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Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 08:57 UTC

Nicola Sturgeon 'tectonic plates of Scottish politics” promises to fight austerity imposed by Tory government

“This election was not about another referendum. We will in the House of Commons vote against an in/out EU referendum, if there is going to be one” said Sturgeon.

Scottish nationalist leader Nicola Sturgeon on Friday held out the possibility of a new independence referendum – but not immediately – after her party's crushing victory north of the border in a British national election.

Saturday, May 9th 2015 - 08:37 UTC

Tourism boom in Cuba: Europeans want to enjoy the island “before the Americans arrive”

The number of US visitors, 600,000 annually, a figure that includes many Cuban-Americans visiting relatives, is expected to escalate.

The Cuban government says it has prepared for a surge in tourist arrivals with an airport expansion plan and new luxury hotels under construction in Havana and popular beach resorts like Varadero. But according to tour operators, it is already getting difficult to find available hotel rooms or reserve tables at popular restaurants, especially during the high season.

Thursday, May 7th 2015 - 06:55 UTC

Brazil wants to review Mercosur 'liberty' rules; sends strong public message to Argentina

“We want to send a clear strong signal, particularly to Argentina, of the urgency to reach a trade agreement with the European Union”, underlined Monteiro

Brazil has proposed reviewing Mercosur rules so that its members can enjoy more 'liberty' to negotiate trade agreements with other blocks or third parties, because even when “Mercosur is an indissoluble marriage, this does mean that relations can't be discussed” and thus a 'different speeds' group should not be discarded.

Thursday, May 7th 2015 - 06:01 UTC

Uruguay's economy 'strong enough' to navigate in challenging environments

Bergara said the “challenging” global context includes a strong U.S. economy with a solid dollar, and a “lethargic” EU “rife with financial and political strains”

Uruguay's economy is “strong enough to navigate in a challenging global and regional environment” in which the U.S. dollar is strong and inflation is starting to rise, Uruguayan Central Bank, (BCU), chairman Mario Bergara said during a conference in Montevideo where he discussed the central bank's mission in the current world environment.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 07:10 UTC

OAS deploys electoral observation mission for Guyana Sunday's election

The delegation, headed by the former Foreign Minister of Belize Lisa Shoman, is comprised of 23 observers from 13 countries

The Organization of American States has started the deployment of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States to the general and regional elections scheduled iin Guyana for Sunday May 11. This is the fifth time the OAS has observed elections in Guyana, following Missions in 1997, 2001, 2006 and 2011.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 06:55 UTC

Pope Francis will receive Cuba's Raul Castro on private visit next Sunday

“Raul Castro will be received in the morning for strictly private talks,” the spokesman said in a statement Tuesday.

Pope Francis and Cuban President Raul Castro will meet privately on Sunday at the Vatican, a spokesman said, four months before the pontiff's trip to the Caribbean island, his first as leader of the Catholic Church.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 05:49 UTC

US approves licenses for passenger ferry service with Cuba

“The ships are ready to go,” said Robert Muse, a Washington-based lawyer who represented Baja Ferries and specializes in Cuba embargo matters.

The US Treasury Department has approved licenses for passenger ferry service between the United States and Cuba, a Treasury Department official announced. One of the licenses was issued to Baja Ferries, part of a major shipping group with passengers and cargo operations, including on Mexico's west coast, according to a lawyer who handled the license application.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 17:38 UTC

Brad Pitt invited to Ecuador to observe the 'pollution disaster” allegedly caused by Chevron

Correa asked his government to launch a worldwide Internet campaign aimed to warn the Hollywood A-list actor Brad Pitt that he is being “used” by Chevron

US cinema star Brad Pitt has been invited by the Ecuadorian government to observe the pollution in the country's Amazon region allegedly caused by Chevron. President Rafael Correa announced the invitation in his regular weekend report, saying that the oil giant is in preparation of spearheading a film with the movie star about an alleged case against the company.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 09:25 UTC

Chile asks World Court to throw out Bolivia's sea outlet claim: 'dispute has been settled'

“Bolivia is challenging the stability of borders and sovereign territory solemnly agreed in a peace treaty signed 111 years ago,” said Felipe Bulnes Serrano

Landlocked Bolivia went to the World Court on Monday, seeking to force Chile to negotiate the granting of a corridor of sovereign territory giving it access to the sea for its natural gas and mineral exports. Bolivia lost its coastal territory after being defeated by Chile in the 1880s War of the Pacific. Peru an ally of Bolivia also lost territory.

Monday, May 4th 2015 - 06:30 UTC

Uruguay has the lowest corruption perception among Mercosur members

The country figures among the 21 countries with less corruption perception at global level, according to TI

Uruguay enjoys the lowest perception of corruption among Mercosur countries and also a privileged position at global level, according to the country's Transparency and Public Ethics Commission. The ranking was based on data from Transparency International and World Bank for the period extending from 2003 to 2014.

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