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  • Wednesday, December 27th 2017 - 10:54 UTC

    Fujimori from hospital apologizes to “those whom he let down”

    Fujimori lay propped up on a hospital bed wearing a white gown, with a blood pressure cuff on his right arm and another monitor clasped to his left index finger.

    Peru's ailing former leader Alberto Fujimori on Tuesday asked the public for forgiveness, two days after receiving a presidential pardon that sparked street protests.”I am aware that the results of my government were well received on one side, but I admit that I have let down other compatriots, and I ask them to forgive me with all my heart,’ Fujimori said in a Facebook video filmed from his hospital bed.

  • Wednesday, December 27th 2017 - 10:32 UTC

    FIFA bribes scandal: Peruvian official cleared by US court in New York

    After leaving the court in New York, Manuel Burga who was head of Peruvian football until 2014, said: “God bless America!”

    A Peruvian football official accused of taking bribes has been cleared by a jury in the United States. Manuel Burga, who led football in Peru until 2014, was accused of taking cash in exchange for distributing marketing and media rights to matches. Two other South American football officials were convicted by the same jury on Friday.

  • Wednesday, December 27th 2017 - 10:13 UTC

    Brazil has no plans to name new ambassador in Caracas

    Ruy Pereira was appointed ambassador in Venezuela in 2013, under the administration of ex president Dilma Rousseff.

    The Brazilian foreign ministry has no plans to send a new ambassador to Venezuela, after Ruy Pereira was declared “persona non grata” by the government of Nicolás Maduro. With the ousting of ambassador Ruy Pereira the embassy will be the responsibility of the highest ranking diplomatic in Caracas, who is the business attaché. He is the second most senior and who has spent more time in Venezuela behind the ambassador.

  • Wednesday, December 27th 2017 - 09:42 UTC

    Morales insists in involving the Pope in the ongoing sea outlet dispute between Bolivia and Chile

    According to the Vatican the pope and Morales spoke about “various themes of common interest,” and there was no mention of the ongoing dispute

    Bolivian President Evo Morales implied in a Tweet that he and Pope Francis had discussed Bolivia’s territorial dispute with Chile during a meeting at the Vatican on December 15. According to the Vatican, the 30-minute private meeting “took place in a cordial atmosphere.”

  • Tuesday, December 26th 2017 - 10:41 UTC

    Cuba preparing for transition to new generation: Díaz-Canel should replace Raul Castro in April

    The individual most likely to take the reins in April 2018 is Miguel Díaz-Canel, first vice president of the Council of the State.

    The Cuban parliament enacted a proposal that extends Raúl Castro’s term from the original February 24 deadline. The Council of the State underscored that the extension was based on the “exceptional situation” Cuba finds itself in due to costly damages Hurricane Irma inflicted on the island last September.

  • Monday, December 25th 2017 - 18:14 UTC

    Ex president Fujimori granted a medical pardon; he was serving 25-year sentence

    Alberto Fujimori (1990 to 2000), is a polarizing figure in Peru. Some laud him for defeating the guerrilla movement, others loathe him for human rights violations

    The Peruvian president announced on Sunday night that he granted a medical pardon to jailed former strongman Alberto Fujimori, who was serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses, corruption and the sanctioning of death squads. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski released a statement on Christmas Eve saying he decided to free Fujimori for “humanitarian reasons,” citing doctors who had determined the ex-leader suffers from incurable and degenerative problems.

  • Sunday, December 24th 2017 - 17:18 UTC

    Pope coming visit to Chile and Peru; no reference to the sea outlet conflict with Bolivia

    In Chile, the pope will meet residents of Mapuche indigenous community in the Araucania region, in conflict with the government over their ancestral lands.

    During his visit to Chile and Peru, Pope Francis will honor the country’s religious roots and underline the plight of indigenous men and women. The Vatican said the pope will be in Chile Jan. 15-18, visiting the cities of Santiago, Temuco and Iquique. He then will fly to Peru and, from Jan. 18-21, he will visit Lima, Puerto Maldonado and Trujillo.

  • Sunday, December 24th 2017 - 11:46 UTC

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  • Sunday, December 24th 2017 - 11:42 UTC

    Venezuela expels Brazilian and Canadian top diplomats

    “If confirmed, this decision demonstrates, once again, the authoritarian nature of the Nicolas Maduro administration,” Brazilian officials said.

    Officials in Venezuela took the first step on Saturday toward expelling top diplomats from Brazil and Canada who have been accused of meddling in the country’s politics. National constituent assembly president Delcy Rodriguez declared both Brazil’s ambassador and Canada’s charge d’affaires as persona non grata, a move which does away with their diplomatic credentials.

  • Saturday, December 23rd 2017 - 10:37 UTC

    Brazil and Paraguay soccer executives sentenced in US on corruption charges

    Marin, who is also a former governor of São Paulo, was found guilty of six of the seven counts against him of money laundering and wire fraud conspiracy.

    Two former top South American football executives have been found guilty of multiple charges at a US trial into corruption in the sport: Jose Maria Marin, the former head of Brazil's Football Confederation (CBF), and Paraguay's Juan Ángel Napout, who led South America's football governing body Conmebol, were convicted on Friday.