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PERU POLITICS: Kuczynski Tells Trump He Favours Bridges to Walls

PERU POLITICS: Kuczynski Tells Trump He Favours Bridges to Walls

Trump called Peru, a country of 30 million in South America, “a fantastic neighbour” and said it was an honour to have Kuczynski in the White House.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Hardenes Opposition to Trump

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Hardenes Opposition to Trump

Mexicans are angry at Trump’s calls for U.S. firms not to invest south of the border, insults to immigrants and threats to make Mexico finance the border wall. The peso currency has weakened on concerns he will hurt Latin America’s No. 2 economy.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Bristles at ‘Hostile’ Trump Deportation Rules

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Bristles at ‘Hostile’ Trump Deportation Rules

Trump, who took office last month, campaigned on a pledge to get tougher on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, playing on fears of violent crime while promising to build the wall and stop potential terrorists from entering the country.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Alexandre de Moraes Approved for Supreme Court

BRAZIL POLITICS: Alexandre de Moraes Approved for Supreme Court

President Michel Temer’s nominee Moraes, who took leave as minister when he was nominated two weeks ago, vowed to be “absolutely independent and impartial.”

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ECUADOR POLITICS: Trans Ecuadorians Vote for First Time

ECUADOR POLITICS: Trans Ecuadorians Vote for First Time

Ecuadorean transgender people on Sunday voted for the first time according to their affirmed gender, in what activists say are signs of progress in the socially conservative and Catholic Andean nation.

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ECUADOR POLITICS: Lenin Moreno Biography

ECUADOR POLITICS: Lenin Moreno Biography

Lenín Voltaire Moreno Garcés was born on March 19, 1953, in Nuevo Rocafuerte, Orellana Province, Ecuador. Read Lenin Moreno Biography.

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ECUADOR POLITICS: Election Update: Lenin Moreno Within Striking Distance of Winning First Round

ECUADOR POLITICS: Election Update: Lenin Moreno Within Striking Distance of Winning First Round

With eight candidates, Moreno was close to the threshold needed to avoid an April runoff and continue a decade-long period of leftist rule, just as South America is moving to the right.

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ARGENTINA POLITICS: Macri, Trump Discuss Venezuela in Call

ARGENTINA POLITICS: Macri, Trump Discuss Venezuela in Call

Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri and U.S. President Donald Trump shared their “concern” over Venezuela in a phone call, Macri’s spokesman said.

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ECUADOR POLITICS: Guillermo Lasso Vows to Remove Wikileaks Assange

ECUADOR POLITICS: Guillermo Lasso Vows to Remove Wikileaks Assange

Conservative former banker Guillermo Lasso is the opposition’s frontrunner in Sunday’s presidential election.

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GUATEMALA POLITICS: Jimmy Morales Rejects Coup Rumors

GUATEMALA POLITICS: Jimmy Morales Rejects Coup Rumors

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales rejected rumors of a possible coup d’etat, shortly after his brother and elder son were sentenced to house arrest while being investigated for fraud.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Parties Fear Election Ban As Socialists Dig in

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Parties Fear Election Ban As Socialists Dig in

Venezuela’s government is pushing forward with measures that could exclude some opposition political parties from future elections, potentially paving the way for the ruling Socialists to remain in power despite widespread anger over the country’s collapsing economy.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Lawmakers Approve Amnesty Program

BRAZIL POLITICS: Lawmakers Approve Amnesty Program

Brazil Lower House of Congress on Wednesday approved a bill that reopens a program providing an amnesty against criminal prosecution to Brazilians holding undeclared assets abroad if they pay tax and a fine.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Tareck El Aissami Calls His Blacklisting By US On Drug Charges ‘Imperialist Aggression’

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Tareck El Aissami Calls His Blacklisting By US On Drug Charges ‘Imperialist Aggression’

“We shall not be distracted by these miserable provocations,” Tareck El Aissami, the most senior Venezuelan official yet sanctioned by the United States, said in a series of defiant tweets.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Denies Shielding Ally From Corruption Case

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Denies Shielding Ally From Corruption Case

“My government would never interfere in the investigation which is the hands of the police, prosecutors and judiciary,” Temer said in the statement to reporters. “The government will not shield anyone.”

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PERU POLITICS: Carlos Basombrio Says Bid to Detain Alejandro Toledo Stalled in US

PERU POLITICS: Carlos Basombrio Says Bid to Detain Alejandro Toledo Stalled in US

United States told Peru that there did not appear to be sufficient probable cause to merit detaining Toledo and asked the Andean country to refile its request, Basombrio said by phone.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Justice Roberto Barroso Backs Marijuana Legalization to Beat Gangs

BRAZIL POLITICS: Justice Roberto Barroso Backs Marijuana Legalization to Beat Gangs

Brazilian Supreme Court justice called for legalization of marijuana and even cocaine to undo the growing power of drug gangs behind a wave of violence that has shaken Latin America’s largest country.

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PARAGUAY POLITICS: 1954-1989 Military Dictatorship Victims Remains Given to Their Families

PARAGUAY POLITICS: 1954-1989 Military Dictatorship Victims Remains Given to Their Families

Victims’ remains are the only ones identified to date among about 400 people who were executed and 19,000 tortured under the rule of Alfredo Stroessner, according to Paraguay’s Truth and Justice Commission, established in 2003.

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PERU POLITICS: Judge Concepcion Orders Alejandro Toledo Arrest

PERU POLITICS: Judge Concepcion Orders Alejandro Toledo Arrest

Toledo, who was president from 2001-2006, has denied any wrongdoing. He is believed to be abroad. He was in Paris for a meeting earlier in the week and is a visiting scholar at Stanford University in California.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Court Probes Jose Sarney, Juca, Calheiros

BRAZIL POLITICS: Court Probes Jose Sarney, Juca, Calheiros

Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot had earlier this week accused ex-President Jose Sarney, who now sits in the Senate, along with Senators Romero Juca and Renan Calheiros of conducting “political maneuvers” in a bid to hamper the massive investigation, known as Operation Carwash.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Court to Luiz Fernando Pezão: Step Down

BRAZIL POLITICS: Court to Luiz Fernando Pezão: Step Down

Electoral court in Rio de Janeiro ordered Rio de Janeiro state governor Luiz Fernando Pezão and his deputy to stand down, accusing them of offering state contracts to attract financing for a 2014 reelection campaign.

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