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Nine members of Venezuela's army jailed on treason charges

Caracas - A Venezuelan military court on Saturday ordered seven army officers and two sergeants to be jailed on charges of treason and "instigating a rebellion" against President Nicolas Maduro.

Right-wing opposition takes lead in key Salvadoran vote

Sansalvador - El Salvador's right-wing opposition party appeared headed for victory Monday in legislative and municipal elections, dealing a blow to leftist President Salvador Sanchez Ceren in his final year of office.

Falcon cuts divisive figure in Venezuela's election

Caracas - Henri Falcon, the main opponent to unpopular President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela's presidential election, is in the unusual position of being unloved by both Maduro's ruling socialists and the main opposition alike.

Open heart surgery for Colombian FARC leader Londono

Bogota - Colombian presidential candidate and FARC leader Rodrigo "Timochenko" Londono will have open heart surgery following a heart attack, officials said Friday.

FARC ex-rebel leader sounds 'SOS' on Colombia peace deal

Bogota - The ex-rebel leader running for president of Colombia for the former leftist guerrillas of the FARC said Wednesday their peace deal with the government is in serious danger.

Maduro officially lodges candidacy for Venezuela re-election

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday officially lodged his candidacy in a snap April 22 presidential election boycotted by the opposition.

Venezuela opens nominations for presidential vote as US protests

Caracas - Venezuela is now accepting candidate registrations for its April 22 presidential elections, but opposition politicians and the United States are rejecting the terms of the poll.

Brazil's Lula mounts new appeal against prison sentence

S - Brazil's former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made yet another appeal against a 12 year prison sentence for corruption that could knock him out of an attempted comeback election.

Top Venezuela official calls for early legislative elections

Caracas - A top official of Venezuela's ruling Socialist party on Tuesday proposed holding legislative elections more than two years early to coincide with a presidential vote in April.

Three independents seek to shake up Mexico presidential race

Mexico - A former first lady, a horse-riding governor known as "The Bronco" and a senator who calls himself "The Jaguar" jumped into Mexico's presidential race Monday after gathering the required signatures to run as independents.

Honduras lawmakers debate bill seeking to curb online speech

Tegucigalpa - Lawmakers in Honduras are debating a bill that wants to fine administrators of social media networks for online comments deemed offensive or promoting "hate campaigns.

Anti-gay marriage pastor in Costa Rica presidential runoff

San Jos - Costa Rica faces a choice between a right-wing evangelical lawmaker and a former minister from the leftist ruling party for its next president after a first-round weekend election.

Venezuela talks move forward under shadow of early election

Santo Domingo - Venezuela's government and opposition pushed on Tuesday with talks aimed at soothing their country's political crisis, but President Nicolas Maduro's bid for virtually unopposed re-election in early polls weighed heavily on the negotiations.

Women take to Honduran streets en masse to protest president's reelection

Tegucigalpa - Hundreds of women protested Thursday in Honduras against Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is preparing to begin his second presidential term Saturday after winning November's disputed vote.

Day of destiny looms for Brazil's Lula

Bras - A Brazilian appeals court will rule on Wednesday whether to overturn a corruption conviction against ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, effectively deciding if he can run in this year's election.Lula was sentenced in July to 9.

Honduras roads blocked in protests against election results

Tegucigalpa - Activists blocked roads and clashed with police in Honduras on Saturday as part of nationwide protests against the contested re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

Chile swings back to right as billionaire returns to power

Santiago - Chile's political landscape once again swung back from left to right, after billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera beat an independent backed by outgoing center-leftist President Michelle Bachelet.

Chile swings back to right as billionaire returns to power

Santiago - Chile's political landscape once again swung back from left to right, after billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera beat an independent backed by outgoing center-leftist President Michelle Bachelet.

Honduras opposition blocks roads in post-election protest

Tegucigalpa - Supporters of Honduras's opposition blocked roads in towns and cities on Friday to demand their candidate Salvador Nasralla be declared the winner of a presidential election held nearly three weeks ago.

Venezuela government, opposition hold new round of talks

Santo Domingo - Venezuela's government and opposition concluded a new round of talks Friday in an effort to bridge deep and entrenched differences to find a way to end the dire political and economic crisis tearing apart their country.

Leftist stalwart shoots for Mexico's presidency, promising controversial amnesty

Mexico - Leftist stalwart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday joined the race for Mexico's presidency, pledging to reverse government reforms and offer criminals amnesty as a new way to target rampant violent crime.

Honduras calms following violence sparked by electoral uncertainty

Tegucigalpa - Honduras experienced a moment of calm Saturday after a wave of violent clashes between Honduran authorities and opposition supporters claiming fraud in the country's presidential election shook the country.

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