Latin America

Latin America
Tuesday, September 29th 2015 - 10:32 UTC

“Even in jail I will fight for a free Venezuela”

“I am convinced of the justice of our cause: the liberation of a people from the painful consequences of a system of government that has failed completely”

By Leopoldo López - Prisión de Ramo Verde, Venezuela. On Feb. 12, 2014, the repressive and inept elite that governs Venezuela ordered my arrest on charges of conspiracy, arson, inciting violence, damage to public property and other crimes.

Tuesday, September 29th 2015 - 06:28 UTC

Former president says “no way Uruguay can escape the impact of the Brazilian crisis”

“I can't see how Uruguay can escape the impact of the crisis in Brazil...Uruguay will have to find other markets”, stressed Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Brazilian former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, (1995/2002) said that the serious economic situation faced by Brazil is very complex, will take time to overcome and most surely the impact will be felt in neighboring Uruguay, a country which must target other markets, other economic spaces.

Monday, September 28th 2015 - 10:45 UTC

Record soy and corn crops forecasted in South America because of stronger dollar and El Niño

Soybean crop could be much bigger than the 171 million tons of last year under challenging conditions, topping the previous record by 17 million tons. 

A combination of weather, currency and political factors should result in another huge South American crop of corn and soybeans, further depressing grain and oilseed prices, says an analyst, according to a report from Canada's The Western Producer.

Monday, September 28th 2015 - 10:15 UTC

Guyana and Venezuela agree to restore ambassador and hold talks

Maduro and Guyanese President Granger met for the first time in New York in talks mediated by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Following a tense meeting, the presidents of Venezuela and Guyana agreed Sunday to restore ambassadors and hold talks to resolve a long-running border dispute that flared up recently following the discovery of oil in disputed waters.

Saturday, September 26th 2015 - 09:15 UTC

“Pope still has energy for the last two days” of his US/Cuba visit

During his 10-day trip, he has needed help getting up and down stairs and on Friday was taken around the U.N. and Madison Square Garden in a golf cart.

Vatican spokesman says that after a whirlwind day in New York City, Pope Francis is clearly tired and has some aches and pains, since he's been missing out on his physiotherapy while on the road.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 07:26 UTC

Argentina remains 'reluctant' and has 'reserves' about a trade accord Mercosur/ Europe

Argentina was 'very defensive' during the talks and foreign minister Hector Timerman abandoned the ministry by a side door

Mercosur foreign ministers meeting held this week in Paraguay to decide on the proposal to present the European Union for a trade agreement, apparently was not as “satisfactory” as announced because of Argentina's reluctance and 'reserves' about opening its market to the EU.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 07:09 UTC

Guyana believes Venezuela's military display is a 'show of force', but in case send forcers to the border

 Brig. Phillips disclosed that Venezuelan missiles were collected in El Dorado and speed boats with machine guns were patrolling Guyana’s Cuyuni River.

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) says it’s ready to defend the country against any act of aggression at the country’s border with neighbour Venezuela. The declaration was made by the GDF’s Chief-of-Staff Brigadier Mark Phillips, as Minister of State Joseph Harmon also assured that President David Granger was “on top of the situation”, which he described as 'a show of force' and 'not a threat of force'.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 07:02 UTC

Maduro calls for dialogue with Guyana but insists on its claim over Essequibo

Maduro’s invitation comes amidst Guyana’s concerns, following Venezuela’s increased military presence on the border it shares with Guyana.

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro says he wants to have a discussion with his Guyanese counterpart to find a way to settle the conflicts between the two countries. He made a call for a meeting to be held on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in New York, during his ‘Contact with Maduro’ program, according to the statement on the website of the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 05:59 UTC

“Let the private sector make business with Falkland/Malvinas, a blockade in the Americas is unacceptable” said lawmaker Trobo

Trobo was in London this week and met for over an hour with Foreign Office minister for Latin American affairs Hugo Swire (L)

Uruguayan lawmaker Jaime Trobo said that a blockade in the Americas was 'unacceptable' and called for closer links between the Falkland/Malvinas Islands and the continent, urging the private sector to take advantage of the business opportunities in trade and services.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 05:15 UTC

UN highest court agrees to take the Chile/Bolivia dispute over a sea outlet

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Thursday urged Santiago to open negotiations on the issue on learning of the court's decision.

The UN's highest court on Thursday agreed to take up a century-old dispute between Chile and Bolivia, saying it could rule in the case as La Paz seeks to regain access to the Pacific. The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ), which oversees disputes between countries, said it “has jurisdiction... to entertain the application filed by Bolivia.”


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