Latin America

Latin America
Friday, January 23rd 2015 - 06:30 UTC

Guyana president announces May 11 as date for general elections

Ramotar said he prorogued Parliament in an attempt to avoid further political conflict and seek avenues of accommodation with opposition parties

Guyana President Donald Ramotar announced this week that May 11 is the date for general and regional elections in the country, less than five years after his ruling People's Progressive Party (PPP) won the polls in November 2011.

Friday, January 23rd 2015 - 06:10 UTC

Morales is sworn in for a third period promises to reduce poverty to 8% by 2020

 “In a short time we have improved the economic and social situation but we still have to consolidate our transformation process” said the Bolivian leader

President of Bolivia Evo Morales on Thursday was sworn in for the third time as his country's head of state, and set as his primary objective reduce further poverty levels up to the end of his term in 2020.

Thursday, January 22nd 2015 - 06:26 UTC

US/Cuba talks take off and are described as “productive and constructive”

“Cuba aspires to have a normal relationship with the United States, in the broader sense but also in the area of migration”, pointed out Ms Vidal

US and Cuban officials launched historic talks to shed their Cold War-era hostility on Wednesday, complimenting each other on the first day's progress despite persistent differences over migration policy.

Thursday, January 22nd 2015 - 05:38 UTC

Morales invested as Indian leader in Andean ritual calls to defend Mother Earth Pachamama

The rituals took place on the eve of Morales official inauguration in the Bolivian Congress, an event that will begin his third consecutive term as president (Pic AP)

Bolivian President Evo Morales called Wednesday for a halt to “the crazy race of destroying the Earth in the name of development” after being invested as Indian leader in a ritual at the pre-Colombian ruins of Tiahuanaco, located some 71 kilometers from La Paz.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015 - 07:49 UTC

AMIA/Nisman: a situation of unpredictable consequences, says Rosendo Fraga

“Institutional crisis” because Executive-Judiciary relations in Argentina have never been worse since the return of democracy in 1983, argues Rosendo Fraga

The death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman puts Argentina in a situation of unforeseeable outcome in which converge foreign policy, institutional functioning and local politics, according to Rosendo Fraga one of the country's most respected political analysts.

Friday, January 16th 2015 - 04:58 UTC

US makes it easier for Americans to travel and make business in Cuba

The changes will impact in ”further engaging and empowering the Cuban people, promoting positive change for Cuba’s citizens” said Jacob J. Lew

The United States government on Friday will begin making it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba than it has been for more than half a century, opening the door to a new era of contact between neighbors that have been estranged longer than most of their citizens have been alive.

Tuesday, January 13th 2015 - 07:20 UTC

Fidel sends letter to Maradona to quash rumors about his alleged death

The Telesur station website posted a picture of Maradona, who had recently visited Cuba, reading a letter with the 88-year-old Castro's signature.

Fidel Castro has sent a letter to his friend and Argentine football great Diego Maradona, a Venezuelan-based TV network said, adding that the missive quashed rumors that the former Cuban leader might have died.

Saturday, January 10th 2015 - 06:49 UTC

Caricom countries want to use Chinese credit to restructure debt

Bermudas PM Christie said the proposal is ”to use this (China) funding for budget support, as well as debt restructuring and refinancing”.

Caribbean Community countries (Caricom) want to use the three billion US dollar concessionary facility announced by China last year for debt restructuring and refinancing among other initiatives, CARICOM Chairman Perry Christie has said.

Saturday, January 10th 2015 - 06:41 UTC

China pledges 250bn in investments and 500bn in bilateral trade with Latam

President Xi emphasized the positive signal to the world about deepening cooperation between China and Latin America

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Thursday 250 billion dollars in investment in Latin America over the next five years as part of a drive to boost resource-hungry China’s influence in the region.

Saturday, January 10th 2015 - 06:22 UTC

Significance of China for Latam trade and investment underlined by Eclac

“It is vital for the region to forge closer strategic ties with China in order to attract more Chinese foreign direct investment”, said Ms Barcena

The importance of forging closer strategic ties between China and Latin America was underlined by Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in her speech to the China-Community of Latin American and Caribbean two-day ministerial forum that took place in Beijing.

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