Latin America

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Friday, September 25th 2015 - 07:09 UTC

Guyana believes Venezuela's military display is a 'show of force', but in case send forcers to the border

 Brig. Phillips disclosed that Venezuelan missiles were collected in El Dorado and speed boats with machine guns were patrolling Guyana’s Cuyuni River.

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) says it’s ready to defend the country against any act of aggression at the country’s border with neighbour Venezuela. The declaration was made by the GDF’s Chief-of-Staff Brigadier Mark Phillips, as Minister of State Joseph Harmon also assured that President David Granger was “on top of the situation”, which he described as 'a show of force' and 'not a threat of force'.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 07:02 UTC

Maduro calls for dialogue with Guyana but insists on its claim over Essequibo

Maduro’s invitation comes amidst Guyana’s concerns, following Venezuela’s increased military presence on the border it shares with Guyana.

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro says he wants to have a discussion with his Guyanese counterpart to find a way to settle the conflicts between the two countries. He made a call for a meeting to be held on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in New York, during his ‘Contact with Maduro’ program, according to the statement on the website of the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 05:59 UTC

“Let the private sector make business with Falkland/Malvinas, a blockade in the Americas is unacceptable” said lawmaker Trobo

Trobo was in London this week and met for over an hour with Foreign Office minister for Latin American affairs Hugo Swire (L)

Uruguayan lawmaker Jaime Trobo said that a blockade in the Americas was 'unacceptable' and called for closer links between the Falkland/Malvinas Islands and the continent, urging the private sector to take advantage of the business opportunities in trade and services.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 05:15 UTC

UN highest court agrees to take the Chile/Bolivia dispute over a sea outlet

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Thursday urged Santiago to open negotiations on the issue on learning of the court's decision.

The UN's highest court on Thursday agreed to take up a century-old dispute between Chile and Bolivia, saying it could rule in the case as La Paz seeks to regain access to the Pacific. The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ), which oversees disputes between countries, said it “has jurisdiction... to entertain the application filed by Bolivia.”

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 08:27 UTC

Colombia and FARC put a date to end Latam's deadliest conflict, 23 March 2016

President Santos and Timochenko greeted each other with a handshake. Cuban President Raul Castro, who hosted the meeting, joined his hands to theirs.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the top FARC rebel commander pledged on Wednesday to end Latin America's longest war within six months and sealed their pact with a handshake likely to stand as a lasting image.

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 08:11 UTC

Venezuela admits military 'deployment exercise' along the border with Guyana

Defense Minister Padrino Lopez said that Venezuela was conducting military exercises “because we are really preparing ourselves”

Venezuela says the deployment of its troops near the border it shares with Guyana, which triggered serious concern in Georgetown, is “an operational deployment exercise”. This follows on months of diplomatic aggression and threats by the regime of Nicolas Maduro claiming two thirds of Guyana's territory.

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015 - 09:03 UTC

Guyana claims Venezuela is making “abnormal military deployments” near the border

“During September we have noticed an extraordinary escalation of Venezuelan military activity in eastern Venezuela” said president Granger

Guyana President David Granger is claiming that Venezuela is making “abnormal and extraordinary military deployments” near the border between the two countries. He made the accusation on Tuesday, saying that he had received reports about the movement in eastern Venezuela/western Guyana.

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 - 10:14 UTC

With mediation of Uruguay and Ecuador border Colombia / Venezuela reopens

The talks -- facilitated by Correa and Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez -- lasted five hours and also saw an agreement of “the situation on the border”

Colombia and Venezuela have agreed to restore diplomatic dialogue and oversee “progressive normalization” of their border, after a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his counterpart Nicolas Maduro.

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 - 08:07 UTC

Pope will celebrate last mass in Cuba on Tuesday before flying to the US

“I am aware of the efforts and of the sacrifices the Church in Cuba has carried out to take to all, even in most remote locations, the word and the presence of Christ”.

Pope Francis has celebrated mass in front of thousands of people in the eastern Cuban city of Holguin. During his homily, he paid tribute to the “efforts” and “sacrifices” the Roman Catholic Church has made in Cuba.

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 - 07:15 UTC

Which lawmakers from the Pacific Alliance are paid the most?

In Colombia they make more than 40 times the country’s minimum wage of $205, a disparity which has long caused frustration among Colombians

Of all four Pacific Alliance countries, Colombia spends most on its congressional representatives, despite the South American country’s low wages. According to a report published on Monday by economic newspaper La Republica, the state pays Colombia’s congressmen a total of nearly $2.1 million per month in salaries, almost double the total of Chile, whose congressmen have the highest individual salaries, but in total cost the state $1.2 million per month.


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