Hundreds of government officials, scientists and NGO representatives from around the globe will converge at Santiago de Chile's Sheraton Hotel next week for the 60th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC60).
Brazil will be announcing this week the annual investment plan in support for agriculture and livestock which is estimated to increase 12% totaling in the region of 40 billion US dollars, said Agriculture Minister Reinhold Stephanes.
Uruguay approved the environmental impact report presented by the Spanish pulp manufacturer ENCE which is planning to build a huge 1.5 billion US dollars plant in Colonia to the west of the country, next to the coast of the River Plate.
The indigenous peoples of South America from the Andes highlands to the extreme south of Chile celebrated early Saturday the arrival of the winter solstice which signals the beginning of a new year.
European Union leaders have admitted that the Czech Republic may not be able to ratify the Lisbon Treaty, which has already been rejected by the Irish. The declaration from their summit in Brussels notes that the Czech process is on hold due to legal difficulties.
The influential Spanish daily El País in one of its main editorials recently criticized the decisions, speeches and ruling attitude of Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner arguing they are eroding Argentina's economic credibility and the image of the Kirchner couple government.
According to the latest figures published by the Spanish government there are 86.601 Uruguayans living in that country (44.314 men and 42.287 women) of which 25.761 have Spanish citizen status. However there are another 10 to 15.000 who are undocumented and therefore could be included in the recently approved EU return directive.
For the sixth week running the US dollar has depreciated againts the Uruguayan peso in the local Money market accumulation a loss of 9.98%. In the 26 weeks of 2008, the Uruguayan peso has increased during 19.
In five years Brazil could climb from seventh to first position as the world's main milk producer, according to Marcus Ellias head of the trust controlling the former Italian dairy giant Parmalat Brazilian branch.
The European Parliament (EP) on Thursday proposed increasing fishing sector aid up to EUR 100,000 (from 30.000 EUR) per vessel, instead of per company – as is the case today - in order to alleviate the effect of rising fuel prices.