Latin America

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Wednesday, September 3rd 2014 - 06:08 UTC

Falklands' lawmaker highlights in Central America the Islands' political and economic stability

 MLA Elsby made a courtesy visit to the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also spoke with members of the Central American Parliament (Parlacen)

Falkland Islands elected lawmaker Dr. Barry Elsby, concluded a two day visit to Guatemala, aimed at defending the Islanders right of self-determination, and highlighting the economic opportunities in the Islands. Member of the Legislative Assembly Dr. Elsby is in the penultimate destination of his tour, a week ago and which also included Chile, Colombia, Panama and the last stop El Salvador.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 22:39 UTC

UN launches in Haiti second phase of vaccination campaign against cholera

Oral vaccines two doses against cholera are safe and provide durable protection close to 70% and are effective for a period of two years in endemic areas.

The United Nations (UN) launched in Haiti, the second phase of the vaccination campaign against cholera, which was initiated and implemented by the Haitian authorities as part of the broader framework of the national plan for the elimination of cholera in the country.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 06:34 UTC

Spain's Iberia returns to Carrasco with 2.300 seats a week on the Montevideo-Madrid route

The Iberia jet landed at 7:15 a.m. at Montevideo's Carrasco International Airport after a 13-hour non-stop flight that covered 10,000 kilometers.

Spain's flag carrier Iberia made its return to Uruguay on Monday after being out of the South American country's market for 18 months, marking the resumption of a route that will offer up to 2,300 seats to travelers on a weekly basis. Iberia, a unit of IAG, will be providing service on the Madrid-Montevideo and Montevideo-Madrid route with four weekly flights.

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 06:24 UTC

Former Colombian president becomes Unasur new secretary general

Samper said he was committed to bolstering democracy, reducing social inequality, support for science and technology and increasing security.

Former Colombian president Ernesto Samper was confirmed as Unasur Secretary General following a consultation of the group's member countries presidents. The announcement had been delayed because a Union of South American Nations summit to be held in Montevideo this month was suspended.

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 06:11 UTC

Some 200 million people remain vulnerable in Latam despite lesser poverty

“The pace of social and economic progress is slower now than it has been in the past decade” according to Ms Jessica Faieta

More than 56 million people have been lifted out of poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean in recent years, according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). But despite the progress, it warned that some 200m people, or 37.8% of the population, remained vulnerable.

Tuesday, August 26th 2014 - 07:10 UTC

Ring of fire hits central Peru and the Napa Valley in California

The epicenter of the quake was about 26 miles northeast of a region called Tambo, which is more than 290 miles from Lima

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck central Peru late on Sunday, and no immediate reports have surfaced about significant damage or major injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey originally estimated the earthquake to be a magnitude 7 but has since downgraded it, according to The Weather Channel. The impact was also felt in northern Chile.

Friday, August 22nd 2014 - 23:48 UTC

Don't blame Columbus: TB in the Americas already was present...in seals

Scientists have unearthed ancient Peruvian skeletons that contain DNA from TB strains. The 1,000-year-old remains predate Europeans' arrival about 500 years.

The long-held idea that Europeans were the first to bring tuberculosis to the Americas when they arrived in the 15th Century has been thrown into doubt. Instead, a study suggests that the deadly disease was present in the area hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus made landfall.

Wednesday, August 20th 2014 - 09:50 UTC

Dilma admits many problems plague Brazil but refuses to talk about corruption in her party

“We have had and still have many problems and challenges to take on in health care,” Rousseff said during the broadcast from the Alvorada Palace

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff acknowledged “many problems and challenges” still plague the country's woeful heath system but defended her record on the economy and education on a live 15-minute interview on the Globo television network's nightly news.

Wednesday, August 20th 2014 - 00:15 UTC

UN accepts extension of Uruguay's continental shelf to 350 miles; first in South America

In practical terms this means Uruguay has an additional sea area of 80.500 sq kilometers equivalent to half its landmass territory

The United Nations accepted the proposition of the Uruguayan government to extend the Uruguayan territorial seabed from 200 to 350 miles. Uruguay thus becomes the first South American nation to receive the approval of the UN for such request.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 07:19 UTC

US Panama Canal workers recall and celebrate the century old feat

Built by the US in a 10-year construction effort after a failed French dig, the 77-km-long canal opened on Aug. 15 1914, becoming a vital global trade route.

The 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, hailed at the time as one of the world's great wonders, has inspired a celebration in central US state Florida to showcase the experience of the US canal workers behind the engineering feat.

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