South America

Paraguay to have its first woman president

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AFP) — Paraguay will have a woman president for the first time in its history, at least temporarily, after outgoing leader Horacio Cartes stepped down Monday ahead of schedule. Vice President Alicia Pucheta, 68, will complete Cartes’s mandate after …

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Week-long Brazil trucker strike leaves food, fuel scarce

by Louis Genot Agence France Presse RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Brazil faced serious supply disruptions on the seventh day of a truckers’ strike Sunday, although the government said the country was “on a path to normalization.” Brazilian authorities …

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Bishop steps down from anti-sex abuse board in Chile

by Miguel Sanchez Agence France-Presse SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) —  Chile’s Catholic church took another blow on Saturday as the bishop leading the charge against sex abuse stepped down following more allegations of misconduct by priests. Rancagua Bishop Alejandro Goic presented …

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US demands two Venezuelan diplomats leave within 48 hours: State Dept

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States has ordered two top Venezuelan diplomats to leave its territory within 48 hours, the State Department said Wednesday, responding to Caracas’ expulsion order against the top two US diplomats there. “This action …

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Argentina building collapse leaves at least one dead

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) — At least one man was killed Wednesday when an old theater that was under renovations collapsed in the downtown area of the Argentine city of Tucuman, police said. “We are in the middle of rescue …

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Cuba identifies remains of 50 of plane crash dead

  HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Cuba now has identified the remains of 50 of the 111 people killed in the country’s worst air disaster in decades. A Boeing 737 leased to national carrier Cubana de Aviacion crashed shortly after taking …

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Fourteen priests linked to Chile sex abuse stripped of duties

SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — Fourteen priests involved in a sex abuse scandal in Chile — which has rocked Catholic Pope Francis’ papacy — were stripped of their priestly duties Tuesday. “Fourteen priests no longer are allowed to carry out their …

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Maduro isolated as US vows action over ‘sham’ Venezuela polls

by Maria Isabel Sanchez Agence France Presse CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela faced growing international isolation and a deepening economic crisis Monday following President Nicolas Maduro’s contested re-election as the United States tightened the screws on his regime over a …

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Maduro declared winner of Venezuela poll: official

by Maria Isabel Sanchez Agence France Presse CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — President Nicolas Maduro was unsurprisingly declared winner of Venezuela’s election Sunday in a poll rejected as invalid by his rivals, who immediately called for fresh elections to be held …

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Maduro rivals should reject result: Venezuela opposition

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Venezuela’s main opposition, which boycotted Sunday’s presidential election, urged the two candidates who opposed President Nicolas Maduro not to recognize the results, calling the poll a fraud. “We want the candidates who presented themselves to take …

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Latin America’s worst plane crashes

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — A Cuban airliner with more than 100 people on board crashed Friday after takeoff from Havana with many feared dead. Here is a list of the worst air accidents in Latin America over the past three …

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Cuba airliner crashes with more than 100 people on board crashes on takeoff; 3 pulled out alive

  by Alexandre Grosbois Agence France Presse HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — A Cuban state airways plane with more than 100 people on board crashed shortly after taking off from Havana Friday, leaving a mass of twisted and smoldering fuselage, as …

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