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Body of Salvadoran killed by Mexican police is repatriated

Sansalvador - The body of a Salvadoran woman who died at the hands of Mexican police was repatriated to El Salvador on Saturday, the foreign ministry said.

Alleged associate of Honduran president convicted of drug trafficking in US

New York - A New York jury found an alleged associate of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez guilty of drug trafficking on Monday following a two-week trial.

Bolsonaro critics face 'intimidation campaign' in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - When the police knocked on Brazilian influencer Felipe Neto's door to tell him he was being investigated for threatening national security, he says his heart skipped a beat.

Bolivia ex-president's pre-trial detention extended by two months

La Paz - Former Bolivian interim president Jeanine Anez's pre-trial detention was extended by two months Saturday, as a prison official announced the ex-leader will receive medical care at the La Paz penitentiary where she is being held.

Judge rejects detention request for Peru ex-president Vizcarra

- A Peruvian judge on Thursday rejected preventative detention for ex-president Martin Vizcarra, who is being investigated for alleged corruption while he was governor of the country's southern region of Moquegua.

Ecuador health ministry raided over vaccine scandal

Quito - Ecuador investigators raided the health ministry on Wednesday as part of a probe into influence peddling against former health minister Juan Carlos Zevallos.

Cape Verde confirms extradition of Colombian to US on fraud charges

Praia - Cape Verde's supreme court on Wednesday said it had ratified the extradition to the United States of a businessman who is close to Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and accused by Washington of fraud.

Journalist blames Colombia for her rape and torture

Apo - World Fress Freedom winning journalist Jineth Bedoya on Monday accused the Colombian state of torture, rape and kidnapping during a virtual hearing at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Panama prosecutor identifies orphanage abuse victims

Panama - Panama prosecutors said Tuesday they have identified 20 child victims of sex abuse and other maltreatment at orphanages and have charged eight people to date.

Lula's return reshuffles the deck in divided Brazil

S - The ruling that overturned ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's corruption convictions upended Brazilian politics and set up a potential election showdown between the tarnished left-wing icon and his nemesis, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

Brutal murders in rural Venezuela highlight violence against women

Villa Bruzual - Denis Reanez was looking through her daughter's things when she found a handwritten song she had been penning on a sheet slipped inside her bible. But Eliannys Martinez would never sing it.

Venezuelans protest femicide after three women killed

Acarigua - Hundreds of Venezuelans protested Saturday following the murders of three young women last week, in a rally against femicide in the South American nation.

Wife of 'El Chapo', from teen beauty queen to accused drug trafficker

New York - Emma Coronel Aispuro's resume is dense: model, social media influencer and fashion designer, small-town beauty queen at 17, wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman a year later.

Fake heiress freed from New York prison

New York - "Prison is so exhausting you wouldn't know," writes fake Russian-German heiress Anna Sorokin on Instagram, under a black and white photo of herself wearing black sunglasses while in bed.

Global calls to probe 'violent death' of Honduras nurse, 5 others

Tegucigalpa - The United Nations, European Union and United States have urged Honduras to investigate the "violent" deaths of six young women in just four days, including a nurse who died in police custody.

Fujimori vows to pardon father if elected Peru president

- Peru's opposition leader Keiko Fujimori has said that she would pardon her jailed father, former president Alberto Fujimori, if she wins April's general election.

Venezuelan migrant shipwreck dead rises to 20

Caracas - At least 20 Venezuelan migrants died when a ship heading for Trinidad and Tobago sank, the public prosecutor's office said on Monday.Over the weekend the Venezuelan government said 14 bodies had been recovered either at sea or washed up on a beach.

Novice takes the reins as president in crisis-worn Peru

- Francisco Sagasti, sworn-in as Peru's interim president on Tuesday at the age of 76, is a novice politician with an academic background who has been a member of Congress only since March.

Prosecutors probe resigned president over Peru protest deaths

- Public prosecutors in Peru opened a preliminary investigation Monday against former president Manuel Merino, his interior minister and other officials over the deaths of two people in weekend anti-government protests, state prosecutor Zoraida Avalos sa...

Venezuela holds Guaido ally in pre-trial detention for 'terrorism'

Caracas - A Venezuelan judge on Thursday ordered a close ally of opposition leader Juan Guaido held in pre-trial detention on accusations of conspiracy, financing terrorism and trafficking weapons of war.

Argentina moves ahead with abortion legalization

Buenos Aires - Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez buoyed the pro-choice movement on Tuesday by confirming he would deliver on his campaign promise to legalize abortion.

Peru president to face corruption probe when term ends

- Peruvian state prosecutors have said they intend to open a corruption investigation into President Martin Vizcarra when his term ends in July next year.

Mexican pot campaigners take fight to Senate's doorstep

Mexico - A thriving marijuana garden has become a symbol of a Mexican legalization campaign and an oasis for cannabis smokers -- right outside the Senate in the heart of the capital.

Colombia arrests ex-paramilitary chief after US deportation

Apo - Colombian authorities on Monday arrested former right-wing paramilitary leader Rodrigo Tovar on his arrival in the country after he was deported from the United States.

Mexico orders arrest of soldiers over case of 43 missing students

Mexico - Mexico has ordered dozens of military personnel to be arrested for suspected involvement in the disappearance of 43 students from a teacher's college six years ago, in an unresolved case that outraged the country.

Mexican school owner convicted over quake deaths

Mexico - A Mexican court has found the owner of a school that collapsed in a 2017 earthquake guilty of culpable homicide over the deaths of 19 children and seven adults.

Argentine senate votes to remove Kirchner-case judges

Buenos Aires - Argentina's senate has voted to remove three judges from corruption cases against Vice President Cristina Kirchner in a session boycotted by the opposition, the Congress said Thursday.

Brazil's top graft-buster steps down

Bras - The prosecutor leading Brazil's biggest-ever corruption probe, "Operation Car Wash," said Tuesday he was stepping down for family reasons, after six years putting some of the biggest names in politics and business behind bars.

Ecuador ex-president held under house arrest in corruption probe

Quito - A judge in Ecuador on Thursday placed former president Abdala Bucaram under house arrest over his alleged involvement in a corruption scandal blamed in the murder of an Israeli prison inmate, the public prosecutor said.

Argentina ex-president Macri accused of spying on 400 journalists

Buenos Aires - Argentina's Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) has called for an investigation into former president Mauricio Macri for allegedly spying on more than 400 journalists, a source told AFP on Sunday.
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