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Montevideo, June 20th 2018 - 20:30 UTC

Stories for 2018

  • Monday, April 16th 2018 - 07:56 UTC

    Most Latin American countries cautious or critical about bombings in Syria

    Temer and Macri condemned the use of chemical weapons but were not enthusiastic about the bombing of targets in Syria

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau backed air strikes by the United States and its allies on Syria’s chemical weapons program but Argentina, Brazil and Peru voiced caution during a regional summit about the escalating military action.

  • Monday, April 16th 2018 - 07:50 UTC

    Theresa May looks to boost trade and forge new links with the Commonwealth

    “Our Commonwealth family already accounts for one-fifth of global trade,” May said in a statement before the meeting.

    British Prime Minister Theresa May will call on the Commonwealth on Monday to boost trade and forge new links, launching a summit of the 53 nations which have become increasingly important to Britain as it leaves the European Union.

  • Monday, April 16th 2018 - 02:10 UTC

    The Economist on Uruguay: some serious shortfalls

    Economist Carlos Steneri,

    The Economist recently published an extremely laudatory article on the performance of the Uruguayan economy in the last fifteen years, much of which can be supported but even more needs to be rectified, quite a surprise coming from a publication known for its research rigor. The piece was titled “Uruguay’s record-setting economic growth streak; How a small country outperforms its neighbors” and was published in the March 28th edition.

  • Saturday, April 14th 2018 - 13:53 UTC

    US coalition: Strikes in Syria increases tension; reactions worldwide

    Three targets were hit in the one-night operation. The damaged installations were Syrian research, storage and military buildings.

    Bombs have fallen. Damascus has been beaten again. The United States, United Kingdom and France coalition launched airstrikes against Syrian targets as Donald Trump sought to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack last weekend near Damascus that killed more than 40 people.

  • Saturday, April 14th 2018 - 11:22 UTC

    Brazilian state asks Supreme Tribunal to “temporarily” close border with Venezuela

    Roraima governor Suely Campos petitioned the high court to have the border with Venezuela until orderly immigration procedures could be put in place. Photo: Sebastián Astorga

    The governor of Brazil’s northern state of Roraima on Friday asked the Supreme Federal Tribunal for permission to temporarily close the only land border crossing with neighboring Venezuela to halt the massive and disorderly arrival of refugees. But Brazil’s President Michel Temer, attending the Summit of the Americas in Lima, said closing the border was “unthinkable.”

  • Saturday, April 14th 2018 - 11:10 UTC

    Brazilian Supreme Tribunal: of the eleven Justices, seven were named by Lula and Rousseff

    The three most senior justices (Celso de Mello, Marco Aurelio Mello, and Gilmar Mendes) were not PT-appointed and all voted to grant Lula's appeal

    The Brazilian Supreme Federal Tribunal acts primarily as the Constitutional Court of the country, and its rulings cannot be appealed. The court is made up of eleven members, Justices, addressed to as Ministers, and they are appointed by the president and must be approved by the Senate.

  • Saturday, April 14th 2018 - 11:08 UTC

    Brazil's Attorney General charges presidential candidate with racism

    Attorney General Raquel Dodge charged Jair Bolsonaro for statements comparing members of rural settlements founded by the descendants of slaves to animals

    One of the front-runners in Brazil's presidential campaign was charged with racism on Friday by the country's top prosecutor. Attorney General Raquel Dodge charged conservative deputy Jair Bolsonaro for statements comparing members of rural settlements founded by the descendants of slaves to animals. Members of the settlements are called “quilombolas” in Brazil.

  • Saturday, April 14th 2018 - 10:56 UTC

    Ecuador and Colombia elite troops after Farc renegades who killed journalists and their driver

    The three men, who worked for the influential El Comercio newspaper -- were kidnapped on March 26 while covering a story on violence along the border

    Ecuador on Friday confirmed the deaths of two journalists and their driver who had been kidnapped by renegade Colombian rebels -- and quickly launched a retaliatory military operation in the area where they were snatched.

  • Saturday, April 14th 2018 - 10:49 UTC

    Corruption and Venezuela in the agenda of a subdued Summit of the Americas

    “We should build a continent where citizens are first,” Peruvian president Vizcarra said. “We owe it to them. We owe it to their dreams.”

    Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra opened on Friday a subdued Summit of the Americas decrying widespread corruption and urging regional leaders to join forces in increasing transparency and boosting civil society. Addressing Western Hemisphere leaders in an auditorium where a number of seats were left notably empty, Peru's new president said that rather than accept corruption as a deep-seated scourge impossible to eliminate, governments should adopt concrete measures that prevent it from ever taking place.

  • Saturday, April 14th 2018 - 10:42 UTC

    South Georgia fisheries licensing controversy reaches the leading media in UK

    Applications from two companies based in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Fisheries and Fortuna Ltd, were rejected.

    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was accused of betraying by handing lucrative licenses in the South Atlantic to foreign firms. The row erupted after it emerged that £75million worth of licenses in the South Atlantic have been handed to firms from Norway, Chile and New Zealand, according to reports in the UK media.