Latin America

Latin America
Thursday, December 18th 2014 - 01:17 UTC

Francis instrumental in US-Cuba relationship process

Presidents Barack Obama of the United Stes and Raul Castro of Cuba agreed to restore full diplomatic ties with help from Pope Francis.

The first Latin American pope in history sent letters to Obama, Raúl Castro and brokered negotiations which ended up in Wednesday's announcement that both countries are to resume full ties.

Thursday, December 18th 2014 - 01:00 UTC

US, Cuba to resume full diplomatic ties

US citizen Alan Gross' release from Cuban prison for humanitarian reasons paved the way for full diplomatic ties to be restored. (Pic AP)

Presidents Obama and Castro finalize details over the telephone, make announcement. US restrictions require Congressional approval to be fully lifted. Alan Gross released. Other swaps ensue.

Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 20:21 UTC

OAS Celebrates “Historic Announcement” of Resumption of Diplomatic Relations between the United States and Cuba

The two leaders shake hands during the funeal of Nelson Maldela

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today welcomed the “historic announcement” made by the Presidents of Cuba and the United States, Raúl Castro and Barack Obama, of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries, as well as the re-opening of embassies in Washington and Havana, the lifting of certain commercial restrictions and the beginning of new paths for cooperation on issues of mutual interest, among other measures.

Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 12:22 UTC

Latin America exports stagnant for third year running, says IDB

Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Venezuela were the worst performers because of the fall in commodity prices

Exports from Latin America will drop by about 1.4% in 2014, the first decline in exports since the collapse of international commerce during the 2009 financial crisis, according to a study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 03:46 UTC

Cristina makes major castling on eve of Mercosur Summit

”Bolivian president Evo Morales and Governor Sergio Urribarri sport their national football teams' jerseys in a friendly match in Parana.

Evo Morales, Governor Urribarri play football - New Intelligence boss appointed.

Tuesday, December 16th 2014 - 20:54 UTC

Uruguay's media law bill reaches Senate - Mujica warns of foreign sharks.

“It's okay to have freedom of the press, but what you don't have to have is a monopoly”, said Uruguay president José Mujica on Tuesday.

President and journalists organisations deem LSCA necessary to avoid handing the media over to outside operators. They see no danger to freedom of speech in legislative project as it is.

Saturday, December 13th 2014 - 19:19 UTC

BBC airs advance of Top Gear Patagonia program to be shown December 27/28

Jeremy Clarkson has said that the attack on himself and the Top Gear crew in Argentina was the scariest experience of his life.

The controversial two-part episode of BBC's Top Gear filmed in Argentina will be shown on Saturday, December 27 and Sunday, December 28 on BBC Two at 8pm on both days. A few seconds advance of the show was aired this week in anticipation of the major launching.

Saturday, December 13th 2014 - 04:37 UTC

Brazil confident since pre-salt oil is profitable 'even at 60 dollars a barrel'

“I don't know of any pre-salt project that cannot resist the 70 dollar or even the 60 dollar mark” said Ms Chambriard

The head of Brazil's National Petroleum Agency, Magda Chambriard said that the country's oil production projects remain 'robust' even as international prices for crude continue to tumble. She underlined that the pre-salt projects of Brazil along ist coast resist prices as low as 60 dollars a barrel.

Saturday, December 13th 2014 - 04:07 UTC

Argentina purchases four Russian multipurpose polar Supply-class tugs

A Neftegaz tug under operations in Russia, similar to the ones presumably purchased by Argentina

Argentina's ministry of Defense has signed an agreement for the purchase of four Russian-built multipurpose polar tugs, class NEFTEGAZ, at a total cost of just over eight million dollars.

Saturday, December 13th 2014 - 03:55 UTC

Tribute at sea at site of the Battle of the Falklands to honor British and German sailors

The Royal Navy ceremony at the Battle of the Falklands memorial in Stanley

Descendants of the three Admirals who led the Royal Navy and Imperial German Navy at the Battles of Coronel and the Falklands in 1914 have paid tribute at sea.

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