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Stories for March 1st 2023

  • Wednesday, March 1st 2023 - 10:31 UTC

    Study heralds gov't will change hands this year in Argentina

    JxC looks poised to win this year's presidential elections in Argentina. But will it be Larreta, Bullrich or Macri?

    Argentina's opposition Together for Change (Juntos por el Cambio - JxC) coalition would beat the ruling Everbody's Front (Frente de Todos - FdT) alliance at the Simultaneous, Open and Mandatory Primary (PASO) elections in August by between 10 to 12 percentage points, according to a poll by Opina Argentina published Tuesday in Buenos Aires. The Libertarian movement of Congressman Javier Milei would come in third, the study also showed.

  • Wednesday, March 1st 2023 - 10:25 UTC

    Argentina halts poultry exports after case of avian flu confirmed

    Bahillo insisted the disease is not transmitted through the consumption of poultry meat or eggs so exporters would be able to sell their products locally

    Argentine authorities Tuesday suspended poultry exports after the first case of avian flu was confirmed in the province of Río Negro. The South American country's poultry exports last year amounted to US$ 383 million, with China buying 75% of them. With 2.5 million tons of poultry meat produced annually, 10% are sold abroad.

  • Wednesday, March 1st 2023 - 10:13 UTC

    Colombian budget carrier leaves thousands of travelers stranded

    Other airlines are offering to carry Viva Air passengers at no extra cost while adding contingency flights and using larger aircraft

    Colombian airlines Avianca, LATAM, and Satena were arranging contingency flights Tuesday after thousands of travelers were left stranded following the grounding of the financially broken budget carrier Viva Air, it was reported.

  • Wednesday, March 1st 2023 - 10:06 UTC

    Bolsonaro's testimony can be obtained abroad, Minister Dino says

    Dino also said he hoped Bolsonaro would show some “common sense”

    Brazil's Federal Police could take statements from former President Jair Bolsonaro abroad, Justice and Public Safety Minister Flavio Dino said Tuesday. However, in order to carry out such a procedure, international legal cooperation would be necessary, Dino explained. Bolsonaro, who is in the United States since before ending his term, is under investigation for the Jan. 8 riots in Brasilia, among other cases.

  • Wednesday, March 1st 2023 - 09:05 UTC

    IMF picks former Chilean Minister to replace Goldfajn

    Georgieva praised Valdés' background and qualifications for the post

    International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva Tuesday announced that Chilean Economist Minister Rodrigo Valdés had been chosen to succeed the Brazilian Ilan Goldfajn as Regional Director of the global agency. Goldfajn left his post to become President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

  • Wednesday, March 1st 2023 - 08:44 UTC

    Uruguayan president's approval slides after 3 years in office

    The Astesiano case was crucial in Lacalle's vanishing popularity

    Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou was shown to have a 43% approval three years into his term, according to a survey by pollsters Usina de Percepción Ciudadana published Tuesday in Montevideo.

  • Wednesday, March 1st 2023 - 08:35 UTC

    Brazil reinstates task force to tackle climate change

    Kerry said Biden was interested in contributing to the Amazon Fund

    Brazil's Environment Minister Marina Silva was joined by US Presidential Envoy John Kerry when she announced on Tuesday that the government of Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva was creating a working group to tackle the effects of climate change by focusing on the fight against deforestation in the Amazon and the defense of indigenous peoples, Agencia Brasil reported.

  • Wednesday, March 1st 2023 - 08:11 UTC

    Iranian warships dock in Rio de Janeiro until March 4

    The naval units are in South America at the same time Iran was reported to have enriched uranium barely below the levels needed to build an atomic bomb

    Two Iranian warships have been cleared to dock at Rio de Janeiro during the weekend despite pressure from the United States, it was reported. The warships IRIS Makran and IRIS Dena arrived Sunday morning, Rio's port authority said in a statement.

  • Wednesday, March 1st 2023 - 08:05 UTC

    Tesla to build carmaking plant in Mexico

    AMLO stressed Mexico cannot grant subsidies as the US government does, which Musk understood “perfectly”

    Elon Musk's Tesla will install a factory to build electric cars in Mexico, which will be the company's first in Latin America, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) confirmed Tuesday.