Latin America

Latin America
Friday, January 16th 2015 - 04:58 UTC

US makes it easier for Americans to travel and make business in Cuba

The changes will impact in ”further engaging and empowering the Cuban people, promoting positive change for Cuba’s citizens” said Jacob J. Lew

The United States government on Friday will begin making it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba than it has been for more than half a century, opening the door to a new era of contact between neighbors that have been estranged longer than most of their citizens have been alive.

Tuesday, January 13th 2015 - 07:20 UTC

Fidel sends letter to Maradona to quash rumors about his alleged death

The Telesur station website posted a picture of Maradona, who had recently visited Cuba, reading a letter with the 88-year-old Castro's signature.

Fidel Castro has sent a letter to his friend and Argentine football great Diego Maradona, a Venezuelan-based TV network said, adding that the missive quashed rumors that the former Cuban leader might have died.

Saturday, January 10th 2015 - 06:49 UTC

Caricom countries want to use Chinese credit to restructure debt

Bermudas PM Christie said the proposal is ”to use this (China) funding for budget support, as well as debt restructuring and refinancing”.

Caribbean Community countries (Caricom) want to use the three billion US dollar concessionary facility announced by China last year for debt restructuring and refinancing among other initiatives, CARICOM Chairman Perry Christie has said.

Saturday, January 10th 2015 - 06:41 UTC

China pledges 250bn in investments and 500bn in bilateral trade with Latam

President Xi emphasized the positive signal to the world about deepening cooperation between China and Latin America

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Thursday 250 billion dollars in investment in Latin America over the next five years as part of a drive to boost resource-hungry China’s influence in the region.

Saturday, January 10th 2015 - 06:22 UTC

Significance of China for Latam trade and investment underlined by Eclac

“It is vital for the region to forge closer strategic ties with China in order to attract more Chinese foreign direct investment”, said Ms Barcena

The importance of forging closer strategic ties between China and Latin America was underlined by Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in her speech to the China-Community of Latin American and Caribbean two-day ministerial forum that took place in Beijing.

Wednesday, January 7th 2015 - 04:20 UTC

Colombia launches first Antarctic research expedition with Chilean training

ARC 20 de Julio which carries a helicopter will spend three months in Antarctica on scientific research tasks

Colombia's first Antarctica expedition is expected to call in Punta Arenas on Wednesday before crossing to the peninsula to begin a three-month scientific hydrographic and climate research with twenty researchers on board committed to ten projects.

Tuesday, January 6th 2015 - 22:00 UTC

Cuba has freed some of 53 political prisoners, as agreed in the rapprochement with the US

The announcement was made by Secretary of State spokesperson Jen Psaki, although she did not provide a specific number (Pic AFP)

Cuba has freed some of 53 people the United States regards as political prisoners as agreed under last month's US-Cuban rapprochement and Washington wants to see the rest released soon, the US State Department said on Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 6th 2015 - 06:58 UTC

Optimistic forecast for Latin America: 2.2% growth in 2015, up from 1.3% in 2014

“Now, more than ever, the answer lies in internal sources of growth, which brings us up against a huge challenge: increasing productivity,” said Moreno

Latin America and the Caribbean's economic growth might recover modestly to 2.2% in 2015, up from 1.3% in 2014, its lowest rate since last decade's global financial crisis. Despite the slowdown, the region has managed to maintain its gains against poverty, said Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno.

Sunday, January 4th 2015 - 06:34 UTC

Prolonged extreme droughts could help to explain collapse of Mayan civilization

A team headed by Rice University professor Andre Droxler analyzed sediment found in the Blue Hole, a 410-foot-deep sinkhole in Belize’s Lighthouse Reef.

The mysterious collapse of the ancient Mayan civilization has been attributed to a variety of factors, most notably overhunting, deforestation, and a catastrophic peasant uprising. However the theory of prolonged extreme drought has been gaining ground among the scientific community in recent years regarding the Mayan demise.

Saturday, January 3rd 2015 - 06:32 UTC

Mujica defends Brazilian leadership in the region and called for strong unity

Outgoing Uruguayan president was one of the outstanding figures at the inauguration of Dilma Rousseff (Pic AFP)

Uruguayan president Jose Mujica defended Brazil's leadership in helping Latin America carve a place and advance in the world context, but at the same time underlined that even when Brazil seems large to its neighbors, together with the rest of the countries, the region is still small in global terms.

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