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Montevideo, January 18th 2018 - 01:30 UTC

Pacific Alliance

  • Monday, December 25th 2017 - 18:14 UTC

    Ex president Fujimori granted a medical pardon; he was serving 25-year sentence

    Alberto Fujimori (1990 to 2000), is a polarizing figure in Peru. Some laud him for defeating the guerrilla movement, others loathe him for human rights violations

    The Peruvian president announced on Sunday night that he granted a medical pardon to jailed former strongman Alberto Fujimori, who was serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses, corruption and the sanctioning of death squads. President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski released a statement on Christmas Eve saying he decided to free Fujimori for “humanitarian reasons,” citing doctors who had determined the ex-leader suffers from incurable and degenerative problems.

  • Sunday, December 24th 2017 - 17:18 UTC

    Pope coming visit to Chile and Peru; no reference to the sea outlet conflict with Bolivia

    In Chile, the pope will meet residents of Mapuche indigenous community in the Araucania region, in conflict with the government over their ancestral lands.

    During his visit to Chile and Peru, Pope Francis will honor the country’s religious roots and underline the plight of indigenous men and women. The Vatican said the pope will be in Chile Jan. 15-18, visiting the cities of Santiago, Temuco and Iquique. He then will fly to Peru and, from Jan. 18-21, he will visit Lima, Puerto Maldonado and Trujillo.

  • Saturday, December 16th 2017 - 16:53 UTC

    Fallout from Odebrecht: Peruvian congress initiates proceedings to impeach president Kuczynski

    “I’m not running and I’m not hiding because I have no reason to,” Kuczynski said, vowing to produce his personal bank records for public scrutiny.

    Lawmakers in Peru initiated proceedings to impeach President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who refuses to resign after being accused of failing to disclose decade-old payments from a Brazilian company embroiled in Latin America’s biggest corruption scandal. In a brief session, 27 of 130 members of congress put forward a request to consider removing the former Wall Street banker for “permanent moral incapacity”. Lawmakers could summon Kuczynski to defend himself before congress as early as next week.

  • Thursday, October 12th 2017 - 11:30 UTC

    Peru and Colombia players deny any agreement during Tuesday night's qualifier

    With the score at 1-1, Colombia were set to qualify automatically for the finals in Russia while Peru were heading for a play-off against New Zealand.

    Peru's Renato Tapia admitted discussing World Cup qualification with Colombia captain Radamel Falcao during their match on Tuesday night but denied making a pact. Falcao, who plays his club football for French Ligue 1 side Monaco, was seen in discussion with Peruvian players with his hand covering his mouth towards the end of the 1-1 draw in Lima.

  • Wednesday, October 11th 2017 - 15:09 UTC

    British parliamentarians visit Peru to promote trade, cooperation and security

    UK Ambassador to Peru, Anwar Choudhury, hosted a reception to welcome and introduce the parliamentarian delegation to their Peruvian counterparts.

    A group of British Parliamentarians visited Peru during September. The group, comprised of six members of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons, travelled to Latin America to look specifically at parliamentary and bilateral relations between the UK and Peru. The groups´ members were drawn from a range of political parties in Parliament.

  • Saturday, July 1st 2017 - 18:18 UTC

    Cuba, Australia pledge to strengthen economic cooperation

    Foreign Ministers Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla of Cuba and Julie Bishop of Australia at the signing of the new Memorandum on Friday in Havana

    Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla and his Australian counterpart, Julie Bishop, Friday signed a memorandum of understanding whereby both countries will strenthen their economic ties.

  • Wednesday, June 28th 2017 - 17:21 UTC

    Chinese Navy launches 10,000-tonne destroyer

    The new Type 055 ship is comparable in size to the latest destroyers fielded in Asian waters by the United States, Japan and South Korea

    China's Navy Wednesday launched a new 10,000-tonne domestically designed and produced destroyer. The vessel, of the Type 055 class, is the first of a new generation of destroyers equipped with new air defense, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons, and it is regarded as a challenge to naval rivals in Asia. The ship entered the water following a ceremony at Shanghai's Jiangnan Shipyard.

  • Wednesday, April 19th 2017 - 04:13 UTC

    Macri confident a Mercosur/European Union trade accord can be expected in the second half of 2017

    “We have the strong determination in Mercosur of signing a trade agreement with the European Union in the second half of this year”, Macri was quoted.

    Argentine president Mauricio Macri is convinced that in the second half of the year Mercosur will sign the long awaited trade agreement with the European Union and will establish closer links with the Pacific Alliance, according to a report in one of Buenos Aires leading radios.

  • Friday, April 7th 2017 - 10:39 UTC

    Mercosur and Pacific Alliance summit will address potential convergence and Trump's protectionism

    Malcorra's task will be to ensure that the Venezuelan situation does not push aside the main purpose of the summit

    Mercosur and Pacific Alliance foreign ministers are scheduled to meet this Friday in Buenos Aires, on an Argentine initiative to advance in a possible political and trade confluence with the prospect of a regional alliance in the near future. The controversial Venezuela case will also be on the table, but attendants have anticipated that they won't let this issue dominate the agenda or cast a shadow on the purpose of the summit.

  • Wednesday, March 15th 2017 - 06:38 UTC

    Mercosur expects to sign a trade deal with the EU by year end taking advantage of Trump's isolationism

    “The U.S. withdrawal from agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP] and the Atlantic Alliance undoubtedly opens new opportunities for us,” Nunes said.

    Mercosur expects to sign a framework accord this year for a trade deal with the European Union as the U.S. shift to isolationism under President Donald Trump encourages it to look outside the hemisphere for opportunities, Brazil's foreign minister Aloysio Nunes said on Tuesday.