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Brazil's Rousseff brands VP a traitor, denounces 'coup' BRASÍLIA: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff took off the gloves Tuesday, branding her vice president a traitor and coup-plotter ahead of an impeachment vote in Congress, with a party once in the ruling coalition set to cast a ballot against her.In a blistering speech, Rousseff, 68, charged: "If there were any doubts about my reporting that a coup is under way, there can't be now."Referring to Monday's leak of an audio recording in which Vice President Michel Temer practices the speech he would make if Rousseff is impeached, the president said: "The conspirators' mask has slipped."We are living in strange and worrying times, times of a coup, and of pretending, and betrayal of trust," she said in the capital Brasilia. "Yesterday, they used the pretense of a leak to give the order for the conspiracy."Rousseff is in the final stretch of a bruising attempt to save her presidency from impeachment on ...

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Venezuelan high court scraps opposition amnesty CARACAS: Venezuela's high court Monday struck down an amnesty passed by opposition lawmakers to free those they describe as political prisoners at the urging of President Nicolas Maduro who is fighting a bid to force him from power.The Supreme Court declared the measure -- which President Nicolas Maduro had challenged -- as unconstitutional in a ruling published on its website. Explaining its lengthy decision, the court said the law includes "infractions that are acts of ...

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Divisive Fujimori faces runoff battle to lead Peru LIMA: Keiko Fujimori has vowed to unite Peru after her first-round presidential election victory, but she faces a fierce runoff battle to overcome the divisive legacy of her jailed father.The 40-year-old conservative candidate claimed a boost from Sunday's vote in her quest to become the first female president of the South American mineral-exporting nation.But she faces resistance from voters who mistrust her because her father Alberto Fujimori is in jail for corruption and human rights ...

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Brazil impeachment committee backs ousting Rousseff BRASÍLIA: A Brazilian congressional committee on Monday recommended impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, setting the stage for a crucial vote in the lower house to decide whether she should face trial.The committee voted 38 to 27 in favor of Rousseff's ouster. Both sides yelled slogans and waved placards as the vote was completed after hours of bad-tempered debate that often descended into shouting matches, reflecting Brazil's increasingly bitter divisions.Rousseff is accused of fiddling accounts to ...

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Kirchner returns to Buenos Aires to face fraud accusations BUENOS AIRES: Thousands of supporters greeted Argentina's former president Cristina Kirchner as she returned to Buenos Aires on Monday to face corruption allegations.Kirchner is due to testify Wednesday in an investigation into whether she mishandled public funds in connection with Central Bank currency-related operations during the final months of her presidency.She arrived in Buenos Aires following four months in southern Patagonia, where she secluded herself after leaving office last December when a newly elected president ...

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Brazil committee recommends Dilma Rousseff's impeachment BRASÍLIA: A congressional committee on Monday recommended impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, setting the stage for a crucial vote in the lower house to decide whether she should face trial.The committee voted 38 to 27 in favor of Rousseff's ouster. Both sides yelled slogans and waved placards as the vote was completed after hours of bad-tempered debate.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Peru election goes to run-off; Fujimori vulnerable despite lead LIMA: Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of a jailed former president, led Peru's election on Sunday but probably faces a tight run-off against centrist economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in a vote that would protect the country's free-market economic model.Fujimori, whose father Alberto was Peru's authoritarian leader throughout the 1990s, fell far short of the 50 percent of votes needed for outright victory in the first ballot and will probably be vulnerable in the second round vote ...