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Peruvian ex-soldiers accused of 'systematic' rape

- A Peruvian judge said Wednesday that soldiers had committed crimes against humanity by "systematically" raping nine female farmers between 1984 and 1995 during the conflict with the Shining Path guerrillas.

Military desertion of Maduro slow but hopes high

Caracas - The more than 300 soldiers to have deserted Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro since Saturday may be only a drop in the ocean but little by little the foundations of the socialist regime are coming apart, analysts say.

Chaos turns to uncertainty at Venezuela border

Ure - Bloody violence may have subsided for now at Venezuela's blockaded border, but for local people, terror has turned to anxiety about how they will reach the schools and shops they depend on.

'They shot at us,' say injured Venezuela protesters

Ure - Edinson Cisneros gasped and wheezed as he tried to talk -- he was one of the protesters struck by rubber buckshot fired by Venezuelan security forces breaking up border demos demanding the entry of emergency aid from Colombia.

Venezuela govt announces concert to counter Branson's charity one

Caracas - Venezuela's government said Monday it will stage a concert on the Colombian border the same day Richard Branson has said he will hold one just over the frontier to push for aid to be allowed in.

Trump tells Venezuela military to back Guaido or 'lose everything'

Miami - US President Donald Trump on Monday urged Venezuela's military to accept opposition leader Juan Guaido's amnesty offer, or stand to "lose everything," as a crisis deepened over President Nicolas Maduro's refusal to let in desperately needed humanitaria...

Venezuela expels Europe lawmakers as aid showdown intensifies

Caracas - Venezuela on Sunday expelled five visiting European lawmakers, an act which opposition leader Juan Guaido branded "irrational" as his showdown with President Nicolas Maduro over the arrival of international aid intensifies.

Chile's former army chief detained for torture under Pinochet

Santiago - Police in Chile arrested a former army chief Thursday on charges of torturing 24 people in 1973, shortly after the coup that brought dictator Augusto Pinochet to power, officials said.

What now for Venezuela?

Caracas - With international pressure intensifying on President Nicolas Maduro to step aside and support growing for his opposition rival Juan Guaido, Venezuela is poised on a knife-edge, say analysts.

Guaido rules out risk of civil war in Venezuela

Madrid - Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido ruled out the possibility of civil war in his country, saying the overwhelming majority of his compatriots wanted Nicolas Maduro to step down.

Retired colonel accused in Maduro drone 'attack' held in Venezuela: wife

Caracas - A retired Venezuelan colonel accused of being a leader of the explosives-laden drone "attack" on President Nicolas Maduro in August has been arrested, his wife said on Wednesday.

Maduro rejects call for elections amid mounting pressure

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday rejected a European ultimatum that he call elections as opposition rival Juan Guaido stepped up appeals to the military to turn against the leftist government.

Venezuelan military: the muscle behind Maduro

Caracas - The latest developments in Venezuela's political crisis have dealt a severe blow to President Nicolas Maduro -- severe, but not fatal, for one key reason: the military still backs him.

Brazil's Bolsonaro taking a risk on Venezuela: analysts

S - By siding with the United States in recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president and dismissing Nicolas Maduro as an illegitimate "dictator," Brazilian far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro is making a risky bet, analysts and former diplomats say...

Regional powers back Maduro opponent as Venezuela leader

Caracas - The head of Venezuela's opposition-led legislature proclaimed himself "acting president" on Wednesday in a bid to oust leftist leader Nicolas Maduro, winning immediate backing from regional powers led by the United States.

A history of armed attempts to dislodge Venezuela's Maduro

Caracas - Monday's brief mutiny by Venezuelan soldiers was not the first time President Nicolas Maduro has faced a military challenge to his leadership.

Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition-controlled but powerless National Assembly stepped up its battle with President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday by offering an amnesty to anyone from the military who joins it in disavowing the socialist leader.

Venezuela's armed forces declare 'loyalty' to Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's armed forces declared "absolute loyalty" to President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday, just two days before the socialist leader is sworn in for a second term of office.

Russian planes go home after controversial Venezuela wargames

Caracas - Two Russian bombers flew back to Moscow from Caracas early Friday after taking part in joint military exercises with Venezuela that sparked a row with Washington and regional neighbors.

Brazil's Bolsonaro names seventh military man to cabinet

Rio De Janeiro - President-elect Jair Bolsonaro named Admiral Bento Costa Lima Leite his minister of mines and energy Friday, continuing his militarization of Brazil's incoming government.

A year on, families grieve for Argentina's missing submariners

Mar Del Plata - Yolanda Mendiola turns up every morning to join other grieving mothers in a forlorn protest at the home base of a missing Argentine submarine.

Venezuela says Colombia's president shielding Maduro's attackers

Caracas - Venezuela kept up its war of words on neighbor Colombia on Sunday, saying its president Ivan Duque was shielding the authors of an alleged attempt to assassinate its president Nicolas Maduro.

Left-wing ELN guerrillas release captured Colombian soldiers

Apo - Marxist ELN rebels have released three soldiers kidnapped a month ago, just two days before a Colombian government deadline on deciding whether or not to resume peace talks with the guerrillas, the country's ombudsman said on Wednesday.

Venezuela denies Colombia's claims of armed forces incursion

Caracas - Venezuela hit back at Colombia on Wednesday branding as fake news claims from its neighbor that helicopters and troops had violated its sovereignty in an illegal incursion.

Venezuela's Maduro says would take FBI help over 'murder plot'

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro has said he would allow FBI agents come to Venezuela to help investigate a recent alleged plot to kill him with explosive drones -- but with conditions.

Venezuelan opposition urges US, Colombia to ignore extradition request

Caracas - Venezuela was pressing Colombia and the US to extradite its former National Assembly speaker as the country's opposition pushed back Thursday, saying the arrest warrant for the prominent lawmaker Julio Borges was "political in nature.

Venezuela lifts opposition lawmakers' immunity for drone 'attack' trial

Caracas - A super-legislative body loyal to President Nicolas Maduro revoked the immunity of two Venezuelan opposition lawmakers Wednesday, in order to put them on trial for allegedly masterminding a drone "assassination" bid on the leader.

New president to inherit a Mexico plagued with grisly violence

Mexico - In the middle of the street, corpses riddled with bullets. Underground, thousands of bodies heaped in clandestine graves. And in the mountains, drug gangs locked in armed conflict with the military.

Grenades, a raid and now a drone: incidents targeting Venezuela's Maduro

Caracas - A grenade attack, a rebel raid and now an alleged drone bombing: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and his government have been targeted several times since he entered office in 2013.

Venezuela promotes 16,900 'loyal' military personnel

Caracas - The government of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro promoted 16,900 military personnel on Monday as reward for their "loyalty.
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