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Friday, August 15th 2014 - 06:40 UTC

Chilean lawmakers approve initiative to ban trawling in territorial waters

“Gradually reducing the effort of trawling is a presidential commitment, where marine ecosystems harmed by trawling also benefit,” pointed out Machuca.

The House of Representatives approved this week a draft agreement to ban trawling in Chile. With 55 votes in support, six against and five abstentions, the deputies voted in favor of the Draft Resolution No. 100, which requests the Executive to submit a legislative initiative to amend Article 49 of Act No. 18,892 in order to ban fish catching by trawling.

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 06:34 UTC

Mujica, Latin America's most original leader according to The Economist

As president he has kept the mainly free-market economic policy, has respected media freedom and judicial independence

Under the heading of “The sage of Montevideo”, The Economist visited the Uruguayan president at his farmhouse in the outskirts of Montevideo where they had a long chat.

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 02:26 UTC

All phone calls inside Chile become local; Punta Arenas code area is 61

“We're advancing in our project of bringing together all Chileans. It's a strong connectivity step which benefits families and companies” said Gomez Lobo.

Chile has become a single territory for telecommunications and long distance calls with different rates for fixed lines will no longer exist beginning Saturday. This in practical terms will also means a 50% reduction on normal phone calls.

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 02:24 UTC

YPF announces new shale oil find in Neuquen-Mendoza area

”It's the third time we've discovered oil at a non-conventional (shale) well,” said Galuccio

Argentine state-controlled energy company YPF on Thursday announced a shale oil find in the southwestern province of Neuquen in Patagonia. The discovery was made at the Agrio formation, according to CEO Miguel Galuccio, who said at a press conference that production operations will be carried from the neighboring province of Mendoza.

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 02:21 UTC

Last minute decision saved Marina Silva from travelling with Campos

Marina's conservationist advocacy has earned the wrath of Brazil’s agribusiness, but she also appeals to conservative voters with her defense of family values

Environmental activist and politician Marina Silva could have been on the plane that crashed on Wednesday and killed presidential candidate Eduardo Campos and six other occupants.

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 02:15 UTC

Unasur Montevideo summit planned for next week, suspended until October

At the summit Surinam will hand over the pro tempore presidency to Uruguay and Ernesto Samper is to be confirmed as next Secretary General

A planned presidential summit between the heads of state of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) has been suspended due to scheduling conflicts amongst member countries, according to the Uruguayan Foreign Ministry.

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 07:09 UTC

Brazil admits EU/Mercosur deal stalled because of European concerns about agriculture

“They are reluctant to open their markets for our agriculture, and we also have our own concerns about jeopardizing our industry”, said ambassador Mesquita

Brazil's agricultural competitiveness is a concern to countries and trade blocks negotiating agreements with Brazil, according to ambassador Paulo Estivallet de Mesquita, head of the Economics Department of the country's Ministry of Foreign Relations (MRE).

Tuesday, August 12th 2014 - 06:36 UTC

Uruguay wants Unasur to reach a consensus position of Gaza Strip conflict

Mujica described the situation as 'genocide' as was called 'ignorant' and 'imbecile' by the leading media in Montevideo

Uruguay will ask fellow members at the Unasur summit to be held in Montevideo later in the month to discuss the Gaza Strip situation, said Foreign minister Luis Almagro who next week will be meeting a delegation from the Palestine Authority. Almagro and president Jose Mujica have been questioned for using the words 'genocide' and 'massacre' to describe the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Friday, August 8th 2014 - 07:59 UTC

Brazil insists in trade agreements and closer ties with Pacific Alliance, despite Mercosur

“Brazil's trade strategy targets productive integration with Latin America and multilateral agreements with EU US and China” says minister Borges

Brazil confirmed that it will try to bring forward to 2016 the free trade agreement with Chile, Peru and Colombia, scheduled for 2019 and underlined the need for Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance to converge as part of the region's productive integration process.

Thursday, August 7th 2014 - 08:10 UTC

Rousseff claims EU has yet to agree on a proposal to exchange with Mercosur

“Stop blaming us because we are ready, we have our proposal ready”, Rousseff told the lobby of Brazilian farmers

President Dilma Rousseff claimed before the Brazil's farmers lobby that the trade agreement between Mercosur and the European Union is stalled and is not fulfilled because of the 'resistance' from several European countries, and specifically named France, Hungary and Ireland.

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