Latin America

Latin America
Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 21:26 UTC

Macri anticipates “mature, constructive relations with the US” and pledges to strengthen Mercosur

“You are at home,” Macri told Obama and underlined his “very important leadership” in terms of a “green agenda”

Argentine president Mauricio Macri at the beginning of the press conference Wednesday midday in Casa Rosada (Government House), highlighted the visit of Barack Obama's to Argentina and said “a stage of mature, intelligent and constructive relations is beginning.”

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 20:29 UTC

Obama tells the world of US support for Macri and his swift pace of economic reforms

Obama said Argentina was a critical partner as the United States seeks to “promote prosperity and peace and opportunity in the region as a whole.”

In his first press conference in Buenos Aires, United States president Barack Obama sent a strong message of support to his peer Mauricio Macri and his policies, praising him for the swift pace of reforms to create a stronger economy and said Washington was ready to work more closely with Argentina after years of tension.

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 19:21 UTC

Falklands' Mare harbor will undergo a £19m upgrade to cater for larger vessels

The contract covers for design, construction and associated costs and will provide a roll-on roll-off facility suitable to cater for larger vessels

UK Preston based VolkerStevin has won a £19m deal to improve defense infrastructure on the Falkland Islands. VolkerStevin is a contractor providing a wide range of engineering and construction services across a number of market sectors and in this case will upgrade Mare Harbor as part of a design-and-build deal for the UK Defense Infrastructure Organization.

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 02:50 UTC

Cuban dissidents meet for almost two hours with Obama, including some critical of US policy

“We thought it would be a half-hour meeting, and it was an hour and 45 minutes,” said Elizardo Sánchez, head of Human Rights and National Reconciliation.

Leading Cuban dissidents, including some who have been critical of president Barack Obama's policy of engaging with the Cuban government, spent nearly two hours on Tuesday discussing human rights with the president at the US embassy. The frank meeting ended only when Obama’s aides ushered him out to reach the Estadio Latinoamericano in time for the first pitch of the Cuban national baseball team's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 02:14 UTC

Obama magic: from Cuba next to Castro, calls for an end to US embargo and for free and democratic elections

”Sí se puede” Obama told the Cuban people promising a new beginning and recalled his 2008 slogan, “Yes we can.”

Crowning a remarkable visit to Cuba, United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared an end to the “last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas” and openly urged the Cuban people to pursue a more democratic future for their nation 90 miles from Miami. He also sent a strong message to his critics back in the US.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 - 15:58 UTC

Unveiling China's power struggle: 'princeling' Xi pushing aside collective leadership

The “collective leadership” of recent decades has become a fiction, and Xi's personality cult is being vigorously promoted in the state-controlled media.

By Gwynne Dyer


Opening the National People's Congress in Beijing, Prime Minister Li Keqiang set China's growth target for the coming year at 6.5-7 per cent, the lowest in decades. Only two years ago, he said 7% was the lowest acceptable growth rate, but he has had to eat his words. He really isn't in charge of very much anymore.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 - 02:13 UTC

Obama scheduled to address the Cuban people on national television and meet dissidents

Hand on his heart, Obama stood in Revolution Square as a band played the American national anthem, stunning sounds in a country as Cuba

President Barack Obama in Havana has a busy agenda scheduled for Tuesday which includes a major speech that Cuban officials said would be carried on TV. Before departing for Argentina, Obama has planned to meet with political dissidents and attend a game between Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays and Cuba's beloved national team.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 - 01:40 UTC

Obama and Castro agree to disagree, but determined to advance in “a new day”

“This is a new day,” Obama said, standing alongside Castro after their meeting at Havana's Palace of the Revolution.

Cuban President Raul Castro directly challenged President Obama on the heels of their historic meeting in Havana on Monday to lift more restrictions on the island and return land used for the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay – as the visiting U.S. president, in turn, chided the Cuban government on democracy and human rights

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 - 01:35 UTC

“Give me the name of a political prisoner, he will be released before tonight” Castro challenges US reporter

“Please give me the name of a political prisoner,” Castro said repeatedly, with President Barack Obama standing by his side.

Cuban President Raúl Castro sparred with US reporters on Monday over Cuba’s human-rights record, saying at one point that it was not fair to ask about prisoners in general and at another point that he would release by the end of the day anyone named as a political prisoner by a reporter.

Friday, March 18th 2016 - 03:03 UTC

It's official: Mercosur and EU will exchange offers for a trade accord on 8 April

“Both parties have to make concessions. Argentina is willing to do so and include more sectors, which would then be compensated if they are harmed” Braun said

Argentina is willing to “make concessions” in order to move forward with a free-trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union (EU), which will likely allow a greater export of agricultural produce, according to Argentina's Trade Secretary Miguel Braun who then reveled that trade offers will be exchanged on April 8.

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