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Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 05:38 UTC

Uruguayan president meets Obama; UNHCR will provide Guantanamo detainees with homes

Vazquez, Obama and Costa Rica's president Solis during the meeting with social activists and civil leaders

The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, will provide homes to six former detainees of the US military prison in Guantanamo who have struggled to resettle in Uruguay, the country`s President said on Friday.

Friday, April 10th 2015 - 07:14 UTC

Cuba and US hold historic meeting at highest level in Panama

Few details have emerged from the meeting between Kerry and Rodriguez. The last comparable event was in 1959, between Fidel Castro and  Richard Nixon.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez have held talks, in the highest level meeting between the two countries in more than half a century. The two were involved in closed-door discussions after arriving in Panama for a summit.

Thursday, April 9th 2015 - 07:01 UTC

U.S. should back the Falkland Islanders’ Right of Self-Determination at the Summit of the Americas

Like all of the other British Overseas Territories, the Falkland Islands have chosen not to be completely independent, but they are self-governing.

By Luke Coffey and Nile Gardiner, Ph. D. (*)

The Organization of American States (OAS) will hold the seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, on April 10–11, 2015. In the past, Canada has been alone in supporting the Falkland Islanders’ right of self-determination in the OAS.

Wednesday, April 8th 2015 - 17:40 UTC

Obama/Castro in Panama: 'grip and grin” photo or historic head-to-head sit down?

“Leaders are together a lot of the time,” at the summit said Roberta Jacobson. “And so there will be an interaction with Raul Castro.”

President Barack Obama will attend a Summit of the Americas in Panama this week, a gathering that could see the first substantive meeting between US and Cuban leaders in half a century.

Friday, April 3rd 2015 - 08:04 UTC

US warning to vacation and business travellers about the advance of Chikungunya

TDH said the first confirmed case of Chikungunya virus disease in Tennessee occurred in 2014 and that since then 42 new cases have been documented

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is warning vacation and business travelers to the Caribbean about the importance of protecting themselves from mosquitoes that may transmit Chikungunya virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue.

Friday, April 3rd 2015 - 07:56 UTC

Multi-year drought forces California to impose mandatory water restrictions

 “We're standing on dry ground and we should be standing on 1.5 meters of snow” Brown said at a state snow monitoring station in the Sierra Nevada

California Governor Jerry Brown, acting in the face of a devastating multiyear drought, ordered the first statewide mandatory water restrictions this week, directing cities and communities to reduce usage by 25%.

Monday, March 30th 2015 - 10:32 UTC

US economic growth cools in the fourth quarter and profits take a hit from strong dollar

Multinationals such as technology giant IBM, semiconductor maker Intel Corp, Honeywell and Procter & Gamble, have warned that the dollar will hurt profits

US economic growth cooled in the fourth quarter as previously reported and after-tax corporate profits took a hit from a strong dollar, which could undermine future business spending. GDP expanded at a 2.2% annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Friday in its third estimate of GDP. That was unrevised from the forecast the government published last month.

Monday, March 30th 2015 - 06:20 UTC

Cruise lines are preparing for the Cuban rush of US tourists

European and Canadian-owned cruise lines often make stops in Havana. Tourism is already a major part of the Cuban economy

Although U.S. tourists are still technically banned from visiting the Caribbean country, one of the world's last remaining authoritarian regimes, the process of normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba has the cruise industry ready to pounce, according to Maritime Link.

Wednesday, March 25th 2015 - 07:35 UTC

Obama and Rousseff look to improved relations with a visit to the White House

Rousseff had been scheduled to make a state visit in October 2013, but she cancelled angered by revelations that the NSA spied on her

The Obama administration has again invited Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff for a state visit to Washington, a diplomatic breakthrough that both sides hope will lead over time to greater trade between the two biggest economies in the Americas.

Tuesday, March 24th 2015 - 04:23 UTC

It's official: Uruguay will not receive any more Guantanamo inmates

“It is being studied. What is certain is that no more prisoners are going to come from Guantanamo. That is absolute,” said foreign minister Nin Novoa

Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said on Monday that Montevideo absolutely will not accept any more inmates from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo, in contrast to the previous government of Jose Mujica, who took in - as refugees - six Middle Eastern men who had been held at the facility.

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