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Montevideo, May 20th 2018 - 11:59 UTC

Latin America

  • Saturday, April 14th 2018 - 10:56 UTC

    Ecuador and Colombia elite troops after Farc renegades who killed journalists and their driver

    The three men, who worked for the influential El Comercio newspaper -- were kidnapped on March 26 while covering a story on violence along the border

    Ecuador on Friday confirmed the deaths of two journalists and their driver who had been kidnapped by renegade Colombian rebels -- and quickly launched a retaliatory military operation in the area where they were snatched.

  • Saturday, April 14th 2018 - 10:49 UTC

    Corruption and Venezuela in the agenda of a subdued Summit of the Americas

    “We should build a continent where citizens are first,” Peruvian president Vizcarra said. “We owe it to them. We owe it to their dreams.”

    Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra opened on Friday a subdued Summit of the Americas decrying widespread corruption and urging regional leaders to join forces in increasing transparency and boosting civil society. Addressing Western Hemisphere leaders in an auditorium where a number of seats were left notably empty, Peru's new president said that rather than accept corruption as a deep-seated scourge impossible to eliminate, governments should adopt concrete measures that prevent it from ever taking place.

  • Tuesday, April 10th 2018 - 14:40 UTC

    Trump cancels trip to Americas' summit because of Syrian situation; Pence will represent him in Lima

    The decision marks the first time a US president has not attended the summit. Vice President Mike Pence will travel in Trump’s place.

    After threatening a military strike against Syria, President Donald Trump on Tuesday canceled plans to travel to Peru later this week, choosing to stay in the United States to manage the response to an apparent chemical weapons attack.

  • Tuesday, April 10th 2018 - 08:44 UTC

    FARC leader arrested in Bogotá on a US request for drug trafficking

    Jesus Santrich, a former peace negotiator, is accused of drug trafficking by a court in New York. He planned to export 10 tons of cocaine worth US$ 320m to the US

    One of the top leaders of Colombia's former rebel group, FARC, has been arrested in Bogota following a request from the United States. Jesus Santrich, a former peace negotiator, is accused of drug trafficking by a court in New York.

  • Sunday, April 8th 2018 - 06:43 UTC

    Lula in prison in Curitiba. Fiery-emotional speech to supporters before turning in

    Ever since Wednesday, Lula and his supporters tried everything to delay the start of his prison sentence, battling everywhere from the Supreme Court to the streets.

    Brazil's leftist icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva turned himself in Saturday to start a 12-year sentence for corruption after a chaotic attempt by supporters to stop him from surrendering. Surrounded by bodyguards, Lula had to push through a seething throng of supporters to get into a police vehicle outside the metalworkers' union building in Sao Bernardo do Campo, where he had been holed up for two days and nights.

  • Sunday, April 8th 2018 - 06:40 UTC

    UK present at Latin America's Air and Space Fair held in Santiago

    Alexis Hammer, Regional Director for DIT DSO, leads the UK presence at Fidae  supported by Air Vice Marshal Nigel Maddox the Senior Military Adviser

    The 20th Air and Space Fair (Fidae), the most important aviation event in Latin America, kicked off in Chile on Tuesday with a participation of more than 50 exhibitors and about 120 civil and military aircraft. FIDAE, a biennial international air show held in Santiago, Chile, is the largest aerospace and defense fair in Latin America. More than 120,000 attendees are expected to attend during the six days display.

  • Saturday, April 7th 2018 - 10:31 UTC

    Milestone Colombian ruling orders the government urgent protection of Amazon rainforest

    In the ruling judges said that Colombia, with a swathe of rainforest roughly the size of Germany and England, saw deforestation rates in its Amazon region skyrocket

    Colombia’s highest court has told the government it must take urgent action to protect its Amazon rainforest and stem rising deforestation, in what campaigners said was an historic moment that should help conserve forests and counter climate change.

  • Friday, April 6th 2018 - 19:47 UTC

    Regaining citizens’ trust in public institutions is key to resuming inclusive growth and well-being in Latin America and the Caribbean

    The report notes that trust in public institutions declined and satisfaction with public services has deteriorated, eroding the social contract in the region.

    Brussels, 09 April 2018 - Three out of four Latin Americans today show little or no confidence in their national governments. Around 80% think corruption is widespread. These levels are both up from 55% and 67% respectively in 2010. Mistrust is rising as in most regions of the world and risks deepening the disconnect between people and public institutions, harming social cohesion and weakening the social contract. Reconnecting public institutions with citizens by better responding to their demands is thus critical for strengthening growth and sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and for the well-being of the region’s citizens, according to the Latin American Economic Outlook 2018, Rethinking Institutions for Development. The region needs more transparent, capable, credible and innovative institutions if it wants to put itself on a higher and more inclusive development trajectory.

  • Friday, April 6th 2018 - 16:23 UTC

    Lula resists arrest deadline waiting for last minute habeas corpus filed at an appeals court

    Lula spent the night at the São Bernardo do Campo Metalworker's Union in the company of his sons, friends and party leaders

    Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva told Folha de Sao Paulo early Friday that he has decided not to turn himself at the Federal Police in Curitiba where he must serve a 12-year prison sentence for corruption, as ordered by judge Sergio Moro.

  • Friday, April 6th 2018 - 09:17 UTC

    Trump will take his confrontation with China to the Summit of the Americas

    Trump is expected to argue that China’s trade policies had “not been productive for the hemisphere and that the United States should remain the partner of choice”

    United States President Donald Trump, engaged in an escalating confrontation with Beijing over trade, will urge Latin American leaders next week to work with the United States – not China – on trade, a senior US official said on Thursday. Trump’s trip to Lima, Peru, for the Summit of the Americas has been prefaced by aggressive moves on trade and immigration.