Latin America

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Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 22:31 UTC

UK Overseas Territories agree on a 'unified front' for December's JMC in London

The participants of the meeting in Hamilton pose for the 'family picture' at the end of discussions

Leaders of several British Overseas Territories meeting in Bermuda released a joint statement following a Pre-Joint Ministerial Council two-day meeting held last week in Hamilton. The goal of the international gathering was to discuss matters of common interest in order to present a unified front next December at the JMC in London.

Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 22:28 UTC

For the sixth straight time, Brazil raises interest rate 50 points to 14.25%

Copom said keeping rates at 14.25% level for a sufficiently long period of time was needed for inflation to converge to the target in late 2016.

Brazil's central bank raised interest rates to 14.25% from 13.75% as expected on Wednesday, delivering another hefty increase to stifle inflationary risks from a sharp depreciation of the local currency. This is the highest rate since October 2006.

Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 09:39 UTC

Brazil's agriculture minister optimistic about a Mercosur/EU trade accord by end of the year

“Mercosur is on the right track, countries of the region have virtually agreed on the proposals to exchange with the European Union”, said Ms Abreu

Brazil' minister of agriculture Katia Abreu said she was very optimistic about Mercosur reaching a trade agreement with the European Union, and if there are problems look to Europe, because Mercosur members have almost agreed and finished their proposal.

Wednesday, July 29th 2015 - 06:43 UTC

Maduro formally requests UN mediation in border dispute with Guyana

“We will continue to work through diplomatic means,” Maduro said after the meeting. “We will overcome the provocations and aggressions of Granger.”

Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro said he asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for U.N. mediation in his country's century-old border dispute with neighboring Guyana. The controversy was discussed by Maduro and Ban at a meeting Tuesday morning in New York.

Monday, July 27th 2015 - 06:18 UTC

Peru's Humala begins his last year in office with defeat in congress and 80% disapproval

Luis Iberico of the small Alliance for Progress party won with backing from lawmakers loyal to opposition presidential aspirant Keiko Fujimori

Peruvian lawmakers elected an opposition legislator as head of Congress in a new but hardly unsurprising defeat for the ruling party and increasingly unpopular President Ollanta Humala who this week begins the last year in office. GfK polls indicate the president has a disapproval rating of 80%.

Monday, July 27th 2015 - 05:20 UTC

Guyana warns in Washington about the Venezuelan threat to its territory

“Guyana at the moment is facing a challenge to its survival by a larger state,” Granger said at the William Perry Center of Hemispheric Defense Studies.

Guyana's territorial dispute with neighboring Venezuela represents a threat to its very survival, President David Granger warned Friday in Washington. After a recent offshore oil find, the row between the two countries has escalated, with Venezuela laying claim to a huge swathe of Guyana's territory.

Friday, July 24th 2015 - 09:38 UTC

ExxonMobil find in Guyana's waters could be worth 12 times the country's GDP

Liza-1 was drilled in the Stabroek Block and encountered more than 295 feet of “high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs.”

The Exxon Mobil oil find in Guyana, which has triggered a strong reaction from neighboring Venezuela could be worth 12 times more than that nation’s GDP. In effect according to a Guyanese minister, the find at Liza-1well in offshore Guyana could be worth about $40 billion at current international crude prices.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 07:24 UTC

Over half of Argentina households belong to the middle class; only second to Uruguay

According to the PEW study, Argentina tops ranking of middle class growth, 17.5% and is among the three leading 'middle classs' countries

Argentina is the Latin American country where the middle class has grown the most in ten years, doubling in size, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center in the United States.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 06:40 UTC

Scioli meets Raul Castro in Havana and praises political and economic opening of Cuba

“I admire and respect Raul's influence for having defended the Cuban people and his ideals, and for the updating of the socialist economic model” said Scioli

Argentina's presidential hopeful and Buenos Aires governor Daniel Scioli was received on Wednesday by President of Cuba Raul Castro for an official audience in Havana, making the incumbent candidate the first foreign politician to meet the head of state since the normalising of relations with the United States.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 05:41 UTC

Falklands/Malvinas special session at Aladi's offices in Montevideo

Aladi founded in 1980, includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay.

The Latin American Integration Association, Aladi, with main offices in Montevideo, will be holding on Thursday an extraordinary meeting on the Falklands/Malvinas Islands question in the framework of the recent Day of Affirmation of Argentine rights over the South Atlantic Islands (June 10), and the fiftieth anniversary of UN Assembly Resolution 2065, which called on Argentina and UK to dialogue and find a solution to the dispute.

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