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Venezuela awaits key ruling on Maduro recall CARACAS: Venezuela's opposition learns Tuesday whether it can proceed with efforts to force a recall vote against President Nicolas Maduro, amid a dire economic crisis that is fueling warnings of unrest.The National Electoral Council (CNE) is due to announce whether it has validated the 200,000 voter signatures needed to activate the next step in the process of removing the unpopular leftist leader.The opposition decries the CNE as beholden to Maduro, but is hoping pressure from Venezuelans fed up with food shortages and mounting chaos will force the authorities to let the recall process move ahead.If the CNE gives the green light, the opposition will then have to collect another four million signatures.To ultimately win a recall referendum, Maduro's opponents would need more votes than he won with in 2013 -- around 7.5 million.It is a lengthy bureaucratic tightrope, and the opposition is racing to get across it by January 10, ...

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Brazil's Rousseff refuses 'secondary role' at Olympics BRASÍLIA: Brazil's Dilma Rousseff said Monday she will insist on being treated as the country's president at the Olympic Games despite having been suspended for an impeachment trial.Olympics organizers are contending with a tricky seating plan at the opening ceremony on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro.Rousseff, suspended in May and facing final judgment shortly after the Olympics, is invited.But so is her interim replacement and bitter political enemy Michel Temer, who stands to keep ...

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Colombian women, LGBT victims stand to get equal 'peace rights' HAVANA: If Colombia signs its landmark peace deal to end a half century of civil war, the pact will offer equal social rights for women and LGBT victims, a draft inked Sunday in Havana showed.Under the agreement in principle, gender discrimination is included in the final peace deal. The partial draft was presented by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and the top UN envoy for sex abuse in conflict, Zainab Bangura.The Colombian government and ...

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Venezuela about to find out if Maduro recall vote can happen CARACAS: Venezuela's electoral authorities are to announce Tuesday whether moves to stage a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro can go ahead after verifying signatures on an opposition-organized petition.The outcome could open the way to a vote to oust Maduro, the chosen successor to late president Hugo Chavez who is ruling over an economy crippled by mismanagement and low oil prices.But the government has said the petition is riddled with fake signatures and stated the ...

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Former Argentina leader slams corruption probes as political plot EL CALAFATE: Facing corruption probes that threaten to land her behind bars, former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez described her growing legal troubles as part of a "persecution" of progressive Latin American leaders that has boosted the right in the region. Speaking to foreign media at her Patagonian estate, Fernandez compared her situation to that of Brazil's suspended center-left President Dilma Rousseff, now subjected to an impeachment trial in the Senate."In the case of Brazil, the ...

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Venezuela agrees to Vatican mediation help CARACAS: The Venezuelan government has agreed to let the Vatican help mediate its long-running dispute with opposition leaders, the UNASUR regional group said on Thursday.Ernesto Samper, secretary general of the Union of South American Nations, said it "had received agreement from both sides" for a Vatican role in resolving the persistent political standoff.Venezuela's opposition coalition earlier this month called for the Vatican to join an international mediation effort with the government, amid efforts by dissidents ...

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Brazil police monitoring 100 for possible terrorism links SAO PAULO: Brazilian federal police are monitoring 100 people for possible links to terrorism groups, mostly in Brazil's tri-border region with Paraguay and Argentina, a presidential palace source said on Thursday. The source said the 10 arrests made on Thursday for preparing acts of terror during next month's Olympics involved cooperation with US and other foreign intelligence agencies. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...