The South American Union of Nations was officially born Friday in Brasilia as leaders of the region's 12 nations signed the constitutional charter, the latest of the region's integration mechanisms. Brazil's president, Lula da Silva, who hosted the summit, invited other Latin American and Caribbean nations to join the venture.
Chile's Michelle Bachelet was chosen as the first president of the Union of South American Nations which was formally founded on Friday in Brasilia when the leaders of its twelve country members signed the constitutional charter.
Colombia's Defense Ministry said Saturday it believes the legendary leader of Latin America's largest guerrilla army is dead and President Alvaro Uribe announced he is willing to offer rebels who free hostages conditional liberty and passage abroad.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet chimed into the national energy debate Wednesday, using her annual May 21 State of the Nation speech to downplay the country's current electricity scarcity – which she described as transitory – and to plug the continued use of Chile's waterways for hydroelectric generation.
High food prices have particularly hit vulnerable populations in many countries that spend a substantial part of their income on food, according to a report released Thursday by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.
The protracted conflict with the farmers and growing inflation demolished in two months the support for Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner according to the latest public opinion poll from the consultants Poliarquía released on Thursday.
While Argentine government officials expressed optimism, following the Thursday meeting with camp representatives to discuss tax policies, farmers said they were let down and feel frustrated by the government's attitude of delaying proposals and discussions.
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Britain's Conservative leader David Cameron says their first by-election gain since 1982 marks the end of New Labour. Mr Cameron told cheering supporters in Crewe and Nantwich that Labour had run a negative, xenophobic and class war campaign that completely backfired.
Argentine farmers said on Wednesday they are willing to discuss the controversial sliding levies on grains and oil seed exports but also cautioned they were looking forward to a grand national celebration in the scheduled Sunday rally at Rosario, and not another occasion of protest and claims.