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Leftist ex-guerrilla wins El Salvador presidency: official SAN SALVADOR: El Salvador's election officials on Sunday declared ex-leftist guerrilla commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren the winner of a March 9 presidential election, after rejecting the opposition's last challenges to the results.Eugenio Chicas, the president of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal confirmed a razor-thin election win by Ceren over Norman Quijano of the conservative ARENA party who had challenged the results.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocks Chile: USGS SANTIAGO: A powerful magnitude 7.0 earthquake jolted Chile's northwestern coast Sunday, US geologists said, though there were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.The quake struck at 5:16 pm (2116 GMT), according to the US Geological Survey, which had originally said that two quakes rattled the area within a minute of each other. Located 61 kilometers (38 miles) northwest of the port city of Iquique, the temblor was 35 kilometers deep. Copyright AFP ...
Venezuela wants US to join 'peace commission' to end unrest CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged Washington on Saturday to join a "high-level commission" to promote peace after more than a month of deadly anti-government demonstrations.Maduro blames the United States for the riots, a charge US officials on Friday dismissed as "absurd."At least 28 people have been killed and 400 injured in the student-led protests that began February 4 in western Venezuela and spread to Caracas and other cities.Oil-rich Venezuela has seen almost daily anti-government ...
Peru former president discharged from hospital PERU: Peru's jailed former president, Alberto Fujimori, has been discharged from hospital following a small stroke on Friday, his doctor said on Sunday. Fujimori, 75, returned on Saturday to the jail where he is serving 25 years on charges of human rights abuses and corruption committed during his 1990-2000 term. "We discharged him because he's doing much better, he's already moving the left side he wasn't moving before, his sensitivity has improved and he'll continue ...
Pro-government rally in Venezuela, Maduro eyes talks CARACAS: Hundreds of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro's leftist government staged a colorful rally in the Venezuelan capital Saturday, as opponents called for more protests from their side.Maduro announced he would propose to the United States creating a high-level commission for bilateral talks -- after days of tenser than usual rhetoric between the old-time foes.Venezuela has seen almost daily anti-government demonstrations over violent crime, shortages of essential goods such as toilet paper, and inflation, in ...
Guyana man torches house, kills wife and four kids inside GEORGETOWN: A businessman late on Friday night burned down his house and store in northwestern Guyana, killing his wife and four children who were trapped inside, police said Saturday.One of the man daughters, aged 12, rushed to a nearby police station to warn that her father and mother were fighting and he had threatened to burn down the house, Guyana Police Force spokesman Ivelaw Whittaker said.Police quickly responded and found the building on fire. "Suspecting ...
Maduro threatens airlines over Venezuela payment row CARACAS: President Nicolas Maduro warned airlines on Friday not to cut services for Venezuela over billions of dollars they are owed and threatened them with permanent expulsion.Airlines that serve Venezuela are battling to recover $3.7 billion blocked by the government, the head of industry body IATA said this week, accusing Caracas of breaking international rules.Latin American airline Avianca-Taca said Wednesday it was suspending flights between San Jose and Caracas beginning April 7 due to a ...


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