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Venezuela opposition plots next moves against Maduro CARACAS: Venezuela's opposition steeled itself for a new battle Tuesday as it advanced on its campaign to remove President Nicolas Maduro in a referendum, vowing mass rallies to pressure the crisis-hit government.Seventeen years after his late mentor, Hugo Chavez, launched Venezuela on the path of socialist "revolution," Maduro is clinging to the helm of a country in deep crisis.Once-booming Venezuela, home to the world's largest oil reserves, is gripped by severe shortages of food, medicine and basic goods that have triggered violence and looting.The opposition, which blames Maduro for the mounting chaos, wants to get rid of him with a recall referendum.They won a key battle Monday when the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced the opposition had successfully collected nearly double the 200,000 signatures required to start the process.But it appears the war has just begun.Maduro's camp has vowed to fight tooth and nail. Complicating matters, the opposition says he ...

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Bolivia police seize 7.5 tonnes of cocaine LA PAZ: Bolivian police have seized 7.5 tonnes of cocaine and arrested three Bolivians in a massive bust of drugs headed for Honduras and likely eventual sale in the United States, a government official said on Monday.The haul, which was hidden in a cargo of minerals, would be worth over $160 million in Honduras and $350 million in the United States, Bolivian interior minister Carlos Romero said at a news conference. Romero said the cocaine ...

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Brazil impeachment must be settled by Aug 26: Temer BRASÍLIA: Brazil's political uncertainty must be resolved by the end of August -- its Olympic-hosting month -- by reaching a verdict in the impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, her interim replacement said Friday.Michel Temer, the vice president who has been acting head of state since May, said he expected Rousseff would be definitively booted from office. That would make him president until the next elections in 2018.His comments came during a briefing with ...

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Brazil's Lula tells UN his rights violated in corruption probe SAO PAULO: Lawyers for Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva petitioned the United Nations on Thursday with allegations that his human rights had been violated in a corruption investigation.Lula, once a leftist icon and Brazil's most influential politician, is under investigation over allegations he benefited from a kickback scheme at state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras. British lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, who has defended boxer Mike Tyson and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ...

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Kuczynski: Peru's new president an old Wall Street hand LIMA: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Peru's new president, says he will hit the ground running after a long career as a Wall Street banker that earned him the moniker "El Gringo."At 77 years old, Kuczynski could have ridden his beloved Harley-Davidson off into the sunset after a lifetime spent stringing together one impressive resume entry after another: World Bank economist, investment banker, a series of ministerial posts, and, for good measure, concert flautist.Instead, the man known ...

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Kuczynski vows to make Peru a member of OECD by end of his term LIMA: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski promised after taking office as Peru's president on Thursday that the Andean country will become a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) by the end of his term in 2021. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Brazil fines Facebook $11.6mn over WhatsApp standoff RIO DE JANEIRO: A judge in Brazil on Wednesday slapped an $11.6 million fine on the local Facebook branch over the company's refusal to surrender data from its WhatsApp messenger program to a police investigation.The order came from a judge in the northern state of Amazonas, saying Facebook was failing to meet its legal obligations.Facebook Brasil has "shown tremendous disregard for Brazilian institutions," prosecutors added.WhatsApp has been owned by social media giant Facebook since February ...