Latin America

Latin America
Tuesday, June 9th 2015 - 06:51 UTC

FARC accused of deliberately spilling 200.000 gallons of oil risking water supplies

“They were approached by a FARC group and forced to spill all the crude they were transporting” about 757,000 liters, Governor Jimmy Diaz told RCN Radio

Colombian authorities accused the FARC guerrillas Monday of forcing 19 oil tanker drivers to dump their cargo of crude on the ground, raising fears it could contaminate water supplies.Officials said FARC fighters stopped the tankers in a dawn raid as they transported their cargo across a remote area of the oil-producing region of Puerto Asis in the southwestern department of Putumayo.

Monday, June 8th 2015 - 08:13 UTC

Mexico' industrial hub of Monterrey en route to give the political system a big shock

Independent Jaime Rodriguez, known as “El Bronco,” had at least a 6-point lead in the race in Nuevo Leon state, according to exit polls by TV Azteca

Mexico's ruling party has lost seats in congress but may still gain a majority from its coalition with the small but growing Green Party that was everywhere during the campaign, according to official voting trends released late Sunday by the electoral institute.

Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 10:02 UTC

For a world in distress, “the answer is Latin America” argues Argentine ambassador in London

Ambassador Alicia Castro addressing the rally at NUT's headquarters where she praised leaders such as Hugo Chavez, Lula da Silva and Nestor Kirchner

The Argentine ambassador in the UK, Alicia Castro, was one of the main speakers invited to an event yesterday which included the discussions “another world is possible” and “against foreign intervention in Latin America”. Dozens of activists from across the UK expressed their support for a range of Latin American causes.

Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 07:48 UTC

Colombian congress bars presidential re-election; 70% of public opinion supports decision

The move reinstates the presidential term limit in place before 2005, when Colombia adopted a constitutional reform backed by Uribe

Colombia’s Congress has voted to bar presidents from seeking re-election, a move backed by President Juan Manuel Santos that undoes a law passed by his predecessor and rival Alvaro Uribe. The decision also marks a difference with the ongoing Latin American trend of successive re-elections, when not unlimited.

Friday, June 5th 2015 - 06:27 UTC

Colombia and FARC agree to name a “Clarification of the Truth Committee”

The Committee is to “recognize the victims and the responsibility of those who participated directly or indirectly in the conflict” and has three years for the job

The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas said they plan to form a truth commission to investigate atrocities committed during the country's five-decade civil war. The agreement was announced on Thursday and will consist of an “independent and impartial” body as soon as a final peace deal is reached.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 - 06:09 UTC

Malaysia Airlines 'technically bankrupt' contracts 'Terminator' to restructure the company

The airline said it had “offered jobs” to 14,000 of its 20,000 workforce. The move follows the appointment of new chief executive Christoph Mueller in May.

Malaysia Airlines is “technically bankrupt”, its chief executive has said, as he announced a restructuring program and plans to cut about 6,000 jobs. The announcement follows the twin air disasters which forced its nationalization last year.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 - 05:58 UTC

Spain's Iberia resumed flights to Cuba after a two-year absence

As recently reported by the airline, that route will now have five direct weekly flights (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday).

After two years of absence, the Spanish airline Iberia on Monday resumed flights to Havana. The Cuban tourism ministry confirmed last Friday that on June first, the flight marking the resumption of operations between Madrid and Havana would arrive at the Jose Marti International Airport.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 - 05:39 UTC

Jacobson nominated as new ambassador to Mexico, announced the White House

Jacobson will replace Anthony Wayne, who has been the U.S. envoy since 2011, if she is confirmed by the Senate

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday announced his intention to nominate Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of state for Latin America and the chief U.S. negotiator at the talks to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba, as the new ambassador to Mexico, the White House announced in a communiqué.

Monday, June 1st 2015 - 07:06 UTC

South American relief: FIFA leaves allocation of World Cup slots unchanged

Uruguay has benefitted with the half place, since the team has to play off over two legs against a team from another continent for a place in the finals.

Good news for South America: FIFA will not make any changes to the allocation of World Cup slots among the six continents for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar, president Sepp Blatter said during the first meeting of the new Executive Committee in Zurich.

Saturday, May 30th 2015 - 00:48 UTC

One step closer: US drops Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism

On April 8, 2015, Kerry completed the review and recommended President Obama that Cuba no longer be designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.

The United States on Friday formally dropped Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, the US State Department said in a statement. The removal of Cuba from the US terrorism list eliminates an obstacle toward restoring diplomatic ties between the United States and the communist-led Caribbean island state after 54 years.

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