Brazil’s Bolsonaro makes stumbling start as president

A few days after being inaugurated, new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced a tax increase, only to have his chief-of-staff say hours later that the boss “had been wrong.” The former army captain also said he would be open to putting a U.S. base in his country, but military leaders quickly squashed the idea. And

Italian fugitive captured 3 decades after murder conviction

A left-wing Italian militant who was convicted of murder in his home country nearly three decades ago was arrested in Bolivia, authorities said Sunday, setting the stage for a climactic end to one of Italy‘s longest-running efforts to bring a fugitive to justice. Hours later, Cesare Battisti was handed over to Italian custody, officials said,

Venezuela claims win in LatAm diplomatic dispute, ignores criticism of Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government claimed victory on Saturday in a diplomatic quarrel with Latin American countries over a border dispute with Guyana, while ignoring an avalanche of criticism over President Nicolas Maduro’s second term in office. FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a ceremony, after his swearing-in for a second presidential term,

Maduro faces next term in a hobbled, isolated Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro begins a second term in office on Thursday in defiance of international criticism that his reelection last year was illegitimate, further isolating the South American country where an economic crisis is fueling a humanitarian emergency. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro holds a copy of the National Constitution while he

Peru’s new top prosecutor criticizes president’s bill after taking office

LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s new Attorney General Zoraida Avalos on Tuesday criticized legislation proposed by President Martin Vizcarra to revamp the prosecutors office, warning it would violate the institution’s constitutionally-protected autonomy. FILE PHOTO: People holding signs that read, “Chavarry go”, referring to Peru Attorney General Pedro Chavarry, march to support Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra’s motion

Bolsonaro gives Brazil farm ministry powers on indigenous land, in win for farmers

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – New Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued an executive order on Wednesday making the Agriculture Ministry responsible for deciding on lands claimed by indigenous peoples, in a victory for agribusiness that will likely enrage environmentalists. FILE PHOTO: Indigenous people from various tribes dance as they wait to deliver a letter to Brazil’s

Bolsonaro takes office in Brazil, says nation ‘liberated from socialism’

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s newly inaugurated President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday his election had freed the country from “socialism and political correctness,” and he vowed to tackle corruption, crime and economic mismanagement in Latin America’s largest nation. Bolsonaro, a former army captain turned lawmaker who openly admires Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship, promised in his

Brazil’s Bolsonaro to take power amid high hopes and fears

Once an outsider mocked by fellow lawmakers for his far-right positions, constant use of expletives and even casual dressing, former army captain Jair Bolsonaro is taking office as Brazil‘s president Tuesday. A fan of U.S. President Donald Trump, the 63-year-old longtime congressman rose to power on an anti-corruption and pro-gun agenda that has energized Brazilian

Israel’s Netanyahu said would not resign during possible indictment hearing

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he would not resign from office should the attorney general accept police recommendations to indict him before his side of the case is heard. FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem December 19, 2018.

No embassy move announced as Brazil’s Bolsonaro hosts Israel’s Netanyahu

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday and while both pledged to deepen ties, there was no announcement as some anticipated of Brazil moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a

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