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South America

World - South America

Brazil's senate president denies blocking corruption probe BRASILIA: The president of Brazil's Senate, Renan Calheiros, denied that he has sought to obstruct an investigation into a graft scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras, following a newspaper report on Tuesday that the country's top prosecutor has sought his arrest.Calheiros said in a statement that the reported arrest request was "unreasonable, disproportionate and abusive." Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Venezuela opposition in new protests for recall vote CARACAS: Venezuela's opposition held new protests, seeking to convert widespread anger over food shortages and economic havoc into pressure for a referendum on removing embattled President Nicolas Maduro.Clad in the red, yellow and blue of the Venezuelan flag, hundreds of opposition supporters rallied on a square in eastern Caracas, brandishing messages aimed at the allegedly pro-Maduro National Electoral Board (CNE): "Recall referendum now" and "My signature counts."An economic crisis triggered by the collapse in the ...

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Peru's Kuczynski barely leads Fujimori in presidential election LIMA: Former Wall Street executive Pedro Pablo Kuczynski held a razor-thin lead over Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of an imprisoned former authoritarian leader in a vote that was shaping up to be Peru's closest presidential election in at least three decades. With 91 percent of all votes counted on Monday, Kuczynski - known in Peru by his initials PPK - had 50.32 percent support while Fujimori trailed on 49.68 percent.The gap narrowed from a previous ...

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Peruvians vote in tight election, weigh Fujimori legacy LIMA: Peruvians voted in a presidential election on Sunday that pit right-wing populist Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of a jailed former president, against former World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, with the results still up for grabs. Fujimori's lead over Kuczynski, 77, melted away in recent days, evoking memories of her close defeat to outgoing President Ollanta Humala in 2011. In opinion polls by Ipsos and GfK on Saturday, Kuczynski pulled slightly ahead of Fujimori, ...

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Peru votes in decider for jailed ex-leader's daughter LIMA: Peruvians vote in a tight election Sunday on whether Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of an ex-president jailed for crimes against humanity, will be their new leader.Last-minute polls showed Fujimori, 41, tied with her center-right rival, former Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, 77.The election has forced voters to confront the South American nation's dark recent past.Many mistrust Keiko Fujimori because her father Alberto is in jail for corruption and the slaughter of alleged terrorists ...

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Peru presidential vote tightens, Fujimori loses ground LIMA: Peru's presidential race is tightening on the eve of Sunday's elections, with one poll showing a virtual tie between Keiko Fujimori, daughter of an ex-leader jailed for massacres, and former Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.A divisive conservative figure, the 41-year-old Fujimori remains the favorite to win the runoff vote despite her father Alberto Fujimori's dark legacy.But three last-minute polls showed her earlier estimated lead of more than five percentage points had narrowed.Part of ...

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Troubled Venezuela's bare fridges CARACAS: Mayra de Ramos stood in line all day to buy two packs of corn flour and pasta, but the Venezuelan grandmother says it won't be enough.She lives with her three children and three young grandchildren in Catia, a downtrodden neighborhood in Caracas."My refrigerator is bare," the 64-year-old pensioner says, showing its empty shelves."We don't eat three meals a day. We have breakfast late and lunch late and that's it. There's not enough milk. We ...