Latin America

Latin America
Monday, June 29th 2009 - 06:04 UTC

World condemnation of the military coup in Honduras

Speaking for Unasur, Chilean leader Michelle Bachelet called for the immediate return of democratic institutions and President Zelaya.

The removal early Sunday by the military of Honduras elected President Jose Manuel Zelaya and his forced exile to neighbouring Costa Rica has received world condemnation.

Monday, June 29th 2009 - 05:57 UTC

President Zelaya voted in as Liberal turned into ally of Chavez’ ALBA

Zelaya’s party turned back on him when he sponsored a re-election proposal

Jose Manuel Zelaya was elected Honduran president in November 2005 running as the Liberal Party candidate. Despite his centre-right credentials, the former businessman and civil engineer with logging and ranching interests moved Honduras away from its traditional ally the US, winning the support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and other left-leaning leaders.

Sunday, June 28th 2009 - 20:15 UTC

Soldiers arrest Honduran president on day of disputed referendum

Mr Zelaya wants a constitutional change allowing him to seek a second term.

Soldiers have arrested the Honduran president and taken him to an air force base just before voting was to begin on a disputed constitutional election.

Saturday, June 27th 2009 - 16:34 UTC

Sustainable Tourism Projected For Chile’s Easter Islands

Sixty thousand tourists visit Easter Island's archaeological

The impact of heavy tourist traffic on Easter Island - 3,500 kilometers from the Chilean coastline – prompted the EuroChile Business Foundation to introduce a new sustainability program aimed at alleviating the growing pressure on the island’s fragile ecosystem, while at the same time benefiting the local community and businesses.

Saturday, June 27th 2009 - 14:41 UTC

Honduras split over referendum bid

Zelaya:

The president of Honduras has continued to demand a referendum on the constitution while rejecting an order by the Supreme Court to reinstate the head of the military, who he had sacked for opposing the public vote.

Saturday, June 27th 2009 - 10:34 UTC

Russia to supply Bolivia helicopters and military hardware

The Mi-17 helicopter has become popular in the world given its versatility, reliability and price.

Russian ambassador in Bolivia Leonid Golubev said Moscow would help Bolivia modernize its arms and military equipment, following on the credit agreement reached last February between presidents Diimitri Medvedev and Evo Morales.

Saturday, June 27th 2009 - 10:19 UTC

OIE congress calls on rich countries to help eradicate FMD

Vallat praised Paraguay for its progress in combating FMD

The Director General of the World Organization for Animal Health, OIE, Bernard Vallat called Friday on developed countries free of foot and mouth disease FMD, to help developing countries eradicate the disease.

Thursday, June 25th 2009 - 17:30 UTC

Uruguay’s ruling coalition appeals for unity and “ideal presidential ticket”

Mujica and Astori have yet to reach an agreement on the ruling coalition’s ticket.

The Uruguayan ruling coalition held Tuesday night a last joint rally before Sunday’s presidential nomination primary evoking the past and calling for unity behind the winning ticket. However one of the three hopefuls said that an agreement on program “contents” will have to be reached first.

Thursday, June 25th 2009 - 17:18 UTC

Wind farm energy for Chile’s giant state owned copper company

The aeolic park will have 125 turbines, 80 meters tall.

Chilean state-owned copper company CODELCO Norte presented this week plans for a 700 million US dollars wind farm to the National Environmental Commission (CONAMA).

Thursday, June 25th 2009 - 17:12 UTC

Argentina/ Chile react differently to Brazil’s travel warning on flu

President Bachelet said she was in complete disagreement with Brazil’s recommendation.

Argentina and Chile reacted differently to this week’s advice from the Brazilian government against travelling to A/H1N1 virus flu-stricken Argentina and Chile by people older than 60 and younger than 2 as well as those with weakened immune systems.

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