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U.S., Peru agree to keep collaborating in drugs trafficking fight

February, 5 2018 (Reuters) LIMA (Reuters) - Peru’s foreign minister said on Monday that she and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had agreed to keep working together to fight drug trafficking, days after President Donald Trump had threatened to curb aid to drug hotspots. “The secretary of state has recognized Peru’s efforts to combat [...]

FARC leader’s first campaign rally marked by fierce protests

February, 3 2018 (Colombia Reports) The FARC‘s presidential candidate, Rodrigo Londoño, survived his first day of campaigning, but was met with fierce protests on Friday. Riot police and at least 12 bodyguards were necessary to allow safe passage for the former guerrilla leader, who had picked Armenia, the capital of his native Quindio province, for [...]

Ecuador ‘rejects unlimited election terms’, blocking Correa return

February, 5 2018 (BBC) Ecuadoreans have voted to scrap unlimited presidential terms, a move which should stop leftist ex-leader Rafael Correa from returning to power. With almost all votes counted, 64.3% of voters backed a constitutional change which will prevent presidents from holding office for more than two terms. The question was one of seven [...]

Costa Rica poll goes into runoff as evangelical leads

February, 5 2018 (BBC) Costa Rica's presidential election will go into a runoff after evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado won the first round but failed to secure enough votes to win outright. He will face Carlos Alvarado of the centre-left Citizen's Action Party (PAC) in the second round on 1 April. The election was dominated by [...]

Paraguay’s EPP rebels free two Mennonite hostages

February, 5 2018 (BBC) A Paraguayan guerrilla group has freed two Mennonite men it had been holding hostage for five months. The two were released after their families paid a ransom and handed over food to local communities, Paraguayan media report. They were abducted by the Paraguayan People's Army (EPP), a Marxist rebel group which [...]

More than 100 candidates with criminal record in Colombia’s congressional election

January, 24 2018 (Colombia reports) Colombian authorities have found 100 convicted criminals on the initial list of candidates for congressional elections in March, Caracol Radio reported Wednesday. A search in judicial databases found that 631 other candidates are involved in court cases currently investigated by the Supreme Court, the Interior Ministry warned in the report [...]

Intelligence unit to fight ‘fake news’ and cyber attacks in Colombia’s elections

January, 23 2018 (Colombia Reports) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday announced he would create an electoral intelligence unit to curb possible cyber attacks in upcoming elections in March and May. Hackers have tried to disrupt elections in Colombia by attacking the computer system of electoral authorities for years. “There is information of possible [...]

Guatemala leader Jimmy Morales dismisses expenses furore

January, 23 2018 (BBC) Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has shrugged off criticism levelled against him for claiming $40,000 (£29,000) in expenses in 2017. Mr Morales, who was a comedian before becoming president in 2016, claimed for luxury goods such as a pair of designer sunglasses and whisky. Guatemala has one of the highest inequality rates [...]

Uruguay farmers hold mass protest over high costs

January, 24 2018 (BBC) Tens of thousands of Uruguayan farmers held a protest in the city of Durazno on Tuesday to demand more government support for their industry. Agriculture is key to the economy of Uruguay, which is one of the world’s largest cattle exporters. The protesters are demanding tax cuts for the agricultural sector. [...]

Venezuela: Maduro ready to stand in early presidential poll

January, 24 2018 (BBC) Venezuela’s pro-government Constituent Assembly has ordered fresh elections before the end of April. President Nicolás Maduro told thousands of his supporters at a rally that he is ready to seek another six-year term. “It’s the right decision. Imperialism and the right were plotting to take over the economy,” said Mr Maduro. [...]

Lula’s Brazil presidential run in doubt after conviction upheld

January, 24 2018 (Reuters) PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (Reuters) – A Brazilian appeals court unanimously upheld the corruption conviction of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday and added to his sentence, a major blow to the popular politician’s plans to run again for the presidency this year. All three appellate court judges voted [...]