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MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico to Venezuela: Suspend Plans for Constituent Assembly

MEXICO POLITICS: Mexico to Venezuela: Suspend Plans for Constituent Assembly

Mexican foreign ministry called on the government of President Nicolas Maduro to shelve the vote “and thereby open the door to a negotiation to resolve the serious democratic crisis Venezuela is going through.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Vows to Go Ahead With New Congress Despite Donald Trump Threats

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro Vows to Go Ahead With New Congress Despite Donald Trump Threats

US President Donald Trump: “If Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30, United States will take strong and swift economic actions.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Plots ‘Zero Hour’ After Big Anti-Maduro Vote

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition Plots ‘Zero Hour’ After Big Anti-Maduro Vote

“Venezuela stood up with dignity to say freedom does not go backwards, democracy is not negotiated,” Borges, who leads opposition-controlled legislature.

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PERU POLITICS: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Approval Falls: Poll

PERU POLITICS: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Approval Falls: Poll

“The fall in popular support for Kuczynski could have many reasons, among them Alfredo Thorne’s exit from the economy ministry,” Ipsos Peru President Alfredo Torres said.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Disgruntled State Workers Seek Ways to Join Opposition Vote

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Disgruntled State Workers Seek Ways to Join Opposition Vote

Maduro says his July 30 vote for the controversial constituent assembly is the only way to bring peace to Venezuela after three months of violent anti-government protests.

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MEXICO POLITICS: PRI Mulls Tweaking Rules for Presidential Selection

MEXICO POLITICS: PRI Mulls Tweaking Rules for Presidential Selection

Corruption scandals, rising gang violence and anemic growth have damaged the PRI’s credibility and battered Pena Nieto’s authority, prompting some in the party to argue it must look beyond the membership if it wants to hold on to power.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Escapes Trial on Graft Charges

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Escapes Trial on Graft Charges

The vote by the committee prompted other lawmakers to shout “Temer out!” and “Purchased vote!” while others responded by saying “Long live Temer!”

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MEXICO POLITICS: US Sued for Turning Away Mexican Asylum Seekers at Border

MEXICO POLITICS: US Sued for Turning Away Mexican Asylum Seekers at Border

Amnesty International and Human Rights First confirmed the report, saying such incidents have occurred at crossings along the 2,000-mile US-Mexico border over the past year.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Guilty of Corruption: Judge Sergio Moro

BRAZIL POLITICS: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Guilty of Corruption: Judge Sergio Moro

Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who rose from childhood poverty to become a two-term president, was convicted on corruption charges.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Rodrigo Maia Pushes for Swift Vote on Temer Charge

BRAZIL POLITICS: Rodrigo Maia Pushes for Swift Vote on Temer Charge

Rodrigo Maia speaker of lower house of Brazil’s Congress urged that a vote be held this week on a corruption charge facing President Michel Temer.

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VENEZUELA: How Socialist Dream Turned To Nightmare

VENEZUELA: How Socialist Dream Turned To Nightmare

Today that tsunami has receded, and what’s left behind is the catastrophic consequences of the world’s most garishly mismanaged economy.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: 100th Day of Protests: ‘I Continue to Rebel Against Tyranny’: Protester

VENEZUELA POLITICS: 100th Day of Protests: ‘I Continue to Rebel Against Tyranny’: Protester

Unrest in Venezuela was aggravated in early April after the Supreme Court decided to annul the powers of the opposition-controlled parliament

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MEXICO POLITICS: Relations With US Cannot Be Defined By ‘Murmurs’: Enrique Pena Nieto

MEXICO POLITICS: Relations With US Cannot Be Defined By ‘Murmurs’: Enrique Pena Nieto

“Given what happened after this meeting (with Trump), our bilateral relationship cannot be defined by murmurs,” Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said.

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PERU POLITICS: Peruvians Protest Against Possible Pardon of Fujimori

PERU POLITICS: Peruvians Protest Against Possible Pardon of Fujimori

Fujimori has been convicted of leading groups that massacred civilians and kidnapped journalists during his years in office from 1990-2000.

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MEXICO POLITICS: Carlos Morales Extradition Ratified By Guatemala’s Supreme Court

MEXICO POLITICS: Carlos Morales Extradition Ratified By Guatemala’s Supreme Court

Javier Duarte, who governed Veracruz for President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) until last year, denies any wrongdoing.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: 123 Venezuelan Soldiers Detained Since Protests: Documents

VENEZUELA POLITICS: 123 Venezuelan Soldiers Detained Since Protests: Documents

“This shows low morale and discontent and, of course, economic necessity,” one former army general said of the detentions, asking not to be named for fear of reprisals.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: ‘We Are Ready to Continue Our Struggle for Liberation’: Oscar Perez

VENEZUELA POLITICS: ‘We Are Ready to Continue Our Struggle for Liberation’: Oscar Perez

“Once again we are in Caracas, ready and willing to continue our struggle for the liberation of our country,” police pilot Oscar Perez said.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Boosts Infrastructure Spending as Graft Scandal Deepens

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Boosts Infrastructure Spending as Graft Scandal Deepens

As Brazil grapples with record-high budget deficits, the recent splurge illustrates Temer’s efforts to keep his fragmented coalition united despite growing calls for his resignation more than one year before general elections.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition to Hold Unofficial Referendum on Maduro Plan

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Opposition to Hold Unofficial Referendum on Maduro Plan

“The people have a right to vote and the people will vote on July 30, rain or shine!” Maduro said during a speech at an event with candidates to the new assembly.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Minimum Wage Going Up 50 Percent: Maduro

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Minimum Wage Going Up 50 Percent: Maduro

It’s third time this year Maduro’s government hiked the country’s minimum wage to combat extremely high inflation and an increasingly worthless currency.

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