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Deadly pandemic and postponed elections: Bolivia's explosive cocktail

La Paz - Ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, Bolivia is bracing for a potential escalation in civil unrest as former president Evo Morales's supporters take to the streets following a new postponement of presidential elections.

Black and gay: New York progressives aim to shake up US Congress

New York - Energized by the US's massive anti-racism protests, history-making progressives from New York -- young, black, Latino and gay -- want to shake up Congress's status quo when they are likely elected in November.

Trump says he will create path to citizenship for 'Dreamers'

Miami - President Donald Trump said Friday he would soon issue an executive order on immigration that includes a path to citizenship for people brought to America illegally as children.

Opposition candidate wins Dominican Republic presidential poll

Santo Domingo - Opposition candidate Luis Abinader swept to victory in the Dominican Republic's presidential election, early results showed Monday, ending 16 years of unbroken rule by the Caribbean nation's center-left PLD party after voters braved a worsening coronav...

Exiled Morales pulling Bolivian political strings as polls loom

La Paz - From exile in Buenos Aires, former leftist president Evo Morales continues to influence Bolivian politics and is plotting his party's return to power in September elections, analysts say.

Bolivia approves schedule for delayed general election

La Paz - Bolivia's Supreme Court on Friday issued a schedule for the country's delayed general election, including a date for an eventual second-round presidential run-off.

Protest-hit Chile mulls rewriting Pinochet's constitution

Santiago - Campaigning for next month's referendum on changing Chile's dictatorship-era constitution began on Wednesday, more than four months after an outbreak of unrest that triggered the ballot.

Bolivia's Morales given two days to save Senate candidacy bid

La Paz - Exiled former president Evo Morales has been given until Wednesday to prove he is a permanent resident in Bolivia or risk being thrown off the list of Senate candidates for May's general election, the country's supreme electoral court (TSE) said on Mon...

Morales opponents to seek ex-president's election disqualification

La Paz - Opponents of former Bolivia president Evo Morales said on Wednesday they will appeal the socialist leader's bid to run for a senate seat in May's general election.

Morales election pick returns to Bolivia, served subpoena

La Paz - Luis Arce, the presidential candidate for Evo Morales's Movement for Socialism party, was immediately served with a subpoena as he returned to Bolivia on Tuesday following a self-imposed exile in Mexico.

Peru Congress fragmented by Fujimori opposition collapse

- The opposition's crushing defeat in Peru's legislative elections has left a fragmented Congress without a dominant party -- but with a surprising newcomer threatening to become a serious player.

In Peru, 'they teach you to be ashamed,' indigenous trans candidate says

- The first indigenous transgender candidate to run for parliament in Peru says it's time to end the culture of machismo in the South American country.

Peru opposition crushed at legislative elections

- Peru's Keiko Fujimori-led opposition suffered a crushing blow at legislative elections, losing dozens of seats in the Congress it had dominated since 2016, according to early results Monday.

President set to gain as Peru heads to congressional polls

- Peru will hold separate parliamentary elections for the first time on Sunday as President Martin Vizcarra looks to break the influence of the main opposition party of Keiko Fujimori.

Bolivian Congress to vote on Morales' resignation

La Paz - Bolivia's Congress is to convene Tuesday to debate the validity of ex-president Evo Morales' resignation, with a vote expected on whether to accept or reject it, a leading lawmaker said.

Venezuela's Guaido eyes second chance after trying 'everything'

Caracas - Juan Guaido "tried everything" in 2019 to force Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro from power, to no avail. Yet the 36-year-old opposition leader has vowed to re-launch the offensive this year.

OAS finds 'malicious manipulation' in Bolivia election

Washington - The Organization of American States released its final report Wednesday into the October election in Bolivia, concluding that "malicious manipulation" had affected the vote, which has tipped the country into turmoil.

Luis Lacalle Pou, Uruguay's new president

Montevideo - Uruguay's young president-elect Luis Lacalle Pou has a remarkable political pedigree, being the son of a former president and a senator.

Without 'father' Evo, Bolivia's indigenous coca farmers feel orphaned

Driven back by security forces and now leaderless after the departure of ex-president Evo Morales, Bolivian indigenous coca farmers have been left "orphaned" in their fight against the country's right-wing caretaker government.

Police bust Bolivia funeral protest as Congress meets on election

La Paz - Bolivian riot police on Thursday tear gassed angry protesters who taunted them as "murderers" while parading with the coffins of five people killed in clashes with security forces, as Congress debated when to hold new elections.

Morales calls for international help to stop Bolivia 'genocide'

Mexico - Ex-president Evo Morales urged the international community Wednesday to intervene to stop what he called a "genocide" in Bolivia, where 32 people have died in violence that erupted after his disputed re-election."This massacre...

AFP Fact Check: misleading web posts add fuel to Bolivia crisis

La Paz - The resignation of Bolivia's Evo Morales and his replacement by a little known conservative senator has sparked a surge of misleading social media posts.Here's a selection of misinformation debunked by AFP's fact-check service.

Stand-in president 'brings back Bible' to Bolivian politics

La Paz - Mounting the steps of the presidential palace as acting head of state, Jeanine Anez raised in both hands an old leather-bound volume of the holy Gospels.

Jeanine Anez: stand-in president vowing to 'pacify' Bolivia

La Paz - Conservative senator Jeanine Anez was unknown to many Bolivians before she stepped out beaming and waving a Bible on the balcony of the government palace.

Fed up, satellite towns around Madrid turn to far-right Vox

Valdemoro - "I don't like Vox, I've always supported the Socialists, but I've just had enough of all the in-fighting between the parties," shrugs retired construction worker Luis Martinez, who like many people in Valdemoro voted for the far-right.

Bolivians jam streets to celebrate president's resignation

La Paz - Jubilant crowds packed the streets of La Paz Sunday to celebrate the abrupt resignation of Bolivian President Evo Morales, Latin America's longest serving leader, after weeks of protest over his disputed re-election.

Protesters seize state-run media in Bolivia as tensions soar

La Paz - Opposition demonstrators in Bolivia overran two state-run media outlets and forced them off the air Saturday and some police stopped guarding the square where President Evo Morales' palace is located, as tensions remained high after a disputed election...

Leftist icon Mujica set for ministerial return in Uruguay

Montevideo - Ex-Uruguay president Jose Mujica is on the brink of a sensational return to the political spotlight, after the 84-year-old former guerrilla leader said Thursday he had agreed to be a minister in a Broad Front government.

Student killed as pressure mounts in Bolivia protests

La Paz - A student was killed in Bolivian protests Wednesday amid increasing pressure on President Evo Morales to resign over opposition claims that he rigged his recent re-election.

Bolivia leader warns of bloodshed as opponents vow to oust him

La Paz - Bolivia's government accused its rivals Sunday of plotting deadly violence against it after an opposition figure vowed to oust leftist President Evo Morales and called for the military's support.
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