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Venezuela set for aid showdown as Guaido claims military help

C - Venezuela braced for a showdown between the military and regime opponents at the Colombian border on Saturday, when self-declared acting president Juan Guaido has vowed humanitarian aid would enter his country despite a blockade.

Venezuela's Guaido defies travel ban as aid row turns deadly

C - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido claimed the military helped him defy a travel ban by the government of President Nicolas Maduro as he joined thousands over the Colombian border on Friday for a charity concert to push for humanitarian aid deli...

Cuba's constitution vote seen as referendum on socialism

Havana - Cuba was gearing up Friday to vote on a new constitution for the first time in decades, a poll seen as a possible referendum on the role of socialism itself in the one-party state.

Thousands flock to Venezuela aid concert on barricaded border

C - Thousands of people, many waving Venezuelan flags, streamed into a concert site on the Venezuela-Colombia border Friday for an international charity concert to push for humanitarian aid deliveries in defiance of a blockade by the government of Presiden...

Competing concerts to duel on Venezuelan border

C - Arenri Roque endured three days on a bus to take in a fund-raising concert Friday for Venezuela's opposition -- one thrust of a musical duel with the government, which is staging a show of its own.

Chile's 'Chicago boys' making a comeback in Brazil

Santiago - They were the architects of the "shock" economic politics that some claim galvanized Chile's economy under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

Chile's 'Chicago boys' making a comeback in Brazil

Santiago - They were the architects of the "shock" economic politics that some claim galvanized Chile's economy under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

Chile's 'Chicago boys' making a comeback in Brazil

Santiago - They were the architects of the "shock" economic politics that some claim galvanized Chile's economy under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

Mexico leader's humble air travel a security headache

Mexico - Accompanied only by five unarmed aides and a small collection of amulets, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador makes police and flight attendants alike tremble when he embarks on air travel, always in economy class.

Venezuela state internet provider blocks volunteer aid page

Caracas - Venezuela's state internet provider CANTV has blocked a webpage where volunteers sign up to answer National Assembly president Juan Guaido's call to help bring in desperately needed humanitarian aid, the opposition said on Monday.

Desperate Venezuelans sneak across Colombia border to peddle scrap

Villa Del Rosario - In the thick vegetation along the Colombian border, bands of Venezuelans make their way unseen, puffing under the heavy loads of scrap metal on their backs like leaf-cutter ants, covered in filth and trying to make enough money to simply survive.

Bolsonaro ally scolds Brazil president for lack of 'leadership'

Bras - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro was embroiled in a government crisis on Thursday after a key ally accused him of washing his hands of a campaign finance scandal and sending his son to manage it.

Venezuela military reinforces Colombian border blockade

Ure - Venezuela's military reinforced a blockade on Thursday morning at the border with Colombia where opposition leader Juan Guaido has vowed to bring in desperately-needed humanitarian aid despite President Nicolas Maduro's vow to keep it out.

Venezuela's Guaido vows to bring in aid next week

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido told tens of thousands of supporters on Tuesday that desperately-needed humanitarian aid would be brought into the country on February 23, despite opposition from President Nicolas Maduro.

Desperate Venezuelan migrants turn to Colombia coca plantations

They were once manual laborers, taxi drivers, fishermen and merchants. But Venezuelan migrants fleeing poverty and shortages of basic necessities have been forced into new work: picking coca leaves for Colombia's drug traffickers.

Venezuela opposition prepares protest, presses for aid to be let in

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition plans more marches Tuesday to press the military to let in US humanitarian aid, which President Nicolas Maduro says is the stepping stone to an invasion.

Italy's Salvini calls Guaido after meeting Venezuela delegation

Rome - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini spoke by phone with Venezuela's Juan Guaido on Monday after meeting with an opposition delegation he sent from the crisis-hit Latin American nation, his spokesman said.

Venezuela's Guaido warns military on blocked aid

Caracas - Opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized by some 50 countries as Venezuela's interim president, warned the military Sunday that blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country is a "crime against humanity.

Venezuela's Guaido warns military on blocked aid

Caracas - Opposition leader Juan Guaido, recognized by some 50 countries as Venezuela's interim president, warned the military Sunday that blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country is a "crime against humanity.

Brazil's Bolsonaro improving after pneumonia, surgery

S - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has beaten fever caused by pneumonia after his abdominal surgery two weeks ago, his hospital said Saturday.

Could women in white sway Venezuelan soldiers blocking aid?

C - The soldiers blocking humanitarian aid from entering Venezuela look unlikely to give any ground, but Maria Acevedo thinks she knows how to make them let the shipments through.

Mexican ex-president Pena Nieto, soap opera star wife divorcing

Mexico - Mexican ex-president Enrique Pena Nieto and his wife, soap opera star Angelica Rivera, are getting divorced, the former first lady said Friday."I deeply regret what is a very painful situation for me and our children.

Brazil's Bolsonaro suffers suspected pneumonia: doctors

S - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro had a fever and possible pneumonia, his doctors said Thursday, 10 days after the far-right leader underwent surgery on the stomach wound he suffered when stabbed last year.

Generation Guaido: a threat to Chavez-style power in Venezuela

Caracas - More than a decade ago, university students in Venezuela burst onto the political scene by rekindling opposition to then leader Hugo Chavez with street protests that led to the socialist firebrand's only election defeat.

Venezuela opposition warns military against preventing entry of aid

Caracas - Venezuela's armed forces would be crossing a "red line" if they were to block humanitarian aid from entering the country, the opposition dominated National Assembly said on Tuesday.

Brazil's Bolsonaro in semi-intensive care after abdominal surgery

S - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was in semi-intensive care in hospital Monday following abdominal surgery and was set to be stay in the hospital at least another week, his office said.

Who backs whom in Venezuela crisis

Caracas - World powers are taking sides in the struggle between the rivals to lead Venezuela, which has pitted some Western nations against Russia, China and others.

Desperate Hondurans seek divine intervention from patron saint

Tegucigalpa - Thousands of Hondurans made desperate pleas Saturday to their country's patron saint, begging for social equality and protection from violent crime.

Insecurity and the economy dominate El Salvador presidential vote

Sansalvador - Nayib Bukele is favored to win El Salvador's presidency when voters head to the polls on Sunday, as the country grapples with violence, corruption, poverty and an exodus of migrants seeking to reach the United States.

Guaido rules out risk of civil war in Venezuela

Madrid - Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido ruled out the possibility of civil war in his country, saying the overwhelming majority of his compatriots wanted Nicolas Maduro to step down.
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