Stories for June 2010

Wednesday, June 30th 2010 - 21:04 UTC

Syria's Latin American connection

Damascus will continue to maintain ties with the countries south of the US, regardless of Washington's objections

Wednesday, June 30th 2010 - 20:55 UTC

Cuban president sacks another (inefficient) minister: Light Industry

Raul Castro is promoting an import-substitution economy

Cuban president Raul Castro sacked Light Industry minister Jose Hermandez, the latest of an on-going cabinet reshuffle with the purpose of implanting a policy of import-substitution to address the growing economic crisis.

Wednesday, June 30th 2010 - 20:50 UTC

Otters in southern Chile help contain invasion of exotic mink

The huillín or Chilean Patagonia otter (Photo by JL Barthled)

With its pert face and furry coat, the slender mink looks like a charming pet. But beneath the sweet façade lies an opportunistic predator that has become a menace to biodiversity in the southern parts of Chile.

Wednesday, June 30th 2010 - 20:04 UTC

Brazilian candidate Ms. Rousseff promises to have Lula da Silva as advisor

Dilma Rousseff wants Lula da Silva to help with the promised political and fiscal reforms

Brazilian presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff promised, if elected, that President Lula da Silva (and mentor) will be her advisor to help with all the reforms the country still needs to address.

Wednesday, June 30th 2010 - 06:32 UTC

EU/Mercosur talks must go “beyond tariffs and subsidies”

President Lula da Silva wants Europeans to invest in the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics

The association agreement between the European Union and Mercosur has to go “beyond tariffs and subsidies”, said Brazilian president addressing businessmen from Brazil and a visiting Italian delegation headed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Wednesday, June 30th 2010 - 06:24 UTC

Uruguay to reply Argentina’s joint monitoring proposal next week

Luis Almagro  and Hector Timerman at the Uruguayan Foreign Affairs ministry

Uruguay will reply next week Argentina’s proposal for the joint monitoring of the River Uruguay, said Uruguayan Foreign Affairs minister Luis Almagro after holding a three hours meeting with his visiting counterpart Hector Timerman.

Wednesday, June 30th 2010 - 06:22 UTC

Crucial natural gas pipeline opens in Patagonia to help energy short Argentina

Argentina's energy infrastructure is heavily dependent on natural gas

Argentina will inaugurate Wednesday a key new pipeline bringing natural gas from Tierra del Fuego Province to the neighboring province of Santa Cruz. The Strait of Magellan pipeline will initially transfer 5 million cubic meters a day of gas from Cabo Espiritu Santo in Tierra del Fuego Province to Cabo Virgenes in Santa Cruz.

Wednesday, June 30th 2010 - 06:18 UTC

Shell confirms oil discovery in pre-salt drilling at Campos Basin

Campos Basin produces more than 85% of Brazil’s crude

Royal Dutch Shell Brazil discovered oil in the Campos Basin's pre-salt region, the company said Tuesday. In a statement, Shell Brazil said it had discovered oil in the 3-SHEL-22-ESS well at the Nautilus field, part of the Parque das Conchas development that went on-stream in July 2009.

Wednesday, June 30th 2010 - 06:09 UTC

Argentina: Héctor Timerman defiantly calls himself a Peronist and a “Kirchnerist”

 Foreign Affairs minister Hector Timerman

Timerman’s portfolio to be strengthened by his special ties to Kirchners. Timerman brings rare gifts of strength of character and intellectual preeminence to his new job.

Wednesday, June 30th 2010 - 06:03 UTC

Berlusconi says Lula da Silva should run again for president in 2014

Lula da Silva and Berlusconi in Sao Paulo

Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, expressed his support for the idea that Brazilian President Lula da Silva should run for president once again in the Brazilian presidential elections of 2014.

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