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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 the large chunk of previously undecided voters appeared to be opting for Kuczynski, 77, a former economy minister and World Bank executive.Pollster GfK said Friday its latest survey indicated Fujimori had 50.3 percent of the vote to 49.7 percent for Kuczynski."That is clearly a technical tie," GfK director Hernan Chaparro told foreign media in a news conference.Another pollster, Datum, said Fujimori had 52.1 percent of the vote to 47.9 percent for Kuczynski, known as "PPK.""PPK ...

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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 ...

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Venezuela security forces fire tear gas at anti-Maduro demo CARACAS: Venezuelan soldiers and police fired tear gas Thursday to break up a protest against President Nicolas Maduro outside the presidential palace, AFP correspondents said.Hundreds of national guardsmen and police cracked down on the small protest by dozens of demonstrators, as the country awaited a key ruling from electoral authorities on whether the leftist leader's opponents can go ahead with efforts to call a referendum on removing him from office.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Brazil's acting president struggles after tough start BRASÍLIA: Brazil's acting president Michel Temer has only been in the job for half a month. But it doesn't feel like that."I have the impression I've been governing three or four years already," he says.Temer, 75, was vice president until May 12 when he took over from Dilma Rousseff who was suspended to face an impeachment trial on charges of taking unauthorized loans to patch budget holes.He immediately announced an ambitious program to move Brazil ...

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Peru's presidential candidates and their policies LIMA: Keiko Fujimori, the conservative daughter of a jailed former president, will face former investment banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in a divisive run-off election on Sunday. Fujimori, whose father Alberto was Peru's authoritarian leader throughout the 1990s, garnered nearly twice as many votes as runner-up Kuczynski in the first-round election. The free-market model that has been in place for 25 years in Peru would be maintained in either a Kuczynski or Fujimori presidency.Kuczynski, 77, is ...

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Brazil's Temer says sacrifices needed to end 'bloated' state BRASILIA: Brazil's interim President Michel Temer said on Wednesday that his government will not cut spending on health and education, although sacrifices are needed to balance public accounts and restore economic growth. "There is no longer any room in Brazil for a bloated and inefficient state," Temer said in a speech in which he criticized the state of the country he inherited from suspended President Dilma Rousseff three weeks ago, with 11 million unemployed and ...

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Venezuela's Maduro backs Sanders for US president CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro backed Bernie Sanders for US president Tuesday night, saying the self-described democratic socialist would win "if the election were free."Sanders is nearly certain to lose the Democratic party's nomination to Hillary Clinton, but has doggedly refused to bow out, drawing large numbers of young voters and seeking to shift the party to the left.Maduro, the political heir to late leftist firebrand Hugo Chavez, said Sanders's candidacy showed the United States ...