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New migrant caravans leaving Honduras to pursue American dream

San Pedro Sula - Hundreds of asylum seekers are forming new migrant caravans in Honduras, planning to walk thousands of kilometers through Central America to the United States via Guatemala and Mexico, in search of a better life under the new administration of Presiden...

Brazil's Bolsonaro increasingly isolated as Trump leaves

Bras - When Jair Bolsonaro became Brazil's president in January 2019 he nurtured relationships with other like-minded, far-right governments, but as the political tide turns he now finds himself and his country increasingly isolated.

Activists claim Venezuela police 'massacre' killed 23 people

Caracas - At least 23 people were killed in a police operation that took place Friday to Saturday in a poor neighborhood in Venezuela's capital Caracas, a human rights organization and local press said.

Spain health minister to stand down, run for top Catalan job

Madrid - Heath Minister Salvador Illa, the face of Spain's battle against coronavirus, is stepping down to run for the top post in Catalonia in February's regional elections, his party said Wednesday.

Cuban doctors arrive in Panama to fight pandemic amid US opposition

Panama - A group of 220 Cuban health care professionals arrived in Panama on Thursday to help fight the coronavirus pandemic despite objections from the United States, Panama's health ministry said.

Bolsonaro under fire over Brazil's troubled vaccine roll-out

Bras - Brazil prides itself on its world-leading immunization experts, medical institutions and vaccine research, but President Jair Bolsonaro's government has been accused of having a chaotic plan to inoculate against Covid-19.

Brazil drug agency questions 'transparency' of China vaccine

Bras - Brazil's health regulator on Monday accused China of not being transparent in efforts to win emergency approval for its Covid-19 vaccine CoronaVac, currently in the final phase of trials in the hard-hit country.

Venezuela's Maduro says hopeful of dialogue with Biden

Caracas - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday he hopes to open channels of communication and dialogue with the incoming administration of US President-Elect Joe Biden, after years of tension with the Trump White House.

Leading poll boycott, Venezuela's Guaido seeks more sanctions on Maduro

Caracas - Opposition leader Juan Guaido is leading a boycott of Venezuela's legislative elections on Sunday and, despite losing political momentum, has told AFP he is still the person the international community needs to oust Nicolas Maduro's regime.

Thousands in Argentina march against new move to legalize abortion

Buenos Aires - Thousands of anti-abortion protesters, many of them mobilized by Catholic or evangelical groups, demonstrated on Saturday across Argentina against a government-backed new bill to legalize abortion.

Mexico takes step towards legalizing marijuana

Mexico - Mexico took a step closer to legalizing marijuana for recreational and medicinal use on Thursday as the Senate approved a bill aimed at reducing violence linked to drug trafficking.

Brazil's routed left shows signs of life in local vote

S - The election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in 2018 looked to some like a death blow for the Brazilian left after the spectacular fall of its 13-year rule. But the heart monitor may have just emitted a blip in local elections.

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.

Prosecutors probe resigned president over Peru protest deaths

- Public prosecutors in Peru opened a preliminary investigation Monday against former president Manuel Merino, his interior minister and other officials over the deaths of two people in weekend anti-government protests, state prosecutor Zoraida Avalos sa...

Court imposes travel ban on ousted Peru president amid protests

- A Peruvian judge on Friday banned ousted president Martin Vizcarra from leaving the country days after his dismissal by Congress as the nation's political crisis spilled over into street clashes between protesters and police.

Bolivia's Morales ends homecoming tour with rally

- Thousands of supporters of Bolivia's ex-president Evo Morales crowded into his political stronghold Wednesday for a climactic rally to mark his triumphant return to his homeland.

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.

For Cuba, any US president will be better than Trump

Havana - Most Cubans don't know Joe Biden, or what policies he will pursue toward the Communist island, but they are crystal clear on one thing: any US president will be better than Donald Trump.

Arce assumes Bolivia presidency with Morales shadow looming large

La Paz - Leftist economist Luis Arce assumes the Bolivian presidency on Sunday facing the challenge of uniting a polarized society and reactivating an economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.

Morales confirms Bolivia return, with chaperone

Buenos Aires - Bolivia's former president Evo Morales confirmed on Saturday that he will return from exile on Monday but said that Argentina leader Alberto Fernandez would accompany him "for security reasons.

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.

Ex-defense chief's arrest hits US-Mexican ties

Mexico - The United States's shock arrest earlier this month of a former Mexican defense minister on drug trafficking charges has triggered a diplomatic row that experts say could jeopardize the countries' cooperation in fighting powerful cartels.

Indigenous Bolivian coca farmers fear return of 'abusive' Morales

Caranavi - Evo Morales was Bolivia's first indigenous president -- but not all of the South American country's native people are fans, and some are calling on president-elect Luis Arce to undo what they see as the harm done under the former leader.

Bolivia government says won't invite Maduro to Arce inauguration

La Paz - Bolivia's outgoing interim government will not invite Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro to the inauguration of new socialist leader Luis Arce, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Bolivia's Morales calls for calm after protesters demand junta

La Paz - Exiled former Bolivian president Evo Morales called for calm on Tuesday after several hundred right-wing protesters demanded that a "military junta" replace socialist president-elect Luis Arce.

Bolivia confirms Arce presidential election win

La Paz - Bolivia's electoral tribunal on Friday published official results from last weekend's presidential election, confirming leftist Luis Arce's landslide victory.

Bolivia 'has recovered democracy', says Arce as exit poll suggests win

La Paz - Bolivian presidential candidate Luis Arce, the leftist heir to former leader Evo Morales, said his country had "recovered democracy" after an exit poll from TV station Unitel indicated he had won the election in the first round with 52.

Bolivians expect 'upheaval' as general election looms

La Paz - Voters expect social upheaval for the second time in a year no matter who wins Sunday's general election in Bolivia.Polls open at 8:00 am (1200 GMT) in an election that will not feature former president Evo Morales for the first time in 20 years.

Bolivia set to vote for president after polarized campaign

La Paz - Bolivians will vote for a new president on Sunday and for the first time in two decades the name of Evo Morales will not be on the ballot paper.
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