Latin America

Latin America
Thursday, December 10th 2009 - 07:53 UTC

Gallup poll shows strong Latinamerican support for Obama: 61%

President Barack Obama

A recent Gallup poll surveying Latinamerican perceptions of Barack Obama found that the US President’s strongest support comes from Chile, where 72% of those polled have a favourable image of him.

Thursday, December 10th 2009 - 07:32 UTC

US Assistant Secretary of State will be visiting Mercosur members next week

A hard task awaits Arturo Valenzuela

Recently nominated United States Assistant Secretary of State Arturo Valenzuela will be making his first trip to the region next week with visits to Mercosur full members, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, reported the US State Department.

Wednesday, December 9th 2009 - 14:49 UTC

Mercosur summit fails to advance in internal trade issues

Pesidential farewell: ...until our next meeting in June in Argentina....

The political coincidences of the two-day Mercosur presidential summit held in Montevideo overshadowed the lack of relevant decisions for the consolidation of the block as a customs union, according to Brazilian sources.

Wednesday, December 9th 2009 - 14:37 UTC

Mercosur presidents strongly reject Honduras November elections

President Vasquez reading the statement

Mercosur presidents expressed their most “energetic condemnation” of the Honduran coup and “total and full rejection” of the November 29th elections which represent a strong blow to “the democratic values of Latinamerica and the Caribbean”.

Wednesday, December 9th 2009 - 14:29 UTC

Venezuelan top private bankers help to calm markets and depositors

Planning Minister Giordani has promised an end to “speculative banking”

A two-week banking crisis in Venezuela seems to be settling down following President Hugo Chavez announcement that private banks will be respected but new rules to make the system more transparent and production-geared will begin to be enforced.

Wednesday, December 9th 2009 - 08:38 UTC

Economists suggest coordinated rates cuts to protect Latam currencies

Currencies appreciation and protectionism, main challenges for pos-crisis Latam

Latinamerica should consider the possibility of a coordinated interest rate cut, in consultation with the IMF to combat the appreciation of local currencies was suggested Tuesday by a group of former government financial officials and economists from the region.

Wednesday, December 9th 2009 - 08:23 UTC

Search for remains of British priest killed when 1973 Chilean coup

Chilean navy's iconic flagship, the Esmeralda

Investigators will be searching for the body of torture victim Father Micheal Woodward at a cemetery in the Chilean city of Valparaiso (Region V) through next month, the victim’s family informed Chilean press on Monday.

Tuesday, December 8th 2009 - 23:30 UTC

Six charged with the death in 1982 of former Chilean president

Eduardo Frei Montalva, Chilean president 1964/1970

A Chilean judge has charged six people over the death in 1982 of the country's ex-President, Eduardo Frei Montalva. The judge said there was now evidence that Mr Frei, a vocal critic of military leader Augusto Pinochet, had been poisoned in hospital.

Tuesday, December 8th 2009 - 04:18 UTC

Honduras winning party with strong majority in Congress

Zelaya followers’ leader Barahona is calling for a constitutional assembly

Honduras November 29th election winner (Conservative) National party will have a clear majority in Congress according to the latest reports from the country’s electoral authorities.

Tuesday, December 8th 2009 - 04:14 UTC

Venezuela tackles crime, 20% of which committed by the police force

Don’t trust the police, according to Interior Minister Tareck El Aisammi

Almost a fifth of all registered crimes in Venezuela are committed by law enforcement officers, particularly those most violent such as kidnapping and homicides, revealed Home Secretary Tareck El Aisammi.

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