Latin America

Latin America
Wednesday, December 2nd 2009 - 12:31 UTC

Magallanes region unemployment remains steady above 8%

Officials argue the labour force has expanded and tourism related activities have suffered because of the global recession

Magallanes Region in the extreme south of Chile has dropped from fourth to sixth place in the ranking of regions with the least unemployment, according to the latest release which shows the rate jumped to 8.2% in the August-October quarter. This represents a 6.5 percentage point increase over the same period a year ago and half a point compared to the previous July-September quarter.

Wednesday, December 2nd 2009 - 05:36 UTC

Chile promotes domestic travel to help depressed tourism industry

Punta Arenas is one of the cities hard hit by the impact of the economic crisis

In an attempt to survive the economic crisis and the depreciating US dollar, Chile’s tourism industry has amplified national travel promotions targeting local and foreign vacationers.

Tuesday, December 1st 2009 - 11:05 UTC

Ibero-American summit divided over the Honduras political situation

Ibero-American Secretary-General Enrique Iglesias is hopeful an understanding can be reached

Portugal's Foreign Affairs Minister Luis Amado said on Monday that Portugal is working as a mediator among Ibero-American countries to achieve a consensus on the Honduras political situation that is threatening the 19th summit’s final declaration.

Tuesday, December 1st 2009 - 08:34 UTC

Lobo wins Honduran election and calls for “national unity dialogue”

According to Honduras Electoral Tribunal voters turn-out was 65%

Honduras conservative presidential candidate Porfirio Lobo declared Monday he won Sunday’s elections while his main contender accepted defeat and de facto president Roberto Micheletti announced he was ready to hand power and step down.

Tuesday, December 1st 2009 - 07:31 UTC

Bolivia’s Morales and opposition fighting for control of Senate next Sunday

The first elected indigenous president of Bolivia Evo Morales

Bolivian president Evo Morales is set to win next Sunday’s general election and could even manage 24 of the 36 Senate seats thus ensuring the full control of the future Pluri-national Legislative Assembly, according to the latest opinion polls.

Monday, November 30th 2009 - 12:47 UTC

Hondurans voted on Sunday but legitimacy of results remains unknown

Porfirio Lobo, as was anticipated by opinion polls, garnered the most votes

Honduran cattle rancher Porfirio Lobo apparently won the presidency of the Central American country that is trying to overcome a five-month political crisis and rebuild its economy, according to exit polls and preliminary results released by television and radio stations.

Monday, November 30th 2009 - 12:45 UTC

The Ibero-American summit remains divided over the Honduran crisis

Argentine minister Jorge Taiana said the Honduran elections could become a new way of validating “coups”

The Ibero-American summit of 22 countries began Sunday in the seaside resort of Estoril, Portugal, amid divisions over the elections being held in Honduras. Foreign ministers were unable to reach a common position on the situation where ousted president Manuel Zelaya has called for a boycott of the elections staged by the de facto government.

Monday, November 30th 2009 - 12:20 UTC

PINTA '09 showcases Latin American art from 60 art galleries in Latin America

Mauro Herlitzka, Institutional Director of PINTA.

There were few signs of a recession ridden United States at PINTA '09, the modern and contemporary art fair, showcasing Latin American art from 60 art galleries in Latin America, the United States and Europe. The third annual art fair held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York might be a young fair, but upon closer inspection of the high quality of art produced in Latin America, it has become an important player in the global art scene presenting the best of Latin American art not only to the United States, but also to the world.

Saturday, November 28th 2009 - 21:48 UTC

Pope says treaty between Argentina and Chile was ‘an example of peace before barbaric violence'

Pope welcome Presidents Cristina Fernandez of Argentina and Michelle Bachelet of Chile.

Pope Benedict XVI hailed a 1984 Vatican-mediated friendship agreement between Argentina and Chile as a “luminous example” of peace winning out over war during an audience Saturday with the presidents of both countries.

Saturday, November 28th 2009 - 18:10 UTC

Chile Invokes Pinochet-Era Anti-Terrorism Law Against Mapuche Demonstrators

In comparison to other countries in Latin America, Chile boasts relatively stable political institutions, particularly free and fair elections, and a substantial middle class. As a result, this South American country is widely recognized as a model for democratic development and respect for constitutional procedures throughout the region.

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