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Brazil was humiliated when its national team was run over 7-1 at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semifinals and later 3-0 against Holland, but the authorities breathed sighs of relief as the tournament came to a close on Sunday with Germany’s victory over Argentina, amid muted street protests and a display of Brazil’s ability to successfully organize sporting mega-events.
President Cristina Fernandez, CFK, invited her peers from Bolivia, Uruguay and Venezuela, Evo Morales, Jose Mujica and Nicolas Maduro respectively to participate in a special dinner after her meeting with the Russian head of state, Vladimir Putin on Saturday.
President Juan Manuel Santos announced Prince Charles' visit to Colombia during an official ceremony in which he signed an international treaty to protect the marshlands of the Estrella Fluvial de Inirida River, a 700,000-acre site in Colombia’s eastern Guainia state.
Landlocked Paraguay has become the new 'soybean king' with a harvest of over 9 million tons, a new record, 13% compared to the previous crop, according to the figures released by the Paraguayan Chamber of Grains and Oilseeds Exporters, Capeco.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a 6 million dollars loan to Uruguay to finance the Plan Ceibal II (digital content), which will help to strengthen mathematics learning by 90,000 primary and middle school students and extend English teaching to half of all 4th, 5th and 6th graders in urban public primary schools.
The Sao Paulo Legislative Assembly has approved a bill making it mandatory for regional train and underground companies of have 'pink' wagons, exclusively for ladies at rush hours.
The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, has sided with Argentina in the holdout hedge funds litigation arguing on the need to establish an international mechanism that would allow for the resolution of conflicts of interest caused by sovereign defaults:
Latin American ambassadors to the United Nations (UN) and Uruguay's Vice-president Danilo Astori showed their support to Argentina in its dispute against holdout hedge funds. They agreed that the so-called 'vulture funds' are a risk to debtor nations and that they pose a threat to the region.
Global economic activity should strengthen in the second half of the year and accelerate in 2015, although momentum could be weaker than expected, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said, hinting at a slight cut in the Fund's growth forecasts.
Peru's sustained macroeconomic performance has been recognized through the recently announced upgrade to A3 of its sovereign debt by Moody’s Investors Service. According to the credit rating agency, Peru' government debt was lifted two notches to A3 from Baa2, with a stable outlook for the economy.