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Wednesday, November 11th 2015 - 07:35 UTC

Uruguay hopeful of a more 'flexible' Argentina whoever wins on 22 November

Foreign minister Nin Novoa said Uruguay will insist with the different-speeds approach to agreements between Mercosur members and other countries.

The Uruguayan government is hopeful that with president Cristina Fernandez no longer at the helm of Argentina, as of 10 December, a more flexible attitude can be expected from the newly elected authorities, particularly regarding Uruguay's intention of signing trade agreements with third parties, if Mercosur is not interested in such commitment.

Wednesday, November 11th 2015 - 05:50 UTC

Germany mourns one of the architects of modern, unified Europe, Helmut Schmidt

Mr. Schmidt died on Tuesday afternoon in his home city of Hamburg, his doctor Heiner Greten was quoted as saying by German media.

Helmut Schmidt, who served as West German Chancellor from 1974 to 1982, has died aged 96, his office says. Mr. Schmidt, who was a Social Democrat, was an architect of the European Monetary System, which linked EU currencies and helped pave the way to the euro. He also helped to consolidate Germany's post-war economic boom.

Monday, November 9th 2015 - 08:15 UTC

Border conflict erupts between Chile and Peru over a 10 acre wedge of land

Humala said the move aimed to spur development in the La Yarada-Los Palos area on the border with Chile and improve living conditions for its inhabitants.

The fragile relations between neighboring Chile and Peru appeared to unwind further Saturday, after Peruvian President Ollanta Humala officially recognized an administrative district in a disputed border area. The Chilean government promptly sent a protest note to Peru “strongly” rejecting the law because it concerns “unquestionably” Chilean territory.

Friday, November 6th 2015 - 08:40 UTC

Monsanto GM seeds blocked from two Mexican states; consultation with local communities mandatory

“Indigenous peoples and communities in the country are entitled to be consulted in cases where impacts could be significant,” the court said in a statement

Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, has been blocked from planting genetically modified soy seeds in the southern Mexican states of Campeche and Yucatan after the country's Supreme Court granted an injunction against the country’s agriculture ministry, teleSur reported.

Friday, November 6th 2015 - 08:28 UTC

Panama dismantles drug network linking FARC with Mexican cartel

Panama, Mexico and Colombia worked together on the law-enforcement operation during 18 months, said Panama Security Minister Rodolfo Aguilera

Panamanian officials announced the dismantling of a drug network linking fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman's Sinaloa cartel and a Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, front.

Thursday, November 5th 2015 - 07:02 UTC

Mexico ready to purchase Guyana rice following Venezuela's refusal to renew exchange accord

PM Moses Nagamootoo office said Mexico’s Agriculture Minister Jose Calzada had given assurances he would fast track arrangements to buy Guyana’s paddy.

The Guyana government says Mexico has indicated a willingness to fast track an agreement to purchase paddy rice from the Caribbean country. A statement released by the Office of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said that Mexico’s Agriculture Minister Jose Calzada has given the assurance that he would fast track arrangements to buy Guyana’s paddy.

Thursday, November 5th 2015 - 06:35 UTC

Argentine women are the most fluent English speakers in Latin America

Although Argentina continued to top the regional English proficiency ranking that has existed for the past five years, it did not move up in the global rankings.

Argentines are the most fluent English-speakers in Latin America according to the EF English Proficiency Index 2015 report — a study that analyzes the State of Worldwide English Proficiency. Globally the country came in 15th place out of the 70 countries that participated in the study, which uses test data from 910,000 adults.

Monday, November 2nd 2015 - 08:07 UTC

US Navy Carrier Strike Group 9 anchored off Punta Arenas for Unitas exercises

USS George Washington and Carrier Strike Group 9 will be in Latin American waters through December for UNITAS 2015

The United States Carrier Strike Group 9 which is participating in a series of 'Unitas' exercises with different Latin American and Pacific countries, anchored off Punta Arenas and is scheduled to leave on Monday for Rio do Janeiro, Brazil, according to reports from the extreme south Chilean city port.

Wednesday, October 28th 2015 - 09:11 UTC

UN condemns 191-2, US embargo on Cuba, despite restored relations

US deputy ambassador Ronald Godard said before the vote that Cuba is “mistaken” if it thinks the measure will improve efforts to normalize relations.

United States on Tuesday voted against a U.N. resolution condemning its embargo on Cuba, even though President Barack Obama has called on Congress to lift the trade restrictions. The vote was the first since the U.S. and Cuban leaders agreed to restore diplomatic ties last December, and the U.S. had considered taking the unprecedented step of abstaining.

Wednesday, October 28th 2015 - 07:54 UTC

Venezuela warns Canada over mining activities in Guyana: 'infringing on territorial sovereignty'

Venezuela issued a warning letter to Guyana Goldfields Incorporated, informing that its operations are “infringing on the territorial sovereignty of Venezuela”.

Venezuela has objected to a Canadian mining company operating in Guyana, telling the company it is infringing on Caracas’ sovereignty. And the move has not gone down well with Guyana’s president David Granger.


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