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HONDURAS POLITICS: Honduran Government Deports Venezuelan Los Guaraguao, Issues Venezuela with New Visa Requirement

HONDURAS POLITICS: Honduran Government Deports Venezuelan Los Guaraguao, Issues Venezuela with New Visa Requirement

Los Guaraguao were detained for eighteen hours and deported after far-right Cuban American politician Otto Reich accused Venezuela of trying to influence Honduran presidential elections.

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CHILE POLITICS: Sebastian Pinera Wins First Round of Election, Faces Runoff

CHILE POLITICS: Sebastian Pinera Wins First Round of Election, Faces Runoff

Pinera’s result was below pollster expectations, indicating that the Dec. 17 runoff will likely be a more closely-fought contest than previously forecast, especially if Guillier can rally supporters of Sanchez and four other left-leaning rivals behind him.

“We’re going to have a very competitive second round,” Pinera’s campaign chief Andres Chadwick told journalists on Sunday evening.

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CHILE POLITICS: Pinera Seen as Favourite as Chileans Vote for President

CHILE POLITICS: Pinera Seen as Favourite as Chileans Vote for President

Pinera, the market favourite, campaigned on a platform of scaling back and “perfecting” her tax and labour laws, seen by many in the business community as having crimped investment at a time when slumping copper prices were already driving down economic growth in the world’s No. 1 copper producer.

Guillier, who is ideologically aligned with Bachelet, has promised to deepen her reforms and sought to tap into fears that a return of Pinera would mark a setback for gains made for students, women and workers.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Calls for Restructuring in Venezuela’s Foreign Debt Policy

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Calls for Restructuring in Venezuela’s Foreign Debt Policy

Maduro, the nation’s leader had within the week required for the rebuilding of Venezuela’s remote obligation, accusing increased American endorses as a result of the president’s organization in addition to possibly flagging the basic latest stage within this nation’s monetary crumple.

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: Senate Approves Peace Tribunals for Ex-Rebels

COLOMBIA POLITICS: Senate Approves Peace Tribunals for Ex-Rebels

The law, approved late on Wednesday, is considered the cornerstone of an agreement signed last year between the government and the FARC, which was known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The measure still needs approval by the lower house of Congress, which is likely to vote on it early next week.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Congressmen in Rio de Janeiro Detained By Court Judge

BRAZIL POLITICS: Congressmen in Rio de Janeiro Detained By Court Judge

According to a prosecutors’s statement, Judge Abel Gomes has put out a bench warrant for Rio state assembly president Jorge Picciani, two other state assemblymen, and 10 other persons, including legislative aides.

They are accused of accepting bribes from the state’s transportation industry body in exchange for favorable legislation going back to the governorship of Sérgio Cabral, who held power from 2007 to 2014 and was arrested in 2016 on corruption charges.

The arrested deputies were members of embattled President Michel Temer’s PMDB party.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: EU Readies Sanctions on Venezuela, Approves Arms Embargo

VENEZUELA POLITICS: EU Readies Sanctions on Venezuela, Approves Arms Embargo

The arms embargo adds Venezuela to an EU list that includes North Korea and Syria, where European defense companies can no longer do business and to which the sale of any goods deemed as being used for repression are also banned.

Britain sold 1.4 million pounds ($1.83 million) of arms to Venezuela between May 2010 and March 2017, according to The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which lobbies to end arms sales to repressive governments.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Malfunctioning Democracy Feeds Enduring Crisis

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Malfunctioning Democracy Feeds Enduring Crisis

Henceforth the Bolivarian or Chavista regime is responsible for absolutely everything happening in Venezuela. Appalling conditions will deteriorate even further as the model chosen grows more dysfunctional and a humanitarian crisis gets deeper by the day in a country once dripping with wealth.

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PERU POLITICS: Peruvian Farmer Squares Up to German Power Giant in Climate Lawsuit

PERU POLITICS: Peruvian Farmer Squares Up to German Power Giant in Climate Lawsuit

“This is the thin end of the wedge,” said Justin Gundlach, a fellow at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

“If this case causes a court to declare that a utility is liable for greenhouse gas emissions in Peru, then all of a sudden, a million plaintiffs will bloom and you can expect a lot of people to bang, not only on German courthouse doors, but others as well.”

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Brazil Pledges to Keep Most Fiscal Savings in Diluted Pension Bill

BRAZIL POLITICS: Brazil Pledges to Keep Most Fiscal Savings in Diluted Pension Bill

The pension overhaul, seen by investors as crucial to plugging Brazil’s budget deficit, came close to a lower house vote in late May, before stalling for months due to a corruption scandal involving Temer.

Talks resumed last month after the lower house voted to reject a criminal charge against the president.

The pension bill would force Brazilians to retire later in order to stave off a collapse of the social security system. But with elections approaching in 2018, many lawmakers are reluctant to vote for the changes, unpopular with many Brazilians.

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MEXICO POLITICS: 2018 Presidential Election Grows Chaotic

MEXICO POLITICS: 2018 Presidential Election Grows Chaotic

While acknowledging that their coalition is ideologically incoherent, party leaders hope that the Citizen’s Front will seem like a palatable alternative to the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI – Mexico’s oldest political party. The beleaguered PRI, which has a 20 percent approval rating and has not yet nominated its candidate for 2018, denounced the Citizen’s Front as illegal and sought an injunction against it.

Reactions across the political spectrum were equally strong. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a populist former Mexico City mayor and ex-member of both the PRI and the rival Democratic Revolutionary Party, denounced the Front as a stunt.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Upcoming US Execution of National is ‘Illegal’: Senior Mexican Diplomats Says

MEXICO POLITICS: Upcoming US Execution of National is ‘Illegal’: Senior Mexican Diplomats Says

Mexico does not have the death penalty and opposes it, regularly clashing with the United States when Mexican nationals are set to be executed on U.S. soil. Sada said 54 Mexicans were currently facing U.S. death sentences.

In a news conference in Mexico City, Carlos Sada, Mexico’s deputy foreign minister for North America, told reporters that Texas prosecutors did not follow due process in the case of Ruben Cardenas, who was sentenced to death for raping and killing his 15-year-old cousin in 1997.

“From the start, there has been a failure, and from our perspective, this is an illegal act,” Sada said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Crisis in Venezuela Must Not Be Ignored By US

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Crisis in Venezuela Must Not Be Ignored By US

Sadly, the unraveling of Venezuela’s health infrastructure is reminiscent of what’s currently happening in Yemen, though this is happening just a short flight from Miami rather than halfway around the world. Adding to the social misery is a dramatic expansion in crime.

A Gallup survey this year revealed that only 12 percent of Venezuelans felt safe walking after sundown, and only 14 percent expressed confidence in the police, the lowest results ever recorded in Venezuela, and the lowest results recorded worldwide in more than a decade.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Freddy Guevara Seeks Refuge in Chilean Embassy

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Freddy Guevara Seeks Refuge in Chilean Embassy

Guevara, vice president of the congress, was at the forefront of opposition protests that mobilized hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans frustrated with their nation’s spiral into political and economic crisis.

His Popular Will party called the accusations “inexistent crimes invented by the dictatorship.” On Saturday, 12 Western Hemisphere governments — including Mexico, Brazil and Canada — issued a joint statement saying the targeting of Guevara by the high court was a “new blow to the rule of law and separation of powers in Venezuela.”

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: 2018 Rodrigo Londono to Run for President

COLOMBIA POLITICS: 2018 Rodrigo Londono to Run for President

The Marxist FARC demobilized under a peace deal with the government last year, ending more than five decades of war. They are now the Revolutionary Alternative Common Force party, still referring to themselves by the Spanish initials FARC.

“We manifest our willingness to hold talks with all social political groups and movements to make united lists,” the FARC said in a statement.

Londono suffered a stroke this year and has received treatment in Cuba.

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ARGENTINA POLITICS: Cristina Kirchner Lost Her Legal Appeal Against Corruption Charges

ARGENTINA POLITICS: Cristina Kirchner Lost Her Legal Appeal Against Corruption Charges

On top of the corruption charges, Cristina Kirchner, former Argentine president is under criminal investigation for suspected treason for allegedly covering up Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing at a Buenos Aires Jewish center that left 85 people dead.

Cristina Kirchner, however, enjoys parliamentary immunity from jail if convicted, having become a senator-elect in polls held last month.

Kirchner has repeatedly slammed the charges against her as politically motivated.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Trump’s 30 Feet Wall Turns Them Into ‘Pariahs’: Mexicans Say

MEXICO POLITICS: Trump’s 30 Feet Wall Turns Them Into ‘Pariahs’: Mexicans Say

“People are still going to cross out of necessity even though they view us as pariahs over there,” said student Paola Gomez, 21, standing outside her home as the noise of workers putting up the sections drifted across the border.

“That’s how it looks with things like (the wall): they view us as pariahs. The worst thing is, it’s being built by Latinos themselves.”

Guadalupe Garcia, 38, who lives on an unpaved street nearby, said she felt powerless to protest even though the construction din often woke and frightened her baby.

“Unfortunately, we can’t do anything about it,” she said. “It’s another country, but it’s affecting us.”

Trump pledged frequently during his presidential campaign to build the wall to help tackle illegal immigration and crime in the United States.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Senate Approved Amended Bill on Car-Hailing Apps After Uber Lobbying

BRAZIL POLITICS: Senate Approved Amended Bill on Car-Hailing Apps After Uber Lobbying

Uber’s executive spokesman for Brazil, Fabio Sabba, told Reuters he was punched in the face by a taxi driver as he gave a media interview inside the Senate building.

Taxi drivers bused into Brasilia by unions said Uber’s lower fares had cut their income by almost half.

“Uber is destroying our age-old profession with unfair competition,” said Antonio Barbosa, who traveled 26 hours from the northern state of Bahia to protest.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: 2018 Presidential Elections Offers Winning Hope For Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

BRAZIL POLITICS: 2018 Presidential Elections Offers Winning Hope For Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

The poll, published in the O Globo newspaper, showed center-left Lula winning 35 to 36 percent of the vote in the October 2018 race regardless of the candidates he theoretically runs against.

Ibope’s poll of 2,000 people in all of Brazil’s states was conducted between Oct. 18 and 22. It has a margin of error of two percentage points.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Four Venezuela Opposition Governors-Elect Pledge Allegiance to Pro-Government Assembly

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Four Venezuela Opposition Governors-Elect Pledge Allegiance to Pro-Government Assembly

President Nicolas Maduro announced on state television late on Monday that he had congratulated the four opposition governors by telephone and would meet with them as soon as Tuesday.

“I’ve told them: ‘Let’s turn the page… and get down to work,’” said Maduro the Venezuelan president.

The four governors are from the Democratic Action Party, one of the largest parties in the opposition coalition, and their decision on Monday infuriated many opposition followers, who regarded the move as a sellout.

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