Latin America

Latin America
Thursday, April 17th 2014 - 22:09 UTC

OAS Secretary General Insulza: “García Márquez Raised Latin American Literature to Global Heights”

Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87

José Miguel Insulza, today expressed his “deep sorrow over the death of Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian and Latin American author, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, primordial figure of the most prolific and brilliant generation of authors our continent has ever seen, who raised the literature of Latin America to global heights.”

Thursday, April 17th 2014 - 08:16 UTC

Mujica proposes wife Topolansky as the ruling coalition's vice-president candidate

Lucia Topolansky is a former urban guerrilla, Senator and First Lady

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica has said that his wife and First Lady, Lucia Topolansky would make “a good Vice-president”. His statement comes ahead of June's primary and October's presidential election when Mujica's five year term will be over and he can't be re-elected immediately.

Thursday, April 17th 2014 - 04:44 UTC

Chilean plan to rebuild Valparaíso but people already returning to their rubble plots

Valparaíso despite its Unesco World Heritage status is plagued with pockets of poverty particularly in the burnt hills surrounding the port-city

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet vowed to reconstruct Valparaíso, utilizing a new plan that would prevent many of the 11,000 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected from disasters. But she faces a battle to convince evacuees to relocate, with many wishing to return to what remains of their previous homes.

Wednesday, April 16th 2014 - 04:44 UTC

Mercosur proposal to present the EU expected to be ready by end of April

Capitanich confirmed Mercosur has advanced in agreeing on the proposal

Argentine cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich confirmed on Tuesday 'significant advances' in the elaboration of Mercosur's joint proposal to exchange with the European Union for discussions on a much delayed wide ranging cooperation and trade agreement.

Wednesday, April 16th 2014 - 04:36 UTC

Warnings of 'catastrophic' Chikungunya epidemic; fears it could spread during the World Cup

The virus is transmitted by the same dengue Aedes aegypti mosquito

A team of French and Brazilian researchers warn that chikungunya virus is poised to invade, and become epidemic in the Americas according to research published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology.

Tuesday, April 15th 2014 - 23:18 UTC

Manchester University alumni society in Chile; UK number one destination of “Becas Chile”

Manchester among the top leading universities of the world

British Ambassador to Chile, Mrs. Fiona Clouder, held a reception to mark the official launch of the Manchester University alumni society in Chile. Fifty Manchester graduates joined the event in the Ambassador’s residence from many different academic and professional disciplines.

Tuesday, April 15th 2014 - 06:46 UTC

Colombia applying to join OECD but must overcome the environmental performance test

OECD’s Environment Director Simon Upton says Colombia’s strong growth has been driven in part by extraction of oil, metals, minerals and coal for export

Colombia’s rich natural heritage as one of the world’s most bio-diverse countries is coming under increasing pressure from extractive industries, livestock grazing, urbanization and car use, according to the latest OECD report on Environmental Performance Review, which will addressed when talks on Colombia’s accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Tuesday, April 15th 2014 - 06:41 UTC

Mexico and OECD discussing relations with the Pacific Alliance

Gurría will be opening on Tuesday an international conference on development next to Mexican president Peña Nieto

Mexico's Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal and the chairman of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, José Ángel Gurría Treviño have met to address relations between OECD and the Pacific Alliance, and global value chains.

Tuesday, April 15th 2014 - 06:39 UTC

China buys cash one of Peru's largest copper mines operated by Glencore Xstrata

The deal involved 6bn dollars and the mine is expected to produce 450.000 tons of copper annually

Chinese consortium is buying Glencore Xstrata's copper mine in Peru in a 6bn dollars all-cash deal, marking one of China's largest mining acquisitions. The consortium is led by MMG Limited and includes China's Citic Metal.

Tuesday, April 15th 2014 - 06:14 UTC

Cristina Fernandez former Transport minister indicted for unlawful enrichment

Former Secretary Ricardo Jaime and his friend Nestor Kirchener

Argentine presidential couple Nestor and Cristina Kirchner's former Transport Secretary Ricardo Jaime was indicted last week for unlawful enrichment and impounded for 40 million Argentine Pesos (approx 5 million dollars) He's the first of very close former aides of the powerful couple to face a jail sentence.

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