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VENEZUELA POLITICS: National Guard Uses Tear Gas at Residential Home in Maracaibo

VENEZUELA POLITICS: National Guard Uses Tear Gas at Residential Home in Maracaibo 0

Venezuelan National Guard has thrown grenades with tear gas to the building of a residential home for children and elderly people in the city of Maracaibo, according to reports.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Army Fights Violence Surges Because of US Opium Demand

MEXICO POLITICS: Army Fights Violence Surges Because of US Opium Demand 0

“The increase of consumers for this type of drug in the United States has been exponential and the collateral effect is seen here,” Jesus Garcia said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Women Oppose to Maduro Proffering Roses to Security Forces Who Blocked Their Way

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Women Oppose to Maduro Proffering Roses to Security Forces Who Blocked Their Way 0

Tens of thousands of women opposed to Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro marched, proffering roses to security forces who blocked their way.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Politicians Hit By Corruption Scandal Unlikely to Return: Fernando Henrique Cardoso Says

BRAZIL POLITICS: Politicians Hit By Corruption Scandal Unlikely to Return: Fernando Henrique Cardoso Says 0

Lula, Brazil’s first working-class president who held the office between 2003 and 2011, faces five court cases related to Operation Car Wash that could bar him from running – something his supporters have branded a witch hunt.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Backers of Jailed Leopoldo Lopez Stage Prison Vigil

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Backers of Jailed Leopoldo Lopez Stage Prison Vigil 0

President Nicolas Maduro’s leftist government later issued a short video in which Lopez said he is fine, and officials accused Lopez’s family of stirring up a media frenzy to get attention.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Vote on Brazil Pension Reform Now Expected in Late May

BRAZIL POLITICS: Vote on Brazil Pension Reform Now Expected in Late May 0

“There is no way to vote it (on the floor) this week or next,” Maia told Brazilian news radio network CBN.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Prosecutors Lay New Graft Charges Against Jose Dirceu Former Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Chief of Staff

BRAZIL POLITICS: Prosecutors Lay New Graft Charges Against Jose Dirceu Former Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Chief of Staff 0

Prosecutors accused Jose Dirceu, who was released from jail pending an appeal, of taking 2.4 million reais ($755,880) in bribes from two engineering firms – UTC Engenharia SA and Engevix Engenharia SA.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro to Form New Constituent National Assembly

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro to Form New Constituent National Assembly 0

“I don’t want a civil war,” Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro told a May Day rally of his supporters in the capital, Caracas.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Sees Local Elections Later in 2017

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Sees Local Elections Later in 2017 0

“I am anxious for an electoral process to be called,” Maduro told supporters on the live show, saying the election board, or CNE, first had to finish legalizing political parties.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Pope Francis to Venezuela: End Violence, Respect Human Rights

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Pope Francis to Venezuela: End Violence, Respect Human Rights 0

“I make a heartfelt appeal to the government and all components of Venezuelan society to avoid any more forms of violence, respect human rights and seek a negotiated solution …,” Pope Francis said.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico to Trump: Plan to Build Walls ‘Hostile’, ‘Deeply Unfriendly’ Act

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico to Trump: Plan to Build Walls ‘Hostile’, ‘Deeply Unfriendly’ Act 0

Mexico Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray said building walls when there are 600 kilometers of barriers is not only a hostile and deeply unfriendly act, but one that “also is not going to fulfill the objectives that it raises, is not only an aggravating action, but it seems to be frankly a bad idea.”

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ECUADOR POLITICS: Juan Pablo Pozo Seeks Ban on Exit Polls After Disputed Election

ECUADOR POLITICS: Juan Pablo Pozo Seeks Ban on Exit Polls After Disputed Election 0

“From now on no figures can be given until the institutions have given them first, otherwise it generates unnecessary speculation by the people,” Pozo says.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexicans Demand Info on Fate of Missing Students

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexicans Demand Info on Fate of Missing Students 0

The families and supporters of the 43 Mexican students, who went missing more than two and a half years ago, marched in downtown Mexico City on Wednesday, demanding justice for their loved ones.

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BOLIVIA POLITICS: ‘Selfish, Conceited Mindset’: Morales to RT on US Handling of North Korea

BOLIVIA POLITICS: ‘Selfish, Conceited Mindset’: Morales to RT on US Handling of North Korea 0

“Every administration should think of humanity in the first place and respect nation’s identity, equality of states,” Bolivian President Evo Morales said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Death Toll in Political Protests Rises to 26

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Death Toll in Political Protests Rises to 26 0

“Any death hurts, government or opposition,” chief state prosecutor Luisa Ortega said in a speech. He said that four fatalities were adolescents and 437 people had also been injured.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Corruption Scandal is Business as Usual for Odebrecht

BRAZIL POLITICS: Corruption Scandal is Business as Usual for Odebrecht 0

“All of this is institutionalized,” Emilio Odebrecht said. “It was a normal thing and it has been going on for 30 years.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Calls for Talks With Opposition

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Calls for Talks With Opposition 0

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 0

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 0

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 0

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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