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As if problems with the delayed stadiums was not enough, and with less than 10 weeks until the start of the World Cup, work on crucial new airport terminals has fallen behind in most of the dozen Brazilian host cities, heightening the risk of overcrowding and confusion during the tournament.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced that the third stage of an investment plan, Growth Acceleration Program (PAC) will be launched in August, just two months ahead of an October presidential election in which she will seek re-election.
A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and the Inter-American Dialogue has shed light on the financial behavior of Latin American and Caribbean migrants, finding that there is need for formal savings products for remittance clients.
Eight out of ten Argentines feel that insecurity has been on the rise during recent months while 90% believe that it has become the main problem of the country ahead of inflation, unemployment and corruption, according to a public opinion poll published in Clarin's Sunday edition.
The United Nations office in Venezuela expressed deep concern over the high human cost of anti-government protests which have left 39 people dead during two months of unrest. Hundreds more have been detained or injured in clashes with security forces.
A center-left academic who has never held elected office easily won Costa Rica's presidential election on Sunday, ousting the graft-stained ruling party from power after its candidate quit campaigning a month ago. However he will have quite a job ensuring support in Congress.
OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza participated on Friday in Colombia in a ceremony commemorating the International Day against Antipersonnel Mines, where he described the effort and commitment of OAS to eradicate the scourge and bring rehabilitation to survivors as a high priority.
Prince Harry will undertake two official overseas visits in May and June this year. He will visit Estonia and Italy in May, followed by a visit to Brazil and Chile in June. Both visits are in support of the UK Government and are being organized by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Political, business and academic leaders gathered for the ninth annual World Economic Forum in Latin America in Panama set out strategies for the region to move beyond dependence on commodity exports and face the challenges of a rapidly changing global economy.
Coastal residents of Chile’s far north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes as major aftershocks continued Thursday following a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that damaged several thousand homes and caused six deaths. But no new major damage or casualties were reported, and a heavy police and military presence kept order.