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Protester lit up in fireball

A demonstrator catches fire after the gas tank of a police motorbike exploded during clashes in Caracas. Picture: Juan Barreto. SHOCKING images out of Venezuela show a young protester on fire during protests against embattled President Nicolas Maduro. An 18-year-old man died in violent protests on Wednesday (local time), prosecutors …

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How cops knew Cassie was coming

Australian citizen Cassandra Sainsbury was arrested with 5.8 kilos of cocaine at the International Airport the Dorado, in Bogota, Colombia. Picture: EPA/Colombia Anti-narcotics Police COLOMBIAN police have revealed more information about the tip-off that led to Cassie Sainsbury’s arrest, saying they had been looking for the Australian for a week. …

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Rape ‘common’ in Cassie’s jail

It’s the interview the world has been chasing. News Corp’s Sarah Blake speaks to Cassie Sainsbury from behind bars of a Colombian prison. Cassandra Sainsbury is pictured inside the notorious El Buen Pastor women’s prison in Bogota, Colombia. Picture: Nathan Edwards A BOGOTA local who is a regular visitor to …

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‘Gringo’ trap: Perils of Bogota

The family of accused drug smuggler Cassie Sainsbury has arrived at Bogota airport ahead of visiting her in El Buen Pastor prison. Video: Nathan Edwards I fell in love with historic Bogota — but it has a seedy side too. THE reggae music was pumping, crowds of young people chattered …

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Fashion designer’s nephew killed

Venezuelan-American fashion designer Carolina Herrera. Picture: AP The nephew of fashion designer Carolina Herrera was discovered dead inside a truck outside the capital of Venezuela, officials said. The New York Post reports that the body of 34-year-old Reinaldo Jose Herrera Sanchez was found along with the remains of a second …

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Why drug cartels love Australian women

It’s the interview the world has been chasing. News Corp’s Sarah Blake speaks to Cassie Sainsbury from behind bars of a Colombian prison. Cassie Sainsbury, 22, was arrested in Bogota, Colombia after police found 5.8kg of cocaine in her luggage when she was leaving the country. Source: Facebook TRAFFICKING cocaine …

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Ecuador lets Assange stay at embassy

Julian Assange will be allowed to stay on in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Picture: AP Photo/Frank Augstein ECUADOR’S new leftist president Lenin Moreno will allow WikiLeaks founder and “hacker” Julian Assange to stay on in the country’s London embassy. Mr Moreno, who was sworn in earlier this month, has …

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’Pineapple face’ dictator dead

This file photo taken on August 31, 1989 shows General Manuel Noriega, leader of the Panamanian Defence forces, waving to reporters after meeting with the Panamanian cabinet to choose a new president. Picture: AFP / MANOOCHER DEGHATI NOTORIOUS Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who was ousted from power by a US …

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Gay trio’s modern family recognised

Victor Hugo Prada, John Alejandro Rodriguez and Manuel Jose Bermudez have had their relationship recognised. Picture: Facebook THREE gay men say they have gained legal recognition as the first “polyamorous family” in Colombia, where same-sex marriages were legalised last year. “We wanted to validate our household … and our rights, …

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Three killed in Colombia mall blast

Locals stand inside the Centro Andino shopping centre following an explosion inside the building. Picture: AFP/Raul Arboleda THREE people have been killed and nine others injured when a strong explosion rocked one of Colombia’s biggest shopping centres in the capital Bogota. Witnesses told of being evacuated from movie theatres and …

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