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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
August, 9 2018 (Reuters) RUMICHACA BRIDGE (Reuters) - Thousands of Venezuelans overwhelmed the Ecuadorean-Colombian border high in the Andean mountains on Thursday, as fears of border closings led to a sudden surge in migrants from the ravaged OPEC-member country. Impoverished Venezuelans are fleeing food shortages, hyperinflation, and violent crime in their homeland, often taking days-long [...]