GUATEMALA CITY, (Reuters) – Guatemalan leader Otto Perez, who is fighting to save his presidency after becoming engulfed in a corruption scandal that gutted his government and sparked widespread protests, will not flee the country, his lawyer said yesterday.
RIO DE JANEIRO, (Reuters) – A Brazilian labour court convicted units of Brazil’s Odebrecht Group of holding workers in conditions akin to slavery at an ethanol refinery construction project in Angola, Brazilian prosecutors said in a statement on Tuesday.
BRASILIA, (Reuters) – The Brazi-lian government yesterday for the first time ever sent Congress a budget bill that forecasts a primary deficit and urged lawmakers to help fix a fiscal crisis that threatens the country’s investment-grade rating.
CARACAS, (Reuters) – The decline in oil prices has forced Venezuela to place smaller medicine orders and buy cheaper drugs, a state health provider said yesterday, as patient complaints over shortages mount.
Twenty people were confirmed dead on the island of Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said in an address carried on television and online late yesterday following Thursday’s pounding by Tropical Storm Erika, Reuters reported.
ERNESTO GUEVARA, Venezuela, (Reuters) – Hundreds of Colombians waded across a border river with fridges, chickens and mattresses on their backs as goats and children followed under the scorching tropical sun, victims of an escalating dispute with Venezuela’s government.
SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – A federal judge in Brazil overseeing a sweeping corruption investigation said yesterday there were signs that President Dilma Rousseff’s former chief of staff had received bribes.
AUSTIN, Texas, (Reuters) – The United States and Mexico yesterday opened their first new rail link in more than a century as part of plans to update infrastructure carrying nearly $600 billion a year in bilateral trade, officials said.