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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.

Argentine Senate starts debating historic abortion bill

Buenos Aires - Argentina's Senate on Tuesday began debating a historic abortion bill passed by the lower house Chamber of Deputies last month.

Argentine Congress prepares for historic abortion vote

Buenos Aires - Lawmakers in conservative Argentina prepared to vote Wednesday on a decisive bill to legalize abortion which if passed, would make it the most populous Latin American country to do so.The debate has divided Argentinian society.

Argentine Congress set for historic abortion vote

Buenos Aires - Lawmakers in traditionally conservative Argentina began a key session Wednesday ahead of a divisive vote on a bill to legalize abortion.The debate has divided Argentinian society.

Venezuela inflation hits 13,779 percent: lawmakers

Caracas - Venezuela's dizzying inflation rose to 13,779 percent in the past year, a study released Monday by the opposition-dominated National Assembly has found.

Nicaraguan lawmakers set up truth commission after protest deaths

Managua - Mostly pro-government lawmakers in Nicaragua on Sunday set up a truth commission to investigate the deaths of at least 45 anti-government, mostly student demonstrators, over two weeks.

Evangelicals make up quarter of Costa Rica's new assembly

San Jos - Costa Rica's new assembly will formally begin work on Tuesday, with 14 of its 57 new deputies evangelical Christians, making up one of the main groups in opposition to the center-left government of president-elect Carlos Alvarado.

Top Venezuela official calls for early legislative elections

Caracas - A top official of Venezuela's ruling Socialist party on Tuesday proposed holding legislative elections more than two years early to coincide with a presidential vote in April.

Peru's Kuczynski dodges impeachment, but is badly weakened

- A much-weakened Pedro Pablo Kuczynski embarked on a cabinet reshuffle Friday, a day after the Peruvian president narrowly staved off impeachment over allegations of corruption linked to disgraced Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.

Peru's president in last-ditch appearance to avert impeachment

- Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Thursday made a last-ditch effort to stave off impeachment, appearing before lawmakers to deny allegations of corruption linked to disgraced Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.

Peru's president to face Congress impeachment threat

- Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Thursday will face his country's Congress over allegations of graft and covering up ties to a disgraced Brazilian construction group, with many lawmakers seeking to impeach him.

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