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Venezuela political tensions rise amid protests, clashes

Venezuela political tensions rise amid protests, clashes Sun, 16 Feb, 2014

Violence has broken out between police and anti-government protesters as both supporters and opponents of Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's president, staged duelling rallies in the capital Caracas.
Venezuelan anti-government protests turn violent

Venezuelan anti-government protests turn violent Thu, 13 Feb, 2014

At least four people have been killed, including a police officer, after thousands of Venezuelans opposing President Nicolas Maduro took to the streets of Caracas following two weeks of anti-government protests across the country.
Police, protesters clash in Rio over fare hike

Police, protesters clash in Rio over fare hike Fri, 07 Feb, 2014

Hundreds of protesters in Brazil have clashed with police in the main transport station of Rio de Janiero, protesting a sizable hike in fares for buses and trains.
El Salvador, Costa Rica vote for new leadership amid political stagnation

El Salvador, Costa Rica vote for new leadership amid political stagnation Sun, 02 Feb, 2014

Voters are casting ballots in presidential elections in two Central American countries Sunday. 
Nicaragua scraps presidential limits in boost for Ortega

Nicaragua scraps presidential limits in boost for Ortega Wed, 29 Jan, 2014

 Nicaragua's national assembly on Tuesday voted to scrap presidential term limits, which could allow socialist President Daniel Ortega to remain in power indefinitely and has stoked concerns about democracy in the Central American country.
US executes Mexican man despite diplomatic pressure

US executes Mexican man despite diplomatic pressure Thu, 23 Jan, 2014

A Mexican national has been executed in Texas, despite appeals from the Mexican government and Secretary of State John Kerry.
Venezuelan minister targets corrupt police

Venezuelan minister targets corrupt police Sun, 12 Jan, 2014

Venezuela's interior minister has given out his personal mobile phone number on live television, and urged police officers to call him directly to report cases of corruption within the force.
Former Miss Venezuela and British ex-husband shot dead by robbers

Former Miss Venezuela and British ex-husband shot dead by robbers Wed, 08 Jan, 2014

A former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband have been shot dead in front of their 5-year-old daughter as they resisted robbers by locking the doors of their broken-down car. 
First legal commercial Key West–Cuba flight in 50 years lands in Havana

First legal commercial Key West–Cuba flight in 50 years lands in Havana Tue, 31 Dec, 2013

The first commercial passenger flight from Key West to Cuba in more than 50 years has landed in Havana, capping several years of efforts to reunite the two islands, though regular air service still appeared a distant prospect.
Brazil floods force more than 40,000 to flee homes

Brazil floods force more than 40,000 to flee homes Tue, 24 Dec, 2013

Intense rain and flooding in southeast Brazil have killed at least six people and forced 40,000 more to leave their homes.
Ex-president Michelle Bachelet wins Chile poll run-off

Ex-president Michelle Bachelet wins Chile poll run-off Mon, 16 Dec, 2013

Chileans have handed moderate socialist former President Michelle Bachelet a new four-year term with a landslide victory in a runoff election.

Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana

Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana Wed, 11 Dec, 2013

Uruguay has become the first nation to legalise the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana after the country's Senate gave final approval to the legislation.
Cuba closes privately owned movie theaters, video arcades

Cuba closes privately owned movie theaters, video arcades Sun, 03 Nov, 2013

Cuba closed dozens of home-based movie theaters on Saturday and reaffirmed its plans to end the private sale of imported goods as communist authorities pressed for "order, discipline and obedience" in the growing small business sector.
Argentina's president to undergo surgery for brain hematoma

Argentina's president to undergo surgery for brain hematoma Mon, 07 Oct, 2013

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner is to undergo surgery Tuesday for complications related to a head injury, amid uncertainty over who is in charge while she recuperates.
US expels 3 Venezuelan diplomats in tit-for-tat row

US expels 3 Venezuelan diplomats in tit-for-tat row Wed, 02 Oct, 2013

The US has expelled Venezuela's charge d'affaires in Washington and two other diplomats in reprisal for the expulsion of three American diplomats from Caracas, both countries said late on Tuesday.
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