Thursday, February 25th 2010 - 05:03 UTC

Argentine court keeps freeze on Central Bank reserves

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner insists with the Bicentennial Fund

An Argentine federal court kept a hold on the government’s plan to use 6.6 billion US dollars in Central Bank reserves to pay debt, sending the case to the Supreme Court for a final ruling, Argentina’s Court Information Center Web site said.

Thursday, February 25th 2010 - 04:56 UTC

“Political intolerance” and “citizen insecurity” rampant in Venezuela says OAS

IACHR also admits some progress in vulnerable sectors access to basic services under the administration of President Hugo Chavez

Venezuela routinely violates the rights of its citizens, using the “punitive power of the state” to intimidate and punish people for their political opinions, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) said Wednesday.

Thursday, February 25th 2010 - 01:27 UTC

On its fiftieth anniversary Brasilia exposed to a major political dispute

The fall of Jose Roberto Arruda on corruption charges, triggered the situation

The acting governor of Brazil's federal district resigned this week in connection with a corruption scandal that has tarnished one of the main opposition parties and could affect the campaign of front-runner Jose Serra in this October's presidential race.

Thursday, February 25th 2010 - 01:25 UTC

EU ready to reach trade agreements with Latinamerica by next May

European Commission Jose Manuel Durao Barroso

Spanish president Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and European Commission president Jose Manuel Durao Barroso said they were confident of a successful conclusion of trade and cooperation agreements the EU is currently in the process of negotiations with Latinamerica.

Thursday, February 25th 2010 - 01:21 UTC

World trade drops 12% in 2009; re-launching Doha round “imperative”

WTO Secretary General Pascal Lamy in Brussels

World Trade Organisation director-general Pascal Lamy said on Wednesday that international trade fell by 12% in 2009, a marked deterioration on previous estimates which put the drop closer to 10%.

Thursday, February 25th 2010 - 01:16 UTC

Good prospects in 2010 for Latam commodities and energy exporters

Inter American Development Bank president Luis Alberto Moreno

A report released this week in Mexico by the inter American Development Bank, (IDB) forecasts a good year for Latinamerican countries exports of commodities and energy but a slower recovery for Central America and the Caribbean more dependent on tourism and remittances.

Thursday, February 25th 2010 - 00:54 UTC

Round up of Cuban dissidents following the death of political prisoner

Death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo triggers international indignation

Cuban security agents detained dissidents across the country to prevent protests at the funeral of a leading dissident who died on a prison hunger strike and which has sparked international indignation. Cuban president Raul Castro said he regrets the death of Orlando Zapata and denies the rights activist had been tortured.

Wednesday, February 24th 2010 - 07:13 UTC

UN praises Latinamerican social policies to confront global crisis

Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Program

The United Nations development agency stressed the need for good social policies to help Latin America deal with the impact of the global economic crisis, which threatens to undo the progress achieved in the region in fighting poverty and other socio-economic ills.

Wednesday, February 24th 2010 - 06:49 UTC

Venezuela facilitates travel to Mercosur and associate members’ citizens

Valid national IDs will be sufficient

Citizens from Mercosur full members and some associate countries will be allowed to travel to Venezuela with no need of a passport, simply with their national ID, as of next Thursday announced Venezuela’s Identification and Foreigners office.

Wednesday, February 24th 2010 - 06:30 UTC

Mexico gives birth to the Community of Latinamerican and Caribbean States

Mexican president Felipe Calderón

Latinamerican and Caribbean nations are to set up a new regional bloc of all the countries in the Americas, with the exception of the United States and Canada. The decision was formalized Tuesday at a regional summit of the so called Rio Group in the Mexican resort of Cancun.


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