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Ecuadoran court suspends hearing into ex-president kidnapping case

Quito - A criminal court in Ecuador suspended a hearing on Tuesday meant to decide whether to call former president Rafael Correa to trial over the kidnapping of an opposition lawmaker in Colombia.

Argentina's ex-president Kirchner in court over another corruption case

Buenos Aires - Beleaguered ex-president Cristina Kirchner appeared in court on Tuesday to answer questions relating to a money laundering case, a day after an Argentine judge asked that her legislative immunity be lifted.

Venezuelan firefighters face 20 years' jail over Maduro donkey jibe

Caracas - Two Venezuelan firefighters risk 20 years of prison for publishing a video in which they jokingly referred to a donkey as President Nicolas Maduro, a human rights organization said on Monday.

Thousands march in Guatemala to back anti-graft office, denounce president

Guatemala City - Thousands of Guatemalan farmers marched peacefully in the capital Wednesday demanding that President Jimmy Morales quit and that a UN-backed anti-corruption office get a new lease on life.

Germany returns priceless gold mask to Peru

- Germany has returned a pre-Columbian gold funerary mask to Peru following a 20-year legal and diplomatic battle, the South American country's culture minister said on Thursday.

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.

Lula appeals to UN in desperate bid to gain access to election

Curitiba - Leftist ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will appeal his barring from October's elections to the United Nations and Brazil's Supreme Court, the man set to replace him on the ballot said Monday.

Bolivia petitions ICJ over Chilean border river source

La Paz - Bolivia submitted a counterclaim against Chile at the International Court of Justice on Friday regarding a dispute over a border spring between the South American neighbors.

Venezuela arrests 131 accused of economic sabotage

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities have arrested 131 people accused of attempting to sabotage reforms implemented by President Nicolas Maduro to alleviate a crippling economic crisis, the attorney general said on Thursday.

Exiled Venezuelan supreme court 'sentences' Maduro over corruption

Apo - Venezuela's opposition-run supreme court in exile has sentenced President Nicolas Maduro to 18 years in prison over the infamous Odebrecht corruption scandal, a move dismissed by the regime.

Thousands march in Nicaragua demanding jailed protesters be freed

Managua - Thousands of Nicaraguans marched through their capital on Wednesday demanding that anti-government protesters jailed over the past four months be released."Liberty for our political prisoners," yelled many in the rally.

Trump administration pressures judges to speed deportations

Los Angeles - US immigration judges say they are under increasing pressure from President Donald Trump's administration to speed up immigrant deportations -- or risk removal if they delay.

Defiant Kirchner before judge in sweeping anti-corruption probe

Buenos Aires - Former Argentine president Cristina Kirchner appeared before a judge leading a major probe into corruption under her government Monday, hitting out at what she described as "judicial persecutions" to rule her out of next year's elections.

Costa Rica court orders same-sex marriage ban struck down

San Jos - Costa Rica's Supreme Court has ordered a statutory ban on same-sex marriages be struck down as unconstitutionally discriminatory and has given lawmakers -- including a high proportion of evangelicals who promote heterosexual-only unions -- 18 months to...

Thousands march in Nicaragua against govt crackdown on doctors

Managua - Thousands marched Saturday against President Daniel Ortega's government and his crackdown against doctors who treated injured protestors Managua calls terrorists.

Brazil's top court holds debate on decriminalizing abortion

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court on Friday began public hearings on scrapping highly restrictive abortion laws that have pushed large numbers of women to seek clandestine procedures.

Colombia's Uribe seeks human rights commission help in bribery case

Apo - Colombia's former president Alvaro Uribe has asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to ensure he faces a fair trial in his homeland, where he's been charged with bribery and fraud, his lawyers said on Thursday.

Colombia's ex-president Uribe reverses resignation from senate

Apo - A week after resigning from the Colombia's senate, influential former president Alvaro Uribe changed his mind on Wednesday, asking his colleagues to ignore his previous request.

Thousands march in Chile demanding abortion law overhaul

Santiago - Thousands of people took part in a march in the Chilean capital demanding reform of laws that allow abortion only in cases of rape or reasons of health.

Separated for 45 days by US policy: a mother and son tell their story

Los Angeles - Otilia Asig-Putul's voice breaks when she recalls the interminable 45 days she was separated from her son.

'We apologize': former Colombia FARC rebels seek forgiveness at tribunal

Apo - Former rebel FARC commanders in Colombia have appeared at a historic tribunal where for the first time they were made to answer for kidnappings and forced disappearances under the terms of a peace deal.

Peru president sacks justice minister over judicial corruption scandal

- Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra dismissed Justice Minister Salvador Heresi on Friday after the publication of a series of audio recordings that sparked a scandal over the sale of sentences and influence peddling.

Prominent Chilean priest arrested over sex abuse allegations

Santiago - Prominent Chilean Catholic priest Oscar Munoz, who held senior positions in the archdiocese of Santiago, was detained Thursday over allegations that he sexually abused seven children -- the latest pedophilia scandal to grip the country's church.

Brazil's Lula absolved in one of six pending legal cases

S - Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was absolved Thursday in one of the six pending legal cases he is facing, all unrelated to the corruption charges that have sent him to prison.

Probe launched of judge who ordered Lula freed

Rio De Janeiro - Prosecutors in Brazil ordered an investigation Wednesday of the appellate judge who caused a legal mess over the weekend, unsuccessfully ordering former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be freed.

Ecuador court upholds $9.5 bln damages ruling against Chevron

Quito - Ecuador's highest court upheld in a ruling released Tuesday a $9.5 billion damages award against oil giant Chevron over decades of pollution that harmed indigenous people.

Ecuador president says predecessor should face kidnapping justice

Quito - Ecuador President Lenin Moreno called on his predecessor Rafael Correa on Thursday to return home from Belgium to face justice over kidnapping charges.Correa has dismissed the arrest warrant issued in his homeland against him as a political "plot.

Jailed aide to Brazil's ex-president Lula gets temporary release

S - Brazil's Supreme Court granted Tuesday a former top aide to ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva a temporary leave from jail, where he is serving a nearly 31-year sentence for corruption.

Bodies found in Colombia are journalists from Ecuador

Cali - Colombian prosecutors said Monday that bodies found in a border jungle area were those of three Ecuadoran journalists who were killed after being held hostage.

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.
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