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Brazil's Temer involved in Petrobras graft: witness BRASÍLIA: Brazil's interim president Michel Temer was involved in a massive corruption scandal shaking the country's political establishment and asked for dirty cash diverted from state oil company Petrobras, a key witness said.The explosive allegations were made by Sergio Machado, the former chief executive of Petrobras subsidiary Transpetro, in a plea deal with prosecutors that could take down yet more big-name politicians in the sweeping scandal.Machado said Temer personally asked him for money from an illegal kickbacks scheme at Petrobras to fund an ally's campaign for mayor of Sao Paulo in 2012, according to a prosecution document obtained by AFP Wednesday.The oil executive told prosecutors Temer met with him to ask for "illegal resources from companies that had contracts with Transpetro" to finance the campaign of congressman Gabriel Chalita to the tune of 1.5 million reals ($431,000 at the current exchange rate).Temer took over on May 12 from suspended president ...

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Brazil government proposing 20-yr spending cap, says senator BRASILIA: Brazilian Senator Eunicio Oliveira said on Wednesday that the government had proposed a constitutional cap on public spending growth for the next 20 years, with a possible change after 10 years, following a meeting with interim President Michel Temer. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Venezuela, US launch talks amid recall crisis CARACAS: The US and Venezuelan governments said Tuesday they would launch new high-level talks as the South American country struggles with a political and economic crisis.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in televised comments that the countries agreed to launch "a new stage of dialogue."US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters he would send a top State Department envoy to Caracas "as soon as possible."The announcement came after Kerry met with Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy ...

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US backs referendum against Venezuela's President Maduro SANTO DOMINGO: US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Tuesday for a referendum that could force Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office amid the OPEC nation's deepening economic and political crisis.Venezuela is suffering a protracted and brutal economic slowdown, long lines for food and medicines and soaring prices, leading to protests and opposition calls for a recall referendum to remove Maduro, a measure allowed under the constitution. In his opening speech to a meeting ...

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Kerry calls on Venezuela to free 'political prisoners,' alleviate shortages SANTO DOMINGO: US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government Tuesday to free "political prisoners" and address the severe food shortages racking the country.Addressing what he called the "deeply troubling situation in Venezuela" at Organization of American States' general assembly in the Dominican Republic, Kerry urged Maduro's government to "release all political prisoners, respect freedom of expression and alleviate the shortage of food."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Venezuela opposition rallies Latin America for support ASUNCION: A top Venezuelan opposition leader on Monday launched a tour of Latin American countries to rally support for his side in its bid to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office.Henrique Capriles, a senior figure in the opposition MUD coalition, was in Paraguay and planned to move on to Argentina and Brazil."Venezuela is a marvelous country but we need help from all of our brothers in the region for the constitution to be respected," he ...

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Maduro allies ask Venezuela high court to block recall over 'fraud' CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's allies have asked the Supreme Court to block the opposition's effort to organize a recall vote against him, alleging fraud in the collection of signatures.Jorge Rodriguez, the head of a panel appointed by the president to oversee the recall push, said he had filed a complaint asking the high court, which is seen as close to Maduro, to "protect Venezuelans' constitutional rights" by intervening. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...