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Stories for May 2023

  • Monday, May 29th 2023 - 10:59 UTC

    Argentina's race against time: Economy Minister seeks Chinese support to stay afloat

    Economy Minister Massa and Deputy Máximo Kirchner are traveling aboard the ARG-01 aircraft

    Argentina's Economy Minister Sergio Massa is due in China Tuesday, in a desperate bid to secure much-needed dollars for the government's survival and bolster its chances in the upcoming presidential elections. President Alberto Fernández, who recently announced that he would not seek re-election, has taken a backseat, allowing Massa to spearhead this crucial mission.

  • Monday, May 29th 2023 - 10:50 UTC

    Venezuelan president lands in Brazil

    Maduro had last been in Brazil in 2015

    Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who often canceled his appearances at the last minute, arrived Sunday in Brasilia for Tuesday's South American Summit hosted by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The last time Maduro visited the continent's largest country was in 2015 for the presidential inauguration of former President Dilma Rousseff.

  • Monday, May 29th 2023 - 10:42 UTC

    First Chinese-built airliner enters aviation market

    Firefighters performed the traditional water arch in Beijing

    The COMAC C-919, China's first passenger aircraft, Sunday completed its first commercial flight marking its official entry into the civil aviation market, it was reported in Beijing, where authorities are confident it can compete with the Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A320. China Eastern Airlines flight MU9191 landed “smoothly” at Beijing International Airport Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport with 130 passengers at 12:30 local time, after which firefighters performed the traditional water arch.

  • Monday, May 29th 2023 - 10:19 UTC

    Bolsonaro has offended all journalists, São Paulo court rules

    According to the plaintiffs, the former president's statements were given “in a hostile, disrespectful, and humiliating manner”

    Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro must pay some US$ 10,000 in compensation for “collective moral damage” after having offended journalists while in office, a court of appeals ruled last week on a case filed in 2021 by the Union of Journalists of São Paulo.

  • Monday, May 29th 2023 - 10:12 UTC

    New strain of Covid-19 virus detected in Ecuador

    The new variant has already been identified in other Latin American countries such as Guatemala, Chile and Brazil.

    Ecuadorian authorities have reported the appearance of a new strain of SARS-CoV-2 in the South American country and upped the biosecurity measures in force accordingly, it was announced during the weekend by the National Institute of Public Health Research (INSPI) in Quito, where the asymptomatic patient is.

  • Monday, May 29th 2023 - 10:00 UTC

    Yellow fever deaths recorded again in São Paulo

    Authorities have upped their vaccination strategy to avoid an outbreak

    After two years without any cases, São Paulo health authorities reported during the weekend that two patients had died from yellow fever this year after four people were infected. Although both fatalities took place in the State of São Paulo, one of the victims was a resident of Minas Gerais. The State had had no cases of the disease since 2020 when one record was confirmed.

  • Saturday, May 27th 2023 - 23:10 UTC

    Uruguayan Presidential Secretary discharged from hospital

    “A couple of days' rest and then continue working calmly,” Delgado said in a press conference

    Uruguayan Presidential Secretary Álvaro Delgado was discharged from a Paysandú hospital Saturday afternoon after being involved in a violent car crash on Friday while on his way to the Anchorena ranch in Colonia to participate in a lunch hosted by President Luis Lacalle Pou.

  • Saturday, May 27th 2023 - 10:39 UTC

    Argentina lost about 80 MSMEs per week under Alberto Fernández

    These figures speak of the need for labor reform, the study concluded

    Argentina lost an average of 80 companies each week in the last three years, according to a private study released in Buenos Aires Friday, which means that when President Alberto Fernández leaves office on Dec. 9, 2023, he will leave behind a country with over 12,000 fewer companies.

  • Saturday, May 27th 2023 - 10:31 UTC

    Lula's Summit to gather 11 South American leaders in Brasilia

    In addition to the meeting, Lula is expected to have one-on-one encounters with some of his guests

    President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's “retreat” Summit scheduled for May 30 will gather 11 South American leaders, it was confirmed Friday in Brasilia. The presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela have confirmed their presence. The only absence will be that of Peruvian President Dina Boluarte, who has internal legal impediments, it was reported. Instead, Prime Minister Alberto Otárola will be attending.

  • Saturday, May 27th 2023 - 10:00 UTC

    Lula not to travel to St Petersburg for Putin meeting

    The Brazilian leader's decision has been regarded as a sign of moderation after failing to meet with Zelensky in Hiroshima

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has become a major player in South American diplomacy lately, but he has been forced to decline an invitation from his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin to go to St. Petersburg. “I can't go to Russia now,” Lula said days after a frustrated meeting with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky in Hiroshima.