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In Central America, parents deported from US vow to return for detained children

San Pedro Sula - When Ever Sierra arrived back in his native Honduras, deported after trying to enter the US, his eight-month-old daughter's shoes were hanging from his backpack.She was being held in a detention center in McAllen, Texas, along with her mother.

Brazil's top court cancels ruling on Lula release

S - Brazil's Supreme Court has cancelled a ruling set for Tuesday on an appeal by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be freed from prison while he attempts to overturn his corruption sentence.

Cuba to get ready for same sex marriage: Castro daughter

Havana - In Cuba, where homosexuals once suffered harsh repression, a new reform-oriented constitution being drafted could pave the way for same sex marriage, Raul Castro's daughter Mariela Castro Espin says.

Trump about-face no consolation for parents who lost kids: lawyers

El Paso - President Donald Trump may have halted the widely assailed practice of taking children away from parents who cross the border with Mexico illegally, but that's of little comfort to those who already lost their kids.

Brazil maintains key interest rate at 6.5%

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's central bank maintained its key interest rate at 6.5 percent Wednesday, as expected, with inflation considered to be under control despite strong depreciation of the real and a costly truckers' strike.

In impoverished Bolivia, president's new palace an eyesore for some

La Paz - Bolivia's new presidential palace is certainly an attention-getter, from its heliport to its 29-story tower and its presidential jacuzzi in South America's poorest nation.

Brazil expected to keep interest rate at 6.5%

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's central bank is expected to maintain interest rates at 6.5 percent Wednesday after deciding that strong depreciation of the real and a costly truckers' strike have not fed inflation beyond current limits, analysts say.

Brazil Workers' Party boss acquitted of corruption charges

Bras - Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday acquitted the head of the once-dominant leftist Workers' Party of charges of corruption and money laundering.

Nicaraguan dialogue to end crisis falls apart

Managua - Another attempt at church- mediated talks to end a deadly political crisis in Nicaragua fell apart on Monday, a clergy statement said.

Ex-Ecuador leader sought in case of missing opposition figure

Quito - A court in Quito on Monday ordered testimony from Ecuador's ex-president Rafael Correa, who lives in Belgium, in the investigation of an opposition figure's apparent 2012 kidnapping in Venezuela.

Maduro names Constituent Assembly leader as vice president

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday appointed the head of the Constituent Assembly, Delcy Rodriguez, as his vice president in a cabinet reshuffle.

Nicaragua crisis death toll rises as bishops await word from Ortega

Managua - The death toll resulting from Nicaragua's escalating crisis rose over the weekend to at least 139, according to a top rights group.

Jailed Lula still way ahead in Brazil presidential poll

S - Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva remains far ahead in a poll out Sunday of candidates in Brazil's October presidential election, even though he has been in prison for two months.

Nicaragua president to meet Catholic bishops for new crisis talks

Managua - President Daniel Ortega will meet Nicaragua's Catholic bishops Thursday to discuss resuming church-mediated talks on ending a political crisis and protest violence that has left more than 120 people dead, the bishops' conference said.

Peru congress suspends Fujimori but leaves him alive politically

- Peru's congress suspended lawmaker Kenji Fujimori late Wednesday over corruption allegations but lacked a quorum to dismiss him as part of a fight with his sister for control of their father's political dynasty.

Peru Congress to decide on Fujimori son's political fate

- Peru's Congress will debate Wednesday whether to dismiss popular lawmaker Kenji Fujimori on corruption charges, the latest twist in his battle against his sister Keiko for control of their father's political dynasty.

Google's Schmidt in Cuba to meet new leader

Havana - Eric Schmidt, a board member of Google's parent company Alphabet, met Monday with Cuba's new president to discuss improving Cuban internet connectivity, one of the world's lowest."The benefits of the internet to the world are extraordinary.

Nicaragua buries victims of latest violence

Managua - Mourning families held funerals across Nicaragua on Friday for 16 people killed in one of the bloodiest days of protest in the country, where weeks of anti-government demonstrations have left more than 100 dead.

Nicaragua buries victims of latest violence

Managua - Funerals took place across Nicaragua on Friday for 16 people killed in one of the bloodiest days of protest in the country where weeks of anti-government demonstrations have left more than 100 dead.

Petrobras: Brazilian economy's flawed crown jewel

Bras - You can't get away from Petrobras in Brazil. Whether negotiating multi-billion dollar deals with foreign oil majors or sponsoring local sports events, the state-controlled giant is everywhere.

Beaten Venezuelan candidate mounts legal challenge to Maduro win

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro's closest challenger in this month's presidential polls, Henri Falcon, on Wednesday filed an appeal with the country's highest court to have the vote annulled.

Uruguay's former vice president to face trial for embezzlement

Montevideo - Uruguay's former vice president Raul Sendic will go on trial for embezzlement and abuse of office during his time as head of the state oil group, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Colombia's ELN rebels ready for talks with next president

Havana - The chief negotiator of Colombia's ELN guerrillas said Tuesday he is ready to continue talks with the government even if the hardline rightist candidate wins next month's runoff presidential election.

Cuba to amend constitution to extend economic reforms

Havana - Cuba will seek to amend its constitution to further open up the economy but without modifying the "irrevocable character of socialism," authorities there said Monday.

Two Venezuelan generals among group detained for 'treason': lawyer

Caracas - Two Venezuelan generals were among a group of people arrested last week for allegedly plotting against the country's President Nicolas Maduro, their lawyer said Sunday.The generals are accused of leading a group of eight soldiers and a civilian.

Nicaragua protesters dig in as more killed

Managua - Hundreds of protesters dug in around Nicaragua on Saturday, blocking roads as at least eight more people were killed in a 24-hour period.

Peru's powerful Fujimori siblings head for a split

- Keiko Fujimori heads Peru's most influential party -- but risks seeing it split and her presidential ambitions dashed following a nasty spat with her brother Kenji, a popular fellow lawmaker who is also eyeing the presidency.

Petrobras cuts fuel price after huge Brazil truck strike

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petrobras yielded Wednesday to pressure and temporarily reduced fuel prices after striking truckers threatened to paralyze airports and nationwide commerce.

Brazil truckers strike for second day over fuel prices

S - Brazilian truckers on Tuesday staged a second day of strikes and road blockages to protest rising fuel costs.Major roads in nearly all the 27 states saw some level of blockades, the Federal Highway Police said in a statement.

What's ahead for crisis-hit Venezuela after Maduro's contested re-election

Caracas - Following the disputed re-election of Nicolas Maduro, the future looks bleak for Venezuela, already mired in the worst economic crisis in its history that has left dire shortages of food and medicines and led to violent protests.
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