Latin America

Latin America
Saturday, November 1st 2014 - 04:35 UTC

Swire, first Foreign Office minister to visit Cuban in almost ten years

“It has been too long since a UK Minister was in Cuba, but I’m very happy to rectify that”, said Mr. Swire (Pic AFP)

United Kingdom Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire has become the first UK Minister to visit Cuba in almost ten years. His three-day time in the country included meetings with senior government figures and others to discuss bilateral relations including trade and investment. He will also raise UK concerns about the human rights situation.

Friday, October 31st 2014 - 08:27 UTC

Pacific Alliance and Mercosur begin round of ministerial informative meetings

Mercosur describes the Pacific Alliance as “a regional integration initiative started in April 2011”, while Mercosur was launched in Paraguay in 1991.

The Pacific Alliance and Mercosur will be holding a two-day ministerial informative meeting in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, beginning this Friday, a first approach to a possible convergence of the two groupings, according to official releases.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 12:30 UTC

Top designer Tom Dixon launches the British Month 2014 in Chile

The Interdesign Store in Santiago hosted Dixon's most recent collection, 'Club'

One of the UK’s best-known designers, Tom Dixon, presented his most recent collection – entitled ‘Club’ - at an event held this last week at the Interdesign Store in Santiago, marking the launch of the British Month 2014 in Chile.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 10:53 UTC

Looking to “Doing Business” in Latam, try the Pacific Alliance, forget Mercosur

The Pacific Alliance members make up the short list of the World Bank's doing business rating

The World Bank's “Doing Business” global rating is not very enthusiastic about Latin American and the Caribbean which only first surfaces in position 34 out of the 189 countries considered.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 08:47 UTC

President Santos receives Prince Charles and Camilla at the Nariño Palace

President Santos and First Lady Clemencia with the royal couple at the Nariño palace

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were welcomed to Colombia with military honors on Wednesday, at a ceremony led by the president Juan Manuel Santos to mark the couple's first royal visit to the country.

Wednesday, October 29th 2014 - 10:43 UTC

UN assembly (188 out of 193 countries) condemns US embargo on Cuba

“Right now 77% of Cubans were born under these conditions, Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez told the Assembly”

The United Nations General Assembly for the 21st time on Tuesday condemned the economic and trade embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba, a policy that has been in place for over half a century. 188 countries out of 193 voted against the restrictions imposed by Washington against Cuba, which date back to 1962, three years after Fidel Castro took power in a revolution.

Wednesday, October 29th 2014 - 05:49 UTC

Praise from OAS to Uruguay's electoral system and political practice

Election Day reflected the full confidence of Uruguayan voters in the electoral system said Insulza

The Organization of American States Secretary General, (OAS), congratulated the Uruguayan people on their democratic spirit shown during Sunday´s general elections. He also extended praise to the two candidates that advanced to the second round, Tabare Vazquez from the ruling Broad Front, and Luis Lacalle Pou from the National Party.

Tuesday, October 28th 2014 - 07:03 UTC

Uruguay's ruling Broad Front headed for parliamentary majority

If Vazquez wins the runoff, he will have ensured a majority in the Senate for the ruling coalition

Uruguay's ruling Broad Front coalition, despite pollster forecasts to the contrary, confirmed their dominance of local politics and are likely to enjoy a parliamentary majority, after the Sunday presidential election that left Tabare Vazquez as favorite to succeed José Mujica as head of state.

Tuesday, October 28th 2014 - 06:50 UTC

Charles and Camila arrive in Colombia to boost bilateral relations

In Bogota, the royal couple will be received on Wednesday at the presidential palace before an official banquet with President Juan Manuel Santos.

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will pay a nine-day visit to Colombia and Mexico, Clarence House residence announced. The heir to the throne and the Duchess of Cornwall will arrive in Colombia on Tuesday October 28 and will remain until November 2, before leaving for Mexico until November 5.

Tuesday, October 28th 2014 - 06:18 UTC

Reelected Dilma and Cristina Fernandez will discuss “strengthening Mercosur”

Rousseff and CFK will convene in Brisbane at the upcoming G20 summit scheduled for November 15 and 16

The reelected President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff called President Cristina Fernandez on Monday to thank her Argentine counterpart for her message of congratulations following victory at the polls, as well as organizing a bilateral meeting in Australia during the G20 summit.

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