously collaborated with America saxophone player Stan Getz. Their album sold millions of copies and won international praise, including a US Grammy for Album of the year.

A pioneer in his field
By Leonardo Rocha, BBC News Americas Editor

João Gilberto introduced bossa nova to the world in 1958: he created a new beat, with his unique guitar style, mixing traditional samba music with modern jazz influences.

His music depicted a period of huge optimism in Brazil: an urban, industrialised country that was building a new capital and dreaming of better times.

His versions of songs like Quiet Nights and The Girl from Ipanema became standards in world music.

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João Gilberto, a musician I loved & giant of Brazilian bossa nova music, died today. His collaboration with American saxophonist Stan Getz & the amazing voice of Astrud Gilberto on “Getz/Gilberto” is an album you cant stop listening to on a summer night.https://t.co/UgACW9fviS

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Frida Kahlo: Parade celebrates 112 years since her birth
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Frida Kahlo: Parade celebrates 112 years since her birth

It's 112 years since iconic artist Frida Kahlo was born. People in Coyoacan, just south of Mexico City, have donned their best Frida Kahlo outfits to celebrate her life.

Vibrant dresses, braided hair and her distinctive unibrow have all made an appearance.

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SALES LEADS LATAM: Dollarcity, Flybondi, Radisson Hotel Group…
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Sales Leads LatAm is a summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

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Dollarcity

Dollarama Inc. announced that it entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement to acquire a 50.1% interest in Latin American value retailer Dollarcity. The purchase price is based on a five times multiple of Dollarcity's EBITDA, minus net debt and subject to customary adjustments, and will be settled in cash using available free cash flows.As at March 31, 2019, Dollarcity operated a total of 180 stores, with 44 in El Salvador, 54 in Guatemala and 82 in Colombia. Dollarcity's growth plan to 2029 is to reach a target of up to 600 stores within its three existing countries of operation, with the majority of store growth to be focused in Colombia.Dollarcity's growth target for the calendar year 2019 is 40 to 50 net new stores. In the first quarter of 2019, Dollarcity had already opened 11 net new stores. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in August 2019. Dollarama will account for its investment in Dollarcity based on the equity method.

The National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) of Brazil authorized on Tuesday 2 July 2019 the Argentine airline Flybondi Líneas Aéreas to initiate regular international operations towards the Federative Republic of Brazil. The authorization will allow the airline to register routes and start selling airline tickets in the country.The low cost airline Flybondi of Argentina obtained the authorization of the National Agency of Civil Aviation of Brazil to start operating regular international flights in Brazil. The endorsement was granted during a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian agency, which will allow the Argentine company to register the routes and start selling the tickets.Flybondi will start flying to Brazil from 4Q2019. After receiving authorization from Brazil, Flybondi announced its new international route that will start operating from October 2019: The first commercial air route will be Buenos Aires/Palomar-Rio de Janeiro / Galeão.It will be the third international destination of the airline that flies to Asunción (Paraguay) and the route to Punta del Este (Uruguay) that operated in summer. Regarding rates, announced promotional prices for the launch.Flybondi launched its new international route: Buenos Aires-Rio de Janeiro, which will start flying from October 2019 with a promotional rate of AR$ 3,600 per section. The route will link El Palomar Airport and Galeão International Airport and will have 3 weekly frequencies: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. It will be the third international destination of the airline.

C Barcelona and 1xBet have signed a new sponsorship deal whereby the online betting company will become a new Global Partner of the club for the next five seasons, through 30 June 2024. The agreement, which came into effect on July 1, is part of the clubs global expansion strategy, and also relates to its mission to source the best possible partners in different categories to help it to maintain its leading position not just on the field but also in terms of sports sponsorship and marketing, FC Barcelona explained in a statement.As a result of this agreement, FC Barcelona and 1xBet will be working together in different activations from a wide range of assets, including access the players to create promotional material and marketing campaigns.1XBet is a leading international gaming and technology company with more than 12 years of experience in the field, and offices in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The company has sponsorship deals in place with major rights holders including Serie A and Tottenham Hotspur, to name a few.

Sales Leads LatAm is a summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

Radisson Resort Paracas

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