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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.

Thousands call for Peru leader to step down over Fujimori pardon

- Thousands of Peruvians took to the streets nationwide on Thursday to demand that President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski step down over his pardon to former strongman Alberto Fujimori -- rallies that ended in clashes between demonstrators and police.

Venezuela government, opposition in fresh talks on crisis

Santo Domingo - Delegates from the Venezuelan government and opposition met Thursday in the Dominican Republic for a third round of talks on resolving the country's protracted crisis ahead of this year's presidential election.

Guatemala legal challenge to moving embassy to Jerusalem

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan lawyer is challenging his country's controversial decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, arguing it violates international law.

Ecuador's Correa returns to fight referendum campaign

Quito - Ex-president Rafael Correa returned to Ecuador from Belgium on Friday to lead the campaign against a referendum called by the government effectively to prevent his re-election.

Breathe easy, world: Mexican psychic says no US-NKorea nuclear war

Mexico - Hovering over his tarot cards and holding a microphone to his wizard-like beard, Mexican psychic Antonio Vazquez on Thursday said there was no need to fear a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea.

Striding Temer says 'fully recovered' after latest op

Bras - Brazil's President Michel Temer appeared keen to demonstrate Thursday he had recovered from his latest bout of ill health, inviting the press to photograph him during a brisk walk in a Brasilia park.

EU will 'survive' Brexit, remain strong: Mogherini

Havana - The European Union will "survive" Britain's Brexit departure and will remain strong, the bloc's foreign policy chief said Wednesday.

Peru defense minister resigns after Fujimori pardon

- Peru's defense minister resigned on Wednesday, becoming the second cabinet member to step down after President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski controversially pardoned former leader Alberto Fujimori, who had been incarcerated for murder and other rights abuses.

Ecuador's jailed VP stripped of office

Quito - Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno confirmed on Wednesday that Jorge Glas, his vice president jailed for six years for graft, has been stripped of his office.

Ecuador's jailed VP to be stripped of office

Quito - Ecuador's Vice President Jorge Glas was to constitutionally lose his title late Tuesday because he has been absent for more than three months -- locked up in prison on a six-year sentence for corruption.

Vargas Llosa among more than 230 writers opposing Fujimori pardon

- Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa has joined more than 230 other Peruvian writers in denouncing the pardon issued to former president Alberto Fujimori, who was serving 25 years in prison for rights abuses.

Imprisoned Fujimori transferred to clinic with irregular heartbeat

- Peru's former president Alberto Fujimori, currently serving a 25-year prison sentence for corruption and human rights abuses, was transferred from his cell to a clinic Saturday suffering low blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat, his doctor said.

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.

Peru Congress to debate impeachment of president

- Peru's Congress voted overwhelmingly on Friday to consider impeaching President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski next week over allegations he received bribes from Brazilian contractor Odebrecht.

Peru Congress to debate impeachment of president

- Peru's Congress voted overwhelmingly on Friday to consider impeaching President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski next week over allegations he received bribes from Brazilian contractor Odebrecht.

Peru Congress to debate impeachment of president

- Peru's Congress voted overwhelmingly on Friday to consider impeaching President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski next week over allegations he received bribes from Brazilian contractor Odebrecht.

Honduras opposition blocks roads in post-election protest

Tegucigalpa - Supporters of Honduras's opposition blocked roads in towns and cities on Friday to demand their candidate Salvador Nasralla be declared the winner of a presidential election held nearly three weeks ago.

Venezuela government, opposition hold new round of talks

Santo Domingo - Venezuela's government and opposition concluded a new round of talks Friday in an effort to bridge deep and entrenched differences to find a way to end the dire political and economic crisis tearing apart their country.

Impeachment threat hangs over Peru president accused of graft

- Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's political future looked in grave doubt Thursday when the opposition demanded he step down or face impeachment over graft allegations linked to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Leftist stalwart shoots for Mexico's presidency, promising controversial amnesty

Mexico - Leftist stalwart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday joined the race for Mexico's presidency, pledging to reverse government reforms and offer criminals amnesty as a new way to target rampant violent crime.

Brazil city to give food pellets dubbed 'dog food' to poor school kids

S - Nicknamed "dog food" and made from nearly expired left-overs, a new product designed to fight hunger among school kids in Brazil's largest city has sparked controversy.

Barcelona family swept up in Catalan crisis

Barcelona - Emotions are running high for the Sanz-Cortinas family as Catalonia threatens to declare independence from Spain.The Barcelona family of four has felt sadness, anger and uncertainty as the political crisis deepened over the past several weeks.

Catalan independence vote divides region's mayors

Catalunya - "It's a dream come true," says Eudald Calvo, mayor of Argentona, a municipality near Barcelona which is gearing up for an October 1 referendum on Catalan independence that Madrid has branded illegal.

Peru ex-president, wife held over alleged corruption

- Former Peruvian president Ollanta Humala and his wife Nadine Heredia have spent their first night in jail over charges of accepting illegal campaign donations from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
 

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