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Corruption-weary Guatemalans vote for president after tumultuous campaign

Guatemala City - Corruption-weary Guatemalans voted Sunday to elect a new president after a tumultuous campaign that saw two leading candidates barred from taking part and the top electoral crimes prosecutor forced to flee the country, fearing for his life.

Corruption tainted Guatemala set to elect new president

Guatemala City - Corruption-weary Guatemalans are set to elect a new president Sunday after a tumultuous campaign that saw two leading candidates barred from taking part and the top electoral crimes prosecutor forced to flee the country, fearing for his life.

Guatemalans see polls as chance to emerge from violence, corruption

Guatemala City - Wearied by corruption and violence, Guatemalans head to the polls on Sunday reeling from a campaign that saw two leading presidential candidates barred from running and a top electoral official forced to flee the country.

General strike against inflation paralyzes Argentina

Buenos Aires - Opponents of Argentina's President Mauricio Macri launched a 24-hour strike on Wednesday to protest the government's inability to reduce inflation that has reached 55 percent over the past year.

Activists in Argentina launch new bid to legalize abortion

Buenos Aires - Lawmakers in Argentina launched a fresh bid to legalize abortion on Tuesday, presenting a new bill to Congress and resuming a battle that has divided the homeland of Pope Francis ahead of October's general election.

Nicaragua opposition calls strike, government vows prisoner release

Managua - Nicaragua's opposition on Wednesday called a 24-hour general strike to increase pressure on the government of President Daniel Ortega to release prisoners as agreed in peace talks between the two sides.

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.

Ex anti-corruption prosecutor abandons Guatemala presidency bid

Guatemala City - Guatemala's former anti-corruption public prosecutor Thelma Aldana on Thursday abandoned her bid to run in next month's presidential election after she was barred from standing by the country's top court.

Ex-Argentine president Kirchner presents her best-selling book

Buenos Aires - Former Argentine president Cristina Kirchner presented her best-selling book "Sincerely" at the Buenos Aires Book Fair amid expectations she will run in October's elections.

'Nito' Cortizo: cattle rancher and veteran of Panama politics

Panama - Social democrat Laurentino Cortizo, who won Sunday's presidential election in Panama, is a veteran politician and former agriculture minister of the small Central American country.

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.

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.

Juan Guaido: the 'kid' taking on Venezuela's Maduro

Caracas - Juan Guaido proudly calls himself a "survivor," and he proved just that in defying the threat of arrest to make a triumphant return to Venezuela on Monday.

Who backs whom in Venezuela crisis

Caracas - World powers are taking sides in the struggle between the rivals to lead Venezuela, which has pitted some Western nations against Russia, China and others.

Insecurity and the economy dominate El Salvador presidential vote

Sansalvador - Nayib Bukele is favored to win El Salvador's presidency when voters head to the polls on Sunday, as the country grapples with violence, corruption, poverty and an exodus of migrants seeking to reach the United States.

Maduro vs. Guaido: Who is backing whom?

Caracas - Venezuela has been receiving massive attention from the international community since National Assembly chief Juan Guaido declared himself acting interim president of Venezuela.

Protests in Honduras against president heat up

Tegucigalpa - Thousands of people took to the streets across Honduras on Sunday to protest against the president a year after his controversial inauguration.

Four scenarios for Venezuela's growing political crisis

Caracas - The political crisis in Venezuela has intensified since Juan Guaido proclaimed himself acting president, but what happens next depends on the United States and the Venezuelan military.

The forces behind Venezuela's Maduro-Guaido power struggle

Caracas - By declaring himself acting president, Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido sparked a leadership battle with the head of state, Nicolas Maduro.

Juan Guaido: the 'kid' taking on Venezuela's Maduro

Caracas - Juan Guaido proudly calls himself a "survivor.

Maduro dismisses legitimacy questions as second term looms

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will begin his second mandate on Thursday plagued by accusations of illegitimacy and increasing international isolation in a country crippled by an economic crisis.

Brazil's Bolsonaro follows through on gun, 'anti-Marxist' vows

Bras - On the eve of taking office as Brazil's new president on Tuesday, Jair Bolsonaro is making clear he intends to implement the far-right agenda he promised during his election campaign.

Bolsonaro's moment of truth arrives for Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil is about to experience its moment of truth with its new president, Jair Bolsonaro, who takes power on Tuesday as an untested leader vowing a crackdown on crime and corruption and ideological opposition to the left.

Bolivia's Morales ignores unconstitutional accusations in reelection bid

La Paz - Bolivian President Evo Morales is forging on in his bid to win a fourth term in next year's elections, despite mounting opposition against a move branded unconstitutional.

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.
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