Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 07:10 UTC

OAS deploys electoral observation mission for Guyana Sunday's election

The delegation, headed by the former Foreign Minister of Belize Lisa Shoman, is comprised of 23 observers from 13 countries

The Organization of American States has started the deployment of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States to the general and regional elections scheduled iin Guyana for Sunday May 11. This is the fifth time the OAS has observed elections in Guyana, following Missions in 1997, 2001, 2006 and 2011.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 07:04 UTC

Uruguay calls for an end to Mercosur 'hollow rhetoric' which undermines jobs

”We want to overcome the hollow rhetoric', said Nin Nova and demanding a rigorous chronogram of tariffs' progressive reduction

Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa called on Mercosur to overcome “hollow rhetoric” and advance towards the elimination of barriers which restrict access to other markets and intra-region trade.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 06:55 UTC

Pope Francis will receive Cuba's Raul Castro on private visit next Sunday

“Raul Castro will be received in the morning for strictly private talks,” the spokesman said in a statement Tuesday.

Pope Francis and Cuban President Raul Castro will meet privately on Sunday at the Vatican, a spokesman said, four months before the pontiff's trip to the Caribbean island, his first as leader of the Catholic Church.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 06:42 UTC

Argentine S. Court ratifies Chief Justice; Cristina Fernandez wants to impeach a second Justice

Supreme Court issued a statement on Tuesday ratifying Ricardo Lorenzetti as Chief Justice for three more years starting in 2016

In another chapter of the ongoing dispute between Argentine president Cristina Fernández and a non-submissive Judiciary, the country's Supreme Court issued a statement on Tuesday ratifying Ricardo Lorenzetti as Chief Justice for three more years starting in 2016, following versions that he was pushing to leave the SC on yet unclear “moral fatigue” grounds.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 05:49 UTC

US approves licenses for passenger ferry service with Cuba

“The ships are ready to go,” said Robert Muse, a Washington-based lawyer who represented Baja Ferries and specializes in Cuba embargo matters.

The US Treasury Department has approved licenses for passenger ferry service between the United States and Cuba, a Treasury Department official announced. One of the licenses was issued to Baja Ferries, part of a major shipping group with passengers and cargo operations, including on Mexico's west coast, according to a lawyer who handled the license application.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 17:50 UTC

China warms up to Taiwan and calls for future relations on an “equal basis”

The meeting between Xi and Chu, who was elected KMT chairman in January, comes at the tail-end of Chu's first visit as party leader to the Chinese mainland.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the chairman of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party (KMT) in Beijing on Monday for the highest-level meeting between the two sides since 2009.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 10:01 UTC

Mercosur prepared to consider the possibility of a 'two-speed' system with EU

 “Some Mercosur members might be ready to begin negotiations with the EU, while the rest can join in time”, said Loizaga

Paraguay's foreign affairs minister Eladio Loizaga admitted in Madrid that Mercosur could consider the possibility of a “two-speed” system in trade and cooperation negotiations with the European Union. The minister was the main speaker at the event organized by Casa de America and the Spanish government news agency EFE.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 09:52 UTC

Mercosur main partners' bilateral trade stalled for the last six years

“Argentina's foreign trade policy has become to the say the least, confusing”, points out the consultant's report.

Bilateral trade between Mercosur main partners Argentina and Brazil, has stalled at an annual 30bn dollars during the last six years (2008/2014), with no prospects of a recovery during 2015, according to Finsoport consultants from Buenos Aires.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 09:35 UTC

Mujica admits his 'most intimate respect' for Cristina Fernandez, but...

The Uruguayan former president at the presentation of a book, a portrait of his life written by two journalists

Uruguayan former president Jose Mujica expressed in Buenos Aires his “most intimate respect” for Argentine president Cristina Fernandez and revealed that on occasions he came across her when “she was annoyed as a bad, cornered spider”.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 09:25 UTC

Chile asks World Court to throw out Bolivia's sea outlet claim: 'dispute has been settled'

“Bolivia is challenging the stability of borders and sovereign territory solemnly agreed in a peace treaty signed 111 years ago,” said Felipe Bulnes Serrano

Landlocked Bolivia went to the World Court on Monday, seeking to force Chile to negotiate the granting of a corridor of sovereign territory giving it access to the sea for its natural gas and mineral exports. Bolivia lost its coastal territory after being defeated by Chile in the 1880s War of the Pacific. Peru an ally of Bolivia also lost territory.


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