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Montevideo, November 17th 2018 - 23:36 UTC


  • Tuesday, August 28th 2018 - 08:30 UTC

    Exodus of Venezuelan migrants comparable to “Mediterranean refugees” events, says UN office

    Growing numbers are fleeing economic meltdown and political turmoil in Venezuela, where people scrounge for food and other necessities of daily life

    The exodus of migrants from Venezuela is building towards a “crisis moment” comparable to events involving refugees in the Mediterranean, the United Nations migration agency said.

  • Friday, August 24th 2018 - 09:06 UTC

    Latin American growth lowered to 1.5% this year, in a “complex global scenario”

    Latin America's economies posted solid growth of 6.2% in 2010, but then tipped into a two-year regional recession in 2015

    Latin America's economic growth is set to come in lower than expected this year, as US protectionism and widespread wariness of emerging markets put a drag on the region, a UN panel said Thursday. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) slashed its growth forecast for the region by 0.7 point to 1.5%, saying the “complex global scenario” had dimmed the outlook since its last report in April.

  • Thursday, August 23rd 2018 - 09:12 UTC

    The democratic challenge to dictatorships and xenophobia in Latin America

    The panel discussed the democratic clauses of the different institutional bodies in the continent against the erosion of the rule of law

    During the conference entitled “The democratic challenge to the autocracies of the 21st century in Latin America,” organized by the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) on Tuesday at the Senate of Uruguay, the Government of Venezuela was described as a “dictatorship” and it was exhorted that the democratic governments of the region, especially the Uruguayan government, not be indifferent or “accomplices” against today’s Latin America’s autocratic governments.

  • Wednesday, August 22nd 2018 - 09:00 UTC

    Venezuelan businesses shut down shops to protest last monetary measures

    As a currency devaluation and package of economic measures went into effect, the opposition asked storekeepers to shut up shop in protest

    Venezuela's streets were quieter than normal on Tuesday, as a currency devaluation and package of economic measures by populist president Nicolas Maduro went into effect, and the opposition asked storekeepers to shut up shop in protest. Venezuela on Monday cut five zeros from prices and pegged the country’s currency to an obscure state-backed cryptocurrency, as part of a broad set of measures meant to address hyperinflation and an economic crisis.

  • Tuesday, August 21st 2018 - 08:40 UTC

    Macri to report Venezuelan government to the International Criminal Court

     “For me, there is no doubt: In Venezuela, human rights are systematically violated by steamrolling the opposition and everyone” said president Macri

    Argentine President Mauricio Macri plans to report Venezuela’s government to the International Criminal Court at The Hague for alleged crimes against humanity, according to an interview broadcast on CNN’s Spanish service on Sunday night. Macri said he would seek to refer populist President Nicolas Maduro’s government “in the coming weeks”, and that he had the backing of the presidents of Colombia, Chile and Paraguay.

  • Tuesday, August 21st 2018 - 08:05 UTC

    Venezuelan refugees restarted pouring into northern Brazil

    Fearful Venezuelan immigrants lined up in smaller numbers to enter Brazil at the only border crossing between after violent protests by Brazilian residents

    Brazil's government has not ruled out closing its border with Venezuela at Pacaraima, in Roraima state, but sees obstacles to doing so because of international treaties it has signed, Political Affairs Minister Carlos Marun said on Monday.

  • Monday, August 20th 2018 - 07:20 UTC

    Maduro launches new currency with five zeroes less but the same misery for the people

    The new currency, the sovereign Bolívar, to distinguish from the current strong Bolívar, will be anchored to the widely discredited cryptocurrency, the Petro

    Uncertainty reigned in Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro unveiled a major economic reform plan aimed at halting the spiraling hyperinflation that has thrown the oil-rich, cash-poor country into chaos. Ahead of a major currency overhaul on Monday, when Caracas will start issuing new banknotes after slashing five zeroes off the crippled Bolívar, Maduro detailed other measures he hopes will pull Venezuela out of crisis.

  • Monday, August 20th 2018 - 07:08 UTC

    Brazil sending troops to Venezuela border following clashes between locals and refugees

    The deployment was announced after dozens of Brazilians in Pacaraima attacked makeshift immigrant camps a local merchant was stabbed, beaten and robbed

    Brazil is sending additional troops to its northern frontier after residents of one of its border towns attacked Venezuelan immigrants, forcing hundreds of them to flee back into their country. Brazil's Ministry of Public Security said over the weekend it would send an additional 60 soldiers to Roraima on Monday, reinforcing a contingent already operating in the northern state.

  • Sunday, August 19th 2018 - 18:26 UTC

    Complications for the diaspora: Venezuelans can only flee with a passport to Peru or Ecuador

    Peruvian Migration Office recorded last Saturday the largest number of Venezuelan citizens who entered the country in a single day: more than 5,100 people.

    The Ministry of the Interior of Peru has announced that as of the dawn of next Saturday, August 25, Venezuelans will be required to present their passport to be admitted to the country. This measure coincides with that taken by Ecuador this week when it reached record figures in the entry of Venezuelan citizens in that country. The National Superintendency of Migrations of Peru recorded last Saturday the largest number of Venezuelan citizens who entered the country in a single day: more than 5,100.

  • Thursday, August 16th 2018 - 10:09 UTC

    Opposition leader claims “fractures” within the Venezuela Armed Forces

    “The conflict today is within the government — not just at the political level, but more importantly within the armed forces,” Borges said in an interview in Bogotá

    An exiled opposition leader accused by Venezuelan authorities of directing a failed plot to assassinate President Nicolás Maduro says the greatest threat to the embattled socialist leader may be his detractors in uniform standing quietly behind him.