Latin America

Latin America
Saturday, November 21st 2015 - 08:48 UTC

Macri honors 'Pachamama' and Scioli bewares 'the savage capitalism demon' on closing election rallies

Macri chose Humahuaca, an impoverished town in the northern province of Jujuy, while Scioli attended two rallies in the Buenos Aires province

Argentine presidential opposition candidate Mauricio Macri closed his campaign ahead of Sunday 22 November runoff calling for change and unity while the incumbent hopeful Daniel Scioli said the option was between 'a development inclusive project' or the “savage capitalism demon”.

Monday, November 16th 2015 - 08:36 UTC

Latin America expanding at a “two-speed” rate: Pacific Alliance and Mercosur

The Spanish bank lowered all growth expectations for most countries of the region because of global uncertainty and poor performance of China's economy

Latin America is expanding at a 'two-speed' rate according to the latest report from the Spanish bank BBVA, pointing out that the Pacific Alliance is expected to grow 2.5% in 2015/16, while Mercosur will be lagging with a contraction of 2% to 1.5%.

Monday, November 16th 2015 - 07:22 UTC

Mosquito-spread dengue, chickungunya and now Zika threatens the Caribbean and tourism industry

 Pan American Health Organization has indicated that five cases of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Suriname.

Jamaica's Ministry of Health is urging people to be more vigilant and to clean up their environment and destroy mosquito breeding sites, in light of the announcement by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that the Zika virus has been detected in a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nation.

Monday, November 16th 2015 - 07:10 UTC

Uruguay's ruling Broad Front coalition divided over Venezuela

OAS chief Almagro and former Uruguayan ex foreign minister sent a letter to Venezuelan electoral authorities calling for transparent elections

The strong 16 pages long letter sent by OAS (Organization of American States) secretary general Luis Almagro to Venezuelan electoral officials calling for transparency, international observers and freeing political prisoners, ahead of December 6 legislative elections, triggered an immediate furious insulting reaction from Venezuela's strongman Diosdado Cabello, but also again exposed a growing rift in the Uruguayan government.

Monday, November 16th 2015 - 06:49 UTC

St Helena airport official opening has been delayed from February to May 2016

In September, a Beechcraft King Air 200 plane landed at St Helena Airport for the first time, prior to conducting a series of calibration flights.

The opening of St Helena Airport in the south Atlantic Ocean has been delayed from February 2016 to May 2016 to allow for additional refinement of the aerodrome's infrastructure.

Friday, November 13th 2015 - 08:32 UTC

Venezuela calls OAS “the world's most perverted, corrupt and discredited organization”

“The most perverted, corrupt and discredited organization in the world, the OAS, threatens the people of Venezuela,” said Diosdado Cabello

Key Venezuelan government officials launched a furious broadside at the Organization of American States (OAS), a day after its secretary general, Luis Almagro, criticized Caracas and questioned the fairness of the upcoming December 6 parliamentary polls.

Wednesday, November 11th 2015 - 07:35 UTC

Uruguay hopeful of a more 'flexible' Argentina whoever wins on 22 November

Foreign minister Nin Novoa said Uruguay will insist with the different-speeds approach to agreements between Mercosur members and other countries.

The Uruguayan government is hopeful that with president Cristina Fernandez no longer at the helm of Argentina, as of 10 December, a more flexible attitude can be expected from the newly elected authorities, particularly regarding Uruguay's intention of signing trade agreements with third parties, if Mercosur is not interested in such commitment.

Wednesday, November 11th 2015 - 05:50 UTC

Germany mourns one of the architects of modern, unified Europe, Helmut Schmidt

Mr. Schmidt died on Tuesday afternoon in his home city of Hamburg, his doctor Heiner Greten was quoted as saying by German media.

Helmut Schmidt, who served as West German Chancellor from 1974 to 1982, has died aged 96, his office says. Mr. Schmidt, who was a Social Democrat, was an architect of the European Monetary System, which linked EU currencies and helped pave the way to the euro. He also helped to consolidate Germany's post-war economic boom.

Monday, November 9th 2015 - 08:15 UTC

Border conflict erupts between Chile and Peru over a 10 acre wedge of land

Humala said the move aimed to spur development in the La Yarada-Los Palos area on the border with Chile and improve living conditions for its inhabitants.

The fragile relations between neighboring Chile and Peru appeared to unwind further Saturday, after Peruvian President Ollanta Humala officially recognized an administrative district in a disputed border area. The Chilean government promptly sent a protest note to Peru “strongly” rejecting the law because it concerns “unquestionably” Chilean territory.

Friday, November 6th 2015 - 08:40 UTC

Monsanto GM seeds blocked from two Mexican states; consultation with local communities mandatory

“Indigenous peoples and communities in the country are entitled to be consulted in cases where impacts could be significant,” the court said in a statement

Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, has been blocked from planting genetically modified soy seeds in the southern Mexican states of Campeche and Yucatan after the country's Supreme Court granted an injunction against the country’s agriculture ministry, teleSur reported.

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