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Fujimori family feud spurred Kuczynski resignation

- Five centuries after brothers Atahualpa and Huascar engaged in a bloody battle for the Inca throne, a similar feud is tearing apart Peru's powerful Fujimori clan.

Venezuela's ex-interior minister arrested

Caracas - Former Venezuelan interior minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly plotting to divide the armed forces, the government said."He was wanted... for involvement in actions against peace.

Miguel Diaz-Canel, likely leader of post-Castro Cuba

Havana - When it finally turns the page on the Castro era next month, Cuba will likely look up to a model Communist Party man, Miguel Diaz-Canel, to steer it through a period of uncertainty.

Conservative billionaire Pinera sworn in as president of Chile

Valpara - Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera was sworn in Sunday to his second term as president of Chile, replacing socialist Michelle Bachelet in the office for the second time in eight years.

Pinera, a conservative billionaire, is sworn in as president of Chile

Valpara - Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera was sworn in Sunday to his second term as president of Chile, replacing socialist Michelle Bachelet in the office for the second time in eight years.

Argentine ex-president Kirchner to be tried in Iranian cover-up case

Buenos Aires - Argentina's former president Cristina Kirchner and other senior members of her government have been referred for public trial over an alleged cover-up of Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing of a Jewish charity in Buenos Aires, the judiciary announced...

Falcon cuts divisive figure in Venezuela's election

Caracas - Henri Falcon, the main opponent to unpopular President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela's presidential election, is in the unusual position of being unloved by both Maduro's ruling socialists and the main opposition alike.

Oxfam chairman, Guatemala ex-president put on trial for corruption

Guatemala City - Oxfam's chairman and Guatemala's former president are to face trial on corruption charges over alleged graft in a public bus contract, a judge in this Central American country ruled Thursday.

What impact would a US oil embargo have on Venezuela?

Caracas - Venezuela would suffer a devastating economic blow if the United States saw through threats to impose an embargo on its oil exports, but such a move would not guarantee any change of leadership in Caracas, analysts say.

Chile's Bachelet unveils massive marine parks in legacy move

Santiago - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has unveiled protections for a huge oceanic area home to incredibly diverse marine life, in a move to boost her legacy two weeks before leaving power.

Maduro officially lodges candidacy for Venezuela re-election

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday officially lodged his candidacy in a snap April 22 presidential election boycotted by the opposition.

Venezuela opens nominations for presidential vote as US protests

Caracas - Venezuela is now accepting candidate registrations for its April 22 presidential elections, but opposition politicians and the United States are rejecting the terms of the poll.

Brazil's senate approves military intervention in Rio

Bras - Brazil's Senate overwhelmingly approved the army's takeover of security in Rio de Janeiro following a breakdown of law and order in drug-ravaged neighborhoods.

Brazil's Lula mounts new appeal against prison sentence

S - Brazil's former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made yet another appeal against a 12 year prison sentence for corruption that could knock him out of an attempted comeback election.

Three independents seek to shake up Mexico presidential race

Mexico - A former first lady, a horse-riding governor known as "The Bronco" and a senator who calls himself "The Jaguar" jumped into Mexico's presidential race Monday after gathering the required signatures to run as independents.

Brazil's Temer gives army full control of Rio security

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's President Michel Temer on Friday handed the military full control of security in Rio de Janeiro in an increasingly desperate fight to tame runaway gang violence.

Brazil to use army in shock tactic to tame Rio violence

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil is to send in the army in an increasingly desperate fight to tame runaway gang violence in Rio de Janeiro, following a decree signed Friday by President Michel Temer.

Honduras lawmakers debate bill seeking to curb online speech

Tegucigalpa - Lawmakers in Honduras are debating a bill that wants to fine administrators of social media networks for online comments deemed offensive or promoting "hate campaigns.

Venezuela condemns US senator who says world would back a coup

Caracas - The Venezuelan government has sharply condemned the suggestion by US Senator Marco Rubio that "the world would support" an armed coup to remove President Nicolas Maduro, whom the American lawmaker denounced as a "dictator.

Venezuela talks move forward under shadow of early election

Santo Domingo - Venezuela's government and opposition pushed on Tuesday with talks aimed at soothing their country's political crisis, but President Nicolas Maduro's bid for virtually unopposed re-election in early polls weighed heavily on the negotiations.

Havana unveils a NY equestrian statue of Cuban independence hero Marti

Havana - A replica of a statue in New York's Central Park of Cuban independence hero Jose Marti was unveiled Sunday in a plaza in Havana, a gesture of friendship in a time of strained US-Cuban relations.

Honduras demos overshadow Hernandez inauguration

Tegucigalpa - Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was set to be sworn in for a second term Saturday as the opposition vowed mass protests over claims he fraudulently won November elections.

Women take to Honduran streets en masse to protest president's reelection

Tegucigalpa - Hundreds of women protested Thursday in Honduras against Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is preparing to begin his second presidential term Saturday after winning November's disputed vote.

Venezuela declares Spanish ambassador 'persona non grata'

Caracas - Venezuela on Thursday declared Spain's ambassador to Caracas "persona non grata," accusing Madrid of committing "continuous aggressions" against the Socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Day of destiny looms for Brazil's Lula

Bras - A Brazilian appeals court will rule on Wednesday whether to overturn a corruption conviction against ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, effectively deciding if he can run in this year's election.Lula was sentenced in July to 9.

Honduras roads blocked in protests against election results

Tegucigalpa - Activists blocked roads and clashed with police in Honduras on Saturday as part of nationwide protests against the contested re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

Tug-of-war in Venezuela over rebels' bodies

Caracas - Dozens of Venezuelan soldiers ringed a Caracas morgue Wednesday where the body of dissident former police officer Oscar Perez and six others were taken after being gunned down in a bloody police operation.

Pardoned Peru ex-president leaves hospital

- Alberto Fujimori, Peru's pardoned former president who was until recently serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses, was discharged from hospital Tuesday after receiving treatment for cardiac arrhythmia.

Four ex-South American leaders back Lula comeback petition

Rio De Janeiro - Four South American ex-presidents are among more than 170,000 people who signed a petition supporting former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva bid for another term as Brazil's president, despite his corruption conviction.

Hundreds supporting Fujimori pardon demonstrate in Lima

- Hundreds of Peruvians demonstrated in Lima Friday in support of the controversial pardon given to former strongman Alberto Fujimori.
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