Latin America

Latin America
Tuesday, July 28th 2009 - 07:13 UTC

Honduras Army supports mediation, unity government and early elections

Mediator Arias plan seems to be gaining support

The head of the Honduran military pledged on Monday not to use deadly force against supporters of ousted president Manuel Zelaya and said the Army supports mediation efforts to solve the political crisis.

Tuesday, July 28th 2009 - 07:12 UTC

Less Bolivian gas production as Brazilian demand falls

Brazilian demand for natural gas dropped from 30 million cubic metres to 24 million on average.

Brazil has reduced its demand for Bolivian natural gas to 24 million cubic meters per day, prompting a drop in production, according to reports in the La Paz press.

Tuesday, July 28th 2009 - 07:10 UTC

Traffic in Panama Canal slowing down, reports administration

Number of vessels dropped 6.4% and cargo by 4.6% in Q3 of fiscal 2009

The number of vessels passing through the Panama Canal declined by 6.4% during the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2009, according to the waterway’s administration latest report.

Monday, July 27th 2009 - 12:31 UTC

Colombia’s Uribe re-re-election will be decided next September

One of the most popular leaders of Colombia, Uribe has everybody guessing

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe postponed until September any decision on plans to seek a third term in office, the country’s former defence minister said week in Madrid.

Monday, July 27th 2009 - 12:23 UTC

Castro announces second belt tightening and calls on Cubans to work the land

“The land is waiting for our sweat”, enough of “down with imperialism” underlined Raul Castro

On the 56th anniversary of the start of the Cuban Revolution, the message from President Raul Castro was not at all celebratory: the country must prepare for a second round of belt tightening because of the global financial crisis and promoting agriculture and food production is a “strategic priority”.

Saturday, July 25th 2009 - 11:50 UTC

Mercosur warns it rejects any attempt to call new elections in Honduras

Zelaya is the only legitimate president of Honduras for Mercosur

As was anticipated Mercosur released a strong condemnation of the Honduran de facto government and demanded the immediate reinstatement of constitutional president Manuel Zelaya.

Saturday, July 25th 2009 - 10:39 UTC

Ousted president Zelaya completes symbolic crossing into Honduras

Hillary Clinton described the Zelaya crossing as “reckless”

The ousted president of Honduras briefly crossed on Friday the country's border with Nicaragua, in a symbolic move that United States described as “reckless”.

Friday, July 24th 2009 - 14:17 UTC

Uruguay, Chile, Argentina less insecure than the rest of the continent

Miguel Insulza called for restraint in the coverage of police and crime issues

Uruguay, Chile and Argentina have lower levels of insecurity than the rest of Latinamerica according to secretary general of the Organization of American States Miguel Insulza who said he was against more severe punishments as a strategy to improve security.

Friday, July 24th 2009 - 14:06 UTC

Ambassador “recovers” Honduras embassy in Mexico for Zelaya

With help from Mexico and Latam ambassadors Rosalinda Bueso Asfura was returned to control of the embassy.

Honduran diplomat Rosalinda Bueso Asfura recovered Wednesday control of the Honduras embassy in Mexico City which had been taken over by adepts to the de facto government of interim President Roberto Micheletti.

Thursday, July 23rd 2009 - 15:00 UTC

Mediators say Zelaya must return to Honduras Friday

Costa Rica president Oscar Airas heads mediation efforts

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya should return home on Friday, mediators in the crisis have said. But the country's interim authorities, who removed him, have said they will not bow to international demands for his reinstatement.

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