Friday, October 25th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Mercosur, top priority for Lula

Reconstruction of Mercosur, following its two largest members Argentina and Brazil economic crisis, will become “the main priority of our foreign policy”, wrote Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, most certainly Brazil's next president in this coming Sunday's runoff.

Thursday, October 24th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Confidence in da Silva policy lifts markets

Brazilian financial markets rose strongly on Wednesday morning amid growing expectations that an incoming Workers' party (PT) government may be able to maintain economic stability and advance structural reforms.

Wednesday, October 23rd 2002 - 21:00 UTC

News from South America

Chile opens to Argentine beef; Military rattling in Venezuela; Argentina reviews Antarctic operation; Antarctic climbing expedition;

Tuesday, October 22nd 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Breaking News from South America

Peronist summit; Confrontation in Venezuela worsens; Chile confident about Lula

Monday, October 21st 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Ireland paves the way for EU enlargement

Ireland overwhelmingly supported last Saturday the key Treaty of Nice that paves the way for the expansion of the European Union beginning January 2004. With all ballots counted 62,49% of voters said Yes, with no electoral circumscription voting against as happened a year ago when a similar vote rejected the Treaty.

Monday, October 21st 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Pinochet plan to poison Buenos Aires water

The sentencing of several Chilean Army officers found guilty of killing a former intelligence scientist involved in biological warfare revealed General Pinochet regime's plans to poison Buenos Aires drinking water reserves in the event of a war back in 1978.

Monday, October 21st 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Chile and Brazil's military power

Chile that recently purchased American built F-16 fighter bombers and Brazil the only country with an aircraft carrier are the main military concerns in Latinamerica according to the latest report “Military balance 2002/2003” by the International Institute of Strategic Studies, IISS.

Monday, October 21st 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Populist win in Ecuador

A former Colonel Lucio Gutiérrez is leading with 20,28% of the vote in Ecuador's tightest ever presidential election trailed by the country's wealthiest man, Alvaro Noboa with 17,41%, when over 95% of the vote count has concluded, according to the latest report of the Electoral Tribunal.

Sunday, October 20th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Rio de la Plata storm causes one death and 1000 evacuations

One person died and 1000 were evacuated from the city and province of Buenos Aires due to the heavy rains and winds that have been hitting the Rio de la Plata area since Saturday.

Sunday, October 20th 2002 - 21:00 UTC

Preliminary results in Ecuador show Alvaro Noboa in the lead

Ecuador's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) announced Sunday evening that 26 percent of the votes in the day's presidential election have been counted and that businessman Alvaro Noboa was in the lead with 17.47 percent.


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