Stories for July 2011

Saturday, July 30th 2011 - 22:43 UTC

South America as a region to discuss measures to counter global financial crisis

Rousseff concerned with the massive inflow of cheap imports mainly from Asia

South America’s top economic and monetary authorities will be meeting in Lima and later in Buenos Aires to agree on “joint and specific actions” to address the flush of global liquidity distorting regional currencies and of unsold manufactured goods threatening jobs and industry.

Saturday, July 30th 2011 - 22:40 UTC

Paraguayan president in good health with lymphatic cancer in remission

Lugo was rushed to Sao Paulo on his doctors’ orders

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo's lymphatic cancer is still in remission, one of his doctors said on Friday a day after the leader cancelled a trip to Peru and went to Brazil for early routine medical tests.

Saturday, July 30th 2011 - 22:33 UTC

Cristina and Dilma reaffirm ‘strategic alliance and commitment to Mercosur

Lady Presidents and former leader Lula da Silva at the opening of the Argentine embassy in Brasilia

Argentina and Brazil reaffirmed on Friday their strategic alliance and commitment to Mercosur and regional integration during a summit in Brasilia, where President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner together with her Brazilian peer Dilma Rousseff inaugurated the new Argentine Embassy in the Brazilian capital.

Saturday, July 30th 2011 - 22:12 UTC

Cuba allows more charter flights from the US; 350.000 visited the island in 2010

President Obama believes the people-to-people policy will further open the regime

Air travel between the United States and Cuba will become easier with the opening of charter flights to the island from an additional nine US cities announced by Cuba authorities on Friday.

Friday, July 29th 2011 - 18:56 UTC

Rio-Paris flight crash report opens legal battle between Airbus and Air France

Apparently pilots were unable to cope with ‘stall, stall’ warnings

French investigators said on Friday that the crew of Air France's Rio-Paris flight which crashed into the Atlantic two years ago ignored repeated stall warnings and failed to follow textbook procedures.

Friday, July 29th 2011 - 18:50 UTC

Rodriguez Zapatero calls early election; Spanish opposition leads opinion polls

The conservative Mariano Rajoy is seven percentage points ahead of Rubalcaba

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced Friday an early general election in November, four months early than scheduled, looking to capitalize on a slight upturn in opinion poll ratings.

Friday, July 29th 2011 - 18:46 UTC

Spain regional governments’ debts out of control; Moody’s downgrade warning

“Regional finances may prove difficult to control” because of spending pressures says Moody’s

Credit rating agency Moody's, on Friday, put Spain on review for a possible downgrade, adding to concerns that a Greek rescue package has done little to halt the spread of Europe's debt crisis.

Friday, July 29th 2011 - 10:35 UTC

Brazil begins exporting rice to South Africa, competing with Thailand

Brazil has begun shipping rice to South Africa, competing with Thailand, the largest source of the grain for Africa’s largest economy. A shipment of rice from Brazil’s Santa Catarina state left Santos bound for South Africa this week.

Friday, July 29th 2011 - 07:25 UTC

One officer and 3 civilians killed during eviction of a landsite in north Argentina

Jujuy Governor Walter Barrionuevo sacked the police officer in charge of the raid

A shootout between police and civilians in Argentina’s northern province of Jujuy left one officer and four protesters dead plus more than 30 injured, after clashes occurred during the eviction of more than four hundred families from a land site.

Friday, July 29th 2011 - 07:21 UTC

“Deep changes since 2006” should pave the way for Venezuela’s return to CAN

Cavecol CEO Luis Alberto Russián wants Venezuela back in the fold

The Venezuelan-Colombian Chamber for Economic Integration (Cavecol) has formally requested national authorities that Venezuela re-joins the Andean Community of Nations, CAN, from which it pulled out three months ago following the original decision dating back to 2006.


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