Latin America

Latin America
Saturday, September 19th 2015 - 08:36 UTC

Pope Francis arrives in Cuba, but dissidents are skeptical about any changes

Rights groups and dissidents opposed to the regime have called on the pope to urge Raul Castro to put an end to crackdowns and curbs on civil liberties.

Pope Francis praised Cubans' “spirit” in the face of adversity in a message broadcast ahead of his trip to the impoverished island. “It does me a lot of good and helps me to think of your faith in the Lord, of the spirit with which you confront the difficulties of each day,” the pope said in a message played on state television.

Saturday, September 19th 2015 - 08:26 UTC

US ease restrictions on US companies seeking to make business in Cuba

“A stronger, more open US-Cuba relationship has the potential to create economic opportunities for both Americans and Cubans alike” said Jacob Lew

The United States on Friday issued regulations easing restrictions on US companies seeking to do business in Cuba and opening up travel in the latest action to weaken the trade embargo amid warming relations with the Castro brothers regime.

Friday, September 18th 2015 - 08:07 UTC

Cabañas becomes first Cuban ambassador in the US in over half a century

Cabañas was head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington starting in late 2012 and last July, he became the charge d'affaires at the embassy.

The former Chargé d'affaires at the Cuban Embassy in the United States, Jose Cabañas, on Thursday presented his diplomatic credentials as ambassador to U.S. President Barack Obama in a new step toward the normalization of bilateral relations.

Thursday, September 17th 2015 - 20:32 UTC

Top Bolivian officials allegedly involved in drug trafficking, according to DEA claim

Bolivian officials were secretly indicted on drug trafficking charges as part of a DEA operation run out of the office in Paraguay, reported The Huffington Post

Secret United States indictments obtained by the media have implicated top Bolivian officials in drug trafficking, reigniting the highly charged debate over whether Bolivia is a victim of US political persecution or whether it is becoming a corrupt narco-state.

Thursday, September 17th 2015 - 09:40 UTC

Repsol and BG group discover natural gas reserves in southern Bolivia

Caipipendi, Repsol's main natural gas-production project in Bolivia, yields around 18 million cubic meters (634.4 million cubic feet) per day

President Evo Morales confirmed the discovery of new natural gas reserves at two adjacent fields in southern Bolivia that are managed by a consortium led by Spanish oil major Repsol. The Margarita and Huacaya fields are located in the Caipipendi block, in which Repsol and Britain's BG Group each has a 37.5% stake and Anglo-Argentine oil company Pan American Energy holds a 25% interest.

Thursday, September 17th 2015 - 07:56 UTC

Major offshore earthquake hits Chile; felt in Argentina, Peru and Brazil

 The magnitude-8.3 quake hit off northern Chile causing buildings to sway in the capital of Santiago and prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning

A major earthquake just offshore rattled Chileans, killing at least five people and shaking the earth so strongly the tremor was felt in Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and even Brazil. Authorities worked into the early hours on Thursday assessing damage in several coastal towns that saw flooding from small tsunami waves set off by the quake.

Wednesday, September 16th 2015 - 09:09 UTC

Guatemalan runoff on 25 October between a comedian and a former first lady

Morales, an actor famous for playing a simpleton who nearly becomes president, won the first round on September 6 with 23.99% of the vote

Guatemalan officials confirmed Tuesday that comedian and surprise presidential frontrunner Jimmy Morales will face former first lady Sandra Torres in a run-off on October 25. The announcement capped a dramatic first-round vote rocked by the outgoing president's resignation and arrest on corruption charges, and a down-to-the-wire battle for the second spot in the run-off.

Wednesday, September 16th 2015 - 08:57 UTC

Guyana asks Google to remove Spanish names from Essequibo region which Venezuela claims

Greenidge said Google Maps has labeled a major road in Essequibo as Av. 100 Bolivar rather than Essequibo Coast Public Road or Anna Regina Public Road

Unasur (Union of South American Nations) member Guyana is asking Google to remove certain street names near its disputed shared border with Venezuela, Guyana's foreign minister announced. The names, in Spanish, seem to suggest they are part of Venezuela, Carl Greenidge said.

Tuesday, September 15th 2015 - 09:58 UTC

OAS supports holding first round of presidential election in Haiti on 25 October

De Icaza will hold high-level meetings with the electoral authority and political actors in Port-au-Prince in support of the upcoming elections.

The Organization of American States (OAS) supports holding the first round of presidential elections in Haiti on the scheduled date of October 25, and for that reason, the Director of the Department for Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO), Gerardo de Icaza, on Monday travelled to the Caribbean country.

Saturday, September 12th 2015 - 10:26 UTC

Cuba plans to release 3.522 prisoners ahead of Pope's visit this month

Raul Castro agreed to the releases on the occasion of the visit of Pope Francis as “when the previous pontiffs John Paul II and Benedict XVI visits”

State-run newspaper “Granma” reported that Cuba would release 3,522 prisoners three days ahead of the September 19-22 visit by Pope Francis. However Cuban officials, who officially deny that the country has political prisoners, said they would not release inmates convict of crimes against state security.


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