MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, January 22nd 2017 - 10:13 UTC

Latin America

  • Tuesday, December 6th 2016 - 08:33 UTC

    Human Freedom Index: Chile, Costa Rica lead in Latin America

    On a scale of 0 to 10, where 10 represents more freedom, the non-weighted average rating for 159 countries in 2014 was 6.93.

    The Human Freedom Index 2016, (HFI), was released on Monday, the second annual report that represents the state of overall freedom in the world based on a broad measure of personal, civil and economic freedom. Co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute (Canada) and the Liberales Institut (Germany) from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, it looks into 179 distinct indicators in 159 countries on issues ranging from freedom of speech and association to women’s freedoms, the extent of voluntary exchange, safety and security, the rule of law and more.

  • Tuesday, December 6th 2016 - 06:31 UTC

    Incarcerated ex Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori hospitalized

    Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, serving a jail sentence for human rights violations, was hospitalized Monday

    Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was hospitalized over concerns he may be at risk of cerebral ischemia, a reduced blood supply to the brain, it was reported Monday by authorities of the detention facilities where he is serving a sentence for human rights violations.

  • Tuesday, December 6th 2016 - 06:19 UTC

    It's Official: Chapecoense are South American Cup Champions

    Conmebol declares Chapecoense winners of the match they were enroute to playing when their airplane crashed

    The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) Monday officially awarded the 2016 South American Cup title to the Brazilian team Chapecoense, who lost most of their players and staff as their airplane crashed in Colombia last week on its way to playing the final's first leg in Medellín against the local squad of Atlético Nacional, who was awarded the Conmebol's Fair Play Centennial prize.

  • Saturday, December 3rd 2016 - 09:33 UTC

    Evo says he didn't know LAMIA was Bolivian, but flew doomed aircraft a fortnight before

    President Evo Morales flew aboard the LAMIA airplane a fortnight before the crash but says he did not know the airline was Bolivian.

    Bolivian President Evo Morales Friday admitted that LAMIA's general manager Gustavo Vargas Gamboa used to be one of his pilots but added that he did not know what he was working as after his retirement from the Air Force. He even denied knowing LAMIA was operating under Bolivian registration. A LAMIA British Aerospace 146 - RJ 85 crashed Monday night in Medellín, Colombia, killing 71 people onboard including five Bolivian nationals, although most victims were from the Brazilian Chapecoense football club.

  • Saturday, December 3rd 2016 - 09:27 UTC

    'Cuban' Maradona warns Macri might not make it past Christmas Day

    Looking at it from Communist Cuba, Diego Maradona sees a dark future for Argentine President Mauricio Macri.

    Argentine retired football player Diego Maradona, in Cuba to attend the funerals of his friend and former revolutionary leader Fidel Catro, hinted that should the people of his country choose to take to the streets, President Mauricio Macri might not be in office by Christmas.

  • Friday, December 2nd 2016 - 09:59 UTC

    Chapecoense in denial Lamia was a bad choice, CONMEBOL not to blame for it either

    Chapecoense officials stand by their decision to fly LAMIA

    The airline “has all the requirements that Chapecoense sought for its international trips,” a spokesman for the Chapecoense football club in western Santa Catarina said Thursday. A British Aerospace 146 - RJ 85 of the Bolivian charter airline Lamia, carrying the club's team to play the first leg of the South American Cup final against Atletico Nacional, crashed Monday night on approach to Medellin's Jose Maria Cordova international airport, killing almost everybody onboard.

  • Friday, December 2nd 2016 - 08:56 UTC

    Peruvian aquaculture expanding at an annual 20% rate

    “Production jumped from 6,596 tons a year in 2000 to 115,271 tons in 2014,” said Vice Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Hector Soldi.

    Aquaculture activity grows at an annual average of more than 20% in Peru, ranking among the countries with the greatest increase of this activity in Latin America.“Our country is an important player in the supply of inputs for the world’s aquaculture industry, it is not foreign to the growth trends that this activity presents in the world. We changed from a production of 6,596 tons in the year 2000 to 115,271 tons in 2014,” said Vice Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Hector Soldi.

  • Thursday, December 1st 2016 - 14:39 UTC

    An “ordinary” request: Correa asks all his ministers to hand in their letters of resignation

    Rafael Correa calls for all his ministers to resign to make arragements for the February elections.

    Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has called for the resignation of all his ministers, “an ordinary practice” as the Executive is set to evaluate the state of things, the National Secretariat of Communication (Secom) said Wednesday.

  • Thursday, December 1st 2016 - 14:13 UTC

    From dream to nightmare in seconds: Chapecoense fans cry their heroes

     All year, the once struggling, impoverished club had delighted the people of Chapeco, a city of about 200,000 in Santa Catarina state. Now, only grief remains.

    Fans of Chapecoense, the Brazilian football club enjoying a fairy tale season until almost wiped out in a plane crash, wept outside the stadium on Tuesday. All year, the once struggling, impoverished club had delighted the people of Chapeco, a city of about 200,000 in Santa Catarina state. Now, only grief remains.

  • Thursday, December 1st 2016 - 07:01 UTC

    “Out of fuel” - The Chapecoense jet could barely fly the distance

    LAMIA's BAe 146 - RJ 85 was not designed to serve the Viru Viru Medellin route

    As talks between pilot and control tower of the flight that crashed on approach to Medellin on Monday carrying the Brazilian football team Chapecoense became available and “we're out of fuel” can be heard easily, aviation experts agree that the British Aerospace 146 - RJ 85 has a maximum range of little more than 2900 kilometers, which is roughly the same distance between the airports of origin (Viru Viru in Santa Cruz, Bolivia) and destination (Jose Maria Cordova International in Medellin, Colombia).