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Rights court implores Nicaragua to protect prisoner lives

San Jos - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has called on Nicaragua's authorities to protect the lives, health and physical well-being of 17 prisoners detained for taking part in protests against President Daniel Ortega's government.

Brazil president says Venezuela┬┤s Guaido has not been defeated

Bras - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was not defeated in his attempt to overthrow the leftist regime of Nicolas Maduro, saying a "crack" has been opened that could bring down the government.

Venezuela government calls two new counter protests

Caracas - Venezuela's government announced on Monday two marches to counter the ones opposition leader Juan Guaido has planned.The street demonstrations in favor of President Nicolas Maduro will take place on Saturday, and May 1, Labor Day.

Nicaragua opposition defies ban to march on deadly protest anniversary

Managua - Nicaragua's opposition said at least 67 people were arrested after defying a protest ban and a heavy riot police presence on the streets of Managua to mark the first anniversary of a deadly uprising against President Daniel Ortega.

Crisis deepens in Nicaragua a year into anti-Ortega protests

Managua - Nicaragua's opposition has called on its supporters to defy a police ban and protest against the regime of President Daniel Ortega to mark the anniversary of the "civil and peaceful insurrection" that left 325 people dead last year.

Recovery from Venezuela's 'economic implosion' could take decades: IMF

Washington - Recovering from its "economic implosion" will take Venezuela "a decade or decades," a top International Monetary Fund official told AFP on Friday.

Recovery from Venezuela's 'economic implosion' could take decades: IMF

Washington - Recovering from its "economic implosion" will take Venezuela "a decade or decades," a top International Monetary Fund official told AFP on Friday.

IMF's Lagarde: Argentina would be 'foolish' to abandon reforms

Washington - Argentina's economic reform program is beginning to show results, so it would "foolish" for presidential candidates to abandon the program, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Thursday.

IMF: No transactions with Venezuela while leadership in doubt

Washington - The International Monetary Fund will not have any contact with Venezuela, nor allow the country to access its reserves held by the institution, until the international community recognizes a government in Caracas, an IMF spokesman said Wednesday.

IMF: No transactions with Venezuela while leadership in doubt

Washington - The International Monetary Fund will not have any contact with Venezuela, nor allow the country to access its reserves held by the institution, until the international community recognizes a government in Caracas, an IMF spokesman said Wednesday.

Nicaragua releases 50 opposition prisoners

Managua - Nicaragua on Friday released 50 opposition prisoners held during nationwide protests against President Daniel Ortega, the interior ministry said, two days after the end of talks aimed at resolving a deadly year-long political crisis.

Despair, anger as Venezuelans endure paralyzing blackout

Caracas - Venezuelans wavered between despair and rage Wednesday as they endured a third day of a near-nationwide blackout that has paralyzed their country -- the second such outage this month."Food stocks are starting to rot. There's no water.

Nicaragua talks resume after prisoner release deal

Managua - Nicaragua's government and opposition delegations resumed stalled peace talks Thursday aimed at ending a deadly 11-month political crisis.

Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature makes new military offer

Caracas - Members of the Venezuelan armed forces that abandon President Nicolas Maduro will keep their rank and be reinstated once a new government is in place, the opposition-controlled legislature said Tuesday.

'Hear Nicaragua's cry': Ortega's opponents urge Europe to act

Paris - Visiting Nicaraguan opposition leaders have called on Europe to impose sanctions on the government of President Daniel Ortega following months of human rights' violations and crackdowns on public protests.

Nicaragua suspends government peace talks over 'repression'

Managua - Nicaragua's opposition alliance suspended its participation in peace talks with Daniel Ortega's government Monday in protest over the regime's "violence and repression" of demonstrators.

Venezuela frees German journalist after four months

Caracas - German journalist Billy Six, detained by Venezuelan intelligence services four months ago, was freed Friday in Caracas -- but must report to the court every 15 days, an NGO confirmed.

Who backs whom in Venezuela crisis

Caracas - World powers are taking sides in the struggle between the rivals to lead Venezuela, which has pitted some Western nations against Russia, China and others.

Maduro vs. Guaido: Who is backing whom?

Caracas - Venezuela has been receiving massive attention from the international community since National Assembly chief Juan Guaido declared himself acting interim president of Venezuela.

Four scenarios for Venezuela's growing political crisis

Caracas - The political crisis in Venezuela has intensified since Juan Guaido proclaimed himself acting president, but what happens next depends on the United States and the Venezuelan military.

The forces behind Venezuela's Maduro-Guaido power struggle

Caracas - By declaring himself acting president, Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido sparked a leadership battle with the head of state, Nicolas Maduro.

Ukraine sentences ex-leader Yanukovych in absentia for treason

Kiev - A Ukrainian court on Thursday found ex-president Viktor Yanukovych guilty of high treason and sentenced him in absentia to 13 years in prison for asking Russia's Vladimir Putin to send troops to Ukraine.

Verdict due in former Ukraine leader's treason trial

Kiev - A Ukrainian court on Thursday began delivering a verdict in the case of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych who is on trial for treason for attempting to quash a 2014 pro-Western uprising.

US, regional powers recognise Maduro opponent as Venezuela leader

Apo - The United States and major South American nations recognised Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim leader Wednesday while the EU called for free elections to restore democracy, leaving President Nicolas Maduro increasingly isolated.

Venezuelan opposition rejoices as lawmaker proclaims himself president

Caracas - Tens of thousands of opposition protesters burst into ecstatic cheering and shouts of joy in the streets of Caracas on Wednesday after parliament leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself interim president.

Regional powers recognize Maduro opponent as interim leader

Davos - The United States, Canada and major South American nations recognized the head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature as the country's interim leader on Wednesday, leaving President Nicolas Maduro increasingly isolated.

US, S. American nations recognize Maduro opponent as interim leader

Davos - The US, Canada and several major South American nations recognized the head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature as the country's interim leader on Wednesday, leaving President Nicolas Maduro increasingly isolated.

Mexico backs Maduro as Venezuela president amid crisis

Mexico - Mexico still backs Nicolas Maduro as Venezuelan president, the government's top spokesman said Wednesday after the head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature declared himself interim president.

Brazil, US back Guaido as Venezuela's interim president

Bras - Brazil and the United States led several regional governments in backing the head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled parliament after he declared himself interim president Wednesday in open defiance of Nicolas Maduro.

A year after IS defeat, Iraq in throes of political crisis

Baghdad - A year since Iraq announced "victory" over the Islamic State group, the country finds itself in the throes of political and economic crises left unresolved during the long battle against jihadists.
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