Latin America

Latin America
Friday, August 28th 2009 - 19:38 UTC

Colombia and Venezuela raise the stakes for the Unasur summit

A major clash of personalities and attitudes: Chavez and Uribe

Colombia reiterated its willingness to an open discussion on the deployment of US forces in Colombian bases but also wants Venezuela to adopt a similar attitude regarding its arms, armament and alliance policies.

Thursday, August 27th 2009 - 15:43 UTC

Latam foreign trade forecasted to plunge a record 13% this year

Cepal Director Alicia Barcena says the region should prepare for when full –recovery

Latin American and Caribbean countries total volume of trade is expected to fall 13% in 2009 from the previous year due to the impact of the global economic crisis, according to a report from the United Nations' economic commission for the region, Cepal.

Thursday, August 27th 2009 - 15:39 UTC

Paraguay interested in discussing “arms race” at the Unasur summit

Foreign Affairs minister Hector Lacognata said all “conflict hypothesis” in the region must be addressed

Conflict hypothesis and arms race in the region must also be included in the context of the controversy over US forces in Colombian bases during the coming Unasur (Union of South American Nations) summit in Argentina, according to the Paraguayan government official position.

Thursday, August 27th 2009 - 15:36 UTC

Obama envoy: “US not interested in having bases in Colombia”

McMullen said Venezuela’s Chavez was not acting responsibly when he talks of “winds of war” in the region

A top official from President Obama’s administration touring South America said on Wednesday that “the US is not interested in military bases in Colombia” and suggested Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez “is not acting responsibly” when he talks of “winds of war” in the region because of a security agreement between United States and Colombia

Thursday, August 27th 2009 - 15:33 UTC

Colombia calls for open, live TV debate on all regional military issues

Foreign Affairs minister Jaime Bermudez preparing for Friday’s meeting

Colombia wants the coming Unasur (Union of South American nations) summit in Argentina to be open to all media and televised live said Colombian Foreign Affairs minister Jaime Bermúdez.

Thursday, August 27th 2009 - 15:29 UTC

Colombia files complaint against Venezuela with OAS

Chavez called on his militants to help oust the “Colombian oligarchy”

Colombia fled a formal complaint against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez with the Organization of American States, accusing the populist leader of interfering in domestic affairs

Thursday, August 27th 2009 - 15:25 UTC

Spanish company wins contract for Panama Canal third set of locks

The canal expansion is scheduled for completion by 2014, one hundred years after the US-built canal first opened.

Work began Wednesday on a new set of locks to allow giant cargo vessels to pass through the inter-oceanic Panama Canal, according to the group leading the project.

Thursday, August 27th 2009 - 15:19 UTC

An “eternally grateful” Chile mourns Ted Kennedy’s death

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet awarded Sen. Edward Kennedy the Order of the Merit to Chile last September.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet gave her condolences on Wednesday to the family of the late Massachusetts Senator, Edward Kennedy, whom she called “A great politician who supported a democratic Chile during hard times for our country.”

Thursday, August 27th 2009 - 08:45 UTC

China has come to the rescue of Latinamerican exports, says Cepal

Latinamerican exports to China dropped 4.1% compared to 36.3% and 35.3% to the EU and the US

China’s sustained demand for food, energy and minerals has helped Latinamerican countries to stimulate their economies and contain the negative impact of the current global recession, according to the latest report from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latinamerica and the Caribbean, Cepal.

Wednesday, August 26th 2009 - 11:06 UTC

Honduras government balks at accord

De facto Honduran President Roberto Micheletti shakes hand with OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza

The government of de facto Honduran President Roberto Micheletti is not ready to sign a proposed agreement to end the country's ongoing political crisis, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno said in Honduras.

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