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  • BOGOTA, June 17- Colombia's President-elect Ivan Duque, who swept aside leftist Gustavo Petro in Sunday's election, pledged to unite his South American nation after a divisive campaign but insisted he would change a landmark peace accord with leftist rebels. Duque's decisive victory in Sunday's poll, with 54 percent of votes to Petro's 42 percent, is likely to...

  • BOGOTA, June 17- Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque won Colombia's presidential election on Sunday, beating leftist Gustavo Petro in a victory that will reassure investors but raised the prospect of changes to a landmark peace accord with Marxist rebels. It was Colombia's first presidential election since the 2016 peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed...

  • BOGOTA, June 17- Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque won Colombia's presidential election on Sunday, beating leftist Gustavo Petro in a victory that reassured investors but raised the prospect of changes to a landmark peace accord with Marxist rebels. With 98.2 percent of polling stations counted, Duque won the ballot with 53.9 percent of votes while Petro, who...

  • BOGOTA, June 17- Center-right candidate Ivan Duque, who has vowed to alter a fragile peace deal, took a commanding early lead in Colombia's presidential election on Sunday with nearly half of polling stations counted. With 68.7 percent of stations counted, Duque had 55.5 percent of votes, while his leftist rival Gustavo Petro, who has pledged to shake up...

  • Ivan Duque, the business-friendly protégé of hardline former President Alvaro Uribe, held a 20- point lead in opinion polls before Sunday's voting. He wants to change a peace deal he deems too lenient on Marxist FARC rebels, while keeping Colombia's largely orthodox economic model. His opponent, leftist former guerrilla Gustavo Petro, has pledged to take on...

  • Ivan Duque, the business-friendly protégé of hardline former President Alvaro Uribe, wants to change a peace deal he deems too lenient on Marxist FARC rebels, while keeping Colombia's largely orthodox economic model. His rival, leftist former guerrilla Gustavo Petro, has pledged to take on political elites, redistribute land to the poor and gradually...

  • Ivan Duque, the business-friendly protégé of hardline former president Alvaro Uribe, wants to alter a peace deal he deems too lenient on Marxist FARC rebels, while keeping Colombia's largely orthodox economic model. Duque wants to change the accord with tougher punishments for FARC war crimes, while Petro promises to support the existing deal and continue...

  • BOGOTA, June 15- Gustavo Petro, a former insurgent turned rabble-rousing mayor, is fighting to become Colombia's first leftist president, turning his humble beginnings and revolutionary past into a rallying cry for millions of the nation's youth and poor. Some fear his efforts to shift wealth from rich to poor could turn Colombia into another Venezuela.

  • Young people marching against fraud in some formats of vote counting in the last presidential elections of Colombia on May 31, 2018.

    A leftist and a conservative candidate are heading to a run-off election to become Colombia's next president.

  • CARACAS, June 2- Venezuela said on Saturday a postponed currency overhaul to remove three zeroes from the devalued bolivar would take place on Aug. 4, two months later than originally planned. President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government is taking the measure in response to high inflation and a devastating economic crisis that has made it increasingly...

  • CARACAS, May 29- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday he would postpone an overhaul of the national currency to remove three zeroes from the bolivar after banking industry leaders requested more time to ensure cash transactions may proceed. "This monetary' reconversion' is very much needed by Venezuela." Venezuela's annual inflation is now...

  • BOGOTA, May 28- Colombia headed for its most divisive presidential race in decades after right-winger Ivan Duque won Sunday's first-round vote, triggering a runoff with leftist Gustavo Petro that could upset a historic peace deal or derail business friendly reforms. Duque, a 41- year-old former official of the Washington- based InterAmerican Development...

  • BOGOTA, May 28- Colombia headed for its most divisive presidential race in decades after right-winger Ivan Duque won Sunday's first-round vote, triggering a runoff with leftist Gustavo Petro that could upset a historic peace deal or derail business friendly reforms. Duque, a 41- year-old former official of the Washington- based InterAmerican Development...

  • CARACAS, May 23- The 11 executives of Venezuela's top bank, Banesco SA, arrested earlier this month for allegedly "attacking" the OPEC member country's rapidly weakening currency, have been released, chief prosecutor Tarek Saab said on Wednesday. Zapatero was in Venezuela on President Nicolas Maduro's invitation to oversee Sunday's strongly criticized...

  • CARACAS, May 23- The 11 executives of Venezuela's top bank Banesco, arrested earlier this month for allegedly "attacking" the OPEC member country's rapidly-weakening currency, have been freed or are being released, chief prosecutor Tarek Saab said on Wednesday. Four female executives have been freed and their seven male counterparts were being freed on...

  • *Turkey's lira tumbles to fresh record low. *Venezuela's Maduro wins another six-year term as president. LONDON, May 21- The soaring dollar whacked emerging market currencies on Monday, with Turkey's lira plumbing record lows as markets tested policy makers' response.

  • HOUSTON, May 15- Venezuela's state-run oil firm PDVSA has bought nearly $440 million worth of foreign crude and shipped it directly to Cuba on friendly credit terms- and often at a loss, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters. But Cuba may never pay cash for the cargoes because Venezuela has long accepted goods and services from Cuba in...

  • HOUSTON, May 15- Venezuela's state-run oil firm PDVSA has bought nearly $440 million worth of foreign crude and shipped it directly to Cuba on friendly credit terms- and often at a loss, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters. But Cuba may never pay cash for the cargoes because Venezuela has long accepted goods and services from Cuba in...

  • May 13- U.S. oil major ConocoPhillips has seized products belonging to Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA from the Isla refinery it runs on Curacao, an island official told Reuters on Sunday. Conoco has won court orders allowing it to seize PDVSA assets on Caribbean islands, including Curacao, in efforts to collect on a $2 billion arbitral award linked to the 2007...

  • CARACAS, May 10- Venezuela on Thursday rejected ConocoPhillips's moves to seize the country's Caribbean assets to collect on a $2 billion arbitration award, but in a sign the U.S. oil company's pressure might be working, Caracas also suggested it was ready to pay. The dispute stems from Venezuela's nationalization of Conoco's assets a decade ago under late...