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Presidential frontrunner says Argentina 'virtually' in default

Buenos Aires - The frontrunner in Argentina's presidential race, Alberto Fernandez, said in local press interviews that the country is "virtually" in default and should renegotiate its bailout loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

Argentine economy minister resigns amid deepening crisis

Buenos Aires - Argentina's Economy Minister Nicolas Dujovne resigned Saturday after a week of economic tumult caused by President Mauricio Macri's defeat in a primary poll ahead of a general election.

Tens of thousands of women march in Brazil against Bolsonaro

Bras - Tens of thousands of women took to the streets of Brazil's capital Wednesday to denounce President Jair Bolsonaro, in the third anti-government protest in the city in two days.

Guaido warns Venezuela's Maduro over moves to advance legislative elections

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido warned President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday that any attempts to bring forward parliamentary elections would end in "disaster" for the government.

Panama ex-president Martinelli acquitted of espionage, corruption

Panama - Panama's ex-president Ricardo Martinelli was acquitted on charges of spying on political foes and misappropriation of public funds in a court decision Friday.The case marked the first time a Panamanian former president was tried in criminal court.

Authoritarian or angry? Guatemala's presidential candidates

Guatemala City - Guatemalans worried by corruption, poverty, gang violence and migration head to the polls on Sunday to decide which of two candidates will be their next president: center-left former first lady Sandra Torres or conservative Alejandro Giammattei.

Convict Panama ex-president in criminal graft case: prosecutor

Panama - Panama's public prosecutor asked a court Thursday to make an example of ex-president Ricardo Martinelli, who is accused of spying on political foes, and of graft.

Venezuela's Maduro freezes talks with opposition after US sanctions

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blamed Washington on Wednesday in cancelling scheduled talks with the political opposition, as his embattled regime struggles under the weight of US sanctions.

Maduro supporters demonstrate against US sanctions

Caracas - Thousands of supporters of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro marched through the capital Caracas on Wednesday in protest against attempts by US President Donald Trump to asphyxiate the ruling regime.

Cuba to defend itself in US court over ExxonMobil lawsuit

Havana - Cuba announced Tuesday it would defend itself in US court against oil giant ExxonMobil, which has accused two companies on the island nation of "unlawful trafficking" of its assets after Fidel Castro's 1959 communist revolution.

Uruguay government torn over Venezuela 'dictatorship' row

Montevideo - Uruguay's ruling Frente Amplio coalition has suffered a major schism just three months from presidential elections in a row over iconic former president Jose Mujica branding traditional ally Venezuela a "dictatorship.

Cuban leaders attend funeral of cardinal who fostered thaw with US

Havana - Cuban leaders on Sunday attended the funeral Jaime Ortega, a cardinal who played a key role in improving ties between Havana and Washington during the administration of Barack Obama.

Mexico, Honduras agree to create 20,000 jobs and stem migration

Minatitl - A scheme to create 20,000 jobs in Honduras has been agreed between the country's president and Mexico's leader in an attempt to stem the flow of migrants toward the United States.

Cuban cardinal who fostered thaw with US dead at 82

Havana - The cardinal who played a key role in improving ties between Cuba and the United States during the administration of Barack Obama died on Friday at the age of 82, the archbishop of Havana said.

Peru court sets date to decide on jailed opposition leader Fujimori's release

- Peru's Supreme Court said Wednesday it will decide next month whether to free opposition leader Keiko Fujimori from pre-trial detention in a corruption case linked to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Mexico says migrant numbers down but warns of impending crisis

Mexico - The number of undocumented migrants entering Mexico in the hope of reaching the United States dropped by almost a third in June, the foreign office said Wednesday, warning that a crisis was still on the way if the numbers didn't fall further.

Internet a lifeline for Venezuela's embattled independent media

Caracas - Starved of advertising revenue and battling a stranglehold on the newspaper industry by the government, Venezuela's independent media have been decimated by the country's years-long crisis -- with many migrating online to survive.

Mexico finance minister quits over Lopez Obrador 'disagreements'

Mexico - Mexico's Finance Minister Carlos Urzua resigned on Tuesday, blasting the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for imposing on the ministry officials "with no knowledge" of government finances.

Maduro 'optimistic' after opposition talks resume in Barbados

Caracas - Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said Monday he was "optimistic" after dialogue between his government and the opposition resumed in Barbados.

Mexican police protest president's National Guard plan

Mexico - Hundreds of federal police blocked roads and protested in Mexico City Wednesday against President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's plan to merge them into his new National Guard.

Panama president pledges new beginning in corruption fight

Panama - Panama's new president Laurentino Cortizo took office on Monday faced with the task of sprucing up his corruption-tainted country's image and reviving a floundering economy.

Panama president pledges new beginning in corruption fight

Panama - Panama's new president Laurentino Cortizo took office on Monday faced with the task of sprucing up his corruption-tainted country's image and reviving a floundering economy.

Panama president pledges new beginning in corruption fight

Panama - Panama's new president Laurentino Cortizo took office on Monday faced with the task of sprucing up his corruption-tainted country's image and reviving a floundering economy.

Honduras to mark coup anniversary with anti-government protest

Tegucigalpa - Thousands of Hondurans will take to the streets Friday in the latest mass demonstration against President Juan Orlando Hernandez, under whose watch gang violence and corruption have made the country the epicenter of Central American migration to the Un...

US sees decline in Colombia coca cultivation

Washington - Cultivation of coca -- the plant used to make cocaine -- has been reduced by area in Colombia for the first time since 2012, although it remains extensive, US authorities said Wednesday.

Peru's defense minister dies of heart attack at 71

- Peruvian Defense Minister Jose Huerta, a retired general, died Monday of a heart attack during a visit to military bases, the government announced. He was 71.

For media covering Mexico's AMLO, access comes with attacks

Mexico - Mexico is one of the world's most dangerous countries for the press, and now journalists face a new risk: insults and attacks from leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Mexico court blocks airport project in blow to AMLO

Mexico - A judge in Mexico has ordered President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's government to halt construction on a new airport and preserve work on a rival project he tried to scrap, activists said Monday.

Former first lady Torres takes lead in Guatemala presidential vote

Guatemala City - Former first lady Sandra Torres was in the lead after partial results early Monday from Guatemala's presidential election, following a tumultuous campaign that saw two leading candidates barred and the top electoral crimes prosecutor flee the corruptio...

Corruption tainted Guatemala set to elect new president

Guatemala City - Corruption-weary Guatemalans are set to elect a new president Sunday after a tumultuous campaign that saw two leading candidates barred from taking part and the top electoral crimes prosecutor forced to flee the country, fearing for his life.
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