Stories for July 6th 2012
Uruguayan president Jose Mujica proposed to its South American peers to blend Mercosur and Unasur into an only group, according to an interview with a Uruguayan weekly in which he also ratified his commitment with Venezuela (and its oil resources) to justify the incorporation of the fifth full member of Mercosur.
Electricity generated from wind is spreading across the Falkland Islands with two large farms Goose Green and Fitzroy preparing to be the next to have turbines, inverters and batteries installed.
The European Commission has said it will continue negotiations on an association agreement with Mercosur even if Venezuela finally becomes a full member of the group and will address the issue on a “region to region” basis.
Twenty nine British MPs have called for Britain to vote against Argentina receiving any more money from the World Bank. The group signed an early day motion in Parliament that was put forward by Conservative MP for Romford, Andrew Rosindell, who had previously visited the Falklands.
Mexican president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto said in an interview that his administration will step up efforts in South America to repair the country’s image, including seeking a strategic alliance with Brazil.
Venezuelan head of state Hugo Chavez presided over the ceremony in which 147 Bolivarian National Armed Forces, FANB, officers were promoted to the ranks of general and admiral, including the first woman to hold the highest naval rank.
A peasant wounded earlier this week during protests against a massive mining project in north western Peru died Thursday, bringing the death toll from the riots to five. Following the clashes with police forces the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency in the area.
United States launched a trade complaint Thursday against China at the World Trade Organization, accusing Beijing of unfairly imposing duties on more than 3 billion dollars in exports of US-manufactured automobiles.
Mexico has withdrawn a zero-tariff agreement with Argentina on autos in a tit-for-tat trade dispute after the Argentine government's decision to pull out of an auto trade pact between the two countries.
Argentine automobile production fell 12% in June from the previous month and plunged 34.4% from a year earlier, according to an industry trade group. The auto industry produced 52,983 vehicles in June compared with 60,206 units in the previous month and 80,795 a year earlier.