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Kirchner corruption trial opens in Argentina

Buenos Aires - Former Argentine president Cristina Kirchner listened to the charges against her on Tuesday in the first hearing of a corruption trial that will unfold as the country heads towards general elections in October.

Kirchner corruption trial opens in Argentina

Buenos Aires - Former Argentine president Cristina Kirchner arrived in court Tuesday for the start of a corruption trial that will unfold as the country heads towards general elections in October.

Lula 'in love': Brazil's jailed ex-leader wants to marry if freed

Bras - Brazil's imprisoned ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, still loved by large parts of the population, plans to remarry if he is released from prison, a former minister said.

Brazil ex-president Temer leaves jail for second time

S - Former Brazil president Michel Temer left prison on Wednesday less than a week after returning to a Sao Paulo penitentiary in relation to a wide-ranging corruption scandal that has engulfed several high profile South American politicians.

Ex Peru president and wife indicted for Odebrecht corruption

- Peru's public prosecutor indicted former president Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia on Tuesday for allegedly laundering assets, as part of the wide-ranging Odebrecht corruption scandal.

Panama's Cortizo wins close presidential vote

Panama - Social Democrat Laurentino Cortizo won Panama's presidential election Sunday in a close race that saw a large number of voters turn out amid concerns over corruption scandals and the country's image as a money-launderer's paradise."I feel very happy.

Odebrecht scandal casts shadow over Panama poll

Panama - Seated next to dozens of workers in helmets and yellow jackets, Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela posed last month for a shared selfie after inaugurating the Central American country's latest project by Odebrecht -- the Brazilian firm whose million...

Veteran lawmaker poised to win Panama presidential election

Panama - Voters go to the polls to elect a president on Sunday in booming Panama, with anti-graft candidate Laurentino Cortizo the favorite to succeed incumbent Juan Carlos Varela.

Peru: Ex-president Kuczynski undergoes heart surgery

- Peru's former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who is under arrest in connection with the Odebrecht corruption scandal and has been hospitalized for heart problems, underwent emergency surgery Saturday to install a pacemaker, his brother said.

Odebrecht boss details 'money routes' to Peru politicians: prosecutor

Curitiba - Prosecutors said a top former executive of Brazilian multinational Odebrecht gave details Wednesday of multi-million dollar payoffs to Peruvian politicians including a top aide of former president Alan Garcia, who committed suicide last week.

Odebrecht funded Peru ex-president Garcia: former chief

Curitiba - Odebrecht's former chief in Peru told corruption investigators the firm helped finance the 2006 election campaign of former Peruvian president Alan Garcia, who committed suicide last week, Peru's public prosecutor said Tuesday.

Thousands rally in Brazil to protest Lula's first year in prison

Curitiba - Several thousand supporters of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva rallied on Sunday outside the prison where he has now been held for a year, as they demanded his release and chanted slogans against current leader Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazil's Lula fights for freedom as he marks one year in jail

S - Since entering prison a year ago, Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been spending his days working out in his cell and fighting to prove his innocence.

Argentina's scandal-hit ex-leader facing more graft charges

Buenos Aires - Argentina's former president Cristina Kirchner was charged with a new corruption case for the second day running on Tuesday, this time related to irregularities in the concession of subsidies for train and bus operators.

Argentina's Kirchner charged in new corruption case

Buenos Aires - Argentina's former president Cristina Kirchner was charged in yet another corruption investigation Monday, in this case over the fraudulent import of liquid gas.

Keiko Fujimori refuses to speak to corruption prosecutor

- Jailed opposition leader Keiko Fujimori refused to speak to Peru's public prosecutor on Monday as part of a corruption case linked to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

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.
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