Latin America

Latin America
Friday, October 24th 2014 - 20:13 UTC

Pacific Alliance and Mercosur have “a shared vision of regional integration”

Minister Guajardo advanced that “the shared vision” will take place very soon in the city of Cartagena; apparently the tentative date is November first.

Pacific Alliance and Mercosur country members will be holding a meeting in Colombia “to plan the productive future of Latin America with a shared vision” announced Mexico's minister of economy Ildefonso Guajardo.

Friday, October 24th 2014 - 07:19 UTC

Uruguayan candidates end campaigns with their minds on a November runoff

Vazquez appealed to all Broad Front militants to vote on Sunday and called to defend 'joy and happiness'

The three main presidential candidates for Uruguay's Sunday 26 October election closed their campaigns on Thursday evening with three huge political rallies that gathered thousands of militants and put an end to months of travel, speeches, flesh pressing and baby kissing, in what could prove to be the tightest race in recent years.

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014 - 10:02 UTC

Uruguay faces the most competitive election since the return of democracy

President Mujica has an impressive home and international acknowledgement

Uruguay is less than four days away from Sunday 26 October general election with opinion polls unable to forecast a clear winner, and a strong possibility that the left wing coalition could lose its legislative majority enjoyed in the last ten years and even the Executive.

Tuesday, October 21st 2014 - 07:07 UTC

Former Peruvian prosecutor named head of Transparency International

Ugaz, 55, who served as special prosecutor in a string of high profile corruption cases in Peru, replaces Huguette Labelle, a former Canadian civil servant.

Global anti-corruption campaigners at Transparency International elected Peruvian lawyer Jose Ugaz as it’s new head on Sunday marking a shift from quiet diplomacy in combating fraud and bribery toward more grassroots activism.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 08:46 UTC

Morales 'king' of Bolivia; his two thirds majority in congress open the way to reform the constitution

Bolivia's first indigenous president was re-elected for a third mandate with 61% support

President Evo Morales swept to a third term with 61% of the vote, electoral officials said in confirming the result. The October 12 balloting was a massive vote of support and a strong mandate to expand his reforms which will have a swift legislative discussion since Morales party obtained two thirds of the Legislative Assembly benches.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 08:31 UTC

First time voters in Uruguay more attracted to opposition candidate Lacalle Pou

Lacalle Pou as a younger candidate (41) is more attractive to new voters and to those who favor experiencing change.

Uruguay's general elections next Sunday are not only a neck-to-neck dispute between the two main presidential candidates, (unpredictable only six months ago), but are also revealing that the ruling coalition has lost its dominant allure over new voters, according to pollsters.

Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 08:39 UTC

The Caribbean and Colombia ban entry of travelers from Ebola stricken countries

Colombia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement on travel restrictions

A group of Caribbean countries have announced bans on entry to foreigners who have travelled through the three West African countries most affected by Ebola. Jamaica said it would not accept travelers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for the time being.

Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 08:22 UTC

Fallon visits Gibraltar and reaffirms UK support to deal with unlawful Spanish incursions

 “My visit proves once more that the UK takes Spanish incursions very seriously, and will continue to deal robustly with them”, said Fallon.

A package of new measures announced by the Defense Secretary has reaffirmed the UK’s support to Gibraltar. On his first visit since becoming Secretary of State, Michael Fallon paid tribute to those working to support defense activities in Gibraltar and emphasized the strategic importance of the permanent joint operating base there.

Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 08:13 UTC

Ebola scare reaches cruise industry: Carnival vessel barred from Mexico and Belize

The Carnival Magic, which authorities in Mexico and Belize have barred from their ports, is now headed back to Texas.

A laboratory technician from the Dallas hospital where a Liberian died of the Ebola virus, and who handled some of his fluid samples for analysis, has been placed in quarantine aboard a cruise ship, the State Department said on Friday.

Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 07:39 UTC

Uruguay's presidential election too close and 'unpredictable', argue pollsters

Vazquez speech must help him retain activists but also attract independents

The strong economy and the good image of the incumbent presidential candidate Tabare Vazquez are not sufficient for Uruguay's ruling coalition Broad Front to ensure a third consecutive mandate next Sunday 26 October, according to the country's main pollsters, who underlined that the election result at this stage is too close and 'unpredictable'.

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