LATIN AMERICA NEWS ROUNDUP – AUG. 23, 2019

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Supporters and militants of the Bolivarian government meet on August 21 at the Plaza Bolívar in the city of Maracaibo, Venezuela. On a day to collect signatures convened by President Nicolás Maduro, in protest of the financial and commercial blockade imposed by the government of the United States against Venezuela. (Photo by Humberto Matheus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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News Americas,  NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Aug. 23, 2019: Here are the top stories making news from across Latin America for the week-ending Aug, 23, 2019:

Major League Baseball has plans in place to ban players from participating in the Venezuelan Winter League later this year, according to reports.

Supporters and militants of the Maduro government collected signatures this week denouncing Donald Trump and the financial and commercial blockades.

The US Trump Administration is now seeking a deal with Panama to send asylum seekers from Asia and Africa there.

In a victory for Venezuela’s opposition government, a U.S. judge in delaware confirmed Citgo Petroleum’s board of directors appointed by Juan Guaido.

A judge in Mexico has granted two people the right to use cocaine recreationally. The ruling, however, must be reviewed by a higher court.

Food prices are also soaring in Argentina as the peso devalued and traders dumped the country’s stocks.

There’s so much smoke from wildfires in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil that São Paulo plunged into darkness this week.

Bolivia, like its neighbour Brazil, is battling intense wildfires that have so far burnt 500,000 hectares.

Rosa Elena Bonilla the wife of former nicaragua President Porfirio Lobo has been charged with siphoning funds from programs designed to help poor children.

LAFC left back Diego Palacios has been included in the Ecuadorian national team for the upcoming FIFA international window in September.

And a mural thought to be 3,800 years old has been revealed by archaeologists in Peru.

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