Brazil launches Monday its international Public Broadcasting Service with the initial purpose of penetrating the African continent, more precisely the former Lusitanian Empire where Portuguese is spoken.
The Organization of American States (OAS), Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza will be sworn Monday for a second five year term. Chilean born Insulza will take the oath at a special meeting of the OAS Permanent Council in Washington DC.
“Let the Bicentennial festivities begin” Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announced on Friday and Argentina put its best military and musical display on Saturday in the build-up toward Tuesday’s 200th anniversary of the country’s nationhood Tuesday May 25.
Brazil's ruling party presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff promised, if elected, continuity of current economic and financial policies to ensure growth and macro-economic stability. She also stated that Brazil was prepared for “a woman president”.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that the arrival of the rainy season will help eliminate power rationing on weekends and on weekdays at non-peak hours. Chavez made the announcement during a meeting of an electricity advisory group at the Miraflores presidential palace that was aired by state-run VTV television.
Investments by Spanish firms are protected in new Bolivian regulations, but companies involved in plots against the government will not be forgiven, said President Evo Morales on Sunday during a fence-mending speech.
Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas said on Sunday that the Catholic Church notified him that Raul Castro’s regime on Monday will begin taking “preliminary steps” regarding ill political prisoners and that a meeting is scheduled for this week “to speak about releases”.
A cruise ship made famous by a German Love Boat TV show caught fire Sunday, forcing 607 people aboard to evacuate in a western Norwegian port, rescue officials said.
Colombia’s former Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos and Green Party candidate Antanas Mockus appear to be neck and neck for the May 30 presidential vote, and Mockus would have an edge in a June run-off.
British Ambassador in Buenos Aires Shan Morgan has been summoned for a meeting on Monday with Argentine Foreign Affairs minister Jorge Taiana to receive a formal reply notice to the escalating diplomatic exchange between the two countries over Falklands and other South Atlantic Islands sovereignty which Argentina claims.