Stories for December 2005
A controversial retired military officer who irrupted in the Peruvian presidential race only four months ago with a strong nationalist message and as a declared admirer of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez for the first time is leading in public opinion polls.
Playing at both ends, Bolivian elected president Evo Morales was hailed by his political enemies when he promised to sponsor regional autonomies, but close aides also cautioned that his administration would not accept any United States aid if it's conditioned to fighting drugs.
Chile and Argentina sealed an agreement this week in Buenos Aires creating the Argentina-Chile Combined Peace Force, the first initiative of its kind in the hemisphere.
Arcor, Argentina's main company in the food processing industry will be taking over a smaller competitor Benvenuto SAC., owner of La Campagnola and Nereida among other famous trade marks, was reported in the Argentine press.
Like any other defendant in a criminal proceeding, Augusto Pinochet was subjected Wednesday to a police booking including mug shots and fingerprinting, albeit at his home, but the former dictator's undignified day also included being released from house arrest.
The Chilean Senate is scheduled to begin 2006 with a special session to consider the effects of a declining US dollar for Chilean exporters.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela, Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Argentine picketers and other social movement leaders from the continent figure in the guest list for the taking office ceremony of Bolivian elected president Evo Morales next January 22.
Chilean Defence minister Jaime Ravinet confirmed Monday that Chile will purchase a hundred refurbished German manufactured Leopard 2 tanks. However the operation will be government to government.
Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ensured Monday that the Brazilian economy will grow even more in 2006, in spite of general and presidential elections. However, market forecasts are not so enthusiastic.
Chinese financial institutions invested overseas 5.65 billion US dollars during eleven months of 2005, which is above the 5.5 billion for the whole of 2004, reported Monday the Ministry of Commerce in Beijing.