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Former Panama presidents charged with money laundering

Panama - Panama's last two presidents, Ricardo Martinelli and Juan Carlos Varela, were charged Thursday with money laundering, as two separate scandals tarnished the political legacy of the former allies turned enemies.

Panama ex-president Martinelli facing corruption charges

Panama - Panama's former president Ricardo Martinelli must face corruption charges just eight months after he was acquitted of spying on political foes, one of his lawyers said on Wednesday.

To 11 million Brazilians, the Earth is flat

S - Sitting by a model of the Earth shaped like a pancake, Brazilian restaurant-owner Ricardo lets out an exaggerated laugh: "'Hahaha!' That's how people react when you tell them the Earth is flat," he says.

Panama ex-president Martinelli acquitted of espionage, corruption

Panama - Panama's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli was acquitted on charges of spying on political foes and misappropriation of public funds in a court decision Friday.The case marked the first time a Panamanian former president was tried in criminal court.

Convict Panama ex-president in criminal graft case: prosecutor

Panama - Panama's public prosecutor asked a court Thursday to make an example of ex-president Ricardo Martinelli, who is accused of spying on political foes, and of graft.

Puerto Rico's outgoing governor names successor

Miami - Puerto Rico's outgoing governor Ricardo Rossello, who will step down this week following massive street protests, on Wednesday named the man who will succeed him and finish up his term.

Puerto Rico: new twist in leadership crisis

Washington - A political crisis over leadership in the US Caribbean territory of Puerto Rico took another turn Sunday when the designated successor to embattled governor Ricardo Rossello said she didn't want the job.

The two weeks that toppled Puerto Rico's governor

San Juan - After Puerto Rico's under-fire governor Ricardo Rossello announced late Wednesday he would quit, here is snapshot of the two weeks that led to his resignation.

Embattled governor of Puerto Rico resigns after protests

San Juan - Puerto Rico's embattled governor Ricardo Rossello announced his resignation late Wednesday following two weeks of massive protests triggered by the release of a chat exchange in which he and others mocked gays, women and hurricane victims.

Thousands call for Puerto Rico governor to resign after chat leak

Miami - Thousands of people demonstrated Monday demanding the resignation of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello following the leak of a group text chat in which he and other officials made obscene, sexist and homophobic remarks about political opponents and...

Court orders release of jailed Panamanian ex-president

Panama - A court in Panama on Wednesday ordered the release of detained ex-president Ricardo Martinelli, one year after he was extradited from the United States to face corruption charges.

Pope accepts abuse resignation of Chilean cardinal

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Chilean cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, who agreed to step down after being accused of covering up sexual abuse by priests, the Vatican said.

Pope accepts abuse resignation of Chile cardinal Ezzati: Vatican

Vatican City - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, who had agreed to step down along with his country's bishops over sexual abuse cases and their cover-up, the Vatican said Saturday.

Panama ex-president Martinelli faces up to 21 years in jail

Panama - Panama's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli faces up to 21 years in jail for spying on political foes, reporters and business leaders while in power, prosecutors said Friday.

Review: ‘Miss Bala’ is an uncommon display of a woman’s fortitude Special

‘Miss Bala’ is a thriller remake that follows a young woman’s survival when she’s abducted by a Mexican gang and forced to do their bidding.

New Brazil environment minister downplays misconduct conviction

Bras - Brazil's incoming environment minister, Ricardo Salles, has said he will take up his post on January 1 despite being found guilty of "improbity" while heading the environment portfolio in Sao Paulo's state government.

Bail set at $1 mn each for sons of Panama ex-president arrested in US

Miami - A US judge on Tuesday set bail at $1 million each for two sons of Panama's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli who, like their father, stand accused of collecting huge bribes in a wide ranging cash-for-contracts scandal.

Two sons of former Panama president Martinelli arrested in US

Panama - Two sons of former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli, who is accused of collecting bribes worth millions in the wide-ranging Odebrecht scandal, were arrested in the United States, officials said Wednesday.

Chile archbishop remains silent over abuse cover-up claims

Rancagua - Santiago Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati on Wednesday went before a prosecutor investigating a sex abuse scandal that has roiled the Catholic Church in Chile but declined to answer questions about accusations he was involved in a cover-up.

Jailed ex-president to contest Panama elections after primary win

Panama - Former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli will contest next year's general election after topping the poll in his party's primaries despite being jailed on corruption charges.
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