Stories for April 2011

Saturday, April 30th 2011 - 22:34 UTC

Brazil furious with Human Rights Commission decision cuts all relations

The Belo Monte dam once finished will be world’s third largest. Xingu River.

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff decided to cut all relations with the Inter American Human Rights Court following on the CIDH decision to request that the construction of a huge dam in the Amazon be suspended, following an appeal from indigenous groups.

Saturday, April 30th 2011 - 10:17 UTC

CELAC has not been created to exclude the US or Spain, says Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias says regionalism must be supported

The head of the Ibero-American Secretariat Enrique Iglesias denied that the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC, to be created next July pretends to take distance from the United States or Spain.

Saturday, April 30th 2011 - 10:07 UTC

Brazilian has 190.7 million population, and 14.6 million illiterates

The capital Brasilia has the best marks

Brazil’s population reached 190.7 million according to primary data collected from the 2010 demographic census and released Friday by the Brazilian Geography and Statistics Institute, IBGE. The census also showed that almost 10% of the population is illiterate.

Saturday, April 30th 2011 - 10:03 UTC

Moyano calls for CFK re-election and wants a finger in companies and Congress

Argentina’s organized labour leader was the only speaker at the Workers Day rally

Argentina's powerful organized labour leader Hugo Moyano called for President Cristina Fernandez, CFK, to run for re-election but also asked for greater labour participation in the ballot lists, sharing companies’ profits and seats in the boards of the main corporations.

Saturday, April 30th 2011 - 09:48 UTC

To help contain inflation, China allows appreciation of the Yuan

The Chinese currency has strengthened 27.5% since 2005

China's currency, the Yuan, strengthened past a key level against the US dollar on Friday, as part of wider efforts to contain inflation on the mainland. The Yuan broke past 6.50 against the dollar, a level not seen since 1993.

Saturday, April 30th 2011 - 09:44 UTC

Argentina and Chile pay homage to John Paul II for his 1984 peace treaty

Pope John Paul II pleaded and convinced Videla and Pinochet to desist from war

Argentina’ Foreign Affairs minister Hector Timerman and his Chilean peer Alfredo Moreno will lead next Monday in the Vatican homage to John Paul II for his 1978 successful mediation in preventing a full fledged armed conflict between the two neighbouring countries.

Saturday, April 30th 2011 - 09:34 UTC

UNASUR Secretary General officially takes office May 9 in Guyana

Ms Mejia is visiting Unasur members before moving to Quito

Union of South American Nations, UNASUR, nominated Secretary General Maria Emma Mejia said Friday in Uruguay that her round of visits to country members has the purpose of defining a work agenda to be elaborated once she formally takes office in May.

Friday, April 29th 2011 - 23:23 UTC

World Cup, Olympics, excellent opportunity to promote the Brazil brand

Former British PM Tony Blair was one of the main speakers at the forum

Rio de Janeiro's hosting of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics is an unprecedented chance to promote the Brazil brand and ensure a legacy of economic and social benefits, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Friday.

Friday, April 29th 2011 - 22:07 UTC

Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina among top users of social network Twitter

The social network market continues to grow worldwide

Three Latin American countries figure among the ten top users of social network Tiwtter according to a release from comScore, Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, based on the comScore Media Metris service.

Friday, April 29th 2011 - 21:50 UTC

Argentina’s construction activity up 4% in March in spite of eight holidays

A horizon of construction cranes in Buenos Aires city

Argentina's construction activity was up 4% in March from the same month a year ago, the smallest increase in at least 15 months. In comparison, construction activity in March 2010 was up 12.8% on the year.

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