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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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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Sends Troops to State Torn By Violence Due to Police Strike

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Sends Troops to State Torn By Violence Due to Police Strike

President Michel Temer, who also authorized the use of federal troops to quell uprisings in prisons last month that led to around 140 deaths in various states, dispatched the country’s defense minister to Espirito Santo on Monday.

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: 300 Marxist FARC Rebels Have Not Demobilized

COLOMBIA POLITICS: 300 Marxist FARC Rebels Have Not Demobilized

300 fighters from Colombia’s Marxist FARC rebels will not demobilize under a peace deal, a military commander said, giving official figure of guerrillas who may join with crime gangs seeking control of lucrative rebel drug territory.

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PERU POLITICS: 6,000 Venezuelans Given Work, Study Visas to Peru

PERU POLITICS: 6,000 Venezuelans Given Work, Study Visas to Peru

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru has expressed concern about shortages of food and medicine in Venezuela, mired in a deep economic crisis.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Ally Congressman Rodrigo Maia Re-Elected As Speaker

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Ally Congressman Rodrigo Maia Re-Elected As Speaker

Maia promised to make the lower chamber a “protagonist” in Temer’s reform agenda and give priority to passage of a bill modernizing Brazil’s outdated labor laws, a major demand from the businessmen struggling with a two-year recession.

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MEXICO POLITICS: U.S., Mexican Officials Try to Find Common Ground On Security

MEXICO POLITICS: U.S., Mexican Officials Try to Find Common Ground On Security

Mexican delegation met U.S. military officials in southern Mexico on Tuesday to discuss security initiatives, sources said on Wednesday, as the two countries try to find common ground in tough negotiations over trade, security and immigration.

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MEXICO POLITICS: ‘Sorry For Any Hurt’ With Mexico Over Wall Tweet’: Reuven Rivlin Israel’s President

MEXICO POLITICS: ‘Sorry For Any Hurt’ With Mexico Over Wall Tweet’: Reuven Rivlin Israel’s President

“I am sorry for any hurt caused as a result of this misunderstanding, and I am sure that we can put the issue behind us,” Reuven Rivlin Israel’s President.

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ARGENTINA POLITICS: Argentina Changes Immigration Law to Limit Entry, Ease Deportation

ARGENTINA POLITICS: Argentina Changes Immigration Law to Limit Entry, Ease Deportation

Gabriela Michetti said the measure did not change Argentina’s pro-immigration, and sought to avoid association with measures implemented by U.S. Trump to restrict immigration.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Graft: Eike Batista Detained For $16m Bribe

BRAZIL POLITICS: Graft: Eike Batista Detained For $16m Bribe

Eike Batista, once Brazil’s richest man, flew into Rio de Janeiro and was detained by federal police in connection with charges including an alleged $16 million bribe to a former governor, Globo news television reported.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Enrique Pena Nieto Rebukes Israel Over Netanyahu Wall Tweet

MEXICO POLITICS: Enrique Pena Nieto Rebukes Israel Over Netanyahu Wall Tweet

Mexico’s government rebuked Israel for a tweet by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that appeared to applaud U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to build a border wall with Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants.

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LATIN AMERICA: Peru, Colombia Stand With Mexico Against U.S. President Donald Trump

LATIN AMERICA: Peru, Colombia Stand With Mexico Against U.S. President Donald Trump

“Right now one of us is facing serious difficulties that are not of its own making,” Kuczynski said in reference to Mexico as he sat beside his Colombian counterpart on an official visit. “We have to stand together on our ideals, on global trade which has done us so much good.”

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COLUMBIA POLITICS: Colombia, FARC Unite Against Coca Cultivation

COLUMBIA POLITICS: Colombia, FARC Unite Against Coca Cultivation

Colombia’s government and Marxist FARC rebels announced a plan on Friday to substitute illegal crops and eradicate vast tracts of coca leaf.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Marcos Pereira Sees Opportunities If US President Trump Pursues Protectionism

BRAZIL POLITICS: Marcos Pereira Sees Opportunities If US President Trump Pursues Protectionism

“So far, Brazil has not appeared in Trump’s sights,” Pereira said. “I think Brazilian manufacturers will not be hurt and that our trade discussions with Washington will continue to advance.”

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MEXICO POLITICS: Enrique Pena Nieto Cancels US Trip

MEXICO POLITICS: Enrique Pena Nieto Cancels US Trip

“This morning we informed the White House that I will not attend the work meeting planned for next Tuesday with the POTUS,” Pena Nieto said on Twitter, referring to Trump.

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