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Assange starts legal bid to unseal U.S. charges against him

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Lawyers of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange file his application with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

US CHARGES. In this file photo, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing Maduro

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:22 AM

'We're talking to middle and low-ranking military: break away from the fear,' says parliamentary president Juan Guaido, who last week branded President Nicolas Maduro a 'usurper'

MADURO. This file photo taken on October 17, 2017 shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a press conference with international media correspondents at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Increasingly isolated Venezuelan president begins new term

Jan 11, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is re-elected in voting boycotted by the majority of the opposition and dismissed as fraudulent by the United States, European Union, and Organization of American States

NEW TERM. Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the ceremony of recognition by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces after being sworn in for a second term, at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 10, 2019. Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Nicaraguan dialogue to end crisis falls apart

Jun 19, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Opposition groups and Catholic bishops walk out of the discussions, accusing the government of failing to make good on a promise to invite international organizations to come to Nicaragua and help probe the violence

MORE PROTESTS. An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018, demanding justice for the death of 6 members of a single family who died when their house was burnt at dawn on Saturday, June 16, after a group of men armed wearing hoods threw a Molotov cocktail. Photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Divided region fails to adopt resolution on Venezuela

Jun 22, 2017 - 10:04 AM

The Organization of American States fails to advance a plan to deal with Venezuela as it wraps up a meeting where the country s raging crisis took center stage

PROTEST. Screen grab from the official broadcast of Venezuelan opposition lawmakers protesting against the Venezuelan government during the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Cancun, Mexico on June 21, 2017. OAS/Handout/AFP

As Venezuela burns, a divided region proves short on solutions

Jun 20, 2017 - 10:42 AM

Ministers from the Organization of American States meet to seek elusive solutions to the crisis in Venezuela as the death toll from weeks of clashes at anti government protests rises

VIOLENCE CONTINUES. Opposition activists clash with riot police during a demonstration against the government of President Nicolas Maduro along the Francisco Fajardo highway in Caracas on June 19, 2017. Juan Barreto/AFP

14 countries urge Venezuela to hold elections

Mar 24, 2017 - 12:59 PM

We consider it urgent for priority to be given to releasing political prisoners recognizing the legitimacy of decisions by the National Assembly and establishing an electoral calendar that includes postponed elections

'RE-ESTABLISH DEMOCRACY.' View of the Venezuelan National Assembly during a session in Caracas on December 14, 2016. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

OAS chief says no democracy, rule of law in Venezuela

Aug 23, 2016 - 11:26 AM

The head of the Organization of American States denounces corruption and violence in Venezuela saying a 14 year prison term for an opposition leader there marks the end of democracy in the country

OAS CHIEF. The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Uruguayan Luis Almagro, offers a press conference in Asuncion, on July 14, 2016. AFP file photo

Maduro vows no recall referendum before next year

Jun 12, 2016 - 8:03 AM

If the opposition meets all requirements with their bid to oust Maduro the recall referendum will be held next year Period the embattled Venezuelan president said

Venezuela lets Maduro recall advance, with threats

Jun 11, 2016 - 1:52 PM

The camp of embattled Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro claims they will go to the Supreme Court to contest the process

NEXT STEP. The proposed recall referendum is part of a marathon process to call a vote on sacking President Nicolas Maduro. Photo from Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Venezuela leader urges rally after telling OAS to 'shove it'

Jun 01, 2016 - 8:19 AM

UPDATED The verbal barrage comes after OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro called for an urgent meeting on the Venezuelan crisis warning democracy was at risk in the country

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flashes the V sign as he wears a hat during a rally in Caracas on May 31, 2016. Juan Barreto/AFP

Brazil president to meet supporters as impeachment vote looms

Apr 16, 2016 - 2:27 PM

UPDATED President Dilma Rousseff s supporters and opponents plan rival rallies over the weekend as lawmakers debate a motion to send her to an impeachment trial in the Senate

IMPEACHMENT VOTE. Activists supporting the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff take part in a protest in an area separated by a fence from the Congress, in Brasi­lia, on April 15, 2016. Andressa Anholete/AFP

OAS poll observer urges Haiti to reorganize vote

Jan 26, 2016 - 10:42 AM

The impoverished Caribbean state had been due to elect a successor to President Michel Martelly in a second round run off vote on Sunday January 24 but polling was called off

Demonstrators march during a protest against the Haitian government and to ask the resignation of Haitian President Michel Martelly, in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, January 25, 2016. Orlando Barria/EPA

Cybercrime now 'number one' threat – Europol chief

Apr 18, 2015 - 8:06 AM

It s become a global problem and we urgently need global instruments to deal with it says Europol chief Rob Wainwright

Honduras calls for curbing crime to fight child migration

Jul 17, 2014 - 10:26 AM

President Juan Orlando Hernandez suggested putting in place programs similar to US funded efforts in Mexico and Colombia set up to help eradicate drug production by supporting alternative crops

CHECKPOINT. Border Patrol officers guard the US Border Patrol facility in Murrieta, California on July 3, 2014, where tension is rising over the arrival of undocumented immigrants. Frederick J. Brown/AFP

Venezuela expels Panama ambassador, 3 others

Mar 07, 2014 - 11:57 AM

Panama: We received a note from the foreign ministry of Venezuela that was delivered to our embassy in which it declared four diplomats working in our embassy as persona non grata

Maduro wants South America to meet on Venezuela crisis

Mar 07, 2014 - 7:40 AM

The move came a day after the Venezuelan leader broke off relations with Panama following its call for a meeting of the rival Washington based Organization of American States

DISSENT IN THEIR RANKS? Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro speaks during a pro-government march in Caracas, Venezuela, 24 February 2014. Miraflores Press/Handout/EPA

Latin American leaders urge review of US pro-marijuana votes

Nov 13, 2012 - 9:55 AM

The presidents of Mexico Honduras Costa Rica and Belize called on the United Nations to hold a special session by 2015 to examine the successes and limits of current strategies against drug trafficking

A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3 , 2012. AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDA