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Saturday, July 30th 2016 - 07:47 UTC

Olympics chief praises Rio and anticipates a “fantastic” Games

“The last couple of days before the Olympics Games there is always one issue or other to be solved. The Brazilians will solve it,” Bach told reporters.

The head of the International Olympic Committee played down problems with unfinished accommodation in Rio de Janeiro that have prompted some teams to abandon the Olympic village, saying he expected Brazil to host a “fantastic” games.

Saturday, July 30th 2016 - 05:39 UTC

Mercosur limbo: Uruguay's presidency is over, who will hold the rotating chair ?

Last Wednesday Uruguayan foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa cancelled a meeting of the Common Market Council scheduled for this Saturday

Uruguay made public on Friday a letter sent to Mercosur fellow full members stating the finalization, this Saturday 30 July, of its six-month presidency of the group, which means the rotating chair “should be transferred to Venezuela”. The letter was accompanied by a 32 page report of its six-month as chair of the group, particularly intense because of the trade negotiations with the European Union.

Saturday, July 30th 2016 - 04:22 UTC

Mercosur controversy: Brazil does not oppose Venezuela, but Caracas must first comply with agreed set of rules

“Venezuela must first complete the process of adapting to Mercosur, before it is considered a full member of the block” pointed out president Temer.

Brazilian interim president Michel Temer laid out the steps Venezuela must comply with before it is confirmed as full member of Mercosur, and following on that can effectively become chair of the group. Temer's Friday statement makes clear Brazil's position in the ongoing controversy regarding Venezuela's aspiration to succeed Uruguay in the rotating chair.

Friday, July 29th 2016 - 13:40 UTC

Kuczynski pledges to modernize Peru and a “social revolution” to fight poverty, racism and corruption

“I want a social revolution for my country! I long for Peru in five years to be more modern, more just, more equal,” Kuczynski said before congress

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took office as Peru's president on Thursday, asking the opposition-controlled Congress to help him fight income inequality and ensure all Peruvians have access to running water, health care and free primary education.

Thursday, July 28th 2016 - 06:35 UTC

“Gringo” president with pro-business cabinet and limited congressional support takes office in Peru

The conservative Kuczynski has economics degrees from Oxford and Princeton and worked for decades on Wall Street and at the World Bank.

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski takes office as Peru's presidency this Thursday with a Cabinet that shares his Ivy League, pro-business pedigree — a reliance on technocrats that could become a liability as he deals with an unfriendly congress, a resurgent left and environment aware peasants and indigenous peoples living on rich natural resources.

Tuesday, July 26th 2016 - 21:38 UTC

Olympics Brazilian security personnel have been trained by Israel Special Forces

According to Israeli television 10.000 police and soldiers officers have been trained by Israel  International Security & Defense Systems (ISDS).

Next month's summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will take place under watchful eyes of 10,000 Brazilian soldiers and police officers and all have been highly trained for the job by Israelis, according to a report on the Israel NonStop website, based on details broadcast by Israeli Channel 2 television news reporter Nir Dvori.

Wednesday, July 20th 2016 - 07:05 UTC

Giant squid is back in the northern coast of Peru; fishermen relieved

Giant squid started appearing in Paita, Bayóvar, Talara and Yacila, small to medium sized specimen but good quality, good texture and good color.

Fishing for giant squid (Dosidicus gigas) finally seems to be improving in northwest Peru, which has brought some peace to Paita and other northern ports that rely heavily on this product. The lack of the species has been of great concern to the people of the area, but since last week the cephalopod has slowly reappeared in this part of the Peruvian coast. Now they expect the improvement is sustained and not only a temporary relief.

Tuesday, July 19th 2016 - 06:44 UTC

Argentine Jewish community demand investigation of the “local connection” in the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack

Macri accompanied by Cabinet chief Marcos Peña and other government ministers placed a floral tribute at the memorial and at 9:53 a.m. a siren sounded

Argentine President Mauricio Macri, together with members of the government and civil organizations attended on Monday in Buenos Aires the main ceremony commemorating the attack on the headquarters of the AMIA Jewish community organization in 1994, a crime that so far has gone unpunished.

Tuesday, July 19th 2016 - 06:40 UTC

Uruguay could compete for another pulp mill, if it develops logistics infrastructure

Another state-of-art pulp mill in Uruguay is possible if the logistics infrastructure is rebuilt to support large scale export-oriented businesses, said Jaakko Sarantola

Finland´s UPM pulp conglomerate which already has a plant in Uruguay announced it will commence discussions with the Uruguayan government on the development of logistics infrastructure for a possible mounting of another mill. Discussions will include railroad and roads, which currently are a critical challenge to establish large scale industrial operation in the Uruguayan inland and to connect it to a deep sea port.

Friday, July 15th 2016 - 03:37 UTC

'Falklands' future promising'', according to Latin American independent report

The study entitled “The Falkland Islands: A Perspective from Latin America” analyzes the economics, politics and the rule of law in the Falklands.

”The future of the Falkland Islands looks promising”, according to an independent investigation made by Eduardo Calderon, Daniel Haering and Andres Marroquin from the University Francisco Marroquin (UFM) and unveiled in Guatemala.

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