Latin America

Latin America
Friday, November 21st 2014 - 06:05 UTC

Cristina Fernandez rests in Patagonia and prepares for regional agenda

The Argentine leader will be attending the inauguration of Unasur headquarters in Quito, a building named after her late husband Nestor Kirchner

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez left Thursday evening for El Calafate, Santa Cruz province, to spend the long weekend with her family, presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro reported.

Thursday, November 20th 2014 - 05:05 UTC

Former Brazilian minister blames Argentina for lack of EU/Mercosur trade accord

“Mercosur is stalled, maybe it's time to declare the independence of Brazil from that group”, said Furlan

A former Brazilian Development minister and currently member of the board of BRF, one of the world's leading food corporations, Luiz Fernando Furlan said Brazil is far away from world trade agreements and urgently needs to review policies in this area, including participation in Mercosur.

Thursday, November 20th 2014 - 04:23 UTC

Colombian government reaches agreement with FARC to release captured general

The Colombian army had launched a massive search for Alzate, captured by FARC on Sunday, a move that had derailed peace talks

The armed rebel group FARC and the Colombian government have announced that they have agreed conditions for releasing a captured general and four other people.

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 - 09:42 UTC

Chevron begins oil and gas production at Tubular Bells, in the Gulf of Mexico

“The deepwater Gulf of Mexico plays a significant part in our earnings and production growth” said George Kirkland, from Chevron Corporation.

Chevron Corporation announced on Tuesday that the Hess Corporation-operated Tubular Bells deepwater project, located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, has started crude oil and natural gas production. The field is located 217 km southeast of New Orleans, in approximately 1,310 m of water in the Mississippi Canyon area.

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 - 07:32 UTC

Guyana's British High Commissioner calls for resumption of Parliament

“The UK believes that the central pillar of democracy is parliament and, therefore, parliament should re-sit with the shortest possible delay,” said Ayre.

One week after President Donald Ramotar suspended Parliament to avoid a no-confidence motion, Britain’s High Commission to Guyana, Andrew Ayre, has called for the swift resumption of the legislature.

Tuesday, November 18th 2014 - 11:19 UTC

Bolivia confident Mercosur incorporation process will be ironed out at the next summit

Brazil and Bolivia are waiting for the inaugurations of Rousseff and Morales before sending the protocol for congressional approval

Bolivia trusts that at the coming Mercosur summit in Argentina it can advance in solving the “technical-legal” difficulties that are delaying the country's full membership of the trade and political group. Allegedly one of the main differences rests in neighboring Paraguay and how it would accept Bolivia's incorporation.

Saturday, November 15th 2014 - 08:20 UTC

Almost 30% of teenagers (15 to 19) are mothers in Latin America

Early maternity in Latin America and the Caribbean means 17.5 % of all infants are born to adolescents, a higher rate than the global average (11.2 %).

Nearly 30 % of young women in Latin America are mothers before they reach 20 years and the majority of them are underprivileged, which fosters the reproduction of poverty, hinders women's autonomy and their life projects, and underscores the need for public sex education and reproductive health services.

Saturday, November 15th 2014 - 01:13 UTC

Parlasur dialogue with Kelpers: a great opportunity lost

“Taking into account the interests of the Islands population”, many of whose ancestors have been living there since the 1850s, is basic for any resolution.

By Jaime Trobo (*) - Parlasur, acronym for Mercosur Parliament, decided to approve a declaration relative to the Malvinas Islands situation, and more specifically on the sovereignty conflict between the Argentine Republic and Great Britain, which has been ongoing for over 180 years with no reasonable accord.

Friday, November 14th 2014 - 19:04 UTC

When Germany promised 'the return of Texas' if Mexico declared war on US

On Jan 1917 the British intercepted a message from German foreign minister Zimmerman with the promise to help Mexico recover the 'lost territories'

The United States of America entered World War I in April 1917 and it is widely believed that turned the tide of the conflict. The wartime leader was Woodrow Wilson, whose progressive accomplishments were significant between 1912 and his re-election in 1916.

Thursday, November 13th 2014 - 06:18 UTC

Unasur member Guyana 'suspends' parliament for up to six months

Mr Ramotar executed his decision as MPs returned for their first day of work after a two-month recess.

The president of Guyana has suspended the national parliament to avoid MPs passing a vote of no confidence in his government. Donald Ramotar invoked an obscure constitutional procedure to carry out the maneuver.

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