Latin America

Latin America
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.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:06 UTC

Obama announces Brazilian president Rousseff visit to Washington on June 30

Obama made the announcement on Saturday during a bilateral meeting with Rousseff, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

US President Barack Obama announced that Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff will visit Washington on June 30, almost two years after she cancelled a trip over a US spying scandal. Obama made the announcement during a bilateral meeting with Rousseff, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 07:36 UTC

Argentina's message to UK and US: “utterly ridiculous considering any regional country a threat.”

“I will not appeal to sovereignty. I will appeal to common sense. It is absolutely ridiculous considering any of us (regional countries) a threat.”

Addressing the Americas summit in Panama, Argentine president Cristina Fernandez strongly criticized United States policies towards the hemisphere, particularly Venezuela, and expressed 'surprise' at the parallelism between the Caracas/Washington current dispute and the latest round of Falklands' exchanges between London and her government. President Barack Obama was not present during the Argentine leader's speech on Saturday.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 13:12 UTC

Colombia's FARC reject submission to judicial processes as “common criminals”

“You cannot give a treatment that was designed for criminal groups to rebels,” the FARC said in a statement read by guerrilla negotiator Pablo Catatumbo

Colombia's FARC rebels cannot be submitted to the same judicial processes as “common criminals” under a possible peace deal, the Marxist group said on Friday. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) made the comments after President Juan Manuel Santos said in an interview that the biggest hurdle to signing peace would be getting the group to agree to face justice after 50 years of war.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 06:25 UTC

Obama and Raul Castro shook hands at opening of the Americas summit in Panama

A US official described the Obama-Castro greeting as an “informal interaction,” adding that “there was not a substantive conversation between the two leaders.”

US President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro on Friday shook hands and sat near each other at the historic Panama Summit of the Americas, a new milestone in efforts to shed decades of animosity. Obama and Castro greeted each other as UN chief Ban Ki-moon looked on, before taking their seats with other regional leaders at a Panama City convention center.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 05:45 UTC

'Malvinas', center piece of Cristina Fernandez speech at Panama summit

 'Militarization' of the Falklands and UK alleged spying on Argentina, will have priority in the Argentine leader's speech, anticipate Buenos Aires sources

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is attending the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City where she is expected on Saturday to strongly criticize the United Kingdom over the 'militarization' of the Falklands/Malvinas and revelations of massive espionage of Argentina by London.

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