Latin America

Latin America
Monday, June 27th 2016 - 08:01 UTC

Temer will be absent from Mercosur summit; displeasure with Venezuela

Temer ”does not wish to participate in the solemnity of the event when Venezuela takes over the Mercosur presidency “according to sources in Folha de Sao Paulo.

Brazilian interim president Michel Temer will be absent from the next Mercosur summit scheduled to take place in Montevideo, and this decision is considered a strong message to the Venezuelan government of president Nicolas Maduro that will be taking the group's chair for the next six months.

Monday, June 27th 2016 - 07:15 UTC

Brazil's recession greater risk than Brexit for Argentina: could chip 1.5 percentage points from GDP

“Brazil is the difference between growing and not growing for the first year of our administration. It’s really critical,” said Minister Prat Gay

Argentina’s annual rate of inflation was likely to have reached an annualized 42% through May, but should begin to slow in June with a return to growth also on the horizon, Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay said in an address to investors in New York. The minister also said that for Argentina, Brazil's recession had a greater impact than Brexit.

Monday, June 27th 2016 - 06:53 UTC

Panama opens long-delayed US$ 4.5bn canal expansion: massive litigations looming

At 1250 GMT, Chinese container ship “Cosco Shipping Panama” entered the Agua Clara lock on the Atlantic to begin the first crossing of the 80.45-km-long waterway

Panama opened the long-delayed US$5.4 billion expansion of its shipping canal amid cheering crowds on Sunday, despite looming economic uncertainty in the shipping industry and a heated battle over billions in cost overruns.

Friday, June 24th 2016 - 08:28 UTC

Colombia-FARC, “a historic event and exemplary implementation of peace”

UN Secretary-General  Ban ki Moon

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attended in Cuba the signing of a bilateral ceasefire agreement and laying down of weapons between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and described the historic event as an exemplary implementation of peace.

Friday, June 24th 2016 - 04:12 UTC

Colombia signs historic cease fire to end half a century armed conflict

Castro handed the document to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC chief Rodrigo Londoño, who shook hands amid applause.

An agreement aimed at ending more than five decades of conflict between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group was signed in Havana on Thursday at a ceremony presided over by Cuban head of state Raul Castro.

Thursday, June 23rd 2016 - 08:09 UTC

Colombia and FARC are to sign bilateral and definitive ceasefire 23 June in Havana

”So that the horrible night ends and the path to peace and hope opens, we will announce (the deal) on Thursday 23 June. The last day of conflict,” said Lozada

Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached an agreement on a bilateral and definitive ceasefire that will pave the way for a referendum on a peace deal between the warring parties, a senior FARC negotiator said on Wednesday.

Thursday, June 23rd 2016 - 06:03 UTC

Maduro-Shannon discuss restarting relations; OAS debates implementing Democratic Charter on Venezuela

US envoy Shannon and Maduro, met after lunch in the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas.

Veteran U.S. diplomat Tom Shannon spoke for nearly two hours with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday to re-start relations between the ideologically opposed governments amid a punishing economic crisis in the oil rich country.

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016 - 05:59 UTC

OAS listens to mediators' appeal for government/opposition dialogue in Venezuela

Venezuela called an extraordinary OAS session to update the body about dialogue between the government and opposition

Addressing the OAS Permanent Council, former Spanish president Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said that reconciliation is an indispensable and essential challenge to overcome the current confrontation situation in Venezuela, and although it will be a long, difficult process, he recommends dialogue efforts should continue.

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016 - 05:20 UTC

Swire and Ecuadorean foreign minister discuss Julian Assange's case in London

“We continue to be deeply frustrated by the lack of progress in this case. I personally expressed this to Foreign Minister Guillaume Long”

UK Minister for the Americas Hugo Swire MP, met with the new Ecuadorean Foreign Minister, Guillaume Long, in London on Monday to discuss assistance in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake that struck the Andean country in April.

Monday, June 20th 2016 - 05:22 UTC

Peruvian First Lady charged with money laundering for electoral campaigns

Nadine Heredia is not to leave the country in order to answer charges of suspected money laundering in the electoral campaigns of 2006 and 2011.

Judge Richard Concepcion ordered Peru's first lady and the president of the ruling Nationalist Party, Nadine Heredia, not to leave the country in order to answer charges of suspected money laundering in the electoral campaigns of 2006 and 2011.

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