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Bribery trial of ex-president Correa begins in Ecuador

Quito - The trial of former Ecuador president Rafael Correa, who lives in exile in Belgium, for illicit campaign funding began on Monday.

Peruvian police arrest Belgian with 20 wild birds in suitcase

- Peruvian police have arrested a Belgian man at Lima Airport for trying to smuggle 20 live birds to Europe in his suitcase, the National Forest and Wildlife Service said Wednesday.

Church siege ends as UN calls on Nicaragua to end repression

Managua - Opposition protesters holding a hunger strike inside Managua's Catholic Cathedral and the pro-government supporters opposing them ended a standoff Tuesday, as the UN called on President Daniel Ortega to halt persistent repression.

Eight Nicaraguan 'political prisoners' on hunger strike

Managua - Eight jailed opponents of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega have been on hunger strike for a week in protest at being used as "a bargaining chip," the father of one of the detainees told AFP.

Ecuadoran court suspends hearing into ex-president kidnapping case

Quito - A criminal court in Ecuador suspended a hearing on Tuesday meant to decide whether to call former president Rafael Correa to trial over the kidnapping of an opposition lawmaker in Colombia.

Ecuador president says predecessor should face kidnapping justice

Quito - Ecuador President Lenin Moreno called on his predecessor Rafael Correa on Thursday to return home from Belgium to face justice over kidnapping charges.Correa has dismissed the arrest warrant issued in his homeland against him as a political "plot.
 

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