Consequences of the US-Chile free trade agreement; VAT increase to compensate tariff losses;
Euro interests cut to 2%; Highest US unemployment in nine years.
Antarctic Treaty meeting in Madrid; Chávez popularity receding; Argentina poised to grow 5%; Aerolíneas Argentinas to sell 35% equity;
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived in Santiago de Chile Sunday evening to attend the annual OAS meeting this week.
Upholding and strengthening democratic governance figures as top priority of the Organization of American States, OAS, 33rd. General Assembly agenda that begins this Sunday in Santiago de Chile.
The OAS general assembly in Santiago de Chile will be the scenario for another round of United States-Brazil talks, in anticipation of Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's official visit to Washington.
On June 6, the United States and Chile signed a Free Trade Agreement
(FTA) that when fully implemented eliminates bilateral tariffs,
lowers trade barriers, promotes economic integration and expands
opportunities for the peoples of both countries, the Office of the
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced.
The new Argentine government ordered secret service files to be opened to help the investigation of the bloodiest terrorist attack ever suffered by the country.
Culminating a process begun almost nine years ago, Chile today Friday will become the first South American country to sign a free trade agreement with the United States
Argentine President Nestor Kirchner criticized the Supreme Court and called on Congress to remove one or more of its justices, a move that may help consolidate his political power.
Argentina and Chile's Foreign Affairs ministers said that the free trade agreement Chile will be signing this Friday with the United States will not influence the strengthening of the Mercosur process.