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Colombia’s president Duque says will withdraw from Unasur bloc

August, 27 2018 (Reuters) Colombian President Ivan Duque on Monday said the Andean nation will withdraw from Unasur, a South American bloc set up a decade ago to counter U.S. sway in the region, in a move that will be completed in six months. Right-wing Duque said the bloc has acted as an accomplice to [...]

Colombia’s president Duque says will withdraw from Unasur bloc2018-08-30T21:51:55+00:00

Red Cross bashes Colombia for still not searching for its 80,000 missing persons

August, 29 2018 (Colombia reports) The Red Cross (ICRC) asked Colombia’s government on Wednesday to prioritize the search for 80,000 people who were forcibly disappeared during the country’s armed conflict. In a press statement ICRC Colombia director Christoph Harnisch urged the government to comply with promises made to victims in a 2016 peace agreement with [...]

Red Cross bashes Colombia for still not searching for its 80,000 missing persons2018-08-30T21:49:19+00:00

Mexico should seek tariff exclusion before closing NAFTA: steel lobby

August, 29 2018 (Reuters) Mexico should seek exclusion from U.S. tariffs on steel imports before closing the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the country’s steel industry association CANACERO said in a statement on Wednesday. Citing national security concerns, U.S. President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum at the end [...]

Mexico should seek tariff exclusion before closing NAFTA: steel lobby2018-08-30T21:46:17+00:00

Argentina asks IMF to release $50bn loan as crisis worsens

August, 30 2018 (BBC) President Mauricio Macri said the move was designed to restore confidence in the Argentine economy. The Argentine peso has lost more than 40% of its value against the US dollar this year and inflation is rampant. The IMF confirmed on Wednesday it was looking to strengthen the arrangement and changing its [...]

Argentina asks IMF to release $50bn loan as crisis worsens2018-08-30T21:42:31+00:00

U.N. accuses Nicaragua government of widespread rights violations

August, 29 2018 (Reuters) Nicaragua’s government turned a blind eye while armed mobs rounded up protesters, some of whom were later raped with rifles and tortured in detention, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a report rejected as biased by Managua. In a 33-page rebuttal, Nicaragua said the U.N. Human Rights Office report issued [...]

U.N. accuses Nicaragua government of widespread rights violations2018-08-30T21:38:28+00:00

Venezuela crisis: Brazil to send army to safeguard border

August, 29 2018 (BBC) Brazil says it is sending its army to the Venezuelan border to "guarantee law and order" amid an influx of migrants fleeing the crisis-hit country. President Michel Temer said in a televised address on Tuesday that Venezuela's "tragic" situation threatened peace across South America. Millions of Venezuelans have fled their country [...]

Venezuela crisis: Brazil to send army to safeguard border2018-08-30T21:35:08+00:00

Ex Argentine leader Fernandez to allow searches of her properties

August, 21 2018 (Reuters) BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez agreed on Tuesday to allow investigators to search properties belonging to her as part of a corruption case in which construction company executives have said they paid bribes for government contracts. The scandal is of importance to next year’s presidential election, in [...]

Ex Argentine leader Fernandez to allow searches of her properties2018-08-24T22:04:58+00:00

Mexico, U.S. ‘close’ to resolving bilateral NAFTA issues

August, 22 2018 (Reuters) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mexico and the United States are close to resolving remaining bilateral issues in the revamp of the NAFTA trade deal, officials said, but hopes of squaring away differences on Wednesday were booted to at least later this week. “We are already looking at all the issues. We might [...]

Mexico, U.S. ‘close’ to resolving bilateral NAFTA issues2018-08-24T21:57:16+00:00

Colombia’s former military intelligence chief charged with embezzlement

August, 21 2018 (Colombia reports) The former intelligence chief of Colombia’s armed forces has been charged of embezzlement, illegal wire tapping and fraud, months after the government dissolved his unit. General Martin Nieto, who led the intelligence unit of the Joint Forces Command, is expected to appear before a disciplinary hearing on Thursday after an [...]

Colombia’s former military intelligence chief charged with embezzlement2018-08-24T21:51:49+00:00

Drones hunt cocaine farms in Colombia

August, 21 2018 (BBC) The Colombian government has started to use drones to destroy the plants that produce cocaine. Small aircraft loaded with herbicide are being sent to search for illegal fields of coca. President Iván Duque has favoured the use of the unmanned aircraft to ensure that damage to neighbouring crops is kept to [...]

Drones hunt cocaine farms in Colombia2018-08-24T21:47:18+00:00

Venezuela crisis: More migrants cross into Brazil despite attacks

August, 21 2018 (BBC) The number of Venezuelans entering Brazil is rising, officials say, despite Saturday's attacks on makeshift migrant border camps. A Brazilian army spokesman said about 900 Venezuelans were expected in the state of Roraima on Monday, a steep rise in the daily average. The numbers of people trying to flee Venezuela's economic [...]

Venezuela crisis: More migrants cross into Brazil despite attacks2018-08-24T21:42:47+00:00

Venezuela issues new currency, amid hyperinflation and social turmoil

August, 23 2018 (CNN) Venezuela issued a new currency Monday in an attempt to bolster its crumbling economy as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that inflation could hit one million percent this year. The move, part of a dramatic raft of measures aimed at halting runaway hyperinflation, comes as thousands of Venezuelans continue to [...]

Venezuela issues new currency, amid hyperinflation and social turmoil2018-08-24T21:28:38+00:00