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Kirchner corruption trial delayed by three months

Buenos Aires - The corruption trial of former Argentina president Cristina Kirchner, set to begin next week, has been postponed until May, authorities said on Monday.

'El Chapo' leaves a void in his Mexican hometown

Badiraguato - The downfall of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has done little to diminish his drug cartel's power, but locals say it has had a devastating effect in one place: his remote and lawless hometown, Badiraguato.

El Chapo's wife says drug kingpin is 'excellent' husband, father

New York - Accused Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is an "excellent father, friend, brother, son and partner," his young wife said as his landmark trial in New York wound up.

Mexican president took $100 mln drug bribe, trial hears

New York - Former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto accepted a $100 million bribe from drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a former collaborator told the kingpin's trial.

Guatemalans march over president's bid to close UN anti-graft unit

Guatemala City - Thousands of Guatemalans marched Saturday against President Jimmy Morales's bid to close a UN anti-corruption mission that sought to investigate him on suspicion of campaign finance violations.

Top Guatemala court overturns bid to close UN anti-graft mission

Guatemala City - Guatemala's top court on Wednesday overturned a decision by President Jimmy Morales to shut down a United Nations anti-corruption mission to the central American country.

Peru's top prosecutor quits as graft scandal takes toll

- Peru's under-fire attorney general Pedro Chavarry resigned on Tuesday amid allegations he sought to derail a massive corruption probe involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Venezuela blasts US sanctions as 'illegitimate and illegal'

Caracas - Venezuela hit out at the latest United States sanctions, announced on Tuesday against seven individuals and 20 entities, branding them "illegitimate and illegal.

Appeal hearing for Peru's jailed Fujimori set for Saturday

- An appeal hearing for Peru's jailed opposition leader Keiko Fujimori against her 36-month sentence has been set for Saturday, judicial authorities announced Wednesday.

Macri's father, brother in court over Argentina corruption case

Buenos Aires - The brother and father of Argentina's President Mauricio Macri are to testify in court this week over their alleged involvement in a huge kickbacks scandal known as the "corruption notebooks" case, reports said Monday.

Shaken by corruption, Peruvians back major government overhaul

- Shaken by a string of high-profile corruption scandals, Peruvians overwhelmingly approved a government overhaul that among other things sends all members of Congress packing by mid-2021.

Shaken by corruption, Peruvians back major government overhaul

- Shaken by a string of high-profile corruption scandals, Peruvians overwhelmingly approved a government overhaul that among other things sends all members of Congress packing by 2021.

Secrets, threats and controversy: Month One of El Chapo trial

New York - From documents under seal and accomplices with colorful nicknames to suspicions about his wife and surreal details about his high-flying lifestyle, the first month of the US trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been loaded with t...

FifaGate: Guatemala ex-football boss's guilty plea revealed

New York - Ex-Guatemala soccer chief and former FIFA executive committee member Rafael Salguero, 72, pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in a US court, and will be sentenced by a judge in New York this week, it was revealed Tuesday.

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.

Brazil's Lula in new money laundering accusation

S - Brazil's jailed ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's legal troubles mounted Monday as he was accused by the Sao Paulo public prosecutor's office of money laundering in his dealings with Equatorial Guinea.

Judge issues arrest warrant for Fujimori ally over corruption probe

- A Peruvian judge issued an international arrest warrant for an ally of jailed opposition leader Keiko Fujimori in relation to the same money laundering probe that has seen former president Alberto Fujimori's daughter locked up for three years of preven...

Former Brazilian leaders Rousseff and Lula accused in fresh graft case

Bras - Brazil has opened criminal proceedings against former left-wing leaders Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff for allegedly receiving bribes with money diverted from state-owned oil giant Petrobras.

Drug kingpin Guzman's trial puts spotlight on Mexican corruption

Mexico - Tales of millions of dollars of bribe money stuffed in suitcases -- told during the trial of notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman -- have shone the spotlight on corruption in the country, which experts say is endemic.

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.

Colombia seeks to 20-year block on Odebrecht bidding for tenders

Apo - Colombia announced Tuesday it is seeking heavy sanctions for corruption-tainted Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht that would block it from bidding for public works contracts in the country for 20 years.

Brazil's Lula grilled by corruption probe judge

Curitiba - Former Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva left prison for the first time in seven months on Wednesday as he faced questioning over corruption and money laundering in relation to the wide-ranging "Car Wash" graft probe.

Brazil meat magnate accused of bribery ordered released from jail

S - A court in Brazil ordered Monday the release of a meatpacking magnate arrested days ago as part of the wide-ranging "Operation Car Wash" investigation into corruption.

With sister in jail, is this Kenji Fujimori's moment in Peru?

- With Peru's opposition leader Keiko Fujimori in prison and no obvious successor in place, the movement created by her father Alberto Fujimori now faces a key decision on its leadership.

Brazil meatpacking magnate arrested in corruption probe

S - Meat industry tycoon Joesley Batista was arrested by Brazilian police on Friday alongside two former agriculture ministers as part of the wide-ranging "Operation Car Wash" investigation into corruption.

Venezuela arrests hundreds of currency 'speculators'

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities ordered more than 600 arrests over the last eight months for "speculation" on the currency market, Attorney General Tarek William Saab announced Thursday.

Husband of Peru opposition leader Fujimori probed over corruption

- Peruvian prosecutors opened a corruption investigation Wednesday against the Italian-American husband of jailed opposition leader Keiko Fujimori, her lawyer said.

Jailed former Ecuador VP on hunger strike taken to hospital

Quito - Jailed former Ecuadoran vice president Jorge Glas, who has been on hunger strike for 17 days, was taken to hospital Wednesday amid concerns over his deteriorating health, the justice ministry announced.

Peru opposition leader Fujimori moved to women's prison

- Peru's powerful opposition leader Keiko Fujimori was taken to a jail in Lima on Thursday, one day after a court ordered she be held in preventive detention for three years pending the outcome of a multi-million dollar corruption probe.

Peru president vetoes law that could have freed ex-leader Fujimori

- Peru President Martin Vizcarra vetoed on Monday a law that would have spared disgraced former leader Alberto Fujimori from prison, confining criminals over 65 suffering from serious or chronic illnesses to house arrest.
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