Friday, May 13th 2011 - 14:03 UTC

Brazil tightens requirements for car imports: Argentina and Asia targeted

Argentine Ministry of Industry Debora Giorgi surprised by the same medicine

Brazil is tightening requirements for imports of cars in a move that sparked complaints from Argentina, its biggest supplier of the product. Imports to Brazil will need a special license that can take as long as 60 days to be approved, the Trade Ministry said in an e-mailed statement.

Friday, May 13th 2011 - 13:55 UTC

Brazilian president still recovering from pneumonia cancels trip to Paraguay

Dilma Rousseff was planning to soothe Paraguayan neighbours with the payments agreement

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff cancelled on medical advice Sunday’s trip to Asunción where she was scheduled to participate in the bicentennial celebrations of Paraguay’s independence.

Friday, May 13th 2011 - 05:27 UTC

CFK warns Moyano on “blackmailing” and attacking the economic model

CFK: “I’m not dying to be president again”

Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner insisted on Thursday that she “is not dying to be president again” but also sent a scathing message targeting organized labour rejecting ‘blackmailing’ and any attempts to bring down the (economic) model.

Friday, May 13th 2011 - 05:22 UTC

Correa heading for referendum victory but with a lesser margin than expected

President Correa says everybody is happy: “I won a clear victory and the opposition was expecting a heavier defeat”

Vote count in Ecuador showed President Rafael Correa heading for a referendum victory on Thursday after he accused electoral officials of delaying the tally in pro-government regions.

Friday, May 13th 2011 - 04:55 UTC

Arctic Council reach first binding agreement for search and rescue responsibilities

The eight nation Arctic Council agreed steps on Thursday to make the region safer and promised to study ways to prevent oil spills as fast-melting ice and snow open access to rich mineral and petroleum resources.

Friday, May 13th 2011 - 04:49 UTC

Brazil warns Argentina about restrictions to bilateral trade

Minister Pimentel sent a letter of complaint to his Argentine peer Minister Giorgi

Brazil’s Commerce and Industry minister Fernando Pimentel called on the Argentine government to de-activate restrictions on Brazilian exports and revealed he had addressed a letter to his Argentine peer Debora Giorgi exposing restrictions on bilateral trade and demanding a reply this coming week end.

Friday, May 13th 2011 - 01:01 UTC

US trade deals with Colombia, Panama and Korea could be approved ‘by August’

US Trade Representative Ron Kirk negotiating final details with Republicans

The United States free trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea will pass through Congress by August if Republicans renew funding for the retraining of displaced workers, the chief U.S. trade official said Thursday.

Friday, May 13th 2011 - 00:54 UTC

US farmers lobby strongly for FTA, which could generate 22.500 jobs

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman

The inability of the United States Congress and the administration to move three stalled free trade agreements is hurting US economic growth, testified American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman before the House Agriculture Committee.

Thursday, May 12th 2011 - 22:18 UTC

Mercosur institutionalization and image lifting, High Commissioner targets

Mercosur High Representative-General Samuel Pinheiro Guimaraes, no diplomacy rookie

Institutionalization of Mercosur and changing its public opinion image are the main issues Brazil’s Samuel Pinheiro Guimaraes plans to address, at his new post of Mercosur High Representative-General since February.

Thursday, May 12th 2011 - 20:22 UTC

Killing of bank guard unveils Uruguay’s dilemma with expanding insecurity

Interior Minister Eduardo Bonomi says Uruguay has a new generation of “lumpen-consumers”

Activities in Uruguay’s private bank branches were partially altered Thursday following the killing earlier in the week of a security guard during a robbery attempt. This was the seventh bank robbery since the beginning of the year and triggered a controversy between the banks and the Ministry of Interior.


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