Latin America

Latin America
Monday, April 18th 2016 - 08:21 UTC

Ecuador quake primary toll: 262 killed and over 2.500 injured, but climbing

Vice President Jorge Glas said the toll, 262 killed and over 2.500 injured  was likely to rise because a large number of people remained unaccounted for

Aid began to flow in Sunday to areas devastated by Ecuador's strongest earthquake in decades and the death toll continued to rise as people left homeless hunkered down for another night outside in the dark.

Saturday, April 16th 2016 - 08:45 UTC

OAS chief meets Rousseff and disagrees with the impeachment process

Almagro said OAS has made a detailed analysis of the impeachment process against Dilma, and has concluded that it does not fit within the rules of this process.

Brazilian president President Dilma Rousseff received on Friday in Brasilia the Organization of American States, (OAS), Secretary General Luis Almagro to discuss on the current situation in the country, some regional issues and the role played by OAS.

Friday, April 15th 2016 - 18:14 UTC

Rousseff to address the nation Friday evening while Congress debates her impeachment

Dailies O´Globo and Folha de Sao Paulo reported Rousseff will be on the air at Brazil´s prime time 20:00 when she is expected to defend her government

President Dilma Rousseff is scheduled to address Brazil on national television Friday evening, the same day that Congress started a three-day debate to decide whether there are enough arguments to begin the impeachment process that could lead to her removal from office. She is charged with manipulating budget accounts that helped her government present balanced accounts for the 2014 presidential elections.

Friday, April 15th 2016 - 08:47 UTC

US cautions Caribbean BOTs about whom they give their passports

Under the CIP Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis and Dominica, foreign nationals are granted citizenship in exchange for a substantial investment

The United States Government has cautioned Caribbean countries offering a Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) to be extra cautious about who they give their passports to, and ensure that recipients have no terrorist or crime links. It gave the advice, in a statement issued by the US Embassy in Barbados, even as it made it that it was not advising regional countries on whether or not they should offer economic citizenship.

Wednesday, April 13th 2016 - 21:33 UTC

Falklands receives visit from Central American journalists

The group of journalists with MLA Barry Elsby and MLA Michael Poole at Gilbert House

A group of five Central American journalists, including one from Honduras, visited the Falkland Islands to learn more about the politics, economy and life in the Islands. The invitation was made by the Falkland Islands Government (FIG) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to media representatives from Panama (Diario La Prensa), Costa Rica (Diario El Extra), El Salvador (El Diario de Hoy), Belize (The Reporter Press), and Honduras (El Heraldo).

Wednesday, April 13th 2016 - 05:56 UTC

Rousseff brands vice president Temer “a traitor” and ''coup plotter'' with no respect for democracy

“If there were any doubts about my denunciation that a coup is underway, there can't be now. The coup plotters have a leader and a deputy leader,” Rousseff said

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff branded her vice president a traitor Tuesday, saying that he was a conspirator in a “coup” that aimed to use impeachment proceedings to bring down a popularly elected government.“If there were any doubts about my denunciation that a coup is underway, there can't be now. The coup plotters have a leader and a deputy leader,” Rousseff said in a blistering attack in Brasilia.

Wednesday, April 13th 2016 - 05:03 UTC

Ecuador signs US$ 1 billion investment deals to boost oil production in existing fields

Petroamazonas signed a contract with Pañaturi consortium, made up of China’s Sinopec International and Sinopec Service Ecuador

Ecuadorian state-owned energy firm Petroamazonas EP, which is looking to boost production at nine of its existing oil fields and on Monday signed a series of investment deals amounting to US$ 1 billion for those areas, enlisting the help of both domestic and foreign companies.

Tuesday, April 12th 2016 - 09:00 UTC

Don’t Blame Panama. Tax Evasion Is a Global Problem.

View of Panama City financial district: Panama does not deserve to be singled out on an issue that plagues many countries

By Juan Carlos Varela (*) - The following was published by The New York Times in The Opinion Pages. DESPITE their name, the Panama Papers are not mainly about Panama. They are not even primarily concerned with Panamanian companies. The more than 11 million documents, illegally hacked and released last week relating to previously undisclosed “offshore” corporations, is roiling the world with revelations of the vulnerability for rampant abuse of legal financial structures by the wealthy.

Tuesday, April 12th 2016 - 07:25 UTC

OAS calls for deep reforms in Peruvian electoral system, following Sundays vote

EOM said the current system does not provide guarantees: it transmits legal and political insecurity to citizens and can put at risk the political rights of voters

The OAS Electoral Observation Mission (EOM/OAS) to the general elections in Peru presented on Monday its preliminary technical report on Sunday’s general election, in which it recommends a deep electoral reform, including the system of disqualification of candidates.

Monday, April 11th 2016 - 06:31 UTC

Keiko Fujimori wins first presidential round in Peru, but polls anticipate she could lose the run-off

A quick count by polling firm Ipsos said Fujimori had 39.6% of the vote with Kuczynski on 21.5% and leftist lawmaker Veronika Mendoza on 18.7%.

Fujimori, the conservative daughter of jailed former president Alberto Fujimori, won the first round of Peru's presidential election on Sunday but she will likely face center-right economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in a tight run-off. Exit polls and early official results showed Fujimori with close to 40% support, falling well short of the 50% needed for an outright victory.

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