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Facebook, Instagram suffer outage but deny hacker attack

Facebook, Instagram suffer outage but deny hacker attack

Facebook, the world’s most popular social network, and its Instagram photo-sharing site were interrupted temporarily Tuesday, provoking panic, rumours of a hack, and jokes of how more than one billion users were struggling to cope.

Frenchwoman’s case exposes Mexico media ‘trials’

Frenchwoman’s case exposes Mexico media ‘trials’

The fake televised arrest of Frenchwoman Florence Cassez is at the heart of a final bid to overturn her 60-year sentence for kidnapping in Mexico, sparking new debate about media “trials” here.

Vote for me Argentina: widow Kirchner eyes landslide

Vote for me Argentina: widow Kirchner eyes landslide

Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner is on course for a landslide reelection, buoyed by strong growth, a weak opposition, and public sympathy a year after the death of her husband.

Masked troops replace tourists on new drug war frontline

Masked troops replace tourists on new drug war frontline

In Mexico’s oldest port of Veracruz, known for outdoor squares which turn into late night dancehalls, balaclava-wearing soldiers patrol the country’s newest drug war front line.

Mexico wine industry takes root

Mexico wine industry takes root

Despite a lack of recognition abroad and a drug war that has made tourists flee, Mexico’s winemakers see cause to celebrate as drinking habits evolve in the land of tequila.

Peruvian-Japanese wrestle with Fujimori legacy

Peruvian-Japanese wrestle with Fujimori legacy

Peruvian artist Jorge Miyagui’s contribution to an exhibit of kimonos was originally censured after he used it to remember the regime of ex-president Alberto Fujimori. The third generation Nikkei — or member of the Japanese diaspora — now has it out again.

Mexico food fans savor boost for cuisine

Mexico food fans savor boost for cuisine

Mexico’s cuisine has long been overshadowed by greasy Tex-Mex burritos and nachos sold around the world, but efforts to refine its image are now beginning to pay off.

Archaeologists dig for secrets in Mexico tunnel

Archaeologists dig for secrets in Mexico tunnel

Archaeologists are unearthing a 2,000-year-old tunnel outside modern day Mexico City in the search for clues to one of the region’s most influential former civilizations.

Film spurs debate on Mexico’s flawed justice system

Film spurs debate on Mexico’s flawed justice system

Antonio Zuniga’s life fell apart when he was thrown into prison for a murder he knew nothing about, but a documentary helped win his release and opened debate on Mexico’s flawed justice system.

Mexico’s Monterrey struggles with new violence

Mexico’s Monterrey struggles with new violence

Inhabitants of Mexico’s wealthiest city of Monterrey once feared Mexico City for its notorious crime, but some are now moving there to escape an explosion of violence at home.

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