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Montevideo, April 2nd 2023 - 08:28 UTC

Latin America

  • Monday, March 20th 2023 - 14:18 UTC

    Petro declares end of ceasefire for AGC Clan

    The Gulf Clan has other priorities over peace, Petro explained

    Colombian President Gustavo Petro Sunday announced he was suspending the bilateral ceasefire with the so-called Clan del Golfo outlaw group following a mining strike that the criminal organization was promoting in the northwest region.

  • Monday, March 20th 2023 - 08:53 UTC

    Earthquake kills 14 in Ecuador and 1 in Peru

    “We are going to declare a state of exception,” Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso said

    At least 15 have died after an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 shook northern Peru and southern Ecuador at 12.11 pm on Saturday, it was reported. The epicenter was said to be in Ecuadorian territory, 85 kilometers northeast of Zarumilla, in the Tumbes region, and 78 kilometers deep, according to the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP).

  • Saturday, March 18th 2023 - 09:54 UTC

    Bolivian President calls Putin to review trade and technology joint work

    Russian authorities insisted the conversation was held at Bolivia's initiative

    Presidents Luis Arce Catacora of Bolivia and Vladimir Putin of Russia held a telephone conversation Friday during which they discussed various items of mutual interest such as energy, trade, education, and technology.

  • Saturday, March 18th 2023 - 09:22 UTC

    Ibero-American leaders create group to favor freedom and democracy

    The Liberty and Democracy Group will seek to oppose autocratic governments in the region

    A group of current and former Latin American Presidents plus two former Spanish Prime Ministers Friday announced in Santiago, Chile, the creation of the so-called Liberty and Democracy Group, which should become “a space for reflection, coordination, dialogue, and action to strengthen freedom and democracy” in the region.

  • Friday, March 17th 2023 - 10:15 UTC

    Tense relationship between Ecuador and Argentina due to former minister's escape to Venezuela

    The Argentine government denied on Thursday having facilitated the escape to Venezuela of Duarte from her refuge in the Argentine embassy in Quito

    Ecuador expects to overcome the diplomatic crisis with Argentina soon after both nations withdrew their ambassadors amid questioning from Quito regarding the escape of a former minister convicted of corruption who was taking refuge in Argentina's diplomatic residence in Ecuador.

  • Thursday, March 16th 2023 - 09:37 UTC

    China in US' backyard: Honduras wants to cut links with Taiwan; Panama and Beijing working of free trade accord

    Honduran President Xiomara Castro, who said her country is seeking to establish diplomatic relations with China

    China welcomed on Wednesday the latest remarks by Honduran President Xiomara Castro, who said her country is seeking to establish diplomatic relations with China. In response to this, Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said at a press conference on Wednesday that 181 countries around the world have established diplomatic relations with China on the basis of the one-China principle, which fully proved that establishing diplomatic relations with China is a correct general historical and political trend.

  • Thursday, March 16th 2023 - 07:09 UTC

    Peru: Supreme Court agrees to review if Castillo's right to defense was violated

    Castillo argues he was not given a chance to defend himself during his impeachment

    Peru's Supreme Court Wednesday overruled a lower Court's decision and will agree to review former President Pedro Castillo's claims that he was denied a right to defense during his Dec. 7 impeachment by Congress.

  • Wednesday, March 15th 2023 - 10:14 UTC

    Missing fishermen found alive, Uruguayan Navy says

    After a large-scale deployment by the Uruguayan Navy and Coast Guard, the survivors were found by the crews of artisanal fishing boats

    Uruguay's Navy confirmed Tuesday that two fishermen who had gone missing had been finally found alive by artisanal fishing boats in the River Plate after the South American country's force staged a mass deployment of manpower and resources.

  • Wednesday, March 15th 2023 - 10:09 UTC

    Quito, Buenos Aires expel ambassadors over convicted minister's escape

    Argentina regretted the “incomprehensible decision of the Government” of Quito to request the recall of Gabriel Fuks

    Quito expelled Argentina's Ambassador Gabriel Fuks and Buenos Aires retaliated by giving Xavier Monge his marching orders after a former official of the Rafael Correa administration fled to Caracas where she expects to complete her asylum process with the government of Alberto Fernández.

  • Tuesday, March 14th 2023 - 09:38 UTC

    Amazon fires grip 90% of the area in first two months of 2023

    According to a report issued Monday by the Fire Monitor, an initiative of the Annual Mapping Project of Land Use and Land Cover in Brazil (MapBiomas) in partnership with the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), the Amazon biome concentrated 90% of its areas with fires, representing 487,000 hectares. In the first two months of 2022, the area totaled 654,000 hectares. In the country's six biomes - Amazonia, Caatinga, Cerrado, Atlantic Forest, Pampa, and Pantanal - there were fires over 536,000 hectares.