Stories for November 2007
The United Nations announced Friday that it will repatriate more than 100 Sri Lankan peacekeepers serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti on disciplinary grounds.
Chile's Michelle Bachelet who will be hosting the Ibero-American summit next week defended the legitimacy of Latinamerican governments, particularly Venezuela, and insisted that the prevailing consensus among leaders is that poverty represents the main threat for the region.
Uruguay has ordered the vaccination of 90.000 livestock cattle in the border area with Brazil following an outbreak of bat-transmitted paralytic rabies that killed thirty head of cattle. Sanitary authorities have asked farmers and residents to help locate bat caves on both sides of the open frontier.
Argentina, Latin America's third largest economy is on track to grow more than 8% for the fifth straight year, rivaling Asian expansion rates. But there are some pending issues on the debt front.
Uruguay's meat exports in the first nine months of this year totaled 368.662 tons equivalent to 816 million US dollars, compared to 429.376 tons and 919 million US dollars in the same period a year ago, according to the latest release from the country's National Meat Institute of Uruguay (INAC).
Spanish Oil Company Repsol YPF announced Wednesday the sale of a chain of 206 service stations in Chile to Colombian company Organizacion Terpel for 210 million US dollars. Repsol said the sale was part of the restructuring of its Latin American assets.The sale also includes the industrial sales business including its infrastructure. Repsol plans to focus on its core business said Madrid's El País.
The United States tops the overall ranking in The Global Competitiveness Report 2007/2008. Switzerland is in second position followed by Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Finland and Singapore, respectively. The report is not encouraging for Mercosur members or Latinamerican leading economies.
Strengthening multilateralism and the Malvinas issue figure in the agenda United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be considering with Argentine officials when he visits Buenos Aires next week.
Frenchman Dominique Strauss-Kahn takes the helm of the International Monetary Fund on Thursday on a critical mission: to restore the aging institution's relevance and finances.
The Metropolitan Police has been found guilty of breaching health and safety laws over the shooting of innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes.