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Church siege ends as UN calls on Nicaragua to end repression

Managua - Opposition protesters holding a hunger strike inside Managua's Catholic Cathedral and the pro-government supporters opposing them ended a standoff Tuesday, as the UN called on President Daniel Ortega to halt persistent repression.

'I'm back': Brazil's Lula fills leftist leadership void

Rio De Janeiro - Out of jail and full of rage, Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has put his far-right nemesis President Jair Bolsonaro in the cross-hairs, as he takes up the mantle of leading the left.

Tigres del Norte, Latin legends following in footsteps of Johnny Cash

Mexico - In 1968, when music legend Johnny Cash was giving his iconic concert at Folsom Prison, Los Tigres del Norte were newly arrived Mexican immigrants dreaming of making it big in the United States.

Police clash with protesters demanding Honduran leader resign

Tegucigalpa - Honduran police used teargas against protesters demanding the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez Wednesday in Tegucigalpa, hours after a march by thousands of the leader's supporters.

Honduran president hits back at US court's bribery allegations

Tegucigalpa - Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez said Thursday he placed his trust in the US justice system following allegations in a New York court that he took millions in bribes from drug lords rocked his presidency.

Peru court cuts jail time for opposition leader Keiko Fujimori

- Peru's Supreme Court on Thursday halved the pre-trial detention of Keiko Fujimori, paving the way for the opposition leader to leave jail in April of next year.

Murder victim's plight prompts EU order on emergency calls

Luxembourg - A horrific rape and murder of a kidnapped teen in Lithuania prompted the European Court of Justice on Thursday to order mobile phone operators to hand over data enabling the localisation of calls made to the international emergency number 112.

Guatemala's UN-backed anti-corruption body shuts down

Guatemala City - UN anti-corruption prosecutors pulled the curtain down on more than a decade of high-profile investigations in Guatemala when its mandate ended Tuesday, heightening fears of a return to impunity in the Central American country.

Argentine court rejects Kirchner bid to throw out corruption case

Buenos Aires - An Argentine court rejected a request from lawyers to throw out a corruption case against former president and current vice presidential candidate Cristina Kirchner.

El Salvador court clears rape victim of killing baby

Sansalvador - An appeals court in El Salvador on Monday acquitted a 21-year-old rape victim accused of killing her stillborn baby, in a landmark case closely watched by rights groups.

Salvador clears rape victim of killing baby: lawyer

Sansalvador - An appeals court in El Salvador on Monday acquitted a 21-year-old rape victim accused of killing her stillborn baby, in a case closely watched by rights groups.

Guaido warns Venezuela's Maduro over moves to advance legislative elections

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido warned President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday that any attempts to bring forward parliamentary elections would end in "disaster" for the government.

Panama ex-president Martinelli acquitted of espionage, corruption

Panama - Panama's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli was acquitted on charges of spying on political foes and misappropriation of public funds in a court decision Friday.The case marked the first time a Panamanian former president was tried in criminal court.

Convict Panama ex-president in criminal graft case: prosecutor

Panama - Panama's public prosecutor asked a court Thursday to make an example of ex-president Ricardo Martinelli, who is accused of spying on political foes, and of graft.

Peru court sets date to decide on jailed opposition leader Fujimori's release

- Peru's Supreme Court said Wednesday it will decide next month whether to free opposition leader Keiko Fujimori from pre-trial detention in a corruption case linked to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

'El Chapo' enters US supermax prison in Colorado

New York - Fallen Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was locked up Friday at the ADX federal maximum security prison in the US state of Colorado, where he will spend the rest of his days."We can confirm that...

Trial of 'El Chapo': rare glimpse inside the drug world

New York - The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman provided a rare and terrifying look into the workings of one of the world's largest cartels.

Guatemala court blocks signing of migration deal with US

Guatemala City - Guatemala's constitutional court has granted an injunction blocking President Jimmy Morales from signing a controversial deal with the United States that would oblige the Central American country to welcome migrants, at least in the short term.

Wanted former FARC leader could have fled to Venezuela, says Duque

Apo - A former left-wing guerrilla leader, now a Colombian senator but wanted by the United States for alleged drug trafficking, has probably fled to neighboring Venezuela, Colombia's President Ivan Duque said on Thursday.

Court accepts Brazil giant Odebrecht's bankrupcy protection request

S - A court in Sao Paulo on Tuesday accepted a request by Brazilian conglomerate Odebrecht to begin a corporate recovery procedure aimed at fending off bankruptcy at the scandal-tainted group.

Colombian high court withdraws ex-rebel's parliament seat

Apo - A Colombian high court on Friday withdrew the parliament seat for a former left-wing guerrilla leader who never assumed office after negotiating the country's historic peace deal.

Brazil Supreme Court criminalizes homophobia

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court voted Thursday to criminalize homophobia, an important step for sexual minorities in one of the most dangerous countries for LGBT people in the world.

Argentine ex-minister jailed for hiding $9 million in convent

Buenos Aires - A court on Wednesday sentenced former Argentine minister Jose Lopez to six years in prison after he was caught by police trying to hide bags stuffed with $9 million in cash at a Buenos Aires convent.

Court orders release of jailed Panamanian ex-president

Panama - A court in Panama on Wednesday ordered the release of detained ex-president Ricardo Martinelli, one year after he was extradited from the United States to face corruption charges.

Families demand answers after 29 inmates die in Venezuela jail riot

Acarigua - Wracked with pain and anger, dozens of families gathered in front of a morgue in the Venezuelan town of Acarigua on Saturday after 29 inmates died in rioting at a police station jail.

Lula 'in love': Brazil's jailed ex-leader wants to marry if freed

Bras - Brazil's imprisoned ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, still loved by large parts of the population, plans to remarry if he is released from prison, a former minister said.

Ex anti-corruption prosecutor abandons Guatemala presidency bid

Guatemala City - Guatemala's former anti-corruption public prosecutor Thelma Aldana on Thursday abandoned her bid to run in next month's presidential election after she was barred from standing by the country's top court.

Uruguay to extradite suspect in lawmaker's killing

Montevideo - Uruguay is preparing to extradite a 25-year-old Argentine man wanted in connection with the killing last week of lawmaker Hector Olivares and his friend outside Buenos Aires' congress building, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Japanese man jailed for smuggling insects from Ecuador

Quito - A Japanese man was sentenced to two years in prison in Ecuador for attempting to smuggle a massive haul of creepy crawlies out of the country, officials said Thursday.

Ex Peru president and wife indicted for Odebrecht corruption

- Peru's public prosecutor indicted former president Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia on Tuesday for allegedly laundering assets, as part of the wide-ranging Odebrecht corruption scandal.
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