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The scandal involves Lazaro Baez, a key business ally of President Cristina Fernandez and her late husband, President Nestor Kirchner.
Hallacas, corn dough tamales wrapped in dried plantain, boil at a Christmas fair in a state-owned market in Caracas, Venezuela.
Argentina has rejected British protests over a threat to punish oil firms operating off the Falkland Islands with heavy fines, the seizure of assets and jail sentences of up to 15 years.
President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday that saboteurs used a gun to bring down a power cable and plunge more than half of Venezuela into darkness earlier this month.
Brazil says it is not considering granting asylum to Edward Snowden even after the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor offered on Tuesday to help investigate revelations that the NSA has spied on Brazilians and their president.
A federal judge made headlines Monday by declaring that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records is likely unconstitutional.
In October Christians erected a towering Christ statue at the Cherubim Monastery in the community of Saidnaya, Syria.
An experimental drug is showing promise against a hard-to-treat form of breast cancer.
Police in Rio de Janeiro have removed about 25 protesters who had re-occupied the grounds of an Indian Museum complex near the Maracana soccer stadium that will host the final match of next year's World Cup.
Britain on Monday accused Argentina of "bullying tactics" over what it said were baseless attempts by Buenos Aires to outlaw oil and gas drilling in the waters around the Falkland Islands, a disputed British Overseas Territory.
Comedian Jim Davidson is "delighted" that he will face no further action over an alleged historic sex offence in the Falkland Islands, his solicitor has said.
The mastermind behind a 2012 Bogota bomb attack targeting an ex-minister has been killed in a Colombian army operation in the south of the country said the Ministry of Defense late on Sunday.
Actor John Leguizamo is bringing a Latin voice to "Walking with Dinosaurs," providing the voice for "Alex," one of the Hispanic stars of the animated film.
Venezuelan inflation spoils Christmas tradition By VIVIAN SEQUERA Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela Freshly greased plantain leaves, a kitchen splattered with corn meal, and festive music accompanied by generous amounts of alcohol all make up one of Venezuela's most-enduring Christmas traditions: the gathering of family to prepare a corn dough ... (more)
Although North America and Europe have finally emerged from the darkness of the global financial crisis, and although the stratospheric growth rates of Brazil, China and India have come down to earth, the economies of the West still lag behind those in the rest of the world.
Another shot of wintry weather is heading for the Northeast, with a foot or more of snow possible in New England.