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Fujimori leads Peru first-round vote LIMA: Keiko Fujimori, daughter of an ex-president jailed for massacres, topped the vote Sunday in elections that will make her Peru's first female leader if she wins a runoff, partial results showed.Fujimori was on top with 38 percent of votes in line with earlier exit polls, with one fifth of votes counted, state electoral body ONPE chief Mariano Cucho said in a televised address.In second place came her centrist rival Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on 24.5 percent.Since Fujimori fell short of 50 percent, she must now face Kuczynski in a runoff on June 5.Both have promised to boost the economy and fight crime in the South American mineral-exporting country of 30 million people.Fujimori earlier celebrated victory as unofficial surveys showed her far in the lead.Voters "are demanding change. This is a great responsibility, which we are going to honor," she told cheering supporters."Peru wants reconciliation and no more conflict," she said. ...

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Brazil's Rousseff: ex-guerrilla in epic impeachment battle RIO DE JANEIRO: When she was being tortured under Brazil's military dictatorship, Dilma Rousseff could never have imagined becoming the country's first female president.But four decades on from those dark days in 1970, when Rousseff belonged to a violent Marxist underground group, she did indeed rise to the top -- only to face impeachment less than a year into her second term.Impeachment proceedings launched in October enter their crucial phase Monday, with a vote in ...

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Peru votes on Fujimori daughter in chaotic election LIMA: Peruvians vote Sunday on whether Keiko Fujimori, daughter of an ex-president jailed for massacres, should become their first female head of state in an election marred by alleged vote-buying and guerrilla attacks that killed four.Half the candidates have dropped out or been excluded from the running under a tough new electoral law that saw Fujimori and other leading candidates accused of wooing voters with gifts.The 40-year-old daughter of former leader Alberto Fujimori survived the ...

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Police raid El Salvador branch of 'Panama Papers' law firm SAN SALVADOR: Police on Friday raided the El Salvador offices of the Panama-based law firm at the heart of the "Panama Papers" scandal that has revealed how the wealthy in many countries stashed their riches offshore.The swoop on the San Salvador offices of Mossack Fonseca netted "a good amount of computer equipment," El Salvador's state prosecutor's office said on its Twitter account.No arrests were made.The authorities in El Salvador on Wednesday had announced a probe ...

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Rousseff urges Olympic truce ahead of impeachment vote RIO DE JANEIRO: Dilma Rousseff tried to make it look like business as usual Friday with a visit to the Rio Olympics site, but time was running out for the Brazilian president ahead of a key impeachment vote.The inspection trip to Rio, including an inauguration ceremony for the Olympic swimming center, was a bittersweet occasion for a president who no longer knows if she'll even be in power when the Summer Games kick off on ...

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Top Brazil prosecutor opposes Lula cabinet appointment BRASÍLIA: Brazil's chief prosecutor dealt a fresh blow Thursday to President Dilma Rousseff and predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, saying his cabinet appointment was an attempt to avoid arrest and disrupt investigations.The latest twist in a roiling political saga comes as Rousseff faces impeachment proceedings in Congress over accusations of manipulating the government's books to mask budget shortfalls during her 2014 re-election campaign.Lula's controversial appointment, which has been temporarily blocked by a Supreme Court ...

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Fidel Castro makes first public appearance in nine months HAVANA: Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro appeared in public Thursday for the first time in nine months, chatting with school children and criticizing Barack Obama's recent visit.Castro, 89, was seen on state TV state seated as he spoke to children about a late fellow revolutionary leader, Vilma Espin.The last time Castro appeared in public was nine months ago, when state TV showed him with civilians who work with the armed forces and the interior ministry.Castro, ...