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Guaido blasts Venezuela regime after security forces block congress

Caracas - Juan Guaido accused the Venezuelan government of trying to "gag" congress after security forces prevented opposition lawmakers from entering the National Assembly on Tuesday, two weeks after the opposition leader's failed uprising against President Nic...

Venezuelan lawmakers accuse security services of 'intimidation'

Caracas - Opposition lawmakers in Venezuela on Tuesday accused the government of trying to intimidate them by keeping them out of the legislature building before a planned session on the prosecution of legislators that backed a failed uprising against President ...

Venezuela's Guaido stripped of immunity, can face prosecution

Caracas - Venezuelan lawmakers loyal to President Nicolas Maduro stripped opposition leader Juan Guaido's immunity Tuesday -- and authorized the high court to criminally prosecute him for proclaiming himself the crisis-hit country's ruler.

Argentina's scandal-hit ex-leader facing more graft charges

Buenos Aires - Argentina's former president Cristina Kirchner was charged with a new corruption case for the second day running on Tuesday, this time related to irregularities in the concession of subsidies for train and bus operators.

Juan Guaido: the 'kid' taking on Venezuela's Maduro

Caracas - Juan Guaido proudly calls himself a "survivor," and he proved just that in defying the threat of arrest to make a triumphant return to Venezuela on Monday.

Macri defends record in fiery speech to Argentine Congress

Buenos Aires - President Mauricio Macri delivered a robust defense of his austerity policy Friday in a State of the Union address to Argentina's Congress ahead of a reelection bid in October.

Generation Guaido: a threat to Chavez-style power in Venezuela

Caracas - More than a decade ago, university students in Venezuela burst onto the political scene by rekindling opposition to then leader Hugo Chavez with street protests that led to the socialist firebrand's only election defeat.

Venezuela opposition warns military against preventing entry of aid

Caracas - Venezuela's armed forces would be crossing a "red line" if they were to block humanitarian aid from entering the country, the opposition dominated National Assembly said on Tuesday.

Who backs whom in Venezuela crisis

Caracas - World powers are taking sides in the struggle between the rivals to lead Venezuela, which has pitted some Western nations against Russia, China and others.

Maduro vs. Guaido: Who is backing whom?

Caracas - Venezuela has been receiving massive attention from the international community since National Assembly chief Juan Guaido declared himself acting interim president of Venezuela.

Four scenarios for Venezuela's growing political crisis

Caracas - The political crisis in Venezuela has intensified since Juan Guaido proclaimed himself acting president, but what happens next depends on the United States and the Venezuelan military.

The forces behind Venezuela's Maduro-Guaido power struggle

Caracas - By declaring himself acting president, Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido sparked a leadership battle with the head of state, Nicolas Maduro.

Gay Brazilian lawmaker leaves job, country over death threats

Bras - Brazil's only openly gay lawmaker announced Thursday he would not serve his third term and had fled the country because of mounting death threats since the election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

Venezuelan opposition rejoices as lawmaker proclaims himself president

Caracas - Tens of thousands of opposition protesters burst into ecstatic cheering and shouts of joy in the streets of Caracas on Wednesday after parliament leader Juan Guaido proclaimed himself interim president.

Juan Guaido: the 'kid' taking on Venezuela's Maduro

Caracas - Juan Guaido proudly calls himself a "survivor.

Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition-controlled but powerless National Assembly stepped up its battle with President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday by offering an amnesty to anyone from the military who joins it in disavowing the socialist leader.

Maduro accuses opposition of staging arrest of parliament president

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accused his opponents Monday of staging the arrest of parliament president Juan Guaido by intelligence service agents.

Maduro dismisses legitimacy questions as second term looms

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will begin his second mandate on Thursday plagued by accusations of illegitimacy and increasing international isolation in a country crippled by an economic crisis.

Venezuela's armed forces declare 'loyalty' to Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela's armed forces declared "absolute loyalty" to President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday, just two days before the socialist leader is sworn in for a second term of office.

Volunteers strive to stave off shutdown chaos at US parks

Los Angeles - Sabra Purdy is just back from Joshua Tree National Park in southern California, which was crammed with tourists.

Tensions as Argentina's lower house passes austerity budget

Buenos Aires - Lawmakers in Argentina's lower house of Congress on Thursday approved an unpopular austerity budget designed to meet the stiff requirements of a $57 billion International Monetary Fund bailout.

Police use tear gas to disperse Argentina budget protests

Buenos Aires - Protests against Argentine President Mauricio Macri's draft austerity budget turned violent Wednesday as police clashed with demonstrators outside the Congress building in Buenos Aires.

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.

Former president Kirchner appears in Argentine court over corruption

Buenos Aires - Former president Cristina Kirchner appeared in court on Monday for the second time in relation to a corruption case that has rocked Argentina's political and business elites.

Argentine senate approves search of Kirchner homes

Buenos Aires - Argentina's senate on Wednesday authorized investigators to search three homes belonging to former president Cristina Kirchner as part of the so-called corruption notebooks case.

Argentine senate to vote on Kirchner immunity

Buenos Aires - Argentine lawmakers are to vote Wednesday on whether to allow investigators to search the homes of former president Cristina Kirchner as part of the so-called corruption notebooks case.

Argentina Senate votes against legalizing abortion

Buenos Aires - Argentina's senators on Thursday voted against legalizing abortion in the homeland of Pope Francis, dashing the hopes of women's rights groups after the bill was approved by the legislature's lower house months earlier.

Marches and tears as Argentina abortion law vote approaches

Buenos Aires - With Argentina on the verge of a Senate move on legalizing abortion, women in favor marched, banged pots and made their voices heard Sunday.

Former FARC leader accuses government of 'betrayal', declines Senate seat

Apo - Former FARC rebel leader Ivan Marquez announced on Monday that he won't take his seat in Colombia's Senate despite the historic peace deal ending decades of armed conflict, accusing the government of "betrayal.

Argentine Church spars with abortion campaigners ahead of debate

Buenos Aires - A crime or a right? That's the question posed by the influential Catholic Church three weeks out from a Senate vote on whether to adopt a bill that would decriminalize abortion in Argentina.
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