Argentina's National Institute of Statistics and Census (Indec) Friday announced that inflation for the month of April of 2023 was 8.4%, way above all projections. Interannually, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) reached 108.8% and the accumulated variation in the first four months of the year was 32%. It is the highest monthly inflation since April 2002 (10.4%) and the highest year-on-year figure since 1991. Since Alberto Fernández took office in December 2019, prices increased 448%.
United Nations (UN) envoy Alice Wairimu Nderitu completed her mission in Brazil Friday after 11 days during which she investigated cases of violence committed against indigenous people, Afro-descendants, and other vulnerable groups, Agencia Brasil reported.
David Boyd, the United Nations (UN) envoy for human rights and the environment, warned that Chile is facing a frightening and interconnected environmental crisis that is violating the rights of millions of people at the industrial complex known as the Chilean Chernobyl.
The Nicaraguan regime of President Daniel Ortega and his Vice President wife Rosario Murillo ordered new arrests of journalists and activists for treason, it was reported this week. The country's judiciary also banned a group of 25 lawyers and notary publics from practicing because they were stripped of their Nicaraguan citizenship.
Argentina's two only lithium exporters -Allkem (Australia) and Livent (LTHM)- have announced a multi-billion dollar merger. The companies operating in Catamarca and Jujuy will launch a new company valued at US$10.6 billion, it was reported.
According to the Washington Post, Linda Yaccarino has been chosen to succeed tycoon Elon Musk as CEO of Twitter. She was working as president of global advertising and partnerships at NBCUniversal. The announcement comes the day after Musk said he would be stepping down and that he will move into the role of executive chairman and CTO (chief technology officer). In December, Musk asked his Twitter followers if he should step down as CEO and 57.5% said yes.