Friday, October 30th 2009 - 06:38 UTC

NYT praises Chile’s Bachelet handling of the crisis and her style of government

Bachelet: twenty ministers, ten and ten, so everybody has a dance partner

The New York Times dedicated an article to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet whom she describes as among a handful of Latin American leaders, including President Lula da Silva of Brazil, whose handling of the crisis has strengthened their popularity.

Friday, October 30th 2009 - 04:29 UTC

Uruguay’s Colorados recommend voting for conservative Lacalle

Mujica and Lacalle, one of the two will be Uruguay’s next president

Uruguay’s junior opposition Colorado party has recommended its followers to support Conservative presidential candidate Luis Alberto Lacalle for the November 29th run-off with the ruling coalition’s Jose Mujica.

Friday, October 30th 2009 - 03:05 UTC

Argentina/Brazil clash over trade restrictions: what restrictions?

Both sides deny reprisals but trucks are delayed at border crossings

Brazilian Minister of Development Industry and Trade, Miguel Jorge confirmed Thursday that the Brazilian government is requesting non automatic licenses for some imports from Argentina, but denied it was a reprisal because of similar measures imposed by Argentina.

Friday, October 30th 2009 - 01:47 UTC

Zelaya still president for 46% of Hondurans according to poll

US Ambassador Anselem does not discard legitimacy of November election

A relative majority of Hondurans consider ousted Manuel Zelaya as their president compared to the head of de facto government Roberto Micheletti, according to the latest public opinion poll from CID-Gallup released this week in Tegucigalpa.

Thursday, October 29th 2009 - 13:31 UTC

Argentina/Chile seal “historic” integration and cooperation agreement

Ms. Bachelet and Mrs Kirchner reedit in Maipú historic events of two centuries ago

Argentina and Chile will sign Friday an integration and cooperation agreement which is an update of the Peace and Friendship treaty of 1984 which paved the way for a close relation and dependency between the neighbouring countries that only a few years before had been on the verge of war.

Thursday, October 29th 2009 - 10:11 UTC

Brazilian Senate ready to approve Venezuela’s inclusion in Mercosur

A crucial vote in the Senate coincides with an official visit of Lula da Silva to Venezuela

Strong lobbying from business interests in Brazil and Venezuela apparently will have tipped the balance and open the way for the Brazilian Congress to include Venezuela in South America’s largest trade block, Mercosur when it takes a vote on Thursday.

Thursday, October 29th 2009 - 08:16 UTC

World health leader impressed by Castro and Cuban medical facilities

Margaret Chan said Fidel Castro looks wonderful

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro “looks wonderful,” World Health Organization director general Margaret Chan said on Wednesday, after meeting the 83-year-old leader who resigned the presidency last year due to ailing health.

Thursday, October 29th 2009 - 07:36 UTC

Majority of Hondurans want presidential election to go ahead to end crisis

Thomas Shannon arrived in Tegucigalpa to attempt a settlement before the November election

A majority of Hondurans support the proposal that both ousted President Manuel Zelaya and the head of the de facto government Roberto Micheletti should step down in favour of a caretaker president, thus keeping to the political calendar which schedules presidential elections for November 29th.

Thursday, October 29th 2009 - 07:11 UTC

Brazil confirms the gradual elimination of US dollar in trade operations

The option experienced with BRIC and Mercosur members is the SML, or payment in local currencies.

Brazilian Central Bank president Henrique Meirelles said the country is considering the gradual elimination of the US dollar in trade with China, Russia and India, which together with Brazil make up the BRIC group.

Thursday, October 29th 2009 - 07:08 UTC

Ecuador ratifies Mercosur “democratic clause”

Ushuaia where the democratic clause was agreed

Ecuador ratified this week support to Mercosur democratic commitment or “democratic clause” which automatically throws out any country member which violates such a commitment.


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