- Trial of Venezuelan opposition leader Lopez nears end
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The more-than-yearlong trial of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez neared an end Friday as the imprisoned politician prepared to give his final remarks in a closed courtroom.
- Guatemala ex-president tells court he's innocent of graft
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Otto Perez Molina sat in a defendant's chair Friday and declared his innocence in a customs corruption scandal that forced him to resign a day earlier as president of this Central American nation.
- Opposition leader arrested in Bolivia
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian authorities working on a corruption case have arrested a top indigenous leader who has been critical of President Evo Morales' push to drill for oil and develop mining on traditional native lands in the eastern lowlands.
- Brazil's former chief-of-staff charged with corruption
SAO PAULO (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Friday filed corruption, racketeering and money laundering charges against Jose Dirceu, Brazil's former presidential chief of staff, for his alleged involvement in the massive corruption scheme at state-owned oil company Petrobras.
- Argentina official says doors open to Syrian refugees
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's cabinet chief said on Friday that the South American nation is willing to welcome more Syrian refugees fleeing their country's civil war.