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Brazil police arrest Rio state ex-governor in voter fraud probe RIO RIO DE JANEIRO: Police on Wednesday arrested a controversial former governor in Rio de Janeiro as part of an ongoing investigation into voter fraud during recent municipal elections. The former governor, Anthony Garotinho, has been serving as municipal secretary in Campos dos Goytacazes, a city north of Rio where his wife, Rosinha Matheus, another former governor, is serving as mayor. Both, despite repeated denials of wrongdoing by each, have been frequent targets of corruption allegations. Brazil's federal police, which arrested Garotinho in the capital city of Rio, confirmed his detention in a brief statement. A spokesman for the city of Campos said the mayor's office did not yet have any information about the arrest.Although Garotinho and Matheus are no longer as prominent as they were in recent decades in Brazilian politics, the couple once enjoyed strong support in Rio's sprawling suburbs and many other blue-collar areas across the country, particularly ...

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Colombia president to have prostate cancer tests in US BOGOTA: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Tuesday he will undertake medical tests in the United States this week for a possible return of prostate cancer. Increased levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) were detected during a routine checkup and his doctor has recommended he travel as soon as possible for further tests, he told reporters. Santos, 65, who won election in 2010 and is half-way through his second term, had successful surgery four years ...

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Colombia, rebels agree revised peace deal to end 52-year war HAVANA/BOGOTA: Colombia's government and the Marxist FARC rebels said on Saturday they agreed on a revised peace deal to end a 52-year war, six weeks after the original was narrowly rejected in a referendum amid objections it was too favorable to the rebels. The government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which have been holding talks in Havana for four years, said they had incorporated proposals from the opposition, religious leaders and others. President Juan ...

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Colombia, rebels say have agreed new peace deal HAVANA: Colombia's government and Marxist guerillas said on Saturday they had agreed a new peace deal to end their 52-year war, six weeks after the original one was narrowly rejected in a referendum for being too lenient on the rebels.The government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who have been negotiating a deal in Havana for four years, said they had incorporated changes proposed by various sectors of society into the accord. "We have ...

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Venezuela gov't, opposition reach tentative deals in dialogue CARACAS: Venezuela's government and opposition on Saturday reached tentative deals in the areas of elections and foreign aid as part of a Vatican-backed dialogue process, though the agreements fell far short of initial opposition demands. Allies of President Nicolas Maduro will consider letting foreign donors provide food and medicine to the crisis-hit country and work toward naming new directors to the national elections authority, which the opposition says favors Maduro. "We agree to promote respectful ...

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Venezuela govt, opposition vow to find peaceful way out of crisis CARACAS: Venezuela's embattled government and the opposition committed themselves Saturday to seeking a peaceful, democratic way out of a deepening crisis that has led to food shortages and sky-high inflation."We solemnly agree that our political differences can only be settled strictly within the framework of the constitution, and along a democratic, peaceful and electoral path," representatives of both sides in a Vatican-backed dialogue said in a statement.Opposition MUD coalition leader Jesus Torrealba has warned his ...

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Venezuela crisis talks resume amid Trump tension CARACAS: Venezuela's political rivals are to sit down at the negotiating table Friday to resume fraught talks on the country's volatile crisis.Socialist President Nicolas Maduro and his opponents declared a "truce" 10 days ago to ease tension in a country struck by food shortages.Their political struggle had provoked mass street protests and stern warnings from the government.With Pope Francis's blessing, they agreed to sit down to Vatican-mediated talks starting Friday.The outlook appears hostile."The truce that ...