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Appeal hearing for Peru's jailed Fujimori set for Saturday

- An appeal hearing for Peru's jailed opposition leader Keiko Fujimori against her 36-month sentence has been set for Saturday, judicial authorities announced Wednesday.

Venezuelan government takes over Goodyear plant

Caracas - The Venezuelan government took control Tuesday of installations owned by Goodyear, a day after the US tire-maker closed its operations in the crisis-torn South American country.

Venezuelan government takes over Goodyear plant

Caracas - The Venezuelan government took control Tuesday of installations owned by Goodyear, a day after the US tire-maker closed its operations in the crisis-torn South American country.

Venezuelan government takes over Goodyear plant

Caracas - The Venezuelan government took control Tuesday of installations owned by Goodyear, a day after the US tire-maker closed its operations in the crisis-torn South American country.

Bolsonaro government has military, conservative streak

Bras - Brazil's next government, under incoming far-right president Jair Bolsonaro who takes power in three weeks, will be neo-liberal economically, morally conservative and heavy reliant on a contingent of ex-military figures.

Shaken by corruption, Peruvians back major government overhaul

- Shaken by a string of high-profile corruption scandals, Peruvians overwhelmingly approved a government overhaul that among other things sends all members of Congress packing by mid-2021.

Shaken by corruption, Peruvians back major government overhaul

- Shaken by a string of high-profile corruption scandals, Peruvians overwhelmingly approved a government overhaul that among other things sends all members of Congress packing by 2021.

Brazil's Bolsonaro completes cabinet with rightist environment chief

S - Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a longtime climate-change skeptic, has named a rightist lawyer with a contentious background to be environment minister in the country whose Amazon rainforest is under threat.

Protests follow court backing for Morales' fourth-term bid

La Paz - Thousands of people took part in protest marches across Bolivia on Thursday amid a general strike called by opponents of President Evo Morales' bid for a fourth term.

Bail set at $1 mn each for sons of Panama ex-president arrested in US

Miami - A US judge on Tuesday set bail at $1 million each for two sons of Panama's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli who, like their father, stand accused of collecting huge bribes in a wide ranging cash-for-contracts scandal.

China's Xi in Panama on mission to bolster clout in Latin America

Panama - China's President Xi Jinping and his Panamanian counterpart Juan Carlos Varela signed a string of cooperation agreements Monday as Beijing aims to extend its political and economic influence in Latin America.

New president AMLO sets out Mexico's 'transformation'

Mexico - Newly installed President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched his "transformation" of Mexico Monday with a return to presidential press conferences and a new commission to investigate the internationally condemned disappearance of 43 students in 2014....

Mexico's new president kicks off with something unusual: a press conference

Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador started his six-year term Monday with something the country had not seen in years: a presidential press conference.

Far-right wins seats in Andalusia parliament in first for post-Franco Spain

Seville - A far-right party won seats in a Spanish regional parliament for the first time since the country returned to democracy following the death of longtime dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, results in Andalusia's election showed.

Ruling Socialists under pressure as far-right eyes Andalusia seats

Seville - Spain's most populous region Andalusia went to the polls yesterday in the first of a series of tests for Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

Nicaragua's Ortega must reform or face downfall, analysts say

Managua - US economic sanctions will provoke the fall of President Daniel Ortega's regime if the autocratic leader doesn't implement democratic reforms demanded by Washington, analysts say.

Brazil's Bolsonaro names seventh military man to cabinet

Rio De Janeiro - President-elect Jair Bolsonaro named Admiral Bento Costa Lima Leite his minister of mines and energy Friday, continuing his militarization of Brazil's incoming government.

Venezuela's Maduro boosts minimum wage by 150 percent

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday increased Venezuela's minimum wage by 150 percent, the sixth readjustment this year, as part of an economic reform plan that has failed to curb rampant inflation.

Brazil rescinds offer to host 2019 UN climate conference

Bras - Brazil announced Wednesday it is withdrawing its offer to host the COP25 UN climate conference next year, citing financial constraints.

Judge issues arrest warrant for Fujimori ally over corruption probe

- A Peruvian judge issued an international arrest warrant for an ally of jailed opposition leader Keiko Fujimori in relation to the same money laundering probe that has seen former president Alberto Fujimori's daughter locked up for three years of preven...

Brazil's Bolsonaro rules out sending back Venezuelan migrants

Rio De Janeiro - President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said Saturday his government would not send back the tens of thousands of Venezuelans who have sought refuge in Brazil from the economic breakdown in their leftist-ruled homeland.

Former Brazilian leaders Rousseff and Lula accused in fresh graft case

Bras - Brazil has opened criminal proceedings against former left-wing leaders Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff for allegedly receiving bribes with money diverted from state-owned oil giant Petrobras.

Two sons of former Panama president Martinelli arrested in US

Panama - Two sons of former Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli, who is accused of collecting bribes worth millions in the wide-ranging Odebrecht scandal, were arrested in the United States, officials said Wednesday.

First Cuban doctors return over spat with Brazil's Bolsonaro

Havana - The first of more than 6,000 Cuban doctors working in Brazil arrived back on the Communist-run island Thursday after Havana announced it was withdrawing from a medical aid program over a spat with President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazil's Lula grilled by corruption probe judge

Curitiba - Former Brazil president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva left prison for the first time in seven months on Wednesday as he faced questioning over corruption and money laundering in relation to the wide-ranging "Car Wash" graft probe.

Brazil meat magnate accused of bribery ordered released from jail

S - A court in Brazil ordered Monday the release of a meatpacking magnate arrested days ago as part of the wide-ranging "Operation Car Wash" investigation into corruption.

With sister in jail, is this Kenji Fujimori's moment in Peru?

- With Peru's opposition leader Keiko Fujimori in prison and no obvious successor in place, the movement created by her father Alberto Fujimori now faces a key decision on its leadership.

Brazil meatpacking magnate arrested in corruption probe

S - Meat industry tycoon Joesley Batista was arrested by Brazilian police on Friday alongside two former agriculture ministers as part of the wide-ranging "Operation Car Wash" investigation into corruption.

Venezuela arrests hundreds of currency 'speculators'

Caracas - Venezuelan authorities ordered more than 600 arrests over the last eight months for "speculation" on the currency market, Attorney General Tarek William Saab announced Thursday.

Husband of Peru opposition leader Fujimori probed over corruption

- Peruvian prosecutors opened a corruption investigation Wednesday against the Italian-American husband of jailed opposition leader Keiko Fujimori, her lawyer said.
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