The United Nations human rights expert on racism urged Argentina to take urgent measures to sustainably address the invisibility, marginalization and systematic exclusion of indigenous peoples in the country. The UN assessed during a week in Argentina, the situation of indigenous peoples, peoples of African descent, migrants from the region and beyond, and other groups.
Paris police raided the headquarters of Google in France on Tuesday as part of an investigation into tax fraud that has been running since 2011. About 100 tax fraud police, including 25 computer experts, swooped on Google's offices at 5.00am to investigate charges of aggravated tax fraud and money-laundering.
Argentina's April inflation climbed to a record 6.7%, and 19.4% in the first four months of the year, according to the latest Congress Index, announced on Tuesday. Public utility rates were blamed for two thirds of the April increase, the highest for a month since 2002.
The Argentine government has announced a cap on hikes to natural gas prices for the country’s southernmost provinces, after pushback from governors, the Judiciary and even local demonstrators prompted Energy Minister Juan Jose Aranguren to reconsider the scope of his most recent reforms.
Brazil recorded a public current account surplus of US$412 million in April, the first positive result since 2009. Brazil's central bank's chief economist, Tulio Maciel, on Tuesday said the result was way better than anticipated.
The first fracking operation in the UK since 2011 earthquake scares has been approved by North Yorkshire councilors, stirring a fresh debate on the benefits and risks of the controversial gas extraction method. Councilors granted permission to UK firm Third Energy to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at an existing drilling site near the village of Kirby Misperton.
Leaders from Argentina's ruling “Let‘s Change” (Cambiemos) administration acknowledged on Tuesday that the country is “going through the worst time” yet since president Mauricio Macri took office but also underlined all the measures that have been taken over the last few months to overcome the situation.
France's CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, reported a first-quarter net loss and targeted US$1 billion in cost cuts to keep operating margins positive during the current market downturn. Weak freight rates in the past year have left many lines operating at a loss.
Venezuela, in the midst of a most serious domestic political and economic situation, and with less foreign allies is scheduled to take the chair of Mercosur as of next June for the following six months. However it has been agreed that Uruguay will continue leading Mercosur negotiations with the European Union for a much delayed wide ranging cooperation and trade agreement.
Brazil's interim president announced austerity measures on Tuesday aimed at pulling Latin America's largest economy from its worst crisis in decades, warning that a failure to act would sentence future generations to “extraordinary hardship.” Speaking with government leaders in a national televised meeting, interim president Michel Temer, 75, also banged his hand on the table while insisting he was up to the job.