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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Eyes Border, Migration As Leverage In Talks With Trump

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico Eyes Border, Migration As Leverage In Talks With Trump

Mexico to defend free trade with United States by using border security and immigration policy to gain leverage in talks with U.S. President-elect Trump.

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ARGENTINA POLITICS: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Indicted for Corruption

ARGENTINA POLITICS: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Indicted for Corruption

Fernandez’ assets, estimated at over 10 billion pesos were frozen as a result of the Judge Julian Ercolini’s order, according to justice news portal CIJ.

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CHILE POLITICS: Bachelet Works to Re-Establish Connectivity in Quake-Affected Zone

CHILE POLITICS: Bachelet Works to Re-Establish Connectivity in Quake-Affected Zone

“I want to emphasize the exemplary way the affected communities reacted,” Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said in a speech.

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ARGENTINA POLITICS: Mauricio Macri Takes 41 Days Holiday While Workers Get No Break

ARGENTINA POLITICS: Mauricio Macri Takes 41 Days Holiday While Workers Get No Break

In just the first six months of Marci’s coming to power, Argentina’s Center for Political Economy showed that a total of 179,285 workers lost their jobs.

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BOLIVIA POLITICS: 1,800 Prisoners Pardoned By Evo Morales

BOLIVIA POLITICS: 1,800 Prisoners Pardoned By Evo Morales

“The present decree’s aim is to give amnesty and total or partial pardons to people who have been deprived of liberty,” Bolivian President Evo Morales.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela’s Claim of Victim Status in Bribery Case Unlikely to Convince US

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela’s Claim of Victim Status in Bribery Case Unlikely to Convince US

Roberto Rincon and Abraham Shiera have both pleaded guilty to bribing PDVSA officials in order to win juicy contracts and are to be sentenced in June.

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PARAGUAY POLITICS: Latin America Leaders Condemn ‘Persecution’ of Fernando Lugo

PARAGUAY POLITICS: Latin America Leaders Condemn ‘Persecution’ of Fernando Lugo

Politicians from across Latin America and the Caribbean denounce attempts to block Paraguayan “Bishop of the poor” from running for president in 2018. The largest forum of political parties in Latin America and the Caribbean, COPPPAL, has denounced a ruling

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela Reopens Colombia Border After Crackdown

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Venezuela Reopens Colombia Border After Crackdown

President Nicolas Maduro said crossings along 2,200-kilometer (1,400-mile) frontier between the South American neighbors would remain closed until Jan. 2.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva To Face Fifth Corruption Trial

BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva To Face Fifth Corruption Trial

Judge Sergio Moro, who has overseen the bulk of Brazil’s biggest graft probe into a long-standing kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras, ruled that Lula, his wife Marisa and seven others will stand trial.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Defends Withdrawal Of Major Banknote

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Defends Withdrawal Of Major Banknote

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his decision to scrap the nation’s most-used banknote has allowed it to triumph over its enemies.

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BOLIVIA POLITICS: MAS Backs Evo Morales For Fourth Term

BOLIVIA POLITICS: MAS Backs Evo Morales For Fourth Term

MAS party made its decision at December 17 congress. Morales, the country’s first indigenous president, said, “If the people decide it, Evo will continue,”

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PERU POLITICS: Congress Sacks Jaime Saavedra In Blow To Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

PERU POLITICS: Congress Sacks Jaime Saavedra In Blow To Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

President Pablo Kuczynski stridently defended Saavedra, a former World Bank economist who was the only minister in the previous government he reappointed.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Faces New Corruption Charges

BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Faces New Corruption Charges

Lula’s wife, Marisa, was charged with money laundering, while former finance minister Antonio Palocci was charged with corruption and money laundering.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Sojo, Araque, Mena, D’Alta Gain Freedom

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Sojo, Araque, Mena, D’Alta Gain Freedom

Gilberto Sojo and the other three – engineer Vladimir Araque, retired general Romer Mena and lawyer Leopoldo D’Alta – were arrested in 2014 and 2015.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Fighting For Survival Over Corruption Allegations Against Him

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Fighting For Survival Over Corruption Allegations Against Him

President Michel Temer, fighting for survival over corruption allegations against him, is planning new measures to jump start a stalled economy.

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CHILE POLITICS: President Salvador Allende’s Grandson Demands Henry Kissinger’s Arrest For Brutal Repression In Chile

CHILE POLITICS: President Salvador Allende’s Grandson Demands Henry Kissinger’s Arrest For Brutal Repression In Chile

Kissinger, who has a notorious track record of supporting US intervention, dictatorships, torture and brutal counter insurgency strategy in Latin America.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Disapproval Spikes As Economy Fails

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Disapproval Spikes As Economy Fails

Disapproval of Brazilian President Michel Temer’s government spiked as the economy failed to rebound from its deepest slump in decades, according to a poll.

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COLOMBIA POLITICS: Juan Manuel Santos Wins Nobel Peace Prize

COLOMBIA POLITICS: Juan Manuel Santos Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos received gold medal, diploma and a check for 8.0 million Swedish crowns ($870,000) at a ceremony in Oslo’s city hall.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Supreme Court Deal Saves Temer’s Reform

BRAZIL POLITICS: Supreme Court Deal Saves Temer’s Reform

“We were worried because we knew the Workers Party would put pressure on Viana to delay the vote,” a senior Brazilian President Michel Temer aide said.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Court Seeks To End Clash With Senate

BRAZIL POLITICS: Court Seeks To End Clash With Senate

Brazil’s Supreme Court met on Wednesday to defuse a constitutional crisis triggered by an injunction from one of its justices ordering Senate President Renan Calheiros to step aside.

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