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Wednesday, September 28th 2016 - 09:50 UTC

Obama names first ambassador in Cuba in fifty years, but needs Senate confirmation

DeLaurentis is already in Havana and previously worked in Bogota and at the United Nations. But his nomination, which requires Senate confirmation

The United States has tapped Jeffrey DeLaurentis, United States' top diplomat in Havana, to become the first official ambassador to Cuba in five decades. “The appointment of an ambassador is a commonsense step forward toward a more normal and productive relationship between our two countries,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.

Wednesday, September 28th 2016 - 09:33 UTC

Kerry and Maduro meet in Cartagena and agree to continue bilateral discussions

“Kerry spoke of our concern about the economic and political challenges that have affected millions of Venezuelans”, said State Department Spokesman John Kirby.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry met Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday, the first formal encounter between the two since Kerry became the top U.S. diplomat. The two sat down together after a ceremony in the Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias to mark the signing of a peace agreement to end a 52-year armed conflict.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 07:41 UTC

Following Colombia, “Malvinas, one of three issues pending solution in Latin America”

Malvinas must be solved because colonial times are long over and they must return to Argentina and Latin America, said president Evo Morales

Following the peace agreement signed in Colombia, only three main issues remain pending in the Americas, devolution of Guantanamo to Cuba, the Falklands/Malvinas dispute and a sea outlet for Bolivia, according to Bolivian president Evo Morales who hailed the deal rubricated on Monday in Cartagena before world leaders.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 06:48 UTC

Colombia peace accord challenges: Sunday's referendum and 7.000 combatants laying down their weapons

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC commander Rodrigo Londoño, Timochenko, formally ended the long and brutal war, then shook hands.

As thousands of Colombians offered both hope and skepticism, the government of Colombia and FARC Marxist rebels who fought a bitter civil war for more than half a century signed a historic peace accord on Monday, closing the Western Hemisphere's longest armed conflict. The deal will have a first test next Sunday when the Colombian people will vote on a referendum.

Monday, September 26th 2016 - 11:06 UTC

Land distribution, remains challenge for the post-peace accord in Colombia

Under the accord, landless and displaced farmers will be entitled to credit and farmland through a land bank that aims to redistribute 7 million hectares of land

Conflicts over land in Colombia are likely to increase following a peace deal to end half a century of war as once no-go areas in the Andean country open up for business and development projects, land rights experts said. The government and rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are due to sign a peace accord Monday to end Latin America's longest-running conflict, which has killed 200,000 people.

Monday, September 26th 2016 - 10:56 UTC

US Treasury Secretary on advisory visit to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico

 “Our message is very much one about the benefits of ongoing economic reforms, and disciplined economic policies in these economies,” the Treasury official said

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will urge his counterparts in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico to press ahead with economic and fiscal reforms aimed at restoring or strengthening growth, a senior Treasury official said on Friday. Lew will be visiting the four largest Latin American economies this week beginning with Argentina on Monday, recognizing efforts by President Mauricio Macri to reintegrate Argentina into the global economy.

Monday, September 26th 2016 - 10:07 UTC

US role in Colombia peace: from fanning the war to ensuring peace

“I looked them in eye and said: 'I know you were hoping for Miss Universe, but you're going to have to settle for me instead,'” Aronson recalled.

When the Colombian government and Marxist rebels FARC sign the final peace accord this Monday to end a 52-year guerrilla war, a US envoy from the Obama administration will be one of the special guests at the signing ceremony.

Saturday, September 24th 2016 - 10:24 UTC

Pinochet ordered the 1976 assassination of opposition leader Letelier, says CIA

On September 21, 1976, as Letelier was driving along Washington's Embassy Row, a bomb ripped through his car, instantly killing him and his American assistant

The United States on Friday gave Chilean President Michelle Bachelet declassified CIA documents confirming that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet personally ordered the 1976 assassination of opposition leader Orlando Letelier. US Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom presented the documents to Bachelet during a ceremony on the site of the killing in the US capital, two days after the 40th anniversary of the brazen attack.

Thursday, September 22nd 2016 - 22:18 UTC

FAO forecasts higher harvest prospects for maize, wheat and rice

Russia is poised to become the world's largest wheat exporter in 2016/17, overtaking the European Union, where wet weather has hampered this year's crops.

Staple food prices rose in August even as grain prices fell and the outlook for global cereal production improved. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 165.6 points in August, up 1.9% from July and almost 7% from a year earlier. The monthly jump was mostly driven by cheese and palm oil quotations, while those for wheat, maize and rice all fell.

Thursday, September 22nd 2016 - 15:40 UTC

Rousseff back on the political trail in defence of Lula da Silva

“Brazil is going through a very difficult moment. A process is underway that is systematically breaking the constitution,” Rousseff told supporters at a rally

Former President Dilma Rousseff called the prosecution of her predecessor on corruption charges another attack on Brazil's democracy, speaking just weeks after the Senate removed her from office in an impeachment trial.

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