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Fidel Castro strongly criticized United States calls for change in Cuba, following his resignation earlier this week as president more than 49 years after seizing power. In a column published Friday Castro rejects US President Bush's assertion that the resignation could put Cuba on the path to democracy.
In a declaration spanning energy, transport and space satellite cooperation, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and visiting Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil, instructed their governments to begin negotiations over the next 120 days toward creating the binational commission.
Directors at Marine Harvest in Chile, the largest salmon producer in the world, will begin to lay off nearly 1,200 workers in June to compensate for financial losses incurred as a result of an infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) viral outbreaks that took place is some of its production sites.
A commercial airliner with 46 people aboard disappeared in southwestern Venezuela on Thursday, and authorities feared it had crashed after residents reported hearing a thunderous noise in the mountains.
The Peruvian government declared a state of emergency in several coastal provinces after a farmers' protest left at least four dead and more than 700 under arrest.
Western leaders are hailing news of Cuban President Fidel Castro's plans to retire as an opportunity for political change in the island and to reestablish long frozen links.
Venezuela agreed on Tuesday to compensate Eni of Italy 700 million US dollars in cash for the takeover of an oil field but warned that Exxon Mobil Corp nationalized assets are worth less than a billion US dollars, far below what the US company is seeking.
Cuba's interim president Raul Castro requested advise and help from Brazil's Luis Inacio Lula da Silva to accelerate the political and economic transition process in the island according to Wednesday edition of the prestigious Folha de Sao Paulo.
The Latinamerica economic climate dropped to its lowest level since July 2005 because of the United States mortgage and banking situation according to the joint indicator from the University of Munich Economics Research Institute, Ifo and the Getulio Vargas Foundation from Brazil, FGV.
Brazil and Argentina are considering the joint manufacturing of different types of arms both for regional defense and for export, according to the Buenos Aires press. Next Friday Brazilian president Lula da Silva will make an official visit to Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and one of the several accords to be signed refers to the production for defense.