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Maduro celebrates Guaido 'failure' in Venezuela rally

Caracas - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro goaded opposition leader Juan Guaido during a rally in Caracas on Thursday, taunting his rival for failing to unseat him.

Clashes mark return to protests in Colombia

Apo - Riot police firing tear gas and stun grenades clashed with rock-throwing demonstrators in Bogota Tuesday as anti-government protests resumed across Colombia, leaving 11 people injured and nearly 100 arrested.

Bolivia's Morales retracts vow to create armed civilian militia

La Paz - Exiled former Bolivian president Evo Morales backtracked on Thursday from a vow to create armed civilian militias similar to notorious 'colectivos' in Venezuela, were he to be allowed back to his homeland.

Chile's Pinera announces key pension fund reform after protests

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera has announced plans to reform the country's pensions system, a key measure aimed at easing the South American country's three-month old social crisis.

Giammattei set to swear in as Guatemala president under corruption cloud

Guatemala City - Right-wing Alejandro Giammattei is set to swear in as Guatemala's new president on Tuesday with a vow to tackle corruption, replacing the unpopular Jimmy Morales.

Venezuelan opposition leader says talks with Maduro unlikely

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido said Saturday it is unlikely he will resume negotiations with President Nicolas Maduro.

Chile president launches health care reform project

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera launched on Sunday a reform project to create a "universal health plan" following months of protests against social inequality and his leadership.

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.

Brazil President Bolsonaro says he has a hernia

Bras - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro says he is suffering from a hernia, apparently as a result of being stabbed in the stomach in 2018, local media reported on Friday.

Cuba to name first prime minister in 40 years

Havana - Cuba is to resurrect the position of prime minister in a parliamentary session at the end of the week, with President Miguel Diaz-Canel nominating a candidate to the post which has remained dormant for more than 40 years.

New president vows to put Argentines before debt repayments

Buenos Aires - Center-leftist Alberto Fernandez vowed to put his people first ahead of debt repayments after he was sworn in as Argentina's president Tuesday to singing and applause from lawmakers and supporters.

Fernandez takes office as Argentina shifts to the left

Buenos Aires - Argentina's incoming president Alberto Fernandez takes office Tuesday having pledged to put Argentina "back on its feet" but he faces a tough task due to recession, high inflation and rising unemployment and poverty.

Brazil approves sale of medical cannabis in pharmacies

S - Brazil's health watchdog on Tuesday approved the sale of cannabis-based products for medical use in pharmacies to people with a prescription.

Kirchner in court days before assuming Argentine vice-presidency

Buenos Aires - Argentina's ex-president Cristina Kirchner appeared in court Monday to give evidence in a corruption trial in which she is charged with diverting public funds, just a week before she returns to the country's government as vice president.

Kirchner in court days before assuming Argentine vice-presidency

Buenos Aires - Argentina's ex-president Cristina Kirchner arrived in court Monday to give evidence in a corruption trial in which she is charged with diverting public funds, just a week before she returns to the country's government as vice president.

Argentina's leftist president-elect reignites abortion debate

Buenos Aires - The inauguration of Argentina's president-elect Alberto Fernandez next month has reignited a debate over the legalization of abortion, a year after conservatives narrowly blocked its decriminalization, leaving the country bitterly divided over the issu...

Chile president announces tougher public order laws

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday announced a series of measures to tighten public order in the wake of three weeks of anti-government protests that have left 20 people dead.

Kirchner or Fernandez? Who's really going to run Argentina?

Buenos Aires - Alberto Fernandez has just been elected president of Argentina but before even taking charge he faces suggestions that he is a puppet for ex-president Cristina Kirchner.

Spanish King Felipe VI to visit Cuba in November

Havana - Spain's King Felipe VI will visit Cuba next month as part of the 500th anniversary celebrations of the island nation's capital Havana, the European country's Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Wednesday.

Clashes at protests in Ecuador over fuel price hike, oil facilities seized

Machachi - Protesters clashed with Ecuadoran forces Monday as they marched toward the capital to demonstrate against soaring fuel prices, with the government announcing three oil facilities had been seized, slashing production by 12 percent.

Clashes as indigenous march on Ecuador capital over fuel price hike

Machachi - Hundreds of indigenous people and farmers clashed with Ecuadoran security forces Monday as they marched toward the capital Quito to protest against rising fuel prices.

No love lost in 'Tinder K' support for Argentina's Kirchner

Buenos Aires - They say opposites attract but it doesn't seem so for many Argentine members of Tinder K, a closed Facebook dating group drawn together by a shared vision of the perfect romantic partner: single, Peronist and Kirchnerist.

Pro-Maduro lawmakers return to Venezuela assembly

Caracas - Lawmakers from President Nicolas Maduro's socialist party made a noisy return to the opposition-controlled National Assembly on Tuesday, ending a three-year boycott.

Venezuela parliament ratifies Guaido as interim president

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition-dominated National Assembly on Tuesday ratified Juan Guaido as the country's interim president until new elections can be held.

Venezuela's govt says its lawmakers will return to opposition-led legislature

Caracas - Venezuela's government said Monday its deputies will return to the opposition-controlled legislature, which they walked out of three years ago."In the interests of deepening and extending the dialogue...

Brazil president undergoes hernia surgery, a year after knife attack

S - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro underwent surgery on Sunday to repair an abdominal hernia, his fourth operation since being stabbed in the stomach a year ago at a campaign rally, his doctors said.

Brazil's Bolsonaro to undergo hernia surgery Sunday

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will undergo surgery for an incisional hernia in Sao Paulo on Sunday, his surgeon said.He arrived at Vila Nova Star Hospital Saturday night accompanied by his wife Michelle and his son Carlos.

Tens of thousands of women march in Brazil against Bolsonaro

Bras - Tens of thousands of women took to the streets of Brazil's capital Wednesday to denounce President Jair Bolsonaro, in the third anti-government protest in the city in two days.

Authoritarian or angry? Guatemala's presidential candidates

Guatemala City - Guatemalans worried by corruption, poverty, gang violence and migration head to the polls on Sunday to decide which of two candidates will be their next president: center-left former first lady Sandra Torres or conservative Alejandro Giammattei.

Panama president pledges new beginning in corruption fight

Panama - Panama's new president Laurentino Cortizo took office on Monday faced with the task of sprucing up his corruption-tainted country's image and reviving a floundering economy.
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