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Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition-controlled but powerless National Assembly stepped up its battle with President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday by offering an amnesty to anyone from the military who joins it in disavowing the socialist leader.

Maduro accuses opposition of staging arrest of parliament president

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused his opponents Monday of staging the arrest of parliament president Juan Guaido by intelligence service agents.

Increasingly isolated Venezuelan president begins new term

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro began a new term on Thursday with the economy in ruins and his regime more isolated than ever as regional leaders declared his re-election illegitimate and shunned his inauguration.

Venezuela's isolated Maduro to begin new term with economy in tatters

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday begins a new term that critics dismiss as illegitimate, with the economy in free fall and the country more isolated than ever.

Maduro issues threat to 'interventionist' regional rivals

Caracas - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro hit out at his regional detractors on Wednesday, threatening to take "diplomatic measures" against them if they refuse to acknowledge his re-election.

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.

Venezuela's armed forces declare 'loyalty' to Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's armed forces declared "absolute loyalty" to President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday, just two days before the socialist leader is sworn in for a second term of office.

Bolsonaro strips agency of right to decide native land in Brazil

Bras - Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has stripped an agency of the responsibility to demarcate indigenous lands in a move that has unsettled native rights groups and even some farm businesses that will benefit.

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.

Anti-missile defenses protect Bolsonaro investiture

Bras - Anti-missile defenses and warplanes are set to be activated Tuesday as part of a security shield protecting the investiture of Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro.

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.

Costa Rica passes decrees boosting LGBT rights

San Jos - Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado on Friday signed a number of decrees and norms granting various rights to the LGBT community.

Bolsonaro government has military, conservative streak

Bras - Brazil's next government, under incoming far-right president Jair Bolsonaro who takes power in three weeks, will be neo-liberal economically, morally conservative and heavy reliant on a contingent of ex-military figures.

Brazil's Bolsonaro completes cabinet with rightist environment chief

S - Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a longtime climate-change skeptic, has named a rightist lawyer with a contentious background to be environment minister in the country whose Amazon rainforest is under threat.

Former Colombian president Belisario Betancur dies at 95

Apo - Former Colombian president Belisario Betancur, who steered his country through one of its most turbulent periods in the 1980s, died Friday aged 95, doctors announced.

China's Xi in Panama on mission to bolster clout in Latin America

Panama - China's President Xi Jinping and his Panamanian counterpart Juan Carlos Varela signed a string of cooperation agreements Monday as Beijing aims to extend its political and economic influence in Latin America.

Brazil's Bolsonaro names seventh military man to cabinet

Rio De Janeiro - President-elect Jair Bolsonaro named Admiral Bento Costa Lima Leite his minister of mines and energy Friday, continuing his militarization of Brazil's incoming government.

Brazil anti-corruption officials to get key government posts

Bras - Brazil's incoming justice and security minister Sergio Moro announced Tuesday he was recruiting part of his team from the massive "Car Wash" anti-corruption probe that snared former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Chile says attacks rising in wake of Mapuche killing by police

Santiago - The number of arson attacks and other "acts of violence" has soared in southern Chile's indigenous communities in the week since the killing by police of a young Mapuche man, the government said Tuesday.

Rights group calls for US reparations over 1989 Panama invasion

Panama - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has called on Washington to compensate victims and families of the 1989 invasion of Panama, accusing US forces of multiple rights violations as they moved to overthrow dictator Manuel Antonio Norieg...

Bolsonaro says he cannot save Brazil alone

Bras - Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday that he alone cannot rescue the country from economic hardship and spiraling violent crime, as he met with outgoing head of state Michel Temer and the country's Supreme Court chief.

Pompeo begins Latin America trip amid tensions over migrant caravan

Panama - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Thursday in Panama at the start of a tour of the Central American region that President Donald Trump blames for an "onslaught" of US-bound migrants.

Macri accused of 'abuse of power' over IMF loan

Buenos Aires - Argentina's attorney general is looking into an accusation of "abuse of power" against President Mauricio Macri after he agreed to a $50 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, his office said Wednesday.

Guatemala's Jimmy Morales shuts down UN anti-corruption mission

Guatemala City - Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Friday announced he was shutting down a UN mission investigating corruption in his country, accusing it of interfering in its internal affairs.

New Paraguay president sworn-in amid ruling party rift

Asunci - Mario Abdo Benitez took office Wednesday as Paraguay's new president, four months after playing down close family ties with the South American country's late dictator to win a tight election race.

Venezuela's Maduro says would take FBI help over 'murder plot'

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro has said he would allow FBI agents come to Venezuela to help investigate a recent alleged plot to kill him with explosive drones -- but with conditions.

Melania Trump's parents get US citizenship under program slammed by Trump

New York - The Slovenian-born parents of Melania Trump became US citizens at a naturalization ceremony in New York on Thursday, reportedly taking advantage of a family reunification program President Donald Trump has vehemently denounced.

Venezuelan opposition urges US, Colombia to ignore extradition request

Caracas - Venezuela was pressing Colombia and the US to extradite its former National Assembly speaker as the country's opposition pushed back Thursday, saying the arrest warrant for the prominent lawmaker Julio Borges was "political in nature.

Police recover Bolivian presidential medal stolen while custodian at brothel

La Paz - Police in Bolivia on Wednesday recovered a jewel-encrusted presidential medal which had been stolen the night before when its custodian was reportedly visiting a brothel.

Colombia's new leader plans changes to FARC peace deal

Apo - Colombia's new President Ivan Duque took office Tuesday, with no shortage of tough issues to tackle, from heightened tensions with neighboring Venezuela to the lingering difficulties of peace-building with the nation's rebel groups.
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