Latin America

Latin America
Saturday, August 15th 2009 - 11:07 UTC

Mexico/Uruguay sign strategic association accord and advance trade

Presidents Calderon and Vazquez shake hands after signing bilateral agreements

Mexico president Felipe Calderón and Uruguay’s Tabare Vazquez signed on Friday in Montevideo a Strategic Association accord to strengthen political dialogue and bilateral trade relations in the framework of the 2004 free trade agreement.

Friday, August 14th 2009 - 13:47 UTC

Zelaya calls for more US drastic measures against Honduras usurpers

The ousted president is closer to Chile, Brazil and the US and further away from the Caribbean “bad boys”

Ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya said he expects the US administration to take more drastic actions against the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti. Zelaya held a three and a half hour meeting on Thursday with Chilean president Michelle Bachelet in Santiago as part of his round of visits to drum support for his reinstatement.

Friday, August 14th 2009 - 07:43 UTC

Mexico offers to mediate between Colombia and Venezuela and Ecuador

Calderón also underlined Mexico respects Colombia’s sovereign decision to allow US troops in seven Colombian bases, which has become the latest contention issue in the region.

Mexican president Felipe Calderón on an official visit to Colombia offered his country’s mediation in the conflict between Bogotá and neighbouring Ecuador and Venezuela.

Friday, August 14th 2009 - 05:13 UTC

Chilean conservative presidential hopeful leads comfortably in latest opinion poll

Following twenty years of the Chilean ruling coalition, Conservative Sebastián Piñera could become the country’s next president.

Chilean Conservative businessman Sebastián Piñera continues to enjoy a lead going into the country’s December 11 presidential election, according to a poll by the Center for Studies in Contemporary Reality (CERC).

Thursday, August 13th 2009 - 14:36 UTC

Uribe will be present at Unasur summit in Bariloche

According to Colombian military forces commander Freddy Padilla the agreement with the US and reconditioning of bases is 99% agreed.

The Unasur (Union of South American Nations) extraordinary summit to address the US forces in Colombian bases controversy, and which was agreed in Ecuador, will take place in Bariloche at the end of the month announced the Argentine presidency.

Thursday, August 13th 2009 - 14:29 UTC

Zelaya and Lula da Silva call on Obama to solve Honduras political crisis

Massive protests in Tegucigalpa while Zelaya meets Chile’s Bachelet on Thursday

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and Brazilian President Lula da Silva called on Wednesday on the United States to use more political influence to help solve the Honduran crisis.

Thursday, August 13th 2009 - 08:04 UTC

Chileans take advantage of vacation packages to Mexico and the Caribbean

Packages are at least 30% cheaper than a year ago

More Chileans are choosing the tropics this year as vacation package prices to Cancun and the Caribbean have dropped an average of 30% in 2009.

Wednesday, August 12th 2009 - 12:30 UTC

President Oscar Arias sick with H1N1 virus.

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias is said to have the H1N1 virus. He was placed under medical care at his home, but he will not delegate power in the meantime, Presidency Minister Rodrigo Arias said.

Wednesday, August 12th 2009 - 12:19 UTC

Chavez and Cristina sign a billion USD trade agreement

President Chavez and his counterpart  C.F. Kirchner. The deal includes 10.000 cars, farm machinery and food products.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez received on Tuesday Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Caracas to sign agreements expanding trade between the two countries. Among the deals was an accord to import as many as 10,000 cars from Argentina this year instead of Colombia.

Wednesday, August 12th 2009 - 11:53 UTC

Cuba remains as the country “with the worst human rights record”

Raul Castro has been a “big disappointment” for those who believed human rights conditions would improve in the island.

Cuba remains as the country with the worst human rights record in the western hemisphere and nothing has changed since President Raul Castro took over from his brother Fidel, according to the latest report from the dissident Cuban Commission of Human Rights CCDHRN).

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