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Venezuelan newspaper boss decries $13 mn damages ruling

Caracas - The president of a Venezuelan newspaper hit with a $13 million damages judgment, on Monday accused the state of "expropriation.

Ecuador ex-president vows to 'keep fighting' after protege's defeat

Mexico - Former Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa told AFP on Tuesday that he plans to keep up his political fight from exile following his protege's election defeat.

By rail, road or on foot, migrants flow across Mexico towards US

Pizaco - Greyssi Venegas devours her first meal in three days at a Mexican shelter near the railroad where migrants risk their lives clinging to freight trains on their grueling journey north to the United States.

Far-left schoolteacher, rightwing populist vie for Peru presidency

- Far-left labor unionist Pedro Castillo and rightwing populist Keiko Fujimori will square off in a second round of presidential elections that analysts say threatens to further polarize crisis-weary Peru.

President-elect Lasso pledges 'true change' to Ecuador

Quito - President-elect Guillermo Lasso on Monday announced a "true change" in crisis-wracked Ecuador after bringing to an end an era of left-wing election victories.

Far-left schoolteacher takes lead as Peru counts presidential votes

- A far-left union leader and teacher has taken a surprise, though slim, lead in Peru's presidential election, and will likely face a rightwing rival in a runoff in June, incomplete results showed Monday.

Lasso wins Ecuador presidency as Arauz concedes

Quito - Former banker Guillermo Lasso won Ecuador's presidential election on Sunday after his socialist opponent Andres Arauz conceded.Conservative Lasso declared himself president-elect and accepted the "challenge" of changing Ecuador's "destiny.

Indecisive Peru presidential vote amid deadly Covid-19 surge

- Ballots were being counted Sunday in Peruvian presidential elections destined for a run-off with no candidate able to fire up the crisis-weary nation, during its deadliest week of the Covid-19 pandemic to date.

Ex-president casts shadow over tight Ecuador election

Quito - Former Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa is not on the ballot in his country's close presidential runoff on Sunday, yet remains a key figure in the election despite living in exile in Belgium.

Peru votes as Covid-19 body count mounts

- Peruvians go to the polls Sunday, in the midst of a deadly pandemic surge, to choose a new president to confront the country's multiple challenges from among 18 candidates with no clear favorite.

Environmentalists dismayed by Ecuador presidential candidates

Quito - Environmental activists will feel stuck between a rock and hard place on Sunday when forced to choose a new president.

Ex-prostitute, 'Jesus' actor line up for Peru Congress race

- Ex-prostitute Angela Villon is one of several unconventional candidates vying for a seat in Peru's national congress in elections Sunday - a reflection of the country's growing diversity.

Chile president enacts election postponement

Santiago - Chile's President Sebastian Pinera enacted a law Tuesday to postpone by five weeks an election to choose a commission to rewrite the country's dictatorship-era constitution, amid a surge in coronavirus infections.

Cuba erects giant concrete flag in front of US embassy

Havana - Cuba has erected a giant concrete flag in front of the US embassy in the capital Havana as hopes of an improvement in bilateral relations under the Joe Biden administration fade on the island nation.

Border agents, traffickers and migrants mix on the busy Rio Grande

Linda Vista - The sun has barely set when Mexican traffickers inflate their boat, load 15 migrants on board, yelling at the kids to stop crying, and then row in a frenzy across the Rio Grande, landing on US soil in just a few minutes.

Bolivia ex-president's pre-trial detention extended by two months

La Paz - Former Bolivian interim president Jeanine Anez's pre-trial detention was extended by two months Saturday, as a prison official announced the ex-leader will receive medical care at the La Paz penitentiary where she is being held.

Judge rejects detention request for Peru ex-president Vizcarra

- A Peruvian judge on Thursday rejected preventative detention for ex-president Martin Vizcarra, who is being investigated for alleged corruption while he was governor of the country's southern region of Moquegua.

Cape Verde confirms extradition of Colombian to US on fraud charges

Praia - Cape Verde's supreme court on Wednesday said it had ratified the extradition to the United States of a businessman who is close to Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and accused by Washington of fraud.

Timeline: Bolivia's political crisis

La Paz - Since the contested re-election of President Evo Morales in October 2019 until the arrest of ex-interim president Jeanine Anez on Saturday, here are the key events that marked Bolivia's political crisis.

Bolivia's Jeanine Anez: From president to 'coup' accused

La Paz - Conservative senator Jeanine Anez was unknown to many Bolivians before she stepped out onto the balcony of the government palace in November 2019, Bible in hand.

Lula's return reshuffles the deck in divided Brazil

S - The ruling that overturned ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's corruption convictions upended Brazilian politics and set up a potential election showdown between the tarnished left-wing icon and his nemesis, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

Surge in young migrant border arrivals poses challenge for Biden

New York - Thousands of minors without papers are arriving at the US border with Mexico, presenting President Joe Biden with a potentially major crisis in one of America's most politically sensitive regions.

El Salvador's Bukele looks set to increase power with allies ahead in polls

Sansalvador - El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele looked set to increase his power as his allies took a clear lead in legislative elections, according to preliminary results Monday.

Complex culture clash as Venezuelan migrants flood into Chile

Tarapac - Anyier sits at the side of the road gasping for breath as the beating sun and 3,700-meter (12,000-foot) altitude take their toll.

El Salvador's Bukele looks set to increase power with allies ahead in polls

Sansalvador - El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele looked set to increase his power as his allies took a clear lead in legislative elections, according to preliminary results early Monday.

El Salvador elections could give Bukele control

Sansalvador - El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele, accused of authoritarianism by detractors, stands to win an absolute majority in parliament in elections Sunday for which his party is polling strongly.If the country's 5.

Barcelona protesters face off with police at fresh rapper demo

Barcelona - Demonstrators faced off with Barcelona police on Sunday, the sixth consecutive night of protests in support of a controversial rapper jailed over incendiary tweets.

Argentina president blasts 'unforgivable' vaccine line-jump scandal

Buenos Aires - Argentina's president Alberto Fernandez blasted his former health minister over an "unforgivable" coronavirus vaccine scandal, in quotes published on Sunday.

Argentina has new health chief after vaccine line-jumping scandal

Buenos Aires - Argentina's new health minister took office on Saturday following the resignation of her predecessor after he was caught helping friends skip the line for Covid-19 vaccinations.

Ecuador to conduct partial election recount

Quito - Ecuador's top electoral body announced on Friday it would conduct a partial recount of Sunday's presidential vote following a request from the two candidates battling for second place.
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