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Montevideo, September 29th 2023 - 06:31 UTC

Latin America

  • Monday, September 11th 2023 - 10:40 UTC

    Chile: AMLO joins Boric in remembering Allende

    Allende “was a humanist, a good man, a victim of scoundrels,” the Mexican President said

    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) said Sunday in Santiago that he admired late Chilean President Salvador Allende, who was “a victim of scoundrels.” The visiting leader made those remarks on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the military coup d'état by General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, which overthrew the Socialist head of state and started a 17-year dictatorship.

  • Saturday, September 9th 2023 - 21:44 UTC

    “Global South” objects to EU deforestation focus and 'risk assessment' qualification policies

    The “Global South”, is made up of Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Guatemala, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic and Thailand

    Argentina was part of the “Global South”, which this week made a presentation before the European Union expressing deep concern about the distorting effects of the new EU ruling, from June 2023, referred to goods that are demanded to be free of deforestation consequences.

  • Saturday, September 9th 2023 - 10:47 UTC

    Mexican president lands in Colombia for talks with Petro

    AMLO and Petro attended the closing of a conference on drugs in Cali

    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador met in Cali with his Colombian colleague Gustavo Petro on the first day of his official trip to Colombia, it was reported. Both heads of state attended the closing of the three-day Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Drugs.

  • Saturday, September 9th 2023 - 10:43 UTC

    End of gas contract between Bolivia and Argentina to be brought forward?

    Argentina “is rushing” its self-supply project, Basteiro explained

    Argentina's Ambassador to Bolivia Ariel Basteiro Friday said an addendum to the current agreement will bring forward from 2026 to mid-2024 the end of the gas purchase contract between the two countries.

  • Saturday, September 9th 2023 - 09:42 UTC

    Kidnapped Ecuadorian councilman found dead

    Vera had been elected councilman of Durán for the 2023-2027 period

    Councilman Bolívar Vera, 42, of the municipality of Durán was kidnapped and murdered in a new episode of Ecuador's political violence saga one month ahead of the presidential runoff. Vera's body was found Friday on a road in the rural sector of Salitre with his hands tied in the province of Guayas, it was also reported. He had been reported missing on Thursday, Sept. 7.

  • Friday, September 8th 2023 - 10:56 UTC

    Maduro to visit China “and other friendly countries”

    Maduro rarely travels abroad out of security concerns

    Venezuela's National Assembly gave the green light for President Nicolás Maduro to leave the country on an international tour of “friendly” nations, it was reported in Caracas.

  • Friday, September 8th 2023 - 10:40 UTC

    Argentine President assures Chile a natural gas supply through 2024

    Fernández will be in Santiago attending the ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of Pinochet's coup

    Argentine President Alberto Fernández Thursday said his country would guarantee the supply of natural gas to neighboring Chile until Dec. 31, 2024, it was reported in Buenos Aires. With Bolivia's production declining, South America is looking to Vaca Muerta as a possible source, it was also explained. Between January and July, Argentina sold Chile US$ 556 million worth of natural gas, an 86.8% growth from the same period last year.

  • Friday, September 8th 2023 - 10:22 UTC

    Violence against reporters on the rise in Ecuador

    Villavicencio's work had led to former President Correa's conviction for corruption

    Death threats against the media doubled in Ecuador from last year's figures, three press associations denounced in Quito Thursday during a press conference. At least 15 journalists have received life-threatening messages amid growing violence nationwide.

  • Friday, September 8th 2023 - 10:01 UTC

    Investments That Pay Off: Latin America’s Response to Recent Global Shocks

    “This time it wasn't us,” Guillermo Ortiz, then governor of Mexico’s central bank, said at the 2008 start of the global financial crisis.

    By Rodrigo Valdes, IMF Director of the Western Hemisphere Department

    The region, which successfully navigated economic turmoil, now must boost inclusive growth, reduce debt, and capitalize on new opportunities. Praise for policies implemented by the LA5 Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and also Uruguay, Dominican Republic, Paraguay and Costa Rica.

  • Thursday, September 7th 2023 - 10:39 UTC

    ECLAC's outlook for the region is grim, but better than in April

    Salazar-Xirinachs spoke of a disease of low growth

    The latest report from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) released Tuesday in Santiago foresees low regional growth for at least the next two years. For 2023, the organization projects a 1.7% increase in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) while in 2024 it would fall to 1.5%, while the world's GDP is expected to grow by 3% in 2023 and 2024, down from 3.5% in 2022.