Maradona: chaotic scenes as thousands pay respects in Buenos Aires – BBC News

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    There have been chaotic scenes in Argentina, as tens of thousands of football supporters paid their final respects to Diego Maradona. Police were unable to contain the vast numbers who had come to see his coffin on display in Buenos Aires. Maradona, who for many was the greatest footballer in the history of the game, died of a heart attack at the age of 60. Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Katy Watson in Buenos Aires.

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    Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a country located mostly in the southern half of South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south.

    With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2 (1,073,500 sq mi), Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the fourth largest in the Americas, the second largest in South America after Brazil, and the largest Spanish-speaking nation by area.

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