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Court ruling to affect ex-president da Silva, Brazil vote
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) -- An appellate court in Brazil has begun its review of a corruption conviction against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva....

Future for Brazil's Lula hangs on apartment in decaying city
GUARUJA, Brazil (AP) -- A beachfront apartment sits at the center of a corruption case that could keep Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from running for Brazil's presidency again....

Puerto Rico awaits foreclosure wave as moratoriums expire
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Aylsa Torres sighed in relief when she received a letter from her bank two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit. She was among the hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans awarded a three-month moratorium on their mortgage payments as the U.S. territory reeled from the storm's destruction....

Maduro to seek re-election as Venezuela eyes vote by April
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday he is ready to seek re-election after his allies pushed forward voting in a move widely seen as a bid to capitalize on disarray in the Venezuelan opposition and consolidate power amid a freefalling economy....

Guatemala lawmaker arrested in sale of phantom Congress jobs
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemalan authorities have arrested a lawmaker and former president of Congress who is under investigation in connection with the sale of phantom jobs at the legislature....