Latin America

Latin America
Saturday, September 12th 2009 - 12:02 UTC

Unasur meeting in Quito to promote confidence-building measures

Ecuadorian Defence minister expects results from the coming Quito meeting

Ecuador expects all Foreign Affairs and Defence ministers from Unasur countries to be present next Tuesday at the meeting in Quito which is basically targeted to create and stimulate confidence-building measures in the region.

Saturday, September 12th 2009 - 11:57 UTC

France cautions Venezuela on “nuclear links” with Iran

President Chavez has described the Teheran regime as a strategic ally

France cautioned Venezuela that any nuclear technology transfer from Iran would represent a “violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions”.

Saturday, September 12th 2009 - 11:55 UTC

Russian mid range missiles (300 km) for Venezuela, and “they don’t fail”

Chavez made the announcement on his return form 10 day tour of three continents

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has announced that the country will soon take delivery of Russian missiles with a range of 300km. Returning from a 10-day tour of Africa, Asia and Europe, including Russia, Mr Chavez is also planning to buy Russian T-72 and T-90.

Saturday, September 12th 2009 - 11:29 UTC

September summit in Venezuela of African and South American leaders

Development of the energy sector is a priority for Africa

Relations between Africa and South America will be strengthened when leaders from the two continents meet late in September to review progress in implementing joint projects and decisions made at the previous summit in 2006.

Saturday, September 12th 2009 - 10:55 UTC

Cuban sentenced to two-year in jail for protesting about hunger

YouTube success condemned a sober and retracted Panfilo Gonzalez

A Cuban court of appeals in Havana on Friday upheld the two-year sentence handed down to a man who had drunkenly protested before television cameras about hunger in Cuba, according to Cuban dissidents.

Friday, September 11th 2009 - 07:43 UTC

Paraguay and Bolivia agree on military expenditure

Paraguayan Defence minister Luis Barreiro satisfied with Bolivia’s explanation (Photo Efe)

Paraguay said it was satisfied with Bolivia’s explanations regarding the neighbouring country’s plans to purchase arms and reinforce its military garrisons. The statement follows a Thursday meeting of the two countries Foreign Affairs and Defence ministers in Asuncion, capital of Paraguay.

Friday, September 11th 2009 - 07:37 UTC

Venezuela announced nuclear energy cooperation program with Iran

Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinejad has promoted technology transfers to Venezuela (Photo Efe)

Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez revealed in an interview with the French daily Le Figaro that he has signed an agreement with his Iranian peer Mahmud Ahmadinejad to develop a nuclear program with the help of the Teheran regime.

Friday, September 11th 2009 - 07:25 UTC

Uruguayan businessman among Latinamerica’s hundred most powerful

Gabriel T Rozman is executive vice president for emerging markets at the giant Indian corporation Tata

Uruguay’s Gabriel T. Rozman figures among Latinamerica’s hundred most powerful men and women in business according to the Latin Business Chronicle Power 100 ranking. Mr Rozman is executive vice-president for emerging markets at Tata Consulting Services, TCS, the Indian corporation that only in Latinamerica has over 6.000 staff in Latinamerica.

Friday, September 11th 2009 - 07:03 UTC

Chilean Congress to repeal copper sales law funding Armed Forces

The copper boom has allowed Chile to renew military hardware of the three services

President Michelle Bachelet gave her support Tuesday to a bill that would repeal the Copper Reserve Law. The Copper Reserve Law, a relic of the Pinochet dictatorship, guaranteed that 10% of all sales made by the state-owned CODELCO copper company will be given to Chile’s Armed Services.

Thursday, September 10th 2009 - 11:40 UTC

Chilean president Bachelet approval rating remains steady at 73%

The highest level of support of any Chilean president since 1990

An overwhelming majority of Chileans, 73% approve of the way that President Michelle Bachelet is handling her responsibilities, says a new Adimark poll taken in August.

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