Latin America

Latin America
Tuesday, June 2nd 2009 - 10:51 UTC

OAS Cuba’s sanctions could be lifted Tuesday in Honduras

Insulza optimistic that a consensus can be reached, following OAS tradition

The Organization of American States, OAS, secretary general Jose Miguel Insulza said he was optimistic that an agreement to lift the suspension on Cuba can be reached at the 39th general assembly which officially begins Tuesday in Honduras.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2009 - 10:35 UTC

Next July Chile begins to cut its Argentine natural gas dependency

Re-gasification facilities at Quintero, the first LNG terminal in South America

After years of import disruptions and domestic gas shortages, Chile’s energy industry is now eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipment to the country’s new LNG terminal, located in the city of Quintero (Region V).

Tuesday, June 2nd 2009 - 10:24 UTC

New Salvador president praises Obama and re-establishes relations with Cuba

Analysts coincide that President Funes receives a country in dire need of reforms but politically divided in almost equivalent halves.

A left-wing former television journalist, Mauricio Funes, was sworn-in Monday as president of El Salvador. President Funes heads the FMLN, the former Marxist rebels who fought a 12-year civil war against US-backed governments until 1992.

Tuesday, June 2nd 2009 - 04:21 UTC

Chile breakthrough in (Asian nori) algae cultivation

Nori sheets used to roll sushi is a 5 billion US dollars market.

Scientists of Chile’s Universidad Católica (UC) have discovered several varieties of the algae Porphyra in Chile. The Department of Ecology at UC has been studying the details of the reproductive cycle of the algae in order to replicate it in the lab

Monday, June 1st 2009 - 13:22 UTC

Ecuador’s Correa forecasts the end of OAS and promotes the Group of Rio

Pte. Correa; Sanctions on Cuba promise to be at the heart of OAS assembly’s debates

Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa said the Organization of American States, OAS, has “no longer a reason to exist” and forecasted it will be replaced by the Group of Rio, arguing it was time that Latinamerican issues ceased to be discussed in Washington.

Monday, June 1st 2009 - 09:02 UTC

OAS calls for a political solution to Colombian internal conflict

Organization of American States Secretary General Jose Insulza

The Organization of American States Secretary General said the Colombian internal conflict should move towards a negotiated political solution, and offered to contribute to the peace efforts.

Monday, June 1st 2009 - 08:39 UTC

New El Salvador government expected to restore relations with Cuba

Mauricio Funes will  takes office on June 1rst

El Salvador President-elect Mauricio Funes plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba after taking office on Monday, a lawmaker allied tipped to become the Foreign Affairs minister of the new administration.

Monday, June 1st 2009 - 08:17 UTC

Blackouts in Cuba if companies don’t comply with restrictions

An electricity meter “installation” in Old Havana

The Cuban government has threatened with cutting power to companies and entities that do not comply with the “exceptional measures” which become effective Monday to save fuel and help the rapidly deteriorating island’s economy, aggravated by the current global financial crisis.

Monday, June 1st 2009 - 07:51 UTC

Andean indigenous propose international tribunal for “environmental crimes”

A peruvian indian baby on Doe Run

Latinamerican indigenous peoples are proposing the creation o fan international court to address actions which harm the environment, according to the regional representatives meeting in the Peruvian highlands city of Puno

Monday, June 1st 2009 - 07:50 UTC

Cuba/US step closer agree to resume migration talks

Cuba has agreed to resume talks with the United States over migration and mail service between the two countries, two senior US State Department officials said on Sunday.


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