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Venezuelan riot police block opposition protest CARACAS: Venezuelan riot police blocked the opposition from marching on the electoral authority's headquarters Tuesday, using pepper spray to break up a march demanding President Nicolas Maduro face a recall referendum.It is the third time in recent days police have forcefully broken up attempts to march on the National Electoral Board (CNE), which the opposition says is stalling the recall process to protect a president they accuse of driving the country to the brink of collapse.Maduro's opponents warn the once-booming oil giant risks exploding into unrest if authorities do not allow a referendum on the leftist leader's rule, which has seen an economic implosion marked by severe shortages of food, electricity, medicine and other basic goods.Protesters had angry words for the heavily armored riot police, shouting "Traitors!" and "You're hungry too!"About 1,000 demonstrators took part in the march, lining up behind a giant Venezuelan flag and chanting "This government will ...

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Peru's presidential vote tightens; Kuczynski holds lead LIMA: Peru's presidential election tightened further in the latest tally of votes on Tuesday as former investment banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's lead over Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of a jailed ex-president, narrowed to 0.28 of a percentage point. Ballots from Peruvians living abroad are still trickling in and will probably decide the election. An early tally of them suggested they would favor Kuczynski. With 95.5 percent of the ballots counted two days after Sunday's election, ...

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Brazil's senate president denies blocking corruption probe BRASILIA: The president of Brazil's Senate, Renan Calheiros, denied that he has sought to obstruct an investigation into a graft scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras, following a newspaper report on Tuesday that the country's top prosecutor has sought his arrest.Calheiros said in a statement that the reported arrest request was "unreasonable, disproportionate and abusive." Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Venezuela opposition in new protests for recall vote CARACAS: Venezuela's opposition held new protests, seeking to convert widespread anger over food shortages and economic havoc into pressure for a referendum on removing embattled President Nicolas Maduro.Clad in the red, yellow and blue of the Venezuelan flag, hundreds of opposition supporters rallied on a square in eastern Caracas, brandishing messages aimed at the allegedly pro-Maduro National Electoral Board (CNE): "Recall referendum now" and "My signature counts."An economic crisis triggered by the collapse in the ...

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Peru's Kuczynski barely leads Fujimori in presidential election LIMA: Former Wall Street executive Pedro Pablo Kuczynski held a razor-thin lead over Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of an imprisoned former authoritarian leader in a vote that was shaping up to be Peru's closest presidential election in at least three decades. With 91 percent of all votes counted on Monday, Kuczynski - known in Peru by his initials PPK - had 50.32 percent support while Fujimori trailed on 49.68 percent.The gap narrowed from a previous ...

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Peruvians vote in tight election, weigh Fujimori legacy LIMA: Peruvians voted in a presidential election on Sunday that pit right-wing populist Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of a jailed former president, against former World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, with the results still up for grabs. Fujimori's lead over Kuczynski, 77, melted away in recent days, evoking memories of her close defeat to outgoing President Ollanta Humala in 2011. In opinion polls by Ipsos and GfK on Saturday, Kuczynski pulled slightly ahead of Fujimori, ...

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Peru votes in decider for jailed ex-leader's daughter LIMA: Peruvians vote in a tight election Sunday on whether Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of an ex-president jailed for crimes against humanity, will be their new leader.Last-minute polls showed Fujimori, 41, tied with her center-right rival, former Wall Street banker Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, 77.The election has forced voters to confront the South American nation's dark recent past.Many mistrust Keiko Fujimori because her father Alberto is in jail for corruption and the slaughter of alleged terrorists ...