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Transgender skater fighting to compete
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Transgender skater fighting to compete

Maria Joaquina is 11 years old and a prize-winning roller-skater. She is transgender and fighting to compete among girls.

The South American Skating Confederation allows skaters to compete as women if they have a female name on their official ID, which Maria doesn't.

Video journalist: Luciani Gomes.

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Police seize cocaine ahead of Bolsonaro flight
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Police seize cocaine ahead of Bolsonaro flight

Police have seized cocaine from a Brazilian air force officer who was due to accompany President Jair Bolsonaro home from the G20 summit in Japan.

Officers arrested the man on Tuesday in Seville after allegedly discovering 39kg of cocaine in his luggage.

The man had been assigned with accompanying President Bolsonaro on the final leg of his trip back to Brazil.

Mr Bolsonaro was travelling on a separate plane at the time of the arrest.

On Twitter, Mr Bolsonaro said that he has asked the Defence Ministry to co-operate with Spanish authorities and that, if proved guilty, the officer would be "judged and convicted by law".

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A statement released by Brazil's Defence Ministry said: "The Defence Ministry informs that, on Tuesday 25th, an Air Force officer suspectRead More – Source

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Student killed by three sharks on holiday in Bahamas
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Student killed by three sharks on holiday in Bahamas

A 21-year-old student has been killed by three sharks while on holiday in the Bahamas with her family.

Jordan Lindsey was snorkelling at the time and reportedly couldn't hear warnings from her parents while she was in the water.

It's thought her right arm was ripped off and she was also bitten on her other arm, legs, and buttocks.

Jordan, from California, was taken to hospital but pronounced dead on 26 June, according to local police.

In a tribute, her family say "Jordan had the most beautiful, gentle soul and she will be missed deeply.

"She was a beloved daughter, sister, girlfriend, and friend."

Jordan's family have set-up a GoFundMe page to cover her funeral and costs to bring her body back to California.

She was studying communications at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

A statement from the university says they were "saddened" to hear the news about Jordan, adding she was "a devoted animal lover and climate change advocate".

Jordan's dad Michael told ABC News she was a "great daughter and person. We already miss her terribly".

Yvette Liao, a neighbour of the family, told CBS News "my heart is pounding, I cannot believe it. I don't know how they're going to get through this."

Jordan was snorkelling off the coast of Rose Island, an uninhabited private island. It's a half-hour boat ride away from the capital, Nassau.

The Bahamas tourism board sends its "condolences and deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of the victim of Wednesday's shark attack off Rose Island" on behalf of the government and its population.

Radio 1 Newsbeat has reached out to the local police and Jordan&#039Read More – Source

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Venezuela crisis: Maduro says ‘fascist’ coup foiled
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Venezuela crisis: Maduro says ‘fascist’ coup foiled

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says security forces have foiled a plot to assassinate him and install a former defence minister as premier.

He said the "fascist" plot had involved opposition leader Juan Guaidó backed by the US, Colombia and Chile.

Mr Guaidó denied the accusation, saying the media had "lost count" of how many such allegations had been made.

The president has intensified a crackdown on the opposition since Mr Guaidó led a failed uprising in April.

Six army and police officials were arrested earlier this week.

Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez suggested the alleged coup had been brought down by informers within the group.

"We were in all the meetings to plan the coup… We were in all the conferences," he said.

According to Mr Rodriguez, more than two dozen people – including active and retired military officers – had been involved.

The plot allegedly consisted of plans to seize three key military bases and kill the president, his wife, and several top officials in the government and Socialist Party.

Mr Rodriguez said the plotters had also intended to break former Defence Minister Raul Baduel out of prison and proclaim him president.

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Mr Baduel emerged as a prominent opposition leader in 2007 after serving under President Hugo Chávez. He gained international attention in 2009 when authorities jailed him for historic corruption charges, all of which he has denied.

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Military force still an option, says Guaidó
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Military force still an option, says Guaidó

The use of military force is still an option to end the political crisis in Venezuela if President Nicolás Maduro continues killing protesters, the opposition leader Juan Guaidó says.

The president of the National Assembly told the BBC's James Menendez that another option would be a military transition as long as it lead to free elections.

Mr Guaidó, who led a failed attempt to spark a military uprising against Mr Maduro in April, said there was still momentum for change in the country.

He has been recognised as interim leader by more than 50 nations, including the US and most in Latin America but Mr Maduro retaiRead More – Source

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Islamic State group: Nicaragua arrests four suspected members

Four men with suspected ties to the Islamic State (IS) group were arrested in Nicaragua after crossing illegally from Costa Rica, officials say.

The identities of three of the men matched those in an alert attributed to US officials saying three suspected jihadists were in Central America.

There were fears they could have plans to try to enter the US, reports said.

The four, aged between 26 and 41, included two Egyptians and two Iraqis. They have been deported to Costa Rica.

The men entered Nicaragua through an unauthorised crossing point known as La Guasimada near the southern municipality of Cárdenas, Nicaraguan police said (in Spanish).

They were detained on Tuesday morning local time and deported in the evening.

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Mohamed Ibrahim, 33, and Mahmoud Samy Eissa, 26, both from Egypt, and Iraqi national Ahmed Ghanim Mohamed Al Jubury, 41, arrived in Costa Rica on 9 June, according to their immigration documents given to police.

That date matched the information released in a warning by US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) published by local media.

When the three entered Costa Rica from Panama, there was no information about possible risks they could pose, Costa Rica's immigraRead More – Source

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Lula: Brazil court rejects request to free ex-president pending appeal
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Lula: Brazil court rejects request to free ex-president pending appeal

Brazil's Supreme Court has delayed its decision over an appeal by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva against his convictions for corruption.

Judges also rejected a proposal that Lula be freed until they reach a verdict, which is now scheduled for August.

Lula, 73, is serving nearly 25 years in jail for two separate convictions.

His lawyers argue that the judge who convicted him, Sergio Moro, was not impartial and had acted politically.

Lula led Brazil between 2003 and 2010, and is an iconic figure for the left in Latin America.

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The former leader has denied all charges against him, including six others for which he is awaiting trial. He argues that they are politically motivated and designed to stop him running for the presidency again.

Lula had entered last year's presidential election, but Mr Moro's arrest order forced him out of the race.

At the time, Mr Moro was a powerful judge behind the so-called "Car Wash" corruption investigation, an unprecedented probe that centred on political bribes from state-run companies.

Lula's arrest paved the way to victory for Brazil's current right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who went on to make Mr Moro his justice minister.

Mr Moro has denied any wrongdoing and ignored calls to resign from his new post.

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Honduras protests: Military police open fire on students injuring four

Honduran military police opened fire on students protesting at a university in the capital, Tegucigalpa, injuring at least four people, officials say.

Hundreds of people, many wearing face masks, were demanding the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernández amid growing anti-government protests.

The government deployed the army and military police across the country last week after clashes left three dead.

The demonstrations were sparked by proposed health and education reforms.

The conservative president, who enjoys the staunch support of the US administration, is also accused of becoming increasingly authoritarian.

He changed the constitution to stand for a second four-year term and was re-elected in 2017, in a vote heavily criticised by opponents and international observers.

Thousands of people have fled Honduras – as well as its neighbours El Salvador and Guatemala – to the US in recent years because of violence and economic instability.

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Some 40 military police entered the campus of the National Autonomous University of Honduras after firing tear gas on protesters, who responded by throwing stones, AFP news agency reports.

Riot police then chased the demonstrators and opened fire with rifles. All the injured were out of danger, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

In a statement, the combined national security force, Fusina, said the security forces had been attacked with "modified Molotov cocktails to make them more lethal," stones and other objects, "threatening the lives of those in uniform".

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras expressed its "deep dismay over the consequences of the operation of the military forces".

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Rocco Morabito: Italian mafia boss escapes from Uruguayan prison
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Rocco Morabito: Italian mafia boss escapes from Uruguayan prison

Italian mafia boss Rocco Morabito has escaped from prison in Uruguay, where he was awaiting extradition to Italy, the interior ministry has said.

Uruguay had agreed to extradite the notorious drug trader known as the "cocaine king of Milan" back to Italy.

The suspected head of the 'Ndrangheta crime gang has been one of Italy's most wanted fugitives since 1995.

He was arrested in 2017 in Punta del Este, where he had been living under a false identity for about a decade.

The 'Ndrangheta mafia comes from Calabria in southern Italy, and is thought to control as much as 80% of Europe's cocaine trade.

Morabito and three other inmates "escaped through a hole in the roof of the building" late on Sunday and robbed the owner of a nearby farmhouse for money, the ministry said in a statement (in Spanish).

"It is disconcerting and serious that a criminal like Rocco Morabito, head of the 'Ndrangheta, has managed to escape from a prison in Uruguay while waiting to be extradited to Italy," Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said in a brief statement.

He added he would "keep hunting Morabito, wherever he is, to put him in jail as he deserves".

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Mi prendo due impegni.
Primo: fare piena luce sulle modalità dellevasione, chiedendo spiegazioni immediate al governo di Montevideo.
Secondo: continuare a dare la caccia a Morabito, ovunque sia, per sbatterlo in galera come merita.

— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) June 24, 2019

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CHANGING PLACES LATAM: César Recalde, Luis Barrague, Alma Villanueva…
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CHANGING PLACES LATAM: César Recalde, Luis Barrague, Alma Villanueva…

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César Recalde has been named as MediaComs new CEO for Latin America and Caribbean. He takes up the role with immediate effect and will oversee MediaComs fast-growing regional network. César joins from GroupM, where he was Chief Business Development Officer for Latin America.

Luis Barrague has been promoted to CEO at Headway, the global marketing tech company that was acquired by Entravision in 2017. He will replace Headway co-founder Martin Kogan, who left the company.

Alma Villanueva is the new Head of Marketing at Grupo Lala. Prior to this position, she was Marketing Manager of Jugos Del Valle-Santa Clara.

Avianca Holdings and Avianca S.A. announce that Anko van der Werff was appointed as Executive President and CEO of Avianca Holdings S.A. and as President of Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. Avianca. Anko van der Werff has more than 19 years of experience in the airline industry. His last position was in the Aeromexico Group, where he served as Executive Commercial Vice President for the last five years.

Alejandro Fishman has been appointed Head of Trading at GroupM Argentina.

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