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Bolsonaro's son changes Twitter profile picture to Trump

Bras - The lawmaker son of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has changed his Twitter profile picture to one of Donald Trump to protest the platform's decision to ban the US president.

New Venezuela parliament sworn in, US-backed Guaido out

Caracas - A new Venezuelan parliament was sworn in Tuesday with President Nicolas Maduro's party in firm control and opposition leader Juan Guaido officially without a job, but with foreign backing to keep up a parallel legislature.

New Venezuela parliament leaves Western-backed Guaido out in cold

Caracas - A new Venezuelan parliament will be sworn in Tuesday with the party of President Nicolas Maduro now in almost complete control and the main thorn in his side, Western-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, out in the political cold.

Argentines celebrate approval of landmark abortion law

Buenos Aires - Pro-choice activists celebrated on the streets on Wednesday as Argentina joined a handful of South American nations to legalize abortion, a landmark decision in a country where the Catholic Church has long held sway.

Argentine lawmakers debate abortion bill ahead of Friday vote

Buenos Aires - Argentine lawmakers began discussions on a new bill to legalize abortion Thursday, reopening a debate that has bitterly divided the traditionally Catholic South American nation.

Boycott-tainted poll win gives Maduro total control in Venezuela

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro hailed a "new dawn" in Venezuela on Monday as he celebrated his now total grip on power following a predictable triumph in polls boycotted by the opposition and slammed as a farce by international powers.

Boycott-tainted poll win gives Maduro total control in Venezuela

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro seized total control of Venezuela's political institutions on Sunday with a sweeping victory in legislative elections that were boycotted by the main opposition parties.Maduro and his left-wing allies had 67.

Maduro allies set for poll victory with Guaido on the ropes

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro and his allies are set to dominate Sunday's legislative elections in Venezuela, which are being boycotted by the mainstream opposition parties led by his main rival Juan Guaido.

Guatemala crisis talks open as anti-government protests continue

Guatemala City - Guatemala's embattled government opened talks on a revised budget on Tuesday, after days of protests forced Congress to back off from approving a business-friendly spending plan backed by President Alejandro Giammattei.

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.

Peru's president denies graft ahead of new impeachment vote

- Peru's President Martin Vizcarra rounded on his critics in Congress on Monday, vehemently denying that he accepted bribes as lawmakers prepared to vote for a second time to possibly impeach him.

Vizcarra says plans to fight impeachment in Congress showdown

- Peruvian president Martin Vizcarra said Tuesday he will go before Congress to defend himself against charges of corruption in an impeachment trial next week.

Maduro looks for 'total power' in Venezuela legislative election

Caracas - Campaigning for next month's parliamentary election begins in Venezuela on Tuesday with President Nicolas Maduro looking to take back control of the National Assembly, whose speaker and opposition leader Juan Guaido is demanding a boycott.

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.

Peru police search homes of officials in impeachment case

- Police in Peru raided the homes of key government officials in Lima on Saturday as part of an investigation into allegations that President Martin Vizcarra obstructed a graft probe that will see him face impeachment proceedings next week.

Peru police search homes of officials in impeachment case

- Police in Peru raided the homes of key government officials in Lima on Saturday as part of an investigation into allegations that President Martin Vizcarra obstructed a graft probe that will see him face impeachment proceedings next week.

Peru's Congress votes to open impeachment proceedings against president

- Peru's Congress on Friday voted to open impeachment proceedings against President Martin Vizcarra for "moral incapacity" over accusations he tried to obstruct a corruption probe against government officials.

Venezuela election candidates should get Russian vaccine: Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has proposed giving the first batch of a Russian coronavirus vaccine to candidates in upcoming legislative elections, which are being boycotted by the main opposition parties.

Venezuela opposition figure calls for high election turnout

Caracas - Former Venezuela presidential candidate and high-profile figure Henrique Capriles broke opposition ranks on Thursday and called for a high turnout in December's elections.

Venezuela inflation accelerating, parliament says

Caracas - Crisis-wracked Venezuela's yearly inflation rate rose to over 4,000 percent in July, the opposition-controlled parliament said on Wednesday.

Black and gay: New York progressives aim to shake up US Congress

New York - Energized by the US's massive anti-racism protests, history-making progressives from New York -- young, black, Latino and gay -- want to shake up Congress's status quo when they are likely elected in November.

Opposition candidate wins Dominican Republic presidential poll

Santo Domingo - Opposition candidate Luis Abinader swept to victory in the Dominican Republic's presidential election, early results showed Monday, ending 16 years of unbroken rule by the Caribbean nation's center-left PLD party after voters braved a worsening coronav...

Venezuelan national assembly says 12-month inflation at 3,600% in May

Caracas - Venezuelan inflation over the last 12 months to May was 3,684 percent, the opposition-controlled National Assembly said on Tuesday.In a statement, the legislative body said total inflation in May was 15 percent, compared with 80 percent in April.

Venezuela attorney general seeks to declare Guaido party 'terrorist organization'

Caracas - Venezuela's attorney general on Monday asked the Supreme Court to declare opposition leader Juan Guaido's party a "terrorist organization," blaming it for a failed sea invasion.

Half of Chile senate, four ministers in coronavirus quarantine

Santiago - Around half of Chile's 50-member senate and four ministers have been placed in quarantine after coming into contact with at least three colleagues infected with the novel coronavirus, officials said Monday, as jobless protesters in a poor area of Santi...

Congress presses Trump for answers on botched Venezuela 'invasion'

Washington - The head of a US congressional committee said Tuesday he was asking President Donald Trump's administration for explanations over a mysterious botched "invasion" of Venezuela in which two Americans were arrested.

How will US bounty affect Maduro's hold on Venezuelan power?

Caracas - The United States ramped up the pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this week by accusing him of "narco-terrorism" and offering a $15 million bounty for information leading to his capture.

Argentina braces anew for abortion battle

Buenos Aires - Argentine President Alberto Fernandez will fulfill an election pledge next week when he brings a bill before Congress aiming to legalize abortion, setting off the latest salvos in a debate that has bitterly divided the traditionally Catholic South Amer...

Venezuela parliament authorizes Guaido to use frozen regime funds

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly on Thursday authorized its leader Juan Guaido to take control of around $80 million in assets frozen outside the country due to sanctions against President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela's Guaido looking to reboot Maduro challenge

Caracas - Fresh off a three-week international tour, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is hoping to ramp up pressure against President Nicolas Maduro but must first overcome his supporters' increasing listlessness.
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