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Saturday, October 11th 2014 - 06:04 UTC

Brazil testing patient suspected of Ebola infection; another 64 in quarantine

“All of the steps called for by protocol were effectively and very successfully carried out,” said Brazilian Health minister

Brazilian Health Minister Arthur Chioro said on Friday the results of tests on a patient suspected of Ebola infection would take 24 hours. At a press conference in Brasilia, the minister assured the situation was under control and that proper precautions had been taken to isolate the patient.

Saturday, October 11th 2014 - 03:24 UTC

Special Master Pollack to meet with Argentina's and holdout lawyers next week

Daniel Pollack confirmed that he anticipated a meeting, but declined to provide further details

A United States court-appointed mediator said on Friday he would hold a meeting next week between lawyers for Argentina and 'holdout' creditors suing the country in a longstanding dispute over defaulted debt.

Saturday, October 11th 2014 - 03:22 UTC

Morales confident he will win Sunday's election in all nine Bolivian districts

“Bolivia is now united, the so-called ‘half-moon’ (the opposition’s bastion of support in the east) has now become a full moon. We’ve all joined together”

At an event to mark the closing of his campaign ahead of Sunday’s elections, a self-assured Evo Morales told Bolivians that he will win all over the country and will even take the opposition’s bastions of support in the east.

Saturday, October 11th 2014 - 01:47 UTC

UN Human Rights Council calls for immediate release of Venezuelan dissident Leopoldo Lopez

”The arrest of Mr. Leopoldo López is arbitrary (...) Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is to immediately release Mr. López”

The United Nations adopted a resolution Wednesday decreeing the Venezuelan government should immediately release Leopoldo Lopez, the opposition leader who has been imprisoned for almost nine months in connection to the violent protests in Caracas in February.

Friday, October 10th 2014 - 05:01 UTC

Latam headed for a third year of foreign trade stagnation, reports ECLAC

“The regional market is key to developing value chains in Latin America and the Caribbean”, argues ECLAC secretary Barcena

Latin America and the Caribbean's foreign trade will experience its third year of stagnation in 2014, because of minimal growth in exports and a slight decline in imports, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) reported on Thursday.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 10:36 UTC

YPF goes overseas: signs agreement with Ecuador to recover mature fields

CEO Galuccio said the Petroamazonas project is part of YPF's strategy to diversify overseas and become a top league player in the region's oil industry

Argentina's state-run energy company YPF closed on Wednesday an agreement with Ecuador's state-owned company Petroamazonas for the enhanced recovery of the mature field of El Campo Yuralpa which will demand an investment in the range of 170 million dollars.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 08:04 UTC

Colombia and Panama in retaliatory clash over tax haven controversy

Colombia's government on Wednesday declared Panama to be a tax haven after it failed to meet a deadline for signing a fiscal information exchange agreement

Panama on Wednesday rejected its inclusion on Colombia's list of tax havens and said it will take retaliatory action against its neighbor. Panama has “a competitive and sound tax system, and therefore the national government categorically rejects any tax-haven designation,” the Central American nation's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 07:59 UTC

OAS Electoral observation mission in Bolivia for Sunday's election

The mission with a staff of 63 is headed by former Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom

Former Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom has arrived in La Paz as Chief of the Electoral Observation Mission from the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to head the group of 63 people who will observe Bolivian general elections of 12 October.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 06:08 UTC

Mercosur finally agrees: unified number plates for new cars beginning 2016

Timerman and other officials hold the enlarged prototype of the Mercosur cars' number plate

The five full members of the Mercosur trade bloc will use unified number plates for their 0km vehicles starting in 2016, Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman announced on Wednesday from San Martín Palace in Buenos Aires city.

Wednesday, October 8th 2014 - 21:46 UTC

OAS Observers mission to Peru recommends unifying electoral legislation

The primary report from Abreu underlines the orderly way in which Peruvians went to the voting booths on Sunday

The head of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Peru, Uruguayan Senator Sergio Abreu underlined the orderly way in which Peruvians went to vote on Sunday's regional and municipal elections, this despite some regrettable episodes of violence in the pre-election phase, Election Day at some polling stations, and at the conclusion of voting in some departments.

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