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Uruguayan economic officials have warned the ruling coalition Broad Front about the regional risk-situation in complex Argentina and stalled Brazil, and its influence on Uruguay which needs to lower its budget deficit and improve labour productivity and competitiveness.
The leaders of Mexico and China will meet for the second time in two months this week, a sign of deepening cooperation, even as the Latin American nation seeks to close a huge trade deficit. Chinese President Xi Jinping will be treated to a lavish two-day state visit in Mexico that begins on Tuesday, with an event at the Campo Marte military field with President Enrique Peña Nieto and a speech to Congress.
Donald Lamont, a former British ambassador and former governor of the Falkland Islands took over as chairman of the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust. He replaces Philippa Foster Back, who retires from the position having served as trustee since 2000 and chair for the past seven years.
US Vice-President Joe Biden wound up a visit to Brazil on Friday saying it was high time the two largest economies in the Americas became closer partners in trade, investment and energy. He made the statement following a ‘wide-ranging discussion’ with President Dilma Rousseff at the Planalto palace in Brasilia.
The US dollar in Argentina’s parallel or ‘blue market’ finished on Friday the month of May down 6.4% from the 9.40 Pesos at the end of April, including a slight drop in the last day of trading, that took it to 8.75 Pesos and 8.80 Pesos, buying and selling price.
Argentine President Cristina Fernández administration agreed with oil-producing provinces and unions from the sector to strictly control the levels of exploration, production, the amount of equipment in use and the total number of jobs in each of the oil fields across the country, with the goal of reaching hydrocarbon self-sufficiency within four years.
Chile’s Araucania Prosecutor this week filed charged against Celestino Córdova Tránsito, an indigenous Mapuche who stands accused of arson leading to the death of an elderly couple of landowners last year. Francisco Ljubetic is also charging Córdova Tránsito with terrorist acts. Córdova Tránsito (26) is currently jailed pending trial.
‘Save and Grow’, an environmentally-friendly farming model promoted by FAO can sustainably increase cassava yields by up to 400% and help turn this staple from a poor people's food into a 21st Century crop, the UN Food and Agriculture organization said.
The Organization of American States (OAS), Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, highlighted the important progress made in the region’s democratization in recent decades, but also warned about worrying risks of deconstruction which are creating ‘distinct categories of citizens’ particularly in terms of access and quality to basic services such as education, health and security.
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday dismissed as preposterous Venezuelan charges that his government is backing a conspiracy to destabilize the leftist-ruled neighbor.