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Venezuelan firefighters face 20 years' jail over Maduro donkey jibe

Caracas - Two Venezuelan firefighters risk 20 years of prison for publishing a video in which they jokingly referred to a donkey as President Nicolas Maduro, a human rights organization said on Monday.

Maduro says oil finance commitments won from China

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Saturday he had new commitments from Beijing on funding for the oil industry on which crisis-hit Caracas relies.

Thousands march in Guatemala to back anti-graft office, denounce president

Guatemala City - Thousands of Guatemalan farmers marched peacefully in the capital Wednesday demanding that President Jimmy Morales quit and that a UN-backed anti-corruption office get a new lease on life.

Fernando Haddad: jailed Brazilian leader's plan B

Curitiba - Fernando Haddad wasn't uppermost on anybody's mind in April, when Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva delivered a historic farewell speech hours before turning himself in to serve a 12-year prison sentence for corruption.

Lula appeals to UN in desperate bid to gain access to election

Curitiba - Leftist ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will appeal his barring from October's elections to the United Nations and Brazil's Supreme Court, the man set to replace him on the ballot said Monday.

Bolivia petitions ICJ over Chilean border river source

La Paz - Bolivia submitted a counterclaim against Chile at the International Court of Justice on Friday regarding a dispute over a border spring between the South American neighbors.

Spain PM Sanchez calls for Venezuelan migrant quotas

Apo - Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Thursday that Latin America should adopt a "quota system" to better manage the Venezuelan migrant crisis.

Venezuela orders banks to adopt cryptocurrency

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered banks to adopt the petro cryptocurrency as a unit of account Monday, as the country struggles to emerge from a severe political and economic crisis.

With new album, Elza Soares celebrates status as an 'incredible woman'

Rio De Janeiro - Time seems to run at a different pace for Elza Soares. The Brazilian samba legend is 81 but on the eve of a Rio de Janeiro concert for her recent album "Deus e Mulher" ("God is a woman"), you wouldn't think so.

Mexico, US close to a deal on NAFTA overhaul

Washington - Mexico and the United States are close to finalizing a preliminary agreement on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which would let the third partner, Canada, sign on to the agreement, Mexico's lead negotiator said Wednesday.

Uruguay awaits ex-president Mujica's next political move

Montevideo - Uruguay's charismatic former guerrilla-turned president Jose "Pepe" Mujica earned international acclaim for his austere ways while in office, and for his efforts to legalize marijuana, abortion and same-sex marriage in his traditionally conservative co...

Cuba signals willingness to open railway operation to foreigners

Havana - Cuba has signaled its willingness to open up the operation of its extensive state railway system to foreign companies in a decree published Wednesday as part of a spate of economic reforms.

Venezuela denies Colombia's claims of armed forces incursion

Caracas - Venezuela hit back at Colombia on Wednesday branding as fake news claims from its neighbor that helicopters and troops had violated its sovereignty in an illegal incursion.

Brazilian frontier town simmers with anger at Venezuelan refugees

Pacaraima - Does Edson Sanchez feel guilty about the mob violence meted out by fellow Brazilians against fleeing Venezuelans a few days ago? "No regrets," he says, bluntly. "We did what we had to do.

Brazil sends troops after clashes at Venezuela border

S - Brazil's President Michel Temer called an emergency meeting of key ministers Sunday after ordering troops to the border with Venezuela as regional tensions build over the exodus from its crisis-hit neighbor.

Honduran families traumatized by US-imposed separations

- Since being returned to his parents in Honduras, 16-month-old Johan has suffered from stomach problems and sleepwalking.

Fears over twin of collapsed Genoa bridge in Venezuela

Maracaibo - Venezuelans are concerned over the safety of a "twin" viaduct of the collapsed Morandi bridge in Genoa, Italy, after a fire on the concrete structure caused a major blackout.The 8.

Exiled Venezuelan supreme court 'sentences' Maduro over corruption

Apo - Venezuela's opposition-run supreme court in exile has sentenced President Nicolas Maduro to 18 years in prison over the infamous Odebrecht corruption scandal, a move dismissed by the regime.

New Paraguay president sworn-in amid ruling party rift

Asunci - Mario Abdo Benitez took office Wednesday as Paraguay's new president, four months after playing down close family ties with the South American country's late dictator to win a tight election race.

Hard-hit Venezuelan churches forced to accept plastic for donations

Caracas - Venezuela's collapsing economy has forced churches and priests to get creative in order to keep their coffers full as four years of recession and a projected one million percent inflation rate hit everyone hard.

The sweet taste of success: a Syrian's journey from Gitmo to pastries

Montevideo - Ahmed Ahjam spent more than 12 years in the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, but now he has seen a dream come true by starting a business in the country that welcomed him when the nightmare ended."Ahmed Ahjam.

Nicaragua protests leave one dead: police

Managua - A supporter of Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega was shot to death in the northern city of Matagalpa as anti-government protesters marched past the city hall, police said.

Venezuela's Maduro says would take FBI help over 'murder plot'

Caracas - President Nicolas Maduro has said he would allow FBI agents come to Venezuela to help investigate a recent alleged plot to kill him with explosive drones -- but with conditions.

Cuba's tourism numbers rising despite US 'campaigns': government

Havana - The number of tourists visiting Cuba is rising, despite US "campaigns" to curb economic activity on the communist island, Cuban officials announced Friday.

Melania Trump's parents get US citizenship under program slammed by Trump

New York - The Slovenian-born parents of Melania Trump became US citizens at a naturalization ceremony in New York on Thursday, reportedly taking advantage of a family reunification program President Donald Trump has vehemently denounced.

Venezuelan opposition urges US, Colombia to ignore extradition request

Caracas - Venezuela was pressing Colombia and the US to extradite its former National Assembly speaker as the country's opposition pushed back Thursday, saying the arrest warrant for the prominent lawmaker Julio Borges was "political in nature.

Costa Rica court orders same-sex marriage ban struck down

San Jos - Costa Rica's Supreme Court has ordered a statutory ban on same-sex marriages be struck down as unconstitutionally discriminatory and has given lawmakers -- including a high proportion of evangelicals who promote heterosexual-only unions -- 18 months to...

Peru's ex-leader Fujimori discharged from hospital

- Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, who was pardoned last year while serving a long jail sentence for human rights abuses, was discharged from hospital Wednesday after treatment for heart problems, his personal doctor said.

Venezuela lifts opposition lawmakers' immunity for drone 'attack' trial

Caracas - A super-legislative body loyal to President Nicolas Maduro revoked the immunity of two Venezuelan opposition lawmakers Wednesday, in order to put them on trial for allegedly masterminding a drone "assassination" bid on the leader.

Police recover Bolivian presidential medal stolen while custodian at brothel

La Paz - Police in Bolivia on Wednesday recovered a jewel-encrusted presidential medal which had been stolen the night before when its custodian was reportedly visiting a brothel.
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