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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.

Weary Venezuelans in low-turnout win for ruling party

Caracas - Venezuelans stayed away in droves Sunday from municipal elections, handing a victory to the ruling party -- but with just 27 percent turnout.National Electoral Council chair Tibisay Lucena put the rate of abstention at 72.6 percent.

Low turnout predicted as Venezuelans elect municipal councils

Caracas - Analysts were expecting a record low voter turnout Sunday in Venezuela's municipal council elections, a vote in which opposition parties were banned from participating.

Protests follow court backing for Morales' fourth-term bid

La Paz - Thousands of people took part in protest marches across Bolivia on Thursday amid a general strike called by opponents of President Evo Morales' bid for a fourth term.

Far-right wins seats in Andalusia parliament in first for post-Franco Spain

Seville - A far-right party won seats in a Spanish regional parliament for the first time since the country returned to democracy following the death of longtime dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, results in Andalusia's election showed.

Ruling Socialists under pressure as far-right eyes Andalusia seats

Seville - Spain's most populous region Andalusia went to the polls yesterday in the first of a series of tests for Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

Spanish PM faces first ballot box test in Andalusia polls

Madrid - Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez faces his first test at the ballot box on Sunday in regional polls in Andalusia which will kick off a series of elections in the country.

Bolsonaro's vision for Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro promised in his victory speech Sunday to "change Brazil's destiny," after campaigning on a hardline law-and-order platform.

Brazil's Haddad: Lula stand-in fighting the far right

S - Fernando Haddad is the last hope for those dreading a far-right win in Brazil's presidential election Sunday, but the measured university professor lacks the charisma of his mentor, ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Brazil candidates make final campaign pitches

S - Brazil's presidential candidates made their final push for voters Saturday, with pitches that echoed the gulf between them: leftist Fernando Haddad held a "peace rally" in the favelas, while far-right frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro took to Twitter.

Brazil candidates make final campaign pitches

S - Brazil's presidential candidates made their final push for voters Saturday with pitches that summarized the gulf between them: leftist Fernando Haddad held a "peace rally" in the favelas while far-right front-runner Jair Bolsonaro reached out on Twitte...

Brazil's Haddad: Lula stand-in fighting the far right

S - Fernando Haddad is the last hope for those dreading a far-right win in Brazil's presidential election, but the measured university professor lacks the charisma of his mentor, ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Fake news a 'constant worry' in Brazil vote, say OAS observers

S - The use of mobile messaging platform Whatsapp to spread false information during the Brazilian presidential campaign has reached "a scope never before seen" and is a "constant worry" for Organization of American States (OAS) observers, the head of the ...

Mexico votes in referendum on controversial new airport

Mexico - Mexico's incoming leftist government of President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday opened polls for a referendum on whether or not to keep building a controversial new airport for the capital area.

Viral video turns Brazilian cop into politician

S - It took three gunshots to change Katia Sastre's life, turning the police officer first into a heroine and then one of the most successful politicians in Brazil's general election.

Gays, blacks still voting for Brazil's Bolsonaro despite rhetoric

Rio De Janeiro - Right-wing Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro once said he'd rather have a dead son than one who came out of the closet, but that isn't stopping conservative gay voters from backing him in Sunday's decisive election run-off.

Bolsonaro vs. Haddad: Brazilian voters face deep contrasts

Rio De Janeiro - One is a far-right populist who wants to clean up Brazil, the other a leftist political heir to popular -- but imprisoned -- ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Brazil police to probe election disinformation on social media

Bras - Brazilian federal police will investigate massive amounts of disinformation circulating on social media against the two candidates vying to become president, Public Security Minister Raul Jungmann said Saturday.

Leftist's party urges Brazil authorities to act on WhatsApp election messages

Bras - The Workers Party of leftist Brazilian presidential candidate Fernando Haddad on Friday urged electoral authorities to take swift action over a flood of misinformation by WhatsApp they blamed on the far-right frontrunner, Jair Bolsonaro.

Bolsonaro: I 'admire' Trump

Rio De Janeiro - Jair Bolsonaro, the favorite to win the second round of Brazil's presidential elections, on Thursday declared himself an "admirer" of US President Donald Trump.

Brazil's Bolsonaro: a tropical Trump?

Rio De Janeiro - Impetuous, admiring of military men, pro-guns, social media-savvy, accused of misogyny and racism: Brazil's far-right presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro shares more than a few qualities with US leader Donald Trump.But is it a fair comparison?

Bolsonaro, Haddad hold different visions of Brazil future

Rio De Janeiro - Right-winger Jair Bolsonaro and leftist candidate Fernando Haddad, who will contest a second-round runoff to become Brazil's next president, hold diametrically opposed visions of Brazil's future.

Presidential candidate running mate stirs Brazil with 'whitening of race' quip

Bras - The running mate of Brazil's far-right presidential election frontrunner on Sunday stirred outrage after proudly talking about a "whitening of the race" in relation to one of his grandchildren.

Brazil's Lula unable to vote in prison

Bras - Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is not only barred from running in elections taking place on Sunday -- but he will also be unable to cast his vote, according to authorities.

Ex-Bolivian president Mesa launches 2019 election bid

La Paz - Bolivian ex-president Carlos Mesa on Saturday launched his candidacy for the 2019 election, in which he will face Evo Morales who will be seeking his fourth consecutive term.

Jailed ex-president to contest Panama elections after primary win

Panama - Former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli will contest next year's general election after topping the poll in his party's primaries despite being jailed on corruption charges.

Brazil presidential candidate expects to leave hospital by month's end

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said in a video released Friday that he expects to leave hospital before the end of the month after he was stabbed in the abdomen two weeks ago."I've never felt so happy and good in my life.

Brazilian dark horse says God wants him to be president

Rio De Janeiro - One of the media darlings of Brazil's eccentric presidential race is a buff, bible-thumping reserve fireman who barely registers in the polls and insists God wants him to win.

Brazil's presidential campaign polarized between left and far right

Bras - Brazil looks to be charging headlong into a two-horse presidential race between the far right and the left in what has been an at times surreal and unpredictable campaign.
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