Latin America

Latin America
Friday, April 17th 2015 - 04:40 UTC

Unasur opens Defense School to elaborate a shared doctrine of peace and stability

“The region's defense philosophy does not prepare for war but rather emphasizes the significance of dissuasive instruments” according to Cordero.

The Union of South American Nations, Unasur will celebrate this Friday its eighth anniversary with the official opening of the South American Defense School (Esude) created to instruct on defense and security issues, both at civil and military level, following 'the principles of a regional strategic vision'.

Friday, April 17th 2015 - 04:32 UTC

Pope Francis to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay next July

“Welcome Pope Francis! We will work with all our energy so that his visit, like that of John Paul II 30 years ago, will be unforgettable,” Correa said.

Pope Francis will make his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking Latin America in July, stopping in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, the Vatican said Thursday. The pope will kick off his trip in Ecuador on July 6, then travel to Bolivia on July 8 and wrap up his tour in Paraguay from July 10 to 12.

Friday, April 17th 2015 - 03:39 UTC

Mercosur must exhaust efforts to advance in trade talks with EU, insists Uruguay

“Many elements such as the free circulation of goods, services and persons is not working” and there is a distortion of the Mercosur founding treaty, said Cancela

Mercosur must exhaust efforts with determination to advance in trade negotiations with the European Union, said Uruguay's Deputy foreign minister Jose Luis Cancela confirming the country's commitment with the block, but also demanding 'sincerity' in addressing the challenges and agreeing on an international insertion strategy.

Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 08:43 UTC

Santos orders resumption of bombing raids after FARC attack kills 10 soldiers

“This incident was a product of a deliberate attack by the FARC, it was not a coincidence”, Santos said after meeting with his defense team in Cali.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has ordered the resumption of bombing raids against FARC rebels after an attack he blamed on the group killed 10 soldiers, a move that will intensify combat after efforts to cool tensions.

Wednesday, April 15th 2015 - 07:28 UTC

Cuba to be removed from terror sponsors' list, announced President Obama

Obama ordered a review of Cuba’s status in December, as he and Raul Castro agreed to move toward normal relations.(Pic EFE)

The White House announced on Tuesday that President Obama intends to remove Cuba from the US government's list of nations that sponsor terrorism, eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations after decades of hostilities. The decision to remove Cuba from the list represents a crucial step in Obama’s effort to turn the page on a Cold War-era dispute.

Tuesday, April 14th 2015 - 10:03 UTC

Intellectual icon of Latin America's left in the seventies and eighties dies in Montevideo

“The Open Veins of Latin America” became a classic text for the left in the region and propelled the Eduardo Hughes Galeano to fame

Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano, whose The Open Veins of Latin America became a classic text for the left in the region and propelled the author to fame, died on Monday at age 74. Galeano had been ill with lung cancer for several months.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 10:55 UTC

Castro and Obama make history: 'we have agreed we can disagree with respect and civility'

Castro said Cuba was willing to discuss issues such as human rights and freedom of the press, maintaining that “everything can be on the table.”

President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro sat down together on Saturday in the first formal meeting of the two country's leaders in over a half-century, pledging to reach for the kind of peaceful relationship that has eluded their nations for generations.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 10:48 UTC

Pope Francis appeals to Americas Summit for better distribution of riches

In emerging economies, much of the population has not benefited from general economic progress. ”a gap bigger and bigger between the rich and the poor has been opened”

In a message addressed to the President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela, Pope Francis urged leaders attending the OAS Americas' Summit to strengthen efforts against inequality which he considered a “source for conflicts.”

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:55 UTC

Obama praised the 'new beginning' in the bilateral relation with Cuba

The political “shift” represents as well an opportunity of more investments, more trade and cultural exchange for the Caribbean nation, said Obama.

United States President Barack Obama addressed American leaders in the meeting currently taking place in the City of Panama praising the diplomatic rapprochement between Washington and Cuba which he called “a new beginning” in the bilateral relation.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:46 UTC

Castro calls for a 'civilized relationship'; apologizes to Obama and condemns ten previous US presidents

“It’s about time I spoke in the Summit on behalf of Cuba,” Castro said, causing a loud cheer from state representatives inside the Atlapa Convention Center.

Cuban President Raul Castro was received with a standing ovation as he readied to address the VII Summit of the Americas, held in Panama City, in a historic presentation. The Caribbean leader stressed the importance of the rapprochement with the United States but questioned the US policy towards Venezuela.

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