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Friday, November 6th 2015 - 08:28 UTC

Panama dismantles drug network linking FARC with Mexican cartel

Panama, Mexico and Colombia worked together on the law-enforcement operation during 18 months, said Panama Security Minister Rodolfo Aguilera

Panamanian officials announced the dismantling of a drug network linking fugitive Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman's Sinaloa cartel and a Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, front.

Thursday, November 5th 2015 - 07:02 UTC

Mexico ready to purchase Guyana rice following Venezuela's refusal to renew exchange accord

PM Moses Nagamootoo office said Mexico’s Agriculture Minister Jose Calzada had given assurances he would fast track arrangements to buy Guyana’s paddy.

The Guyana government says Mexico has indicated a willingness to fast track an agreement to purchase paddy rice from the Caribbean country. A statement released by the Office of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said that Mexico’s Agriculture Minister Jose Calzada has given the assurance that he would fast track arrangements to buy Guyana’s paddy.

Thursday, November 5th 2015 - 06:35 UTC

Argentine women are the most fluent English speakers in Latin America

Although Argentina continued to top the regional English proficiency ranking that has existed for the past five years, it did not move up in the global rankings.

Argentines are the most fluent English-speakers in Latin America according to the EF English Proficiency Index 2015 report — a study that analyzes the State of Worldwide English Proficiency. Globally the country came in 15th place out of the 70 countries that participated in the study, which uses test data from 910,000 adults.

Monday, November 2nd 2015 - 08:07 UTC

US Navy Carrier Strike Group 9 anchored off Punta Arenas for Unitas exercises

USS George Washington and Carrier Strike Group 9 will be in Latin American waters through December for UNITAS 2015

The United States Carrier Strike Group 9 which is participating in a series of 'Unitas' exercises with different Latin American and Pacific countries, anchored off Punta Arenas and is scheduled to leave on Monday for Rio do Janeiro, Brazil, according to reports from the extreme south Chilean city port.

Wednesday, October 28th 2015 - 09:11 UTC

UN condemns 191-2, US embargo on Cuba, despite restored relations

US deputy ambassador Ronald Godard said before the vote that Cuba is “mistaken” if it thinks the measure will improve efforts to normalize relations.

United States on Tuesday voted against a U.N. resolution condemning its embargo on Cuba, even though President Barack Obama has called on Congress to lift the trade restrictions. The vote was the first since the U.S. and Cuban leaders agreed to restore diplomatic ties last December, and the U.S. had considered taking the unprecedented step of abstaining.

Wednesday, October 28th 2015 - 07:54 UTC

Venezuela warns Canada over mining activities in Guyana: 'infringing on territorial sovereignty'

Venezuela issued a warning letter to Guyana Goldfields Incorporated, informing that its operations are “infringing on the territorial sovereignty of Venezuela”.

Venezuela has objected to a Canadian mining company operating in Guyana, telling the company it is infringing on Caracas’ sovereignty. And the move has not gone down well with Guyana’s president David Granger.

Tuesday, October 27th 2015 - 07:55 UTC

Comedian cowboy who wanted to become president, finally makes it in Guatemala

“With this election you have made me president, I received a mandate and that mandate is to fight the corruption that has consumed us,” said Morales

Comedian Jimmy Morales won a landslide victory in Guatemala's presidential race Sunday despite having no political experience, after a campaign upended by a corruption scandal that felled the outgoing president. Morales, a comic actor and TV personality, declared victory after election officials released the resounding results: 68% of the vote for the conservative candidate to 32% for former first lady Sandra Torres.

Friday, October 23rd 2015 - 07:02 UTC

Cristina Fernandez is falling back, but with great power and plans to return in 2019, says Fraga

Cristina Fernandez made in congress an unprecedented  display of force for an Argentine president, underlining the quality and efficiency of her leadership

President Cristina Fernandez is falling back ahead of Sunday's election, but with great power, and she has the intention of returning to office in the next presidential elections, 2019, said the political analyst and columnist Rosendo Fraga regarding the current political scenario in Argentina. On Sunday Argentines will be electing president, half the Lower House a third of Senate seats, governorships and for the first time Mercosur parliament representatives.

Thursday, October 22nd 2015 - 07:42 UTC

Latin America's 2013/15 exports, worst performance in eight decades says ECLAC

“The region is at a crossroads” warns ECLAC’s Alicia Barcena who underlined more international insertion is needed.

The value of Latin America’s exports will continue to decline through 2015 by 14%, with Argentina faring slightly worse with a reduction of 17%, says the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) report, which also indicated that the value of imports to Argentina are set to fall by a smaller 10%.

Monday, October 19th 2015 - 09:53 UTC

Guyana beefs up reserves to protect country from Venezuela and Suriname

“All the elements and instruments of national power need constantly to be employed in order to protect our territory” Guyana president David Granger

Against the background of what he said were continued territorial threats from both Venezuela and Suriname, Guyana President David Granger has announced a Total National Defense Policy.


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