Latin America

Latin America
Monday, February 9th 2015 - 17:41 UTC

FARC vows to lay down arms and to reinvent itself as a political party

Spokesperson Santich said FARC hopes to see the group's “transformation into a political movement that can work to bring about structural change”

Colombian FARC guerrillas on Saturday vowed to lay down their weapons and reinvent themselves as a political party, if the Colombian government follows through with the reforms under discussion in peace talks.

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 12:30 UTC

FARC invites Colombia's newly-crowned Miss Universe to attend peace talks

Colombia's Paulina Vega, 22, was named Miss Universe in Miami last month and has gone as far as to offer her presence at negotiations in Cuba.

Rebels with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, on Saturday invited the newly-crowned Miss Universe to attend peace talks with the Colombian government.

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 10:12 UTC

Guyana, US, Peru and Uruguay consent to OAS visits on anti-corruption

The four countries notified the MESICIC for conducting on-site visits. They also consented to and received on-site visits during the Fourth Round of Review.

The governments of Guyana, the United States, Peru and Uruguay confirmed this week to the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) their consent to receive on site visits as part of the Fifth Round of the Mechanism for Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the OAS.

Friday, February 6th 2015 - 17:38 UTC

Falklands offered oil industry scholarships from Trinidad

A Falklands' delegation headed by MLA Ian Hansen was at the annual Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference, a premier Energy Conference in the Caribbean

Three scholarships for Falkland Islanders at the National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) in Trinidad and related to the oil and gas industry are likely to be available within two years and will be overseen by the Training Centre in the Falklands.

Friday, February 6th 2015 - 03:38 UTC

Falklands and Trinidad companies sign MoU on oil industry safety services

HHSL Limited has a well known track record in safety advisory services with clients such as BPTT, British Gas and Atlantic LNG.

HHSL Systems Limited of Trinidad and Tobago and Invenio Falkland Islands Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding ( MOU) to mark the start of a relationship that will see the Trinidad-based company help train Invenio representatives in the oil and gas industry.

Friday, February 6th 2015 - 01:46 UTC

Falklands want to be good neighbors and have closer links with Latin America

A full day of celebrations at Stanley's racecourse on Saturday to commemorate 250 years of British rule

The Falkland Islands and its people want to be 'good neighbors, have trade links, cooperation agreements and closer relations with the southern cone of South America, but 'without losing our identity', said Falklands lawmakers to Punta Arenas Prensa Austral that was present at the celebrations last Saturday for the 250th anniversary of the first flying of the Union Flag in the Islands marking the beginning of British rule.

Thursday, February 5th 2015 - 03:31 UTC

China to supply Argentina five “Malvinas Class” offshore patrol vessels

A version of China's Shipbuilding Industry Corporation's P18 export corvette is the vessel which somewhat controversially, will be known as the Malvinas class

Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is expected to sign agreements with China to increase military co-operation, including construction of new warships for the Argentine Navy, during her current state visit to Beijing, according to media reports and Jane's Defense Weekly.

Thursday, February 5th 2015 - 03:26 UTC

Uruguay with Pope's blessing to try new approach to human rights and disappeared persons issues

The idea is to follow the South African experience based on Peace Nobel Prize Desmond Tutu, with “truth and memory” instead of “truth and justice”

Uruguay will be attempting a new approach to the human rights and disappeared persons issues, a still unfinished legacy from the military dictatorship, (1973/1984) and the decade of armed sedition which preceded the collapse of the country's democracy. The announcement is expected later this month and basically means replacing “truth and justice” for “truth and memory”, following to a certain extent the South African experience.

Saturday, January 31st 2015 - 10:44 UTC

Moody's downgrades Petrobras credit rating because of corruption scandal

The rating “reflected concerns about corruption investigations and liquidity pressures that might result from delays in delivering audited financial statements.”

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the credit rating of Brazil's state-owned oil company Petrobras because of the widening kickback-corruption scandal affecting the country's largest corporation.The credit rating agency announced its decision late Thursday in a statement posted on its website.

Saturday, January 31st 2015 - 09:30 UTC

Despite fourth quarter blip US economy fundamentals remain robust with strong tailwind

Even with the moderation in the fourth quarter, growth remained above the 2.5% pace, which is considered to be the US economy's potential.

US economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006. GDP expanded at a 2.6% annual pace after the third quarter's spectacular 5%, the Commerce Department said in its first fourth-quarter GDP snapshot.

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