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Brazil's Rousseff calls for referendum on early elections BRASILIA: Brazil's Dilma Rousseff said she would call a referendum on holding early elections if she is reinstated as president, an offer analysts saw as a bid to sway undecided senators to help clear her in an impeachment trial.If Rousseff survives the Senate trial, expected to conclude in August, the Constitution would provide for her to serve out her term until 2018, although she would be scarred and in a weak position to govern.Rousseff's proposal for early elections, which emerged on Thursday, is seen by many political analysts as a way out of Brazil's political crisis because it would subject a political class tainted by scandal to a popular vote.Rousseff's supporters have questioned the legitimacy of an interim government led by her Vice President Michel Temer, which is governing while she is suspended for the duration of the trial.Protesters took to the streets of several cities in Brazil late on ...

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Venezuela police fire tear gas on demo, lawmaker hurt CARACAS: A top Venezuelan opposition lawmaker was injured Thursday when police fired tear gas and forcefully broke up protesters demanding the authorities move forward with a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro.It was the fourth time in recent days that police have cracked down on protesters trying to march on the National Electoral Board (CNE), the gatekeeper to a referendum the opposition says must be held this year to stop a country in crisis from ...

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Venezuela food crisis triggers mounting protests CARACAS: Jose Salazar is waving a fistful of Venezuelan bolivars in the middle of a Caracas street."What do I do with this money?" demands the angry retiree and grandfather, one of dozens of Venezuelans who blocked an avenue in the capital Wednesday in protest against the food shortages ravaging the troubled country.Similar scenes have broken out on an almost daily basis in towns and cities across Venezuela, a once-booming oil producer that has skidded to ...

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Peru presidential hopeful Fujimori holding out until last vote counted: spokesman LIMA: Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori will hold out until the last ballot is counted in a photo-finish run-off election, her spokesman said Thursday, dashing front-runner Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's hopes she might concede."Absolutely no one can claim victory," said Pedro Spadaro, spokesman for Fujimori's party, as she trailed fellow right-leaning candidate Kuczynski by less than a quarter of a percentage point with 99.99 percent of the votes counted."We have the right to see all the ...

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Peru polls hinge on jungle votes, challenged ballots LIMA: Four days after Peru's presidential run-off election, 99.99 percent of the ballots have been counted, but the country still didn't know Thursday who its next leader is -- and it was unclear how long the wait would be.With the count nearly complete from Sunday's vote, ex-Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski led his controversial rival, Keiko Fujimori, by a razor-thin margin: 50.11 percent to 49.89 percent.But electoral authorities were still waiting for seven results ...

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Venezuela oil minister to meet with Russia's energy minister, Rosneft head MOSCOW: Venezuela's oil minister Eulogio del Pino will meet Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Igor Sechin, the head of Russia's largest oil company Rosneft , next week in St. Petersburg, RIA news agency reported on Thursday. Del Pino will take part in Russia's flagship economic conference, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, RIA reported, citing a representative in the Venezuelan embassy in Moscow. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Venezuela opposition claims first win in recall drive CARACAS: Venezuela's opposition cleared its first hurdle Tuesday in its uphill race to call a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro, whom it blames for driving the country to the brink of collapse.But the leftist leader flexed his muscle when riot police fired tear gas to block opposition protesters from marching on the electoral authority's headquarters, underlining the tension tearing at the country as it staggers through a painful crisis.Maduro dismissed the effort to oust ...