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Brazil Workers' Party boss acquitted of corruption charges

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday acquitted the head of the once-dominant leftist Workers' Party of charges of corruption and money laundering.

Nicaraguan dialogue to end crisis falls apart

Managua - Another attempt at church- mediated talks to end a deadly political crisis in Nicaragua fell apart on Monday, a clergy statement said.

Ex-Ecuador leader sought in case of missing opposition figure

Quito - A court in Quito on Monday ordered testimony from Ecuador's ex-president Rafael Correa, who lives in Belgium, in the investigation of an opposition figure's apparent 2012 kidnapping in Venezuela.

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.

Nicaragua crisis death toll rises as bishops await word from Ortega

Managua - The death toll resulting from Nicaragua's escalating crisis rose over the weekend to at least 139, according to a top rights group.

More than 200 arrested in Venezuela crackdown on 'speculators'

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities have arrested more than 200 people since April as part of a crackdown on alleged currency speculators as the country battles world-record hyperinflation, Vice President Tareck El Aissami said Friday.

Nicaragua's richest man backs early elections to end crisis

Managua - Nicaragua's richest and most influential businessman appealed Wednesday for presidential elections to be moved forward from 2021 in a bid to calm unrest that has left scores dead since last month.

Uruguay's former vice president to face trial for embezzlement

Montevideo - Uruguay's former vice president Raul Sendic will go on trial for embezzlement and abuse of office during his time as head of the state oil group, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Nicaragua protesters dig in as more killed

Managua - Hundreds of protesters dug in around Nicaragua on Saturday, blocking roads as at least eight more people were killed in a 24-hour period.

Guatemala's ex-army chief jailed for 1981 rape and torture

Guatemala City - Guatemala's former army chief and other retired officers received long prison terms Wednesday for the rape and torture of a woman and the disappearance of her brother in 1981 during the country's civil war.

Javier Bardem sounds free speech warning in Spain

Madrid - Spain's Oscar-winner Javier Bardem warned Tuesday that the country risked a return to the era of dictator Francisco Franco as concerns mount over freedom of expression with artists probed or jailed for voicing their opinions.

FARC leader wanted in US suspends hunger strike

Apo - Former FARC leader Jesus Santrich said Saturday he has halted a 41-day-old hunger strike, two days after a Colombian court suspended his extradition to the United States.

Students leading Nicaragua protests demand transition government

Managua - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's time is up and he should step aside to allow a transitional government to take over, a representative of university students spearheading protests against the veteran leader told AFP.

Colombia suspends extradition of FARC leader to US

Apo - A Colombian court set up to try crimes committed by former leftist rebels during decades of conflict on Thursday suspended the extradition of a former FARC leader wanted in the United States.

Salvador ex-president Saca to face trial for embezzlement

Sansalvador - A Salvadoran judge has decided to send former president Elias Antonio Saca and six ex-administration officials to trial over charges of embezzling $301 million in public funds, prosecutors said.

Nicaraguans resist government in Masaya, old Sandinista bastion

Masaya - Over the weekend, thousands of Nicaraguans marched to the city of Masaya, a cradle of the Sandinista movement that is now a hotbed of resistance to President Daniel Ortega, the former guerrilla leader it catapulted to power four decades ago.

Nicaragua's army calls for end to violence

Managua - Nicaragua's army on Saturday called for an end to violence in the country and distanced itself from President Daniel Ortega, saying it was not repressing anyone for taking part in anti-government protests.

Peruvian judge temporarily freezes seizure of ex-president's home

- A Peruvian judge put a 30-day hold on orders to seize the home of ex-president Ollanta Humala as part of a corruption probe -- but the former leader was not notified until hours after he and his family had vacated the property on Tuesday.

Peruvian prosecutors seize ex-president's properties, bank accounts

- Peruvian prosecutors on Monday seized five properties and bank accounts belonging to former president Ollanta Humala, who was given until the end of the day to vacate his primary residence in Lima, his lawyers and prosecutors said.

At least four hurt in new Nicaragua protest violence

Managua - At least four people were hurt in new protests flaring in Nicaragua, where students have led weeks of anti-government demonstrations demanding that President Daniel Ortega leave power, according to rights groups.

Lynched Canadian killed Peru shaman, prosecutors say

- Peruvian prosecutors probing the lynching of a Canadian man in a remote area in the Amazon jungle said on Thursday they had concluded he was responsible for the fatal shooting of a female shaman.

Nicaraguan protesters back on streets in push for justice

Managua - Riot police blocked young Nicaraguan demonstrators who were back on the streets Wednesday to demand justice over the deaths of 43 people in anti-government unrest."Let us through! The streets belong to the people!

Guatemalan shop owners march in support of president

Guatemala City - Thousands of shop owners in Guatemala City marched on Wednesday in support of President Jimmy Morales, who is accused of corruption for suspected illegal electoral campaign financing.

Peru ex-president Humala, wife leave detention

- Peruvian ex-president Ollanta Humala and his wife have left preventative detention ahead of their corruption trial, authorities said Monday.The pair have been in prison since July awaiting trial on money laundering charges.

Peru ex-president Humala, wife leave detention

- Peruvian ex-president Ollanta Humala and his wife have left preventative detention ahead of their corruption trial, authorities said Monday.The pair have been in prison since July awaiting trial on money laundering charges.

Red tape delays release of jailed Peruvian ex-president and wife

- Bureaucratic delays on Friday held up the release from preventative detention of Peruvian ex-president Ollanta Humala and his wife, one day after the Constitutional Court said they can remain free while they await their corruption trial.

Peru court orders release of ex-president Humala and wife

- Peru's Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered that former president Ollanta Humala and his wife be released from preventative detention and allowed to remain free for his corruption trial, his lawyer said.

Peru to indict ex-president Fujimori over forced sterilizations

- Prosecutors in Peru will indict former president Alberto Fujimori and three ex-ministers over the forced sterilization of five women while he was in office, a human rights group says.

German delegation visits Chile over Nazi pedophile sect

Santiago - A German delegation was in Chile on Tuesday to learn more about the ongoing investigation into Colonia Dignidad, a notorious Nazi pedophile sect founded by German immigrants in the 1960s.

Guatemala protesters call on President Morales to quit

Guatemala City - Thousands of Guatemalan protesters including farmers, activists and indigenous groups, marched through the capital of the Central American country Tuesday to demand the resignation of President Jimmy Morales, who faces allegations of campaign finance c...
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