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Colombia, Venezuela to reopen border: presidents PUERTO ORDAZ: Venezuela and Colombia agreed Thursday to reopen pedestrian border crossings between their countries, a year after Venezuela closed the frontier in a dispute over security and smuggling.Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he and his Venezuelan counterpart agreed to open five pedestrian crossings for 15 hours a day from Saturday."What we are going to do is open the border gradually," Santos told reporters after talks with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro."It will be a temporary opening schedule while we learn and adapt to the decisions so that each step we take will be accurate and positive."Maduro said he hoped the reopening would lead to a "new frontier of peace" and "a new beginning for economic and trade relations."Santos said they would continue discussions about opening up the border to cargo vehicles.He added that they were discussing the possibility of setting up Venezuelan gas stations on the Colombian side where ...

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15 OAS states urge Venezuela to act on recall 'without delay' WASHINGTON: A group of 15 countries called on Venezuela Thursday to act "without delay" to clear the way for an election over whether to recall President Nicolas Maduro from office as a way out of a worsening crisis.The countries, all members of the Organization of American States, issued the joint statement after the head of Venezuela's election authority laid out a schedule this week that appears likely to push any recall election into 2017.The timeline ...

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Maduro gloats over Venezuela opposition's faltering recall bid CARACAS: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro late Tuesday taunted his political opponents after they hit an apparent roadblock in efforts to oust him from office.Opposition leaders must hold a recall referendum by January 10 if they are to succeed not only in removing Maduro but in staging new elections to replace his administration.The National Electoral Council (CNE) has approved the first of two petitions required to organize a referendum, which they aim to do by the ...

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Impeachment trial looms for Brazil's beleaguered Rousseff BRASÍLIA: Brazil's Senate voted early Wednesday to hold an impeachment trial for the nation's suspended president Dilma Rousseff, a process that could see her permanently removed from office.The vote in favor of trying Rousseff, who was suspended from the presidency in May, was 59 in favor, 21 against.The Senate suspended Rousseff, the South American nation's first female president, on May 12 over accusations of illegal accounting practices and fiddling the budget to mask a slumping ...

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Brazil to modify debt relief bill for states, re-work fiscal law BRASILIA: The Brazilian government will make changes to a controversial bill that limits the spending of cash-strapped states, Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said on Monday, in a last-minute effort to fast-track the approval of austerity measures. Meirelles said the government will remove from the bill on state debts measures that would limit their expenditures on state employees.Their current expenditures will be addressed in separate legislation that will re-work the country's fiscal responsibility law. He said ...

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Brazil Senate committee clears way for Rousseff's removal BRASILIA: A Senate impeachment committee voted on Thursday to put suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on trial in the full chamber for breaking budget laws, opening the way for her to be removed from office. The 21-member committee voted 14-5 to try Rousseff for allegedly doctoring government accounts to allow more public spending in the run-up to her 2014 re-election. Her impeachment would mark the end of 13 years of rule by the left-of-center Workers ...

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US urges patience in Argentina, wants Venezuela recall vote this year BUENOS AIRES: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday urged Argentina to be patient with the slow pace of economic progress under its new government, and urged Venezuela to allow a vote this year on whether to recall President Nicolas Maduro.In his first trip to Argentina as America's chief diplomat, Kerry praised President Mauricio Macri, a free-markets proponent who took office in December promising to attract a wave of private investment that has yet ...