Stories for February 2005
Updated damage assessments are shedding new light on the scope of material losses suffered by fisherfolk in southern Asia as a result of the December 2004 tsunami -- and the financial costs that will be involved in rehabilitating the affected region's all-important fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
Latin American and the Caribbean registered a record trade surplus of 82, 39 billion US dollars with the United States in 2004, according to the US Department of Commerce.
Conservative Deputy Severino Cavalcanti from the Progress Party was elected president of Brazil's Lower House, an unexpected defeat for the administration of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and setback for his reform plans.
The Chilean government celebrated this week an all time record low country risk, confirming the positive international assessment of the Chilean economy and its positioning as the safest country to invest in South America.
Cruise tourism significance for Magallanes Region and Chilean Antarctica was highlighted by Chile's Tourism Promotion Corporation during a recent forum in Punta Arenas.
Venezuela and Colombia proclaimed Tuesday the end of an often-rough neighbourly relation which had recently escalated following reciprocal recriminations involving the recent kidnap/capture of a key Colombian guerrilla leader in Venezuelan territory which was handed to Bogotá by bounty hunters.
Patagonian toothfish TAC, same as last year; Record fresh fish and shellfish landings in Vigo.
Two former left-wing guerrillas who fought the Uruguayan government in the seventies were sworn in on Tuesday to head the two houses of Congress.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ended his 24-hour visit to Venezuela Monday evening, departing from the Maiquetia airport for neighboring Guyana.
Bolivia has little hopes that Chile will hold talks to grant La Paz a sea access to the Pacific Ocean.