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Venezuela supreme court rejects challenge to Maduro re-election

Caracas - Venezuela's highest court refused Wednesday to consider a lawsuit challenging President Nicolas Maduro's re-election victory in May.The elections chamber of the Supreme Court announced its decision on Twitter, and did not give the reasoning behind it.

Graft allegations dominate final presidential debate in Mexico

Mexico - Mexico's presidential candidates traded accusations of corruption Tuesday in a hard-fought final debate ahead of the July 1 election.

Jailed Lula still way ahead in Brazil presidential poll

S - Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva remains far ahead in a poll out Sunday of candidates in Brazil's October presidential election, even though he has been in prison for two months.

Nicaragua talks on hold as student becomes 135th victim of violence

Managua - Gunmen opened fire on a barricade manned by anti-government protesters, killing a student, amid stalled efforts to revive peace negotiations between the government and opposition.

Leader of Brazil's homeless movement eyes presidential palace

S - He's got barely one percent in the polls so far, but 35-year-old leftist Guilherme Boulos says Brazil is ripe for a new face willing to take on the corrupt and powerful in October presidential elections.

Beaten Venezuelan candidate mounts legal challenge to Maduro win

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro's closest challenger in this month's presidential polls, Henri Falcon, on Wednesday filed an appeal with the country's highest court to have the vote annulled.

Mexico leftist presidential candidate tops 50% in poll

Mexico - The fiery leftist leading the race for Mexico's July 1 presidential election, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, would get more than half the vote if it were held now, according to a poll published Wednesday.

Colombia's FARC says 24 ex-combatants killed this year

Apo - Colombian former rebel movement FARC said 24 of its ex-combatants had been killed since the beginning of the year, sounding a warning over continued violence threatening Colombia's fragile peace agreement.

Five key factors that could swing Colombia's second round of voting

Apo - Conservative former president Alvaro Uribe, who opposed the FARC peace deal, exerts a powerful influence on voters in Colombia, but the left was still able to achieve a record score in Sunday's first round of the presidential election, in which turnout...

Two Venezuelan generals among group detained for 'treason': lawyer

Caracas - Two Venezuelan generals were among a group of people arrested last week for allegedly plotting against the country's President Nicolas Maduro, their lawyer said Sunday.The generals are accused of leading a group of eight soldiers and a civilian.

Weary Venezuelans reject 'Maduro's circus'

Caracas - Fed up with years of acute deprivation and deeply distrustful of the government, a record number of Venezuelans declined to vote in the election that saw unpopular President Nicolas Maduro returned to office.

What's ahead for crisis-hit Venezuela after Maduro's contested re-election

Caracas - Following the disputed re-election of Nicolas Maduro, the future looks bleak for Venezuela, already mired in the worst economic crisis in its history that has left dire shortages of food and medicines and led to violent protests.

'Red points' spark contention in Venezuelan vote

Caracas - The sound of a Mexican folk ballad rings out from under a red canopy set up by the ruling party in a favela, or shantytown, in the Venezuelan capital.

Venezuela opposition figures end jail protest

Caracas - A group of Venezuelan opposition prisoners on Friday ended their takeover of part of a prison run by the feared intelligence services, where an American accused of espionage is also being held, one of the inmates said.

Falcon cuts divisive figure in Venezuela's election

Caracas - Henri Falcon, who stands between Venezuelans and another six years of rule by President Nicolas Maduro in elections Sunday, cuts a polarizing figure, arousing the ire of Maduro's socialists and sections of the main opposition alike.

Brazil's Lula lashes out at imprisonment, loses privileges

Bras - Brazil's leftist ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Thursday lashed out against his imprisonment for corruption but the government rejected his claim to have been victim of a "farce" and a judge stripped him of presidential privileges.

Venezuela opposition figures in jail protest

Caracas - Dozens of Venezuelan opposition prisoners have taken over part of a prison run by the feared intelligence services days ahead of elections, a rights group said Thursday.

Venezuela opposition calls for boycott of May 20 election

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition on Thursday called for a boycott of the May 20 presidential election, urging those running against President Nicolas Maduro to withdraw their candidacy.

Venezuela opposition calls for boycott of May 20 election

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition on Thursday called for a boycott of the May 20 presidential election, urging those running against President Nicolas Maduro to withdraw their candidacy.

Venezuela opposition calls for boycott of May 20 election

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition on Thursday called for a boycott of the May 20 presidential election, urging those running against President Nicolas Maduro to withdraw their candidacy.

Campaigning begins in Venezuela's disputed presidential poll

Caracas - Campaigning in Venuzuela got off to a muted start on Sunday ahead of a divisive presidential poll on May 20 which is being boycotted by the opposition and branded illegitimate by much of the international community.

Cuba's National Assembly begins meeting to chose Castro successor

Havana - Cuba's National Assembly on Wednesday began a historic two-day meeting to elect a successor to President Raul Castro, whose departure will end his family's six-decade grip on power.

Venezuelans swarm outside Chilean consulate seeking new visa

Caracas - Hundreds of Venezuelans swarmed outside the Chilean consulate Monday hoping to get a new visa created by Santiago to offer a new home for people desperate to leave the crisis-wracked country.

Brazil AG files racism suit against far-right presidential candidate

Bras - Brazil's top prosecutor has filed a complaint against far-right firebrand and presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro for "racism" against Afro-Brazilians, indigenous peoples, refugees, women and members of the LGBT community.

Imprisoned Lula is still 'our candidate,' his party says

Curitiba - Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, imprisoned since the weekend on a corruption conviction, will still be the Workers' Party candidate in Brazil's October presidential election, party leaders said Monday.

With Lula behind bars, what's next for Brazil?

S - After more than 52 hours of fraught twists and turns, Brazil's former president Lula was finally put behind bars over the weekend, watched by a nation divided between those who adore him and those who abhor him.

Carlos Alvarado: Costa Rica's president-elect with a taste for rock music

San Jos - Carlos Alvarado Quesada counts Ernest Hemingway and Pink Floyd among his guiding lights, but it was his experience as a former minister in Costa Rica's outgoing center-left government that shaped the political career that Sunday led to him becoming pre...

Costa Rica votes in ex-minister as next president, spurns preacher rival

San Jos - Costa Rica on Sunday voted for a former minister from the center-left ruling party as its next president, rejecting his rival, an ultra-conservative preacher who had campaigned strongly against gay marriage.

Costa Rica votes in ex-minister as next president, spurns preacher rival

San Jos - Costa Rica on Sunday voted for a former minister from the center-left ruling party as its next president, rejecting his rival, an ultra-conservative preacher who had campaigned strongly against gay marriage.

Costa Rica votes in ex-minister as next president, spurns preacher rival

San Jos - Costa Rica on Sunday voted for a former minister from the center-left ruling party as its next president, rejecting his rival, an ultra-conservative preacher who had campaigned strongly against gay marriage.
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