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Saturday, December 21st 2013 - 21:22 UTC

Uruguay Economy minister resigns over scandal involving flag air carrier Pluna

Fernando Alonso, a brilliant minister, no doubts about his ethical integrity

Uruguay's economy minister Fernando Lorenzo resigned on Saturday in the face of questions over the alleged irregular sale of government-owned airplanes following the closure of Pluna, the country's flag carrier, President Jose Mujica announced at a brief press conference, with no questions taken, next to Vice president Danilo Astori.

Friday, December 20th 2013 - 06:48 UTC

Stiglitz says China demand for better diet will keep Mercosur countries busy

“Incomes in China have risen and the diet is changing and you Latin Americans will benefit from that”

The commodities-exporting economies of Latin America will continue expanding in the years ahead, driven by demand from China despite slower growth in its economy, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said during a conference round in Uruguay.

Wednesday, December 18th 2013 - 19:03 UTC

Chilean congress rejects bill imposing harsher punishments for public disorder

A common scene in recent years in downtown Santiago, clashes between Carabineros and protesting students

Chile's Lower house ended a two-year debate over the contentious ‘Hinzpeter Law’ aimed to impose stricter punishments for public disorder, but which critics argued it would also apply harsh penalties to peaceful protesters.

Wednesday, December 18th 2013 - 06:29 UTC

Paraguay set to approve Venezuela Mercosur membership this Wednesday, ending 18-month rift

The full Lower House will vote the protocol and decide dropping the persona non grata pending on President Maduro

Paraguay is waiting for the formality of a Wednesday vote in the Lower House floor to acknowledge the controversial incorporation of Venezuela as full member of Mercosur, putting an end to an 18 months political and diplomatic rift in the block. The Deputies' Constitution Affairs and Foreign Affairs committees on Tuesday afternoon approved Venezuela's Mercosur incorporation protocol, which means all is ready for the full house expected positive vote.

Friday, December 13th 2013 - 12:57 UTC

Argentina surprised by EU request to delay another month trade negotiations with Mercosur

Capitanich making the early morning announcement

The European Union has asked for a one-month delay in the exchange of proposals to kick off free-trade negotiations with Mercosur, Argentine Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich confirmed on Thursday. The news was first reported by Sao Paulo newspapers on statements from Brazilian Foreign minister Luiz Fernando Figuereido.

Thursday, December 12th 2013 - 06:54 UTC

EU admits difficulties and requests Mercosur to delay the exchange of tariff proposals

Brazil's Foreign minister Figureido received the formal request during last week's WTO discussions in Bali

The European Union has formally requested that the exchange of tariff proposals with Mercosur for the creation of a cooperation and free trade zone, originally scheduled for next week, be delayed until 2014. The message was received by the Brazilian delegation at the recent WTO Bali discussions.

Wednesday, December 11th 2013 - 06:23 UTC

Paraguayan Senate accepts Venezuela as full member of Mercosur; praise from Brazil

“This will help strengthen Mercosur” said Eduardo dos Santos from Brazil's foreign ministry and a former ambassador in Asunción

The Paraguayan Senate finally passed on Tuesday afternoon, with a large majority a protocol for including Venezuela as full member of Mercosur. The protocol, which was submitted to Congress by President Horacio Cartes, was supported 29-10.

Wednesday, December 11th 2013 - 04:09 UTC

Alejandro Betts, technical advisor of Tierra del Fuego Malvinas Observatory

Betts takes the job as of next January. His nomination received unanimous support

The Tierra del Fuego Malvinas Question Provincial Observatory Advisory Council held its last meeting of the year at the Malvinas Foundation building and among other issues named former Falklands Islander Alejandro Betts as Technical Advisor to the Observatory.

Wednesday, December 11th 2013 - 04:01 UTC

Cristina Fernandez blasts police: “I don't believe in coincidence nor in contagious events”

 The same way “we have integrated the military forces to the democratic proces, we have to do wiith the police forces”

Marking the 30th anniversary of the return of democracy to Argentina, President Cristina Fernández referred to the wave of lootings across the country and police force protests, and stated that “they were no coincidence”, during a rally from the Government House in Buenos Aires on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, December 10th 2013 - 22:49 UTC

IMF extends Argentina a new deadline for CPI and GDP statistics

Managing Director Christine Lagarde recognized Argentina's ongoing work and intention to introduce a new national CPI in early 2014.

Directors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced on Monday that they will give Argentine authorities an extended deadline in order to improve upon disputed national statistics, giving the nation until March 2014 to make the necessary changes.

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