Latin America

Latin America
Tuesday, July 7th 2015 - 08:06 UTC

Pope said Mass to 650.000 people and centered the homily on the family theme

Tens of thousands of people lined the route from the airport, at times rushing police to touch the car and throw flower petals before it.

Pope Francis said Mass for more than 650.000 Ecuadoreans and hinted he wanted a major Vatican gathering this year to find ways to reach out to Catholics who feel excluded by the Church. On the first full day of a three-nation “homecoming” trip to South America, the Argentine-born pontiff was in Ecuador's second city Guayaquil, a steamy port sometimes referred to as the world's “banana capital,” given its bustling fruit trade.

Tuesday, July 7th 2015 - 07:48 UTC

Caricom supports Guyana in border dispute with Venezuela, but there's also Petro Caribe

“Caricom stands firmly behind Guyana,” said Stuart. “We don't think there can be any compromise so far as Guyana's territorial borders is concerned.”

The chairman of a 15-member Caribbean trade bloc said over the weekend that he backs Guyana's government amid an escalating border dispute with neighboring Venezuela. Freundel Stuart spoke at a press conference as Caricom leaders ended a three-day summit in Barbados.

Tuesday, July 7th 2015 - 07:40 UTC

Maduro recalls ambassador in Guyana: “Venezuela in under new forms of assault and aggression”

“Venezuela is coming under new forms of assault and aggression,” said Maduro. “This is a grave, dangerous situation that we must combat with national unity.”

President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that he was recalling Venezuela's ambassador in neighboring Guyana for consultation amid mounting tensions over their disputed border. During an address to parliament, Maduro said that he also is initiating a comprehensive review of relations with much smaller Guyana and reducing the size of Venezuela's embassy there.

Monday, July 6th 2015 - 07:55 UTC

Francis in Ecuador repeats call 'to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor'

“I thank God for having allowed me to return to Latin America and to be here with you today in this beautiful land of Ecuador”

Francis landed in Ecuador's capital Quito on Sunday to begin an eight-day tour of South America that will also include visits to Bolivia and Paraguay. On his first visit as pontiff to Latin America, the Argentina-born pope is scheduled to conduct masses in both Quito and the coastal city of Guayaquil before flying to Bolivia on Wednesday.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 07:21 UTC

Ecuadorians take to the streets to protest against Correa; Pope arrives Sunday

Protests began to widen in early June after Correa tried to impose a 75% tax on inheritances and capital gains from real estate sales.

Thousands of people turned out for protest marches across Ecuador on Thursday to call for the ouster of President Rafael Correa just three days before a visit by Pope Francis. Full demonstrations were reported in the three biggest cities, Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca, as well as other smaller cities. Correa claimed a 'coup' was on the making.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 07:13 UTC

Cristina Fernandez plans sixth meeting with the Pope, when he visits Paraguay

The Pope and Cristina Fernández last private meeting was on 7 June in Rome. CFK said they discussed world hunger and politics, but not Argentine issues.

Argentine President Cristina Fernández will have a meeting with Pope Francis during the Pontiff’s visit to Paraguay, official sources have confirmed. The Argentine leader will travel to Asunción between July 11 and 13 for her sixth encounter with Francis, who will be ending his South American tour during those dates. The Pope will visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, beginning Sunday.

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 07:45 UTC

Republicans anticipate they will not approve a US ambassador to Cuba

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described Cuba as “a police state”, “a thuggish regime” and “a haven for criminals” wanted in the U.S.

United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that his chamber is unlikely to approve a US ambassador to Cuba, sending a quick rebuff to President Barack Obama and his drive to normalize relations with the U.S. neighbor and longtime Cold War foe.

Thursday, July 2nd 2015 - 06:37 UTC

Pacific Alliance summit takes off in Peru with business conferences

The Business Summit is taking place on parallel with the participation of 30 international speakers, chief executives and business leaders from the region.

The Xth summit of the Pacific Alliance took off on Wednesday with the attendance of presidents from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru at the Peruvian sea-side resort of Paracas.

Thursday, July 2nd 2015 - 05:17 UTC

US embassy will be opened on July 20; Kerry will raise the flag in Havana

“This is a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people” Obama said.

President Obama formally announced on Wednesday that the United States and Cuba have both agreed to open embassies in each other’s capitals following more than a half-century of hostilities between the two nations.

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 03:51 UTC

US and Cuba ready to announce embassies opening in Havana and Washington

The White House announced that Obama would deliver a statement, presumably the formal announcement, in the Rose Garden on Wednesday.

President Obama will announce on Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to open embassies in Havana and Washington, an administration official has confirmed. The announcement marks a major step in ending hostilities between the longtime foes and an opportunity to re-establish formal diplomatic relations and apparently will be simultaneous from Havana.

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