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VENEZUELA POLITICS: FM Arreaza Reacts to Trump’s Anti-Caracas Remarks in UN Speech

VENEZUELA POLITICS: FM Arreaza Reacts to Trump’s Anti-Caracas Remarks in UN Speech

“We are quite surprised by the words of the president of the United States this morning. This is supposed to be the house and the headquarters of peace and the international law. And what we heard was the opposite of that. It’s a president who comes for the first time and speaks about war about destroying countries about blockades against countries. And of course the country that violates the human rights all over the world seems to have the moral authority to come and speak to the rest of the countries as they were his employees,” Arreaza added.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Slams Rise in Nationalism, Protectionism

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Slams Rise in Nationalism, Protectionism

Conservative Temer, who replaced leftist President Dilma Rousseff last year after a controversial impeachment, faces strong opposition himself amid corruption charges.

His government’s approval has plummeted according to a public opinion poll published on Tuesday.

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PANAMA POLITICS: Panama Authorizes Extradition of Roberto Borge on Corruption Charges

PANAMA POLITICS: Panama Authorizes Extradition of Roberto Borge on Corruption Charges

The Mexican Foreign Ministry and the attorney general’s office said in a statement Panama’s Foreign Ministry had notified Borge that the extradition was going ahead.

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PERU POLITICS: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Swears in New Cabinet

PERU POLITICS: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Swears in New Cabinet

Kuczynski was forced to form a new Cabinet after Congress revoked its confidence in the outgoing one on Friday following a dispute over a teachers strike and his government’s education policies that stress gender equality in the school curriculum.

Congress ousted Kuczynski’s former education minister late last year and was preparing to censure his second education minister last week.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands Protest Violence Against Women in Mexico Cities

MEXICO POLITICS: Thousands Protest Violence Against Women in Mexico Cities

“We live with fear and that is a reality,” said Pixie, a 27-year-old teacher.

Similar protest rallies were staged in other Mexican cities. Castilla’s murder was the 83rd of a woman documented in Puebla this year by civic organizations and the 59th publicly acknowledged by the state attorney’s office.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Strongly Rejects All Allegations of Wrongdoing

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Strongly Rejects All Allegations of Wrongdoing

Temer’s earlier corruption charge, that he took bribes from JBS executives, was blocked in August by his allies in the lower house of Congress, which has the power to decide whether a president should stand trial by the Supreme Court.

Despite the lower house’s move to block the charges, they remain valid and can be pursued by prosecutors once Temer leaves office. His term ends on January 1, 2019.

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PERU POLITICS: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Cabinet Resigns

PERU POLITICS: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Cabinet Resigns

The vote of confidence, requested by Prime Minister Fernando Zavala, was rejected soon after midnight Thursday 77-22, with 16 abstentions.

“In consequence, a total crisis has been generated in the cabinet,” said the head of Congress, Fujimori loyalist Luis Galarreta.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had earlier suspended his trip to New York, where he was scheduled to speak at the United Nations General Assembly, and to the Vatican, until after the vote.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Lula Grilled at Court on Corruption Charges

BRAZIL POLITICS: Lula Grilled at Court on Corruption Charges

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, already a front-runner in the next year’s election despite facing multiple corruption cases, calls himself the victim of a “witch-hunt,” arguing that the financial charges brought against him are meant to prevent his return to power.

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MEXICO POLITICS: In First, US Defense Chief Jim Mattis to Attend Mexican Independence Day Events

MEXICO POLITICS: In First, US Defense Chief Jim Mattis to Attend Mexican Independence Day Events

Jim Mattis’ planned trip on Friday would be only the fifth by a U.S. defense secretary to Mexico, said Pentagon spokesman Army Lieutenant Colonel Jamie Davis.

“Secretary Mattis’ visit to Mexico reaffirms our commitment to the bilateral defense relationship and to the North America community,” Davis said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Supreme Court Staged Effective Coup: ICJ

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Supreme Court Staged Effective Coup: ICJ

Supreme Court of Justice “effectively claimed legislative powers for itself, depriving the National Assembly of its Constitutional powers and granting sweeping arbitrary powers to the executive,” it said.

“These decisions amount to a coup d’état against the Constitutional order and have ushered in a new reign of arbitrary rule,” Sam Zarifi, ICJ Secretary General, said in a statement.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Possible ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Venezuela: UN Rights Boss

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Possible ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ in Venezuela: UN Rights Boss

“There is a very real danger that tensions will further escalate, with the government crushing democratic institutions and critical voices,” Zeid Ra‘ad al Hussein told the U.N. Human Rights Council.

“My investigation suggests the possibility that crimes against humanity may have been committed, which can only be confirmed by a subsequent criminal investigation,” Zeid said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani Urges Venezuelans to Unite Against US

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani Urges Venezuelans to Unite Against US

“We have no doubt that the new methods of the US government cannot last for long,” Rouhani said on the sidelines of the first science and technology summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Astana.

Rouhani underlined the importance of unity and further cooperation among independent countries in the face of US efforts to create divisions.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot  Charges Temer’s Party Members With Criminal Organization

BRAZIL POLITICS: Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot Charges Temer’s Party Members With Criminal Organization

A corruption scandal involving cartels of companies bribing officials for public contracts has enveloped most of Brazil’s political elite with Janot expected to issue another charge against Temer in coming weeks. Temer defeated a first corruption charge from Janot, when the lower house of Congress voted not to allow it to proceed to trial.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Expels North Korean Ambassador Because of Pyongyang Nuclear Test

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Expels North Korean Ambassador Because of Pyongyang Nuclear Test

An official at the Mexican Foreign Ministry said, however, that President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government was not breaking diplomatic ties with North Korea. The developments come amid high tensions over the North Korean missile and nuclear programs. South Korea, the US, and Japan have been worried by the North’s weapons programs, which Pyongyang has been defiantly advancing as countermeasures to their animosity.

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: Pope Francis to Urge Colombians to Come Together Around Peace Deal

COLOMBIA POLITICS: Pope Francis to Urge Colombians to Come Together Around Peace Deal

“Don’t let anyone steal your happiness, don’t let anyone steal your hope,” Pope Francis told young people outside the embassy, his residence during the trip.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff Charged in Fraud Scheme

BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff Charged in Fraud Scheme

According to the new charges, Lula da Silva maintained authority in state affairs and engaged in the fleecing of money even after he was replaced by Rousseff due to his influence over her.

Following Rousseff’s ouster from office and the rise of current President Michel Temer to power, the attorney general added, members of his party in Congress then took over the leadership role in the corruption scheme.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: French President Macron Held Talks With Julio Borges

VENEZUELA POLITICS: French President Macron Held Talks With Julio Borges

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said he had filed complaints with the ambassadors of France and three other European countries planning to meet with the Venezuelan opposition figures during their European tour for interference in the nation’s internal affairs.

“These types of expressions are absurd and offensive to the functioning of Venezuelan democracy and its institutions,” Arreaza said.
The developments came two days after a Venezuelan activist was barred from leaving the country in order to join the opposition European tour.

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CHILE POLITICS: Sebastian Pinera Keeps Lead: Presidential Poll

CHILE POLITICS: Sebastian Pinera Keeps Lead: Presidential Poll

A Pinera win would be welcomed by the Chilean business community, which blames current President Michelle Bachelet and her centre-left coalition of stoking market uncertainty in one of Latin America’s most free-market economies.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Rejects Comparisons to Venezuela

MEXICO POLITICS: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Rejects Comparisons to Venezuela

“(They are) saying that if MORENA wins Mexico, it’s going to be like Venezuela. That’s a lie!” Lopez Obrador told a crowd of thousands of supporters who rallied at a monument in the nation’s capital.

“We’re not taking inspiration from any foreign government … Neither Maduro, nor Donald Trump.”

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: Pope Francis Visits Colombia to Boost Peace Process After 50 Years of War

COLOMBIA POLITICS: Pope Francis Visits Colombia to Boost Peace Process After 50 Years of War

The Argentine pope had delayed accepting a government and Church invitation to visit Colombia, where about 80 percent of the population is Catholic, until a viable peace process was under way.

“He had wanted to go for a long time. Now the moment has come,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said.

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