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British teenager dies after tribal drug ritual in S America

A British teenager is reported to have died in South America after taking hallucinogenic drugs during a tribal ritual.

Henry Miller, 19, from Bristol, was in a remote rainforest area of Colombia with other tourists when he took a drug called Yage, which can bring on vivid hallucinations.

Mr Miller went missing that night, and his body was reportedly dumped on a nearby dirt road.

A fellow traveller told the Daily Mail he saw Mr Miller take the drug, and described the affects he witnessed.

"He wasn't speaking, he was lashing out with his hands and feet," he said.

"Then he started making weird animal noises, pig sounds and at one point he tried to fly. He kept saying, 'What's going on, oh my God' and holding his face."

Garcia Marquez: Bout of pneumonia prior to death

March 6, 2014 file photo, Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Credit: AP Photo

Known affectionately to friends and fans as 'Gabo', Garcia Marquez had just returned from hospital after suffering a bout of pneumonia, doctors have said.

Although "One Hundred Years of Solitude" was his most popular creation, other classics from Garcia Marquez included "Autumn of the Patriarch", "Love in the Time of Cholera" and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold".

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Marquez: 'Death of the greatest Colombian of all time'

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez has said on Twitter:

'One thousand years of solitude and sadness at the death of the greatest Colombian of all time'

Translation: The Giants never die

Marquez 'out sold everything in Spanish but the Bible'

Colombian Nobel prize writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez waves. Credit: Reuters

The works of Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died today at his home in Mexico, outsold everything published in Spanish except the Bible.

Marquez was widely considered to be the greatest Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, and was often compared to literary giants like Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

His epic 1967 novel One Hundred Years Of Solitude sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at home in Mexico

Gabriel Garcia Marquez greets journalists and neighbours on his birthday outside his house in Mexico City. Credit: Reuters\Edgard Garrido

Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at his home in Mexico at the age of 87, a source close to his family has confirmed.

The Colombian writer's magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality.

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Colombia's FARC release kidnapped US backpacker

Colombia's FARC rebels have freed a former US marine who was kidnapped in June while he trekked through the jungle in a known guerrilla area, the Red Cross has said.

The FARC held Kevin Scott Sutay for four months Credit: REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

Kevin Scott Sutay, an Afghanistan war veteran, had been backpacking through several Central and South American countries before he was captured.

He had been warned by police to abandon his plans to hike through what they called a "red zone" for rebel activity.

Olinguito: Facts about the world's newest species

The world's newest species, the olinguito, is the smallest member of the raccoon family and has thick, woolly fur, according to the Smithsonian Institute.

The olinguito lives in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador. Credit: I. Poglayen-Neuwall/Smithsonian Institute

Here are some more facts about the olinguito:

Diet: The animal mainly eats fruit, but may also eat some insects and nectar.

Behaviour: Olinguitos are solitary animals that live in trees and are mostly nocturnal. It is an adept jumper that can leap from tree to tree in the forest canopy. Mothers raise a single baby at a time.

Habitat: It is found only in cloud forests of the northern Andes Mountains.

Range: They live in Ecuador and Colombia around 5,000 to 9,000 feet above sea level.

Olinguito first New World carnivore identified in 35 years

The newly-named olinguito has become the first New World carnivore to be identified in 35 years.

For more than a century the olinguito, also known as Bassaricyon neblina, was mistaken for its larger close cousin the olingo.

The olinguito lives in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador. Credit: Mark Gurney/Smithsonion Institute/PA Wire

But following a 10 year research project examining the skull, teeth and skin of museum specimens and tracking the animals in the wild, scientists at the Smithsonian Institute confirmed it is a different species.

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