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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Calls for Talks With Opposition

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Calls for Talks With Opposition

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro comments came as new demonstration is planned for Monday after three weeks of tense protests across the country.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuelans March in Memory of People Killed in Protests

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuelans March in Memory of People Killed in Protests

The protesters, dressed in white shirts, marched peacefully to the headquarters of Venezuela’s Catholic bishops’ confederation on the west end of Caracas on Saturday, carrying Venezuelan flags.

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MEXICO POLITICS: US to Fund Heroin Fight As 2016 Output Jumps

MEXICO POLITICS: US to Fund Heroin Fight As 2016 Output Jumps

Mexico’s president’s office, the Interior Ministry and the Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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ARGENTINA POLITICS: Argentina May Regain Falklands Because of UK Brexit

ARGENTINA POLITICS: Argentina May Regain Falklands Because of UK Brexit

Argentina and Britain fought a 74-day war over the islands in 1982, which ended with the British side reasserting its rule over the islands.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Brazilian Government to Lower Police Retirement Age After Violent Protest

BRAZIL POLITICS: Brazilian Government to Lower Police Retirement Age After Violent Protest

The violent clash, during which the guards used pepper spray and stun grenades to disperse the protesters, illustrated the unpopularity of the reform proposal that is central to President Michel Temer’s austerity agenda.

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PARAGUAY POLITICS: Official: Horacio Cartes Will Not Run in 2018 Election

PARAGUAY POLITICS: Official: Horacio Cartes Will Not Run in 2018 Election

Cartes, a former soft-drink and tobacco executive, said his decision not to run was inspired by Pope Francis’s call for peace and dialogue in Paraguay.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Expects Ministers to Resign

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Expects Ministers to Resign

“It is very likely that some ministers will feel uncomfortable and believe that they cannot continue,” Brazilian President Michel Temer said.

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EL SALVADOR POLITICS: Metals Mining Banned By El Salvador

EL SALVADOR POLITICS: Metals Mining Banned By El Salvador

“Mining is not an appropriate way to reduce poverty and inequality in this country,” said Ivan Morales, country director for the charity Oxfam in El Salvador.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Javier Duarte Arrested For Corruption

MEXICO POLITICS: Javier Duarte Arrested For Corruption

Javier Duarte, former governor of Veracruz state wanted on graft and organised crime charges, was detained in a hotel in the colonial town of Panajachel, about 80 miles (129 km) west of Guatemala’s capital, the national police said in a statement.

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COSTA RICA POLITICS: Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera Biography

COSTA RICA POLITICS: Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera Biography

Luis Guillermo Solís was born April 25, 1958, San Jose, Costa Rica. Solís is a professor, politician and a diplomat. Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera Biography

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COSTA RICA POLITICS: Cubans Deportation Takes Center Stage

COSTA RICA POLITICS: Cubans Deportation Takes Center Stage

Luis Guillermo Solis is looking to reactive the deportation of Cubans who, in their eagerness to reach the United States, entered Costa Rica illegally.

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CHILE POLITICS: Michelle Bachelet Presents Bill to Boost Pensions

CHILE POLITICS: Michelle Bachelet Presents Bill to Boost Pensions

“We must advance towards a truly mixed social security system, where all play their part, where solidarity comes from personal effort, where the state and employers play their corresponding role,” Bachelet said in a speech.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Urges Business as Usual After Massive Bribery Probe

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Urges Business as Usual After Massive Bribery Probe

“We can never paralyze the government,” Temer said at an event in the capital Brasilia. “If we aren’t careful, it will seem Brazil’s institutions don’t work, which is not the case.”

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ECUADOR POLITICS: Lasso Challenges Election Results

ECUADOR POLITICS: Lasso Challenges Election Results

Guillermo Lasso filed complaint Wednesday challenging Ecuador election results that show he narrowly lost to President Rafael Correa’s handpicked successor.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Capriles Protests Again Amid Sustained Anti-Maduro Demonstrations

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Capriles Protests Again Amid Sustained Anti-Maduro Demonstrations

“It’s working, the government is scared and making mistakes like banning Capriles, because that generates more support for him,” said homemaker Imelda Guerrero, 66, who said her three children have emigrated due to the crisis.

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NICARAGUA POLITICS: US Reacts to Russian Flag In Nicaragua

NICARAGUA POLITICS: US Reacts to Russian Flag In Nicaragua

“Clearly there’s been a lot of activity, and it’s on the uptick now,” said a senior US official familiar with Central American affairs, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive situation.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Protesters Take to Streets After Key Politician Banned From Office

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Protesters Take to Streets After Key Politician Banned From Office

Thousands of people, some carrying signs reading “No to dictatorship!” and “Capriles for President,” took part in marches against the unpopular leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Henrique Capriles Says Barred From Political Office

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Henrique Capriles Says Barred From Political Office

Capriles decision will stoke tensions in Venezuela, where more than 100 political prisoners are being held, according to the opposition and rights groups.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Again Takes to Streets, Pushing For Earlier Election

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Again Takes to Streets, Pushing For Earlier Election

“The objective is to put the magistrates on trial (and) get the government to publish an electoral timetable,” opposition lawmaker Stalin Gonzalez told Caracas-based Union Radio. “This country has changed and wants to get out of the crisis.”

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer to Revise Pension Reform Proposal to Secure Approval

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer to Revise Pension Reform Proposal to Secure Approval

Temer authorized lawmaker sponsoring the plan to alter its terms as long as he maintains the bill’s minimum retirement age. He did not specify what changes could take place.

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