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MANAGUA, Nicaragua — On Friday, supporters of Nicaragua’s ruling Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional gathered in Managua to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the repliegue táctico a Masaya (“tactical retreat to Masaya,” in English). Hundreds piled into buses flying Sandinista flags to make the traditional journey to the nearby city of Masaya, while others made…

Brazilian Political consultant João Santana (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — Prosecutors who have been investigating Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras on corruption charges have issued an arrest warrant for the political strategist who engineered embattled President Dilma Rousseff’s 2014 re-election campaign. Police allege that João Santana — a consultant for Rousseff and her predecessor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and former treasurer for…

Protests in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, over likely corruption in the first round of presidential elections. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — The Organization of American States will send a special mission to Haiti to help the country emerge from an electoral crisis that has triggered violent protests in the past week, threatening to leave Haiti without leadership. Presidential elections scheduled for this past Sunday were called off indefinitely amid widespread suspicion of voter…

Argentine presidential candidates Mauricio Macri and Daniel Scioli. (Image: Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Argentina’s November presidential election is headed to a runoff with no clear favorite. Reuters reported on Monday, however, that unnamed officials from the camp of defeated presidential hopeful Sergio Massa confirmed he will support opposition candidate Mauricio Macri, who surprised the country in Sunday’s election by winning only some two percent fewer votes than…

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Top Story — Guatemala’s presidential runoff on Oct. 25 will have one fewer contestant, after the leading establishment candidate dropped out on Monday. Jimmy Morales, a comedian with no political experience, and Sandra Torres, the ex-wife of former president Álvaro Colóm, will contest the presidency on Oct. 25 without the participation of Manuel Baldizón, who…

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Top Story — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff won her re-election bid in the closest race in the country’s history, taking just over 51 percent of the vote to beat her opponent Aécio Neves. The tight victory marks the end of a campaign cycle that stunned observers for the atypically vicious attacks from both sides. Rousseff,…