Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Canal RSS de la Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Attorneys to Supervise Electoral Campaigns in Venezuela Caracas, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Prosecutors appointed by the National Electoral Council (CNE) will supervise the campaigns by the candidates for governors in the election scheduled for October 15 in Venezuela. Uruguay Rejects Military Intervention in Latin America at UN United Nations, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa urged here today to shun all rhetoric of violence, and rejected any hint of military intervention in Latin America. Wildfires Ravage 1,200 Hectares in Brazilian National Park Brasilia, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Some 1,200 hectares of forests and grasslands have been ravaged for five days due to wildfires that were raging in the Serra de Bocaina National Park, in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. ELN and Colombian Government Prepare Ceasefire Bogota, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) are today working on the logistic aspects that will enable a bilateral ceasefire to come into force on October 1. Bolivia Has One of the World's Most Modern Cable Cars La Paz, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia has one of the most modern cable cars in the world, due to the technical improvements made to the Orange Line, scheduled to open on Friday, officials from the national transport system said. Argentina: Family of Missing Young Man Calls for New March Buenos Aires, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) In the middle of uncertainty and living hope, the family of Santiago Maldonado, a missing young Argentinean, called for another march on October 1st, two months after his disappearance. Scientists to Present in Chile Conclusions about Neruda's Death By Fausto Triana Santiago de Chile, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) An international panel of scientists will present their findings on the causes of the death of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda in Chile, an authoritative source told Prensa Latina. Venezuela in Electoral Campaign with Large-Scale Gatherings Caracas, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela started the governors'' campaign for the October 15th state elections with large-scale gatherings, said today the local media. Ex-guerrilla of the FARC Died in Prison Bogota, Sep 24 (Prensa Latina) The Force Alternative Revolutionary of the Commonwealth (FARC) denounced in this capital the death of one of its members, who was in prison waiting to be released under the Amnesty Law. ELN-Colombian Government, Ceasefire Clears Way to Peace Quito (Prensa Latina) The bilateral and temporary ceasefire, agreed in Quito by the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Colombian government, clears the way for an agreement to put an end to the armed conflict and achieve lasting peace in Colombia. Pope Francis Receives Peru Soccer Jersey During Kuczynski's Visit Lima,Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) His Holiness Pope Francis received the Peruvian soccer jersey in a private meeting with President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski at the Vatican Apostolic Palace. Colombia Former President of the Supreme Court in Prison Bogota, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) In what is considered here as a real scandal was sent today to prison the former president of the Supreme Court of Justice Francisco Ricaurte, for alleged involvement in a network of corruption. ECLAC Highlights Poverty Reduction in Venezuela Caracas, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, highlighted the progress of the Bolivarian Revolution''s social programs to reduce poverty in Venezuela. Venezuelan President in Cuba to Deliver Donation Havana, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is in Cuba, to deliver a donation that will help to compensate the damages caused on the island by Hurricane Irma. Judges from Ecuador-Peru To Coordinate Fight vs. Human Trafficking Lima, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Judges from Peru and Ecuador will hold today the 1st Bi-national Meeting on Human Trafficking, seeking to coordinate the fight against this serious scourge, said Peruvian organizers. Venezuela Destroys 448,000 Fire Arms Caracas, Sep 21 (Perensa Latina) Venezuelan authorities have destroyed 448,000 fire arms as part of the National Disarmament Plan implemented by the Government, the Minister for Interior Relations, Justice and Peace, Nestor Reverol, reported today in this capital. Brazilian Supreme Court Presents Lawsuit against Temer to Deputies Brasilia, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Supreme Court (STF) decided to present to the Chamber of Deputies the second lawsuit presented by the Brazilian former Attorney General Rodrigo Janot against President Michel Temer. Evo Morales Remembers Murder Anniversary of Chilean Former FM La Paz, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales today recalled the 41st anniversary of the assassination in Washington of former Chilean foreign minister Orlando Letelier, the victim of a conspiracy by the intelligence leadership of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship. US Blockade to Cuba Condemned at Euro-Lat Assembly San Salvador, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian Senator Roberto Requiao reiterated today his demand to the parliamentarians of Europe and Latin America to repudiate the upsurge of the US blockade against Cuba, despite world rejection. Colombia Sends Aid to People Affected by Hurricane in Cuba Bogota, Sep 21 (Prensa Latina) Colombia has sent about 15 tons of humanitarian aid to the affected people in Cuba as a result of Hurricane Irma. Venezuela Signs Treaty on Ban of Nuclear Weapons Caracas, Sep 20 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Wednesday signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted on July 7 to prohibit and eliminate that kind of armament. Brazil and the Coup d'Etat a Year Later Por Moisés Pérez MokBrasilia (Prensa Latina) Shortly before leaving the Planalto Palace, Brazil''s constitutional president Dilma Rousseff warned that the coup plotters ''are going to imprison state institutions to place them at the service of the most radical economic liberalism and social backwardness.'' Venezuela Repudiates Trump's Speech at UN Caracas, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan press repudiated the speech delivered today by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, at the United Nations, where he attacked sovereign countries. Santos to Trump: No Support for US Military Intervention in Venezuela New York, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday told his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, that Latin America would not support a military intervention in Venezuela. Colombian Authorities Proposed Referendum for Justice Reform Bogota, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) The idea of a referendum to reform justice is defended here today by Colombian authorities. Bolivian Truth Commission to Access Foreign Ministry's Files La Paz, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Truth Commission, which is today studying the events that took place during the dictatorships in the country, will have access to the Central Historical Archive and the Foreign Ministry''s Library, Raquel Lara said. We Are All Venezuela, People Say in Vietnam Hanoi, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) While Caracas prepared to hold an anti-imperialist march today in defense of the Bolivarian Revolution, thousands of miles away, in the capital of heroic Vietnam, other voices rose to proclaim that We are all Venezuela. Uruguayan ex Military admitted Systematic Espionage Practices Montevideo, Sep 19 (Prensa Latina) Retired Uruguayan military officials admitted to the Parliamentary Investigation Commission that systematic espionage practices were carried out on political parties, social organizations and trade unions during the democratic period, reported the media today. Venezuelan Process Sheltered by Peace By Luis Beaton Maldonado's Brother Criticizes Operation in Indigenous Community Buenos Aires, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) Sergio Maldonado, brother of Argentinean disappeared young man Santiago Maldonado, hardly questioned the operation started Monday by security forces in Mapuche indigenous territory and regarded this as ''a media clowning.'' Morales and Macri to Meet on November 28 in Argentina La Paz, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales and his Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri will meet on November 28 in the province of Jujuy, Argentina, in order to deal with issues of interest for both nations, such as energy, migration and security. NCA Calls On Venezuelan Opposition to Join Constituent Assembly Caracas, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) President, Delcy Rodriguez, has reiterated the call for the Venezuelan opposition to join the debate in the forum of the original power settled by the people in August 30 elections. Ecuadorian President on First International Tour Quito, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno will kick off his first international tour in the United States, where he will pay an official visit from September 18 to 24. Peruvian Crisis Escalates with Ministerial Cabinet Denied Confidence Lima, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) The political crisis shaking the government of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski escalated today with the fall of all the ministerial cabinet after it was denied confidence by parliament, asked to defy the opposition majority. Guyana Seeks to End Border Dispute with Venezuela Georgetown, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) Guyana''s President David Granger will address the ongoing Essequibo border conflict between Guyana and Venezuela during a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, said today the Foreign Ministry. Colombia Fosters Better Use of Fishery Resources Bogota, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Government has declared the protection to further 4.5 million marine hectares, seeking to foster the development of sustainable and responsible fishing. Temer: No Way Out from New Denunciation by Attorney General Brasilia, Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) President of Brazil, Michel Temer, has no way out to escape from a probable new denunciation of the attorney general of the Republic, Rodrigo Janot, who already previously accused him of passive corruption. Venezuelan Gov't-Opposition Talks Continue in Santo Domingo Santo Domingo, Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government and opposition continue their dialog in this capital today, with the objective of finding an agenda that will allow them to advance in dialogue between the parties. Clean Hands Law, Project to Fight Corruption in Ecuador Quito, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) Clean Hands, an anti-corruption bill presented by Ecuador''s National Assembly president, José Serrano, seeks to prevent crimes against public administration, a government crusade against illegalities. The Order Is to Arrest Lula, Says Political Analyst Brasilia, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) The order is to arrest former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during or after appearing today before Curitiba federal judge Sergio Moro, political analyst Francisco das Chagas Leite Filho warned. Double Defeat of Temer in Supreme Federal Court Predicted Brasilia, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) President Michel Temer is likely to suffer today a double defeat against the Attorney General Rodrigo Janot, who denounced him for passive corruption. Gov't and Opposition in Venezuela Resume Peaceful Dialogue Caracas, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government and opposition will start a new round of talks in the Dominican Republic today aimed at solving the political crisis in the South American nation, President Nicolás Maduro said. Allende's Daughter Recalls her Father's Legacy in Chile Santiago, Chile, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) Senator Isabel Allende Bussi, daughter of the late President of Chile ousted by 1973 coup, has recalled her father´s legacy and the continuing affection that Chilean people still feel for him. Argentina and Paraguay Dismantle Drug Trafficking Network Asuncion, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean and Paraguayan forces carried out a joint operation to dismantle an international trafficking network of marijuana, reported Paraguay''s National Anti-Drug Secretariat (Senad). Struggle Day for Democracy to Support Lula in Curitiba Brasilia, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) A new day of struggle for democracy will support former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Curitiba, who will appear before Sergio Moro, the judge who handles at will the threads of the Lava Jato anti-corruption operation. Bolivia Activates Website in Honor to Che Guevara La Paz, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) On the occasion of the tribute to the 50 years of the presence of Che in Bolivia, they activated a digital platform in the country, whose objective today is to inform about the events that will take place in the town of Vallegrande. Bolivian President Recalls the Struggle of the Guerrillas of Che La Paz, 12 Sep (Prensa Latina) The head of state of Bolivia, Evo Morales, recalled today the struggle of the guerrillas Ernesto Che Guevara and inaugurated an educational unit with his name in the department of Cochabamba. Brasilia Hosts VI Latin American Agro-ecology Congress Brasilia, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) About five thousand delegates participate from today in the VI Latin American Congress of Agroecology and the X Brazilian Congress of the specialty, which is held at the Ulyses Guimaraes Convention Center in this capital. NEC Uses Mechanisms for Regional Elections in Venezuela Caracas, Sep 12 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Council (NEC) will start today an audit for the software to be used in the elections of governors of the 23 states of Venezuela, scheduled for October 15. A New Denouncing against Temer Might Comes out Brasilia, Sep 11 (Prensa Latina) A new denouncing against President Michel Temer is being awaited starting today, when the General Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot starts his last week of mandate. Ecuador Donates Staple Products to Cuba and the Caribbean Quito, Sep 11 (Prensa Latina) A tent in Plaza Grande, in the historic center of Quito, collects staple products, donated to help people affected by Hurricane Irma in Cuba and the Caribbean, where damages are still being quantified today. Demand of Meat by China and Russia Creates Expectations Montevideo, Sep 9 (Prensa Latina) The possible increase in the demand of bovine and ovine meat in great consuming countries such as China and Russia in the next five years generates expectations among the Uruguayan meat producers, as confirmed by official sources, Friday. Police Arrests Vieira Lima, ex Temer Political Coordinartor Brasilia, Sep 8 (Prensa Latina) Federal Police (PF) arrested today at home in Salvador de Bahia Geddel Vieira Lima, former political coordinator and ally of president Michel Temer, who was seized with 16 million dollars, presumably obtained from bribes. Pope Francis Asks for Focusing on Homeless People Bogota, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis has urged in this capital to focus on the homeless and deprived people, and stressed that inequality is the root of social ailment. Brazilians Collect Signatures to Annul Law on Independence Day Brasilia, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) On the occasion of the 195th anniversary of Brazil''s independence, the Workers'' Single Confederation (CUT) is collecting signatures to back up a Popular Initiative Bill to invalidate the labor reform boosted by President Michel Temer. Venezuela Condemns Recent US Attacks on UN Caracas, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has strongly condemned recent US attacks on Venezuela´s role in the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. Argentine Santiago Maldonado Still Missing, Gov't Increases Reward Buenos Aires, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) There is still no information about the whereabouts of the young Argentine activist Santiago Maldonado, who disappeared more than 35 days ago, while the government decided today to quadruple the reward for those who offer accurate data to help the case. Odebrecht Denies Accusations against Venezuelan Leader Caracas, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian company Odebrecht has denied having paid about $100 million USD through the Spanish company TSE Arietis to Venezuelan socialist leader, Diosdado Cabello, accused by former Attorney General of the South American nation, Luisa Ortega. Colombians Expectant for the Pope's Message Bogota, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis will officiate today his first camp mass at this capital''s Simon Bolivar Park, in which about one million parishioners eager for his message of peace are expected to attend. TeleSUR Denounces Anti-Venezuelan Information Manipulation Caracas, Sep 7 (Prensa Latina) Telesur, multinational news agency, has called for a serious and honest debate on the exercise of journalism, after denouncing the manipulation of Colombia''s Canal Uno, which paid for a fake proof to attack Venezuelan government. Pope Francis Pays Visit to Colombia Bogota, Sep 6 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis arrives today in this capital to pay a five-day apostolic visit to Colombia, considered as one of the nations having the world´s largest number of Catholics. French Leader Condemns Fascist Opposition Violence in Venezuela Paris, Sep 5 (Prensa Latina) French leftist leader, Jean-Luc Melenchon, has condemned today some actions of ''violence and fascism'' committed by the Venezuelan opposition in order to overthrow the constitutional government of President Nicolas Maduro. Lula Concludes Caravan through Northern Brazil in San Luis Brasilia, Sep 5 (Prensa Latina) The Caravan of Hope, headed by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for 20 days in nine states in the Northeast of Brazil, will anchor today in the port city of San Luis. Intl. Campaign in Favor of Santiago Maldonado Gets More Support Buenos Aires, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) Intellectuals, artists and political experts, including the U.S. philosopher Noam Chomsky and former Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba, signed an international campaign in favor of Santiago Maldonado, an Argentinian young man who has been reported missing for more than a month. Schools Open Again But the Strike Left Many Consequences in Peru Lima, Sept 4 (Prensa Latina) School lessons started to normalize today in Peru after a long strike of teachers that left parcial achievements and consequences like a possible resignation of Minister of Education, Marilu Martens. Lula Completes Caravan of Hope in Maranhao Brasilia, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) After touring more than 4,000 kilometers in northeastern Brazil, the Caravan of Hope led by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is in its final stage today. Lula is a Political Genius, says Brazilian Philosopher Brasilia, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) Former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ''is a political genius, absolutely extraordinary'', valued philosopher and university professor Jose Arthur Giannotti in statements published today. Bishops of Brazil Call for Defending Dignity and Rights Brasilia, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) The Permanent Council of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) encouraged to defend the dignity and rights of the Brazilian people, on the occasion of commemorating Independence Day on September 7. New Details Revealed About Extortion Network in Venezuela Caracas, Sep 4 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Public Ministry will announce new details on the investigation of the corruption and extortion offenses under Luisa Ortega term of office, Attorney General Tareck William Saab announced. Security Plan Activated in Miranda, Venezuela's Most Violent State Caracas, Sep 2 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Ministry of the Interior, Justice and Peace today activated special security plan in the state of Miranda, where 14 percent of all homicides reported in the country have been perpetrated. Brazilian Tourism to Cuba Grows More Than 60 Percent Brasilia, Sep 2 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian tourism to Cuba has grown more than 60 percent in the first half of this year, compared to the same period in 2016, said Dagmar Gonzalez, economic adviser to the Cuban diplomatic mission here. U.S. Applies in Venezuela Training Manual of Perfect Latin Coup Caracas, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) The plan to intervene militarily applied by the United States on Venezuela responds to the manual of the Latin American perfect coup d''état, denounced today Division General Francisco Ortega. Chile Offers Preliminary Figures of Population Census Santiago de Chile, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) Preliminary figures conducted in Chile National Census in April revealed that the southern country has a population of 17 million 373 831 inhabitants, according to a coverage made in the 98.98 percent of homes. Hidden Sum of Money of Venezuelan Opposition Family Seized Caracas, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan authorities have seized in Miranda state some 200 million bolivares (about $20 million USD, according to the official rate), hidden at a van of the brother of Lilian Tintori, wife of opponent Leopoldo Lopez. Venezuelan Constituent Assembly Issues Decree against U.S. Sanctions Caracas, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) unanimously passed a decree condemning the U.S. financial blockade of Venezuela, intended to suffocate the people economically. In addition to condemning Washington''s recent economic sanctions, the lawmakers demanded severe sentences against those who demanded punitive measures and military intervention to the administration of President Donald Trump. Brazil: Population Exceeds 207 million Inhabitants Brasilia, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) Brazil surpasses the 207 million inhabitants, over 45 million of which live in Sao Paulo, the most populous state of the federation, announced today the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). Cristina Fernandez Steadily Makes Headway to Parliamentary Elections Buenos Aires, Aug 30 (Prensa Latina) With the triumph of Unidad Ciudadana front on the aspiring senators list in the province of Buenos Aires, former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is today steadily making headway to the last phase of the parliamentary elections. Bolivian Minister Denounces Plan to Destabilize Government La Paz, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Communication Minister Gisela Lopez warned today that there was a plot to destabilize the country behind the conflict in the municipality of Achacachi, involving the opposition and actors linked to the United States. Paraguayan Secondary Students Stage March Asuncion, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) Paraguay''s National Federation of Secondary Students (FENAES) is staging here today the third consecutive annual edition of the march of public and private schools for their demands. Mossoro, Lula's Last Stopover in Rio Grande do Norte Brasilia, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) The city of Mossoro will be the last stopover of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the Caravan of Hope in Rio Grande do Norte. Ecuadorian President Talks with ELN-Colombian Gov't Representants Quito, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) President Lenin Moreno is holding talks in this capital today with the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Colombian government, in search of a peace agreement. Caravan of Hope Arrives with Lula to Campina Grande Brasilia, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) The Caravan of Hope headesd by former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will end today its stay in Campina Grande, northeastern state of Paraiba. FARC-EP Starts Foundation of New Political Party Bogota, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia- People''s Army (FARC-EP) started today the foundation congress of a new political party, after its disarmament as a guerrilla force. UN: Venezuela Denounces US Crusade United Nations, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) The world''s largest oil reserves, a privileged geographic position and the push for a political, economic and social process far from external opinions make Venezuela a target of US aggression and interference. Bolivia Condemns US Financial Blow against Venezuela La Paz, Aug 26 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales condemned Saturday the new financial sanctions of the US against Venezuela, which are aimed at affecting key economic sectors. Communist Party of Ecuador Ratifies Support to Citizen Revolution By Sinay Cespedes Moreno UN Secretary General Welcomes Venezuelan Foreign Minister United Nations, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is welcoming today Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, at a meeting in which dialogue is expected to focus on the situation in the South American country. Lula Meets Naval and Oil Industries Workers Brasilia, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) A meeting between workers and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in defense of the naval and oil industries marks today the presence of the former Brazilian president in the state of Pernambuco. Eight Regional Countries Win Latin America Green Awards Quito, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) The Latin America Green Awards, granted in 10 categories, have been distributed among eight regional countries, which now see greater opportunities to make their environmental projects more durable and profitable. New Venezuelan Constitution to Be Subject to People's Referendum Caracas, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) The new Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will be subject to a people''s referendum, in accordance with the decision of delegates to the National Constituent Assembly, who unanimously ratified the proposal. Russia and Bolivia Advocate for a Better Cooperation Moscow, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) Russia and Bolivia are advocating for strengthening their military-technical cooperation, as part of their goals to deepening their bilateral relations. Second Naval District Confirms 22 Deaths in Wreckage in Brazil Brasilia, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) Second Naval District in Salvador, Bahia''s state, confirmed todayat least 22 deaths, victims of a boat''s wreckage in Bahía de Todos los Santos. Maduro to Receive ANC Plan Against Economic War Caracas, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) will send Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro a plan of measures to face the war that crosses the economic sector in the South American country, announced today the popular legislator Enrique Ramos. Paraguayan Police Chief and Subordinates Accused of Extortion Asuncion, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) Paraguayan police chief and two of his subordinates are today accused of extortion due to a Brazilian student''s complaint. Despite Government Pressure, Peruvian Teachers' Strike Continues Lima, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) A decree that puts in immediate effect the improvements achieved by a long strike of Peruvian teachers and a call to return to their schools, are now insufficient to resolve the conflict, marked by large rallies. Brazilian University Grants Honorary Doctorate to Lula da Silva Brasilia, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) There is no title that pays such huge social contribution, asserted today the rector of the University of the State of Alagoas (UNEAL), Jairo da Costa, at the ceremony to award a Doctorate Honoris Causa to former brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. Venezuela Condemns Panama Decision to Demand Traveler Visas Caracas, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza today described as anti-integrationist the migration measure taken by Panama against Venezuela, according to which all Venezuelan citizens will have to apply for a visa to travel to that country. Lula to Receive 13th Doctorate Honoris Causa in Algoas Brasilia, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will receive its thirteenth Doctorate Honoris Causa today at the State University of Algoas (Uneal), a number of awards never granted to any other Brazilian head of State. Bolivia Willing to Help Organize Summit to Support Venezuela La Paz, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia is willing to help in the organization of the World Summit of Solidarity with Venezuela, called by President Nicolas Maduro, according to statements by Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni published today. Colombia to Set USD$10m Aside on Pope Francis's Visit Bogota, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) Colombia will set 10 million dollars aside for Pope Francis''s official visit to four cities of the South American nation, as revealed by the General and Vice President, Oscar Naranjo, in charge of the security for the Supreme Pontiff. Colombian New Trade Minister Takes Office Bogota, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos hand over the post to Maria Lorena Gutierrez, the new minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism and assigned her to work with the private sector and consolidate peace in the country. Bogota Park Restored for Pope Francis' Mass Bogota, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) The restoration works of the Simon Bolivar park, one of the largest green lungs in Bogota, is beginning today with a view to the mass Pope Francis will say on September 7, during his pastoral visit to Colombia. Therapeutical Abortion, Polemic Step Forward but Applauded in Chile Santiago de Chile, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Times change and in this case favorably for Chile, with the acceptance of the Constitutional Court (TC) to the bill of law on the so-called therapeutical abortion. Russia Backs Mediation of Vatican in Political crisis in Venezuela Moscow, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov described the Vatican mediation as relevant in the conflict between the government and the opposition in Venezuela. Construction of Metropolitan Train in Bolivia to Have Three Stages La Paz, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) The consortium formed by the Spanish company Joca and the Swiss-German Molinari, will build the metropolitan train of the Bolivian city of Cochabamba in three stages, the coordinator of that work, Ariel Torrico, said. Workers' Unions Mobilize in Argentina Buenos Aires, Aug 22 (Prensa Latina) The General Confederation of Labor (CGT), and the CTA and the autonomous CTA trade unions are leading today a new rally at the emblematic Plaza de Mayo against the government''s economic measures, with the participation of trade unions and social organizations. Brazil Needs to Dream and to Grow Again; Says Lula Brasilia, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva expressed his conviction today that Brazil needs to dream and grow again, as it did during the governments headed by the Workers'' Party. Colombia's New Peace Commissioner Sets Priorities Bogota, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Colombian government''s new High Commissioner for Peace, Rodrigo Rivera, said that the priorities to continue the process in the country are the reintegration, implementation and reconciliation among the parties. Venezuelan Ex Attorney General Flees to Colombia Caracas, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) Arturo Vilar, one of the accompanying persons of former Attorney General Luisa Ortega in his flight to Colombia, was a member of the long-standing DISIP,which was a represive secuerity service, responsible for a great deal of political crimes in Venezuela, as reported by a media today. Venezuela: Pandora's Box Opens in Ex-Attorney General's Case Caracas, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) The scandal of corruption, extortion and impunity that involves former Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega today added new evidence that accuses her of being the brains behind the escalation of violence that shook the country recently. Former Parliamentarian Leader Cunha Ready to Expose Temer Brazil, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Former leader of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha asked to reopen negotiations with the Attorney General''s Office to seal an reward winning denunciation accord involving President Michel Temer, newspaper Brasil 247 revealed today. Brazil Sank and Is Charting a Rudderless Course, Lula Says Brasilia, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Brazil sank and is charting a rudderless course, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said today in an interview with Radio Metrópole, of Salvador de Bahía, where he kicked off the so-called Caravan of Hope on Thursday. Lula at the Town Hall of Cruz de las Almas Brasilia, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The former president of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will receive today the homage of the town hall of the locality of Cruz de las Almas in the state of Bahia, where he started a tour of the northeast of the country. Bolivia Foreign Exchange Reserves Rise by $339 million USD La Paz, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia foreign exchange reserves have increased by USD $339 million from January 1 through August 16, 2017, the Central Bank President Pablo Ramos reported. Venezuelan Electoral Power Confirms 76 Parties Caracas, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela confirmed today that 76 - 21 national ranking and 55 territorial - political parties applied for regional elections in October. General Padrino Reiterates that Armed Forces Will Defend Venezuela Caracas, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Defense Minister General Vladimir Padrino said today that the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) will take arms and defend the country against the threats posed by the United States to attack the country. Venezuelan Vice President Rejects US Interference Caracas, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami today condemned the United States'' pretensions of destabilizing and attacking the Venezuelan people through a supposed coalition of Latin American governments. Lula Tours Brazil in Caravan of Hope Brasilia, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Brasilia, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva kicked off today a national political tour from Salvador de Bahia to visit nine states in northeastern Brazil, a tour that many have described as the caravan of hope. Venezuela's Attorney General Denounces Powerful Extortion Network Caracas, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Deputy Julio Chavez, member of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), has said today that the corruption allegation in the Attorney General's Office has struck a powerful international extortion network. Venezuela Dismantles Drug Camps Near Colombian Border Caracas, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan authorities have confirmed today that two clandestine drug camps were dismantled in Zulia state, close to Colombian border, where cocaine were being processed in 26 illegal labs. Debate on Partial Decriminalization of Abortion Prevails in Chile Santiago de Chile, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) With a permanent debate despite the support of 70 percent of the people, the Constitutional Court (TC) of Chile began the hearings for and against the decriminalization of abortion. Venezuela Dismantles Terrorist Plan to Attack Presidential Palace Caracas, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) A plan to attack Miraflores Palace (government headquarters) and the kidnapping of top Venezuelan officials was neutralized here by the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN). Canadian Enterprise Attempts to Freeze Venezuelan Assets in the U.S. Caracas, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Th state enterprise Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) announced today it will take legal measures before the demand of Canadian company Crystallex, which pretends to seize Venezuelan assets in the United States. Lula Wins Six Points in Vote Intention for Presidential Election Brasilia, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has won six percentage points over the past few weeks in vote intention, thus strengthening his leadership in the race to the 2018 election, according to a poll published today. Lula to Kick Off Tour of Northeastern Brazil Brasilia, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) The subway station in the neighborhood of Pituasu, in Salvador de Bahia, will be the starting point of a tour of nine northeastern states that former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will start on Thursday. Colombia ELN Rebels May Call Unilateral Ceasefire for Pope's Visit Bogota, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) Social organizations in Colombia have asked government and ELN leaders in the Quito talks to declare a temporary unilateral ceasefire for Pope Francis´s visit next month. Evo Morales Rejects US Vice President Statements on Venezuela La Paz, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has rejected today some statements made by U.S. Vice President, Mike Pence, against Venezuela during his 48-hour visit to Colombia. Budget Cuts Imposed by Temer Leave Brazilian Borders Unprotected Brasilia, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Budget cuts imposed on the Armed Forces by Michel Temer's administration left Brazil's borders unprotected, warned today by the Brasil 247 e-journal. Daniel Ortega Rejects Trump's Threats against Venezuela Managua, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) The Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has rejected today US President Donald Trump´s threat for a military action on Venezuela and recalled that Latin America and the Caribbean was declared as a zone of peace. Despite U.S. Aggressions, Venezuela Pursues Peace Caracas, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) We have been forced to live under a financial blockade, mediatic war and, notwithstanding, the people bets on living in peace with the Bolivarian Revolution, affirmed today the Venezuelan Minister for University Education, Science and Technology, Hugbe Roa. The PASO in Argentina and What Is Coming Buenos Aires, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) The results of the Open, Simultaneous and Compulsory Primaries (PASO, in Spanish) mark today what is coming in Argentina in the legislative election on October 22 with the most prominent political forces: Cambiemos and Unidad Ciudadana. Peace Has Another Acronym: ELN Bogota, (Prensa Latina) The peace talks between the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Colombian government in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, are on a standby until the first week of September, when Colombia will welcome Pope Francis. South African Unions Show Support for Former Brazilian President Lula Pretoria, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has today expressed its strong solidarity with former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and also condemned Michel Temer''s regime for eroding labor achievements in that South American nation. India to Donate Well Drilling Rigs to Bolivia La Paz, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) In order to mitigate the drought, India''s government will donate two well drilling rigs to the Bolivian department of Beni, said the president of the Federation of Cattle Owners of that region (Fegabeni), Abdón Nacif Abularach. China Defends Non-interference in Venezuela and Other Countries Beijing, Aug 14 (Prensa-Latina) The Chinese Foreign Ministry today defended the importance of not interfering in the internal affairs of the countries by offering their opinion on the recent threats of US President Donald Trump on Venezuela. Cristina Fernandez Criticizes Delays in Counting Primary Elections Buenos Aires, Aug 14 (Prensa Latina) President Cristina Fernandez, who strengthened today her candidacy for Senator in the Congress, has described as international spectacle the delay in the provisional vote recount of the results in the Open, Simultaneous and Mandatory Primaries (PASO). Lula Puts Brazil on the Move Por by Moisés Pérez MokBrasilia, Aug 13 (Prensa Latina) Leader in all voter polling surveys for the 2018 elections, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will begin a tour of nine Northeastern states on August 17 that seeks to put Brazil on the move. Venezuelan Right Divided Due to Contradictions Por By Livia Rodriguez DelisCaracas, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) The opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) coalition, promoter of violent actions in last 100 days in Venezuela, is currently facing a breakdown on its ranks due to political contradictions between leaders. Confused Situation in Peruvian Teachers' Strike after Dialogue Lima, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) A strike by regional trade unions of Peruvian teachers continues after talks between the workers'' leaders and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a dialogue that will continue tomorrow with the minister of Education. Colombian Foreign Minister Highlights Cuba's Role in Peace Process Buenos Aires, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) I think we, the Colombians, will never have how to thank the Cuban government and that commitment to help and collaborate with peace, Colombia´s Foreign Minister, Maria Angela Holguin, said here. ECLAC Analyzes Situation in Latin America and Caribbean Por Fausto TrianaSantiago, Chile, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Barcena expressed hope today that China will become a strategic partner of the region. Constituent Assembly Ratifies Maduro as President of Venezuela Caracas, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) The National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has ratified Nicolas Maduro as a president of Venezuela for fully complying with all his constitutional duties and obligations. PASO Primaries in Argentina, Precandidates Close Campaigns Buenos Aires, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) Election campaigns for the primaries closed the eve with different rallies before voting on Sunday at the so-called called PASO primaries. Bolivia and Chile to Check on Border Crimes La Paz, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia and Chile will continue to look into how to solve border crimes affecting them such as vehicle robbery and illegal entry of merchandise. Peruvian Defense Minister Travels to Brazil Friday Lima, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) Peruvian Defense Minister Jorge Nieto will travel to Tabatinga, bordering Peru and Brazil, where he will talk with his colleague Raúl Jungman about security issues in the zone. Colombian Congress Pays Tribute to Patriotic Union Bogota, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) The Congress of the Republic paid tribute to the victims of genocide against Patriotic Union (UP, in Spanish) by unveiling a commemorative plaque today at the National Capitol of Colombia. Colombia: Favorable Echo to De la Calle's Presidential Candidacy Bogota, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) The presidential candidacy launched this week by a group of citizens in favor of former President Humberto de la Calle has been echoed by Colombian politicians from different trends. Ecuadorians Remember the First Cry of Independence Quito, August 10 (Prensa Latina) On August 10, 1809 started the struggles for the emancipation of Ecuador with the First Shout of Independence of this South American nation, commemorating today the relevant date. Bolivia and Chile Discuss Anti-crime Procedures La Paz, Aug 10 (Prensa Latina) In response to the commitments of the XIII meeting of the Border and Integration Committee, representatives of the Bolivian Police and Carabineers of Chile today define procedures against crimes in common areas. Venezuelan ANC Highlights Economy Diversification as Development Key Caracas, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Constituent (ANC) President Delcy Rodriguez highlighted economic diversification as the only way to overcome the system used in the war by the international right against Venezuela. Bolivia Says That Trump's War Menace to DPRK is Affront to Humanity La Paz, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales warned today that Trump''s war menace against North Korea is ''an affront to humanity'' and called on the whole world to reject such position. FARC-EP Guerrillas Could Be Personal Guards in Colombia Bogota, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Senate will discuss today the organic bill authorizing former FARC-EP combatants to work as security guards of the National Protection Unit (UNP). Chilean Government Alarmed by HIV Increase Santiago, Chile, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean government has taken several actions to neutralize the incidence of HIV-positive cases, which scaled up 66 percent in the last six years. Bolivia Guarantees Telecom Services by Optic Fiber La Paz, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) The National Enterprise of Telecommunications of Bolivia (Entel) guarantees today the services of television, cell and fixed phones by optic fiber technology, informed the general manager of the company, Oscar Coca. Paraguayan Farmers Take to the Streets in Asuncion Asuncion, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) The Paraguayan police intensified controls will not be an obstacle for peasants mobilized by their demands to take again to the streets of this capital today. Venezuela: Registration for Regional Election Begins Caracas, Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) The registration and nomination of candidates to elect the governors and the members of legislative councils in all 23 Venezuelan states opens on Tuesday until Wednesday, the National Election Council (CNE) reported today. Mercosur Foreign Ministers to Meet in Sao Paulo Saturday Brasilia, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Affairs Ministers of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay will meet this Saturday in Sao Paulo to discuss a proposal to submit Venezuela to the Ushuaia Protocol on Democratic Commitment in Mercosur. Venezuela Begins National Constituent Assembly's Sessions Caracas, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) The National Constituent Assembly begins sessions today at the Federal Palace in this capital, to define new constitutional bases to strengthen the Bolivarian model of government, established by late president Hugo Chavez in 1999. Ecuadorian President Divests Vice President Glas of His Powers Quito, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno divested today Vice president Jorge Glas of all his powers, invested on him on May 24, after taking office for a four-year-period. Brazil's Lower House Is away from Real World, Lawmakers Says Brasilia, Aug 3 (Prensa Latina) Even before the House of Deputies shelved the charges of passive corruption against Brazilian President Michel Temer, the minority leader, Jose Guimaraes, regretted that that body lives today away from the real world. Ecuador's Public Prosecution Looking Into New Hints in Odebrecht Case Quito, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) The general attorney of Ecuador, Carlos Baca, today reported that new hints are investigated in search of tangible proofs in the corruption case of Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in this country. Venezuelan People Set Forth Core Issues for Constituent Assembly By Livia Rodriguez Delis Situation in Venezuela Is Not a Threat to Peace, Diplomats at UN Say United Nations, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) The situation in Venezuela does not pose a threat to international peace and security, said the UN Security Council president this month, Egyptian ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta. Maduro Thanks Expressions of Solidarity before US Sanctions Caracas, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has thanked today the Public Powers and the State institutions that offered him support, facing the arbitrary and unilateral sanctions against him imposed by the U.S. government. Evo Morales Criticizes US Sanctions Against President Nicolas Maduro La Paz, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has criticized today the U.S. government''s sanctions against Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, in retaliation for the victory of the National Constituent Assembly. Venezuela: Radiography of a Press Supporting the Coup Caracas, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) While the Venezuelan people carried out the epic election day of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), the right-wing press was once again paying attention to the side of the violence. Japan Donates Irrigation Training Center to Bolivia La Paz, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) Japan has donated a technical irrigation training center to the Bolivian municipality of Challapata, department of Oruro, valued at $88,848 USD, the embassy of the Asian nation in the South American country reported. Over 80 Percent of Brazilians Demand Process Against Temer Brasilia, Aug 1 (Prensa Latina) Over 80 percent of Brazilians support the admission in the Chamber of Deputies of the denunciation for passive corruption presented by the General Attorney of the Republic (PGR) against President Michel Temer. Ecuador Respects Electoral Will in Venezuela Quito, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian government today expressed its respect for the electoral will of more than eight million Venezuelans who participated in the Sunday elections to choose members of the National Constituent Assembly. Chilean Party Leader Asserts Interference in Venezuela Must Stop Santiago de Chile, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Chilean Communist Party (PCCh) Leader Guillermo Teiller asserted that all interfering actions carried out against Venezuela must stop and that the majority should respected. Evo Congratulates Venezuelan People for Constituent Election Victory La Paz, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales today congratulated the Venezuelan people for their participation in the election of a new National Constituent Assembly (ANC), which won more than eight million votes. Maduro Thanks International Solidarity with Venezuela Caracas, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s President Nicolas Maduro thanked today the international solidarity with this South American nation, particularly the nations that have directly backed up the Sunday elections to set up a National Constituent Assembly. Venezuela Wakes Up with a Constituent Assembly By Luis Beaton Caracas, Jul 31 (Prensa Latina) It is easily said, but difficult to reach, eight million 89 thousand 320 Venezuelans made it possible that today the country has a new Constituent Assembly elected to advance understanding and peace among all political forces. Brazilian Senate Will Examine Request of Annulment of Dilma Impeachme Brasilia, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Over 24 thousand signatures have been counted at a citizen consultation on the proposal of annulment of the impeachment that put an end to the presidency of Dilma Rousseffm and the Senate will have to examine it, said the Network Brasil Actual. Unbelievable! Mexico and the CIA vs. Venezuela Orlando Oramas León * Bolivian President Honors Hugo Chavez's Anti-imperialist Legacy La Paz, Jul 28 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has recalled today the anti-imperialist legacy of former President, Hugo Chavez, in the face of attempts by the United States and right-wing sectors to discredit the democratic government in Venezuela. Authors of Coup against Dilma, most rejected Politicians in Brazil Brasilia, Jul 27 (Prensa Latina) Michel Temer, Eduardo Cunha and Aécio Neves, the responsible of the parliamentary-judicial coup perpetrated against the constitutional president Dilma Rousseff, are today the most rejected politicians in Brazil, according to a survey of the Ipsos company. The True Face of Violence in Venezuela Caracas, (Prensa Latina) The true face of the violence that has shaken Venezuela for more than a hundred days, incited by sectors of the reactionary extreme right that tries to show it to the world as peaceful demonstrations, comes afloat daily in this South American country. Venezuela Recalls 41st Anniversary of Jorge Rodriguez' Murder Caracas, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelans are remembering today the memory of socialist leader, Jorge Antonio Rodriguez, murdered 41 years ago by henchmen of the Direction of Intelligence and Prevention Services (DISIP), during the government of Carlos Andres Perez. Chile: Scandal over Disability Pensions to Health Military Officers Santiago, Chile, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) A report on the TV program ''Informe Especial'' (Special Report), broadcast by Chile''s TVN, added fuel to the fire about the juicy pensions for disability received by healthy retired military officers. Foreign Minister Denounces CIA Actions Against Venezuela Caracas, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada denounced the actions taken by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to overthrow the legitimately elected government of President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela Announces Measures to Provide More Security to Elections Caracas, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) The President of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, announced that new measures will be applied to ensure the security of the elections of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) in Venezuela, six days left from today one. Maduro Says Constituent Assembly will Guarantee Peace, Justice Caracas, Jul 23 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has insisted that the first issue of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) will be to guarantee peace, justice and truth in this South American nation. ALBA Countries Rejects US Threats Against Venezuela Caracas, Jul 22 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry spread a statement issued by the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), which rejects the recent interventionist threats announced by the US government against Venezuela. Venezuela's Supreme Court Declares Opposition's Judges Invalid Caracas, July 22 (Prensa Latina) The Constitutional Court of the Venezuelan Supreme Court (TSJ), by ruling 545, has ruled that the naming of several judges to form a ''parallel Supreme Court'' by the opposition-controlled National Assembly is null and is in direct violation of the Constitution. Sentence against Lula to Be Reversed, Attorney Is Confident Brasilia, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) The sentence to nine and a half years in prison pronounced by Judge Sergio Moro against former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will be reversed due to a simple reason: the proof of his innocence. Mendoza Hosts MERCOSUR Summit Mendoza, Argentina, July 21 (Prensa Latina) Under strict security measures, the city of Mendoza welcomes today six presidents, seven foreign ministers and delegates from 11 nations to attend the six-monthly MERCOSUR Summit. Venezuela Declares Void Pretensions to Appoint Judges Caracas, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) has declared void the process of the National Assembly (AN) to appoint a group of high-court judges, as part of its coup plot to establish institutions parallel to the government. U.S. vs. Venezuela: The Limits of Unconventional Warfare By Roberto García Hernández Extreme-Right Wing Groups Attack Venezolana de Television Channel Caracas, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Vandalistic groups linked to extreme-right wing opposition in Venezuela attacked the headquarters of Venezolana de Television (VTV) channel, located in Los Ruices, municipality of Sucre, state of Miranda, said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. New Book Reveals Pablo Escobar Links with CIA and DEA Panama, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The disappeared Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar had business with the US Intelligence and anti drug agencies, revealed today here his son Juan Pablo, who included an investigation in this regard in his recent book. Venezuelan Electoral Power Asks For Support to Garantee Security Caracas, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Tibisay Lucena, has asked the Defense Council activated in Venezuela to join the electoral process as a State action to guarantee the national security and defense of the Venezuelans. MERCOSUR Returns to its Origins, Assured Paraguayan FM Asuncion, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga assured that the South Common Market (MERCOSUR) has returned to its origins in economic and commercial progress, reported the Foreign Ministry here today. Defense Council Supports Measures in Defense of Venezuela Sovereignty Caracas, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Deputy President Tareck El Aissami supported today the measures passed by the National Defense Council (CDN) given the threats posed by the United States to take economic sanctions against Venezuela. Opposition Defeat Sets the Political Scene in Ecuador Quito, July 19 (Prensa Latina) The decision taken by the National Assembly (Parliament) to file the impeachment request against Ecuadorean Vice President, Jorge Glas, has set today the political setting in this South American nation. Maduro Announces New Steps to Defend Venezuelan Sovereignty Caracas, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced a set of measures to champion the nation''s sovereignty and to guarantee people´s security in the July 30 elections for the National Constituent Assembly. Bolivian Parliamentarians Welcome Meeting with Chile La Paz, July 19 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian lawmakers have welcomed the upcoming meeting of the Border Committee with Chile, to be held in Santa Cruz, and hope to achieve breakthroughs in resolving incidents along the line of demarcation. Five Colombian Insurgents Murdered after Peace Agreement Bogota, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Since the signing of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP, at the Colon Theater in this capital, eight months ago, the murders of five ex-guerrilla fighters of that rebel movement have been denounced today. Maduro Congrats 38th Anniversary of Sandinista Revolution Caracas, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has congratulated the Nicaraguan people and government on occasion of the 38th anniversary of the Revolution led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) on July 19, 1979. Sao Paulo Forum to Approve Our Americas Consensus in Nicaragua Managua, Jul 18 (Prensa Latina) The Sao Paulo Forum will officially approve the Our Americas Consensus here on Tuesday, a programmatic document to promote unity among progressive and left-wing forces in Latin America and the Caribbean. Caracas Declares Former President Vicente Fox Persona Non Grata Caracas, July 17 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has declared former Mexican President Vicente Fox an ungrateful person in this South American nation, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada live-twittered. Bolivia Makes Progress in Preparations for Meeting with Chile La Paz, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia expects to send to Chile this week a draft protocol to resolve border incidents, to be discussed during the meeting in Santa Cruz on July 25, Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni said. Argentina Holds Technical Meetings Prior MERCOSUR Summit Buenos Aires, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) The technical meetings of the MERCOSUR''s Summit of Heads of State will begin today prior to the event, in which the heads of States of that bloc and other guests will bring together in the Argentine city of Mendoza. Temer's Fortune Wasted to Buy Lawmakers will Be Useless Brasilia, Jul 17 (Prensa Latina) The fortune that Michel Temer wasted to buy lawmakers to try to bury the charges of corruption against him will be useless, the president of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism, José Roberto de Toledo, said today. Venezuela Denounces Media Manipulation of Electoral Drill Caracas, July 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela has denounced today El Pais newspaper, for distorting the Venezuelan reality, by making improper use of images and manipulating the truth, to confuse international public opinion. Bolivia to Discuss Protocol for Border Issues in Meeting with Chile La Paz, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will present a draft protocol to settle the border incidents at a meeting with Chile, scheduled for June 25th in the department of Santa Cruz, said Bolivian foreign minister Fernando Huanacuni. Bolivian Gov't to Fund More Than 300 Social Projects in La Paz La Paz, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has announced today the disbursement of more than $36 million USD to finance some 375 social projects on occasion of the 208th anniversary of the first libertarian scream in the department of La Paz. Former Peruvian President and His Wife Spend the Night in Prison Lima, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) Former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala and his wife, Nadine Heredia, spent their first night in a detention center after a controversial arrest warrant issued against them by a judge in an money laundering investigation. Venezuelan FM Denounces US Attack Caracas, July 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Samuel Moncada, has denounced today the US intentions to increase its attacks against the sovereignty of the South American nation through pressure to other countries. Denial to Admit Charges against Temer: Illegitimate Maneuvers Brasilia, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The denial by the Commission of Constitution and Justice (CCJ) of the Chamber of Deputies to admit the denounciation for passive corruption against president Michel Temer is a product of illegitimate maneuvers, highlight today news media. A Venezuelan Majority Not Trusting the Opposition to Solve the Crisis Caracas, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) A 71 percent of the Venezuelans believe that the national opposition lacks a concrete plan to overcome the current economic situation in the country, according to investigation carried out by Hinterlaces pollster. Terrorist Oscar Perez Appears at Opposition Stronghold Caracas, July 14 (Prensa Latina) The fugitive police pilot who allegedly stole a helicopter and used it to attack Venezuela''s Supreme Court has appeared at an opposition strike in the capital, stronghold of the Venezuelan right-wingers. Elections in Brazil without Lula Would Be a Fraud, FMLN Says San Salvador, Jul 14 (Prensa Latina) The Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) has described today as an attack to the Brazilian democracy a recent ruling to remove former President Luiz Inacio ''Lula'' da Silva from the electoral battle. Paraguayan Farmers to Extend their Protests Asuncion, July 13 (Prensa Latina) The length of country demonstration in this capital has become volatile, after they ratified today their decision to take part in this protest for an indefinite period till their demands are met. Snow is Very Likely in Santiago de Chile by Faustro Triana Brazil to Continue Bleeding while Temer Rules, Says Parliamentarian Brasilia, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) As long as President Michel Temer remains in power, Brazil will continue to bleed, parliamentarian from the Workers'' Party (PT) Patrus Ananias told the Constitutional and Justice Commission (CCJ) of the Lower House. Chile to Request Extradition of Dictatorship Assassin in USA Santiago de Chile, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean Supreme Court gave green light to the petition to the United States to extradite Armando Fernandez Larios, ex-Army officer accused of participation in several assassinations. Paraguayan Guasu Front Against Lula da Silva Sentence Asuncion, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The condemnation of former Brazilian president Lula Da Silva is a new blow to democracy in Brazil, the Paraguayan left-wing Front Guasu party (FG) believes today. Bolivian FM Highlights Importance of Borders Meeting with Chile La Paz, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni has stated that the meeting of the Border Committee with Chile stands out today as an important mechanism to resolve consular and border issues between the two countries. Regional Railway Integration Ends Unasur Meeting in Uruguay Montevideo, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) With the presentation of a study to elaborate a strategy facilitating regional railway integration, ends today the meeting of the South American Council of Infrastructure and Planning (Cosiplan) of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur). Maduro Calls for Justice for Victims of Violence in Venezuela Caracas, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has approved a budget of 40 billion bolivares (about $15 million USD) for the Venezuelan National Victim Assistance Fund. Evo Morales Highlights Image Won by Bolivia With Return of Chileans La Paz, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has highlighted the international image won by the country after the return of two Chilean police officers that were arrested inside Bolivian territory on July 7. US Consortium Involved in Aggression vs. Venezuelan Ambassador Caracas, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) Gabriel Manzano and Tatiana Low, the attackers of Venezuelan diplomat Rafael Ramirez, hold executive positions in the U.S. consortium Citibank, stated as one of the main actors in the financial war against Venezuela, media announced today. Ramirez, current Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations, recently denounced that two people attacked several members of his family in New York City, La Tabla website posted. Barrios de Pie Community Organization Mobilizes for Food Emergency Buenos Aires, Jul 12 (Prensa Latina) The Argentine movement, Barrios de Pie (Neighborhoods Stan Up) has been carrying out a peaceful demonstration since the early hours, without street or traffic cuts, to demand once again the urgent declarations of food emergency. Venezuelan Opposition Recognizes Possible Plebiscite Failure Caracas, July 11 (Prensa Latina) The former secretary general of the opposition Democratic Presidential Table (MUD), Jesús ''Chúo'' Torrealba, acknowledged a possible failure of the plebiscite called for July 16 due to the lack of organizational capacity of the right. About 58.7 Percent of Children Under 17 Are Poor in Argentina Buenos Aires, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) About 58.7 percent of children under 17 years old are living in structural poverty, according to a report from the Childhood Social Debt, dependent on the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (UCA). USA Agents in Charge of Coup Plan in Venezuela Caracas, July 10 (Prensa Latina) Journalist Jose Vicente Rangel has affirmed today that the coup d''Etat in progress in Venezuela has been worked in U.S. war laboratories by specialists in destabilizing activities. Venezuela: Maduro Calls to Walk Firmly towards Constituent Assembly Caracas, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called today on the people to continue to walk firmly towards the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) to achieve peace in the country. Continued Rejection for Spanish Decoration to Paraguayan FM Asuncion, July 10 (Prensa Latina) The rejection continues today to the Spanish decoration to the Paraguayan Foreign Minister, Eladio Loizaga, when adding another organization that links him to Alfredo Stroessner´s dictatorial regime (1954-1989). Venezuelan Justice Takes Humanitarian Measure in Favor of Opponent Caracas, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) granted home arrest to Venezuelan opponent Leopoldo Lopez, who was serving time in a prison in the state of Miranda and was having health problems. Venezuela Lauds Merits of Mission Miracle after 13 Years Caracas, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) As an initiative by the historic leaders of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, and Cuba, Fidel Castro, Mission Miracle, a social program created 13 years ago, has returned visual health to millions of people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Venezuelan Journalists Reject Acts of Violence Caracas, July 7 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Platform for Journalists and Social Communicators rejected acts of violence that occurred two days ago at the seat of the National Assembly (Parliament), through a communique released today in Caracas. Katherine Harrington Barred from Performing her Duties Caracas, July 6 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Deputy Attorney General Katherine Harrington was barred from performing her duties today, since she was denied entry to the main department of the Attorney General´s Office in the capital. Ecuador's Parliament Will Look into Impeachment Claim against V. Pres Quito, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) The President ofthe Ecuadorian National Assembly Jose Serrano announced that the legislative Administration Council would analyze on Monday the petition of impeachment against Vice President Jorge Glas. Brazil Must be Alert to Coup Radicalization, Warns Dilma Brasilia, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Former President Dilma Rousseff warned that Brazil should be alert for a possible radicalization of the coup d''etat that separated her from her post last year and advances today, at a fast pace, toward its ruin. Venezuelan President Orders Probe into Violent Events in Parliament Caracas, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Peresident Nicolas Maduro ordered an investigation into the violent actions at the National Assembly (Parliament) headquarters'' garden, after the rally to commemorate the national Independence Day. Venezuela Independence is a Matter of Today; Says Defense Minister Caracas, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Independence is not a matter of yesterday, today and tomorrow, assured the Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino today during the ceremony of flag raising for Venezuela''s Independence Day . Vote Buying, a New Charge against Temer Brasilia, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) A new charge against President Michel Temer for buying votes will be submitted today to the Attorney General''s Office by federal lawmakers from the Workers'' Party (PT) of Brazil. US Military Trains Peruvian President's Escort Lima, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has closed today a security course at the government palace with about 20 U.S. soldiers to his escort and other personnel from the headquarters. Katherine Harrington Assumes Post as Venezuelan Vice Attorney Genera Caracas, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) put Katherine Harrington on oath as the Venezuelan Republic''s Deputy Attorney General, who assumed this responsibility after cancellation of the appointment of Rafael Gonzalez for that post. Chile's Deputy Chamber President Praises Monument to Marti By Fausto Triana Santiago, Chile, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Fidel Espinoza, president of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, has praised the monument built to Cuba's National Hero, Jose Marti, 'an unequivocal evidence of the feelings of friendship between the two countries. ' Argentinian Workers´ Unions to Demonstrate for their Rights Buenos Aires, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Argentinian workers´ unions CTA and CTA Autonoma will hold a demonstration next Wednesday at the Hotel Bauen along with 50 organizations to protest against what they described as an offensive of the Government against their rights. Pope Francis' Message for Peace in Venezuela Highlighted Caracas, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Jesuit priest Numa Molina highlighted today Pope Francis´ message to end violence in Venezuela and find a peaceful and democratic solution to the crisis. Maduro Urges Armed Forces to Defend Venezuela's Future Caracas, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) During a ceremony to promote army officers, President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro urged the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) and the Venezuelan population to fight together for a future in peace, free and sovereign. Evo Morales Criticizes US-Chilean Military Maneuvers La Paz, July 2 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales criticized the joint US-Chilean naval maneuvers Teamwork South 2017 carried out on the South American coast of Chile. Polling Stations Open Sunday in Chile for Primary Elections Santiago, Jul 2 (Prensa Latina) Over 14 million 120 thousand Chileans are eligible to vote Sunday to choose in primary elections who will be the official candidates for the presidential elections of November 19 for two political alliances: Let''s Go Chile and Broad Front. With Little Expectations, Primaries in Chile this Sunday Santiago de Chile, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) About 13.5 million Chileans should vote this Sunday in the primaries of two political groups, althougjh expectations are moderate and soccer gets most of the attention. Annual Wine Festival in Chile to Open on Monday Santiago, Chile, July 1 (Prensa Latina) Catad''Or Wine Awards, the great annual wine festival in Chile, will be held on Monday in this capital with 635-sample record exhibition and a new section dedicated to Latin America. Evo Morales Wants Reciprocity in Elimination of Visas For US Citizens La Paz, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales stated Friday that he is ready to eliminate the visas for US citizens, but always if the US are reciprocal with Bolivian citizens at the same time. Bolivia to Open Ditches on Border with Chile to Prevent Smuggling La Paz, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will begin on July 14 the opening of seven ditches on the border with Chile to prevent smuggling, according to statements by Defense Minister, Reymi Ferreira, published here today. Colombian President Rejects Peace Process Criticism Bogota, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) President Juan Manuel Santos has rejected some criticisms to the FARC-EP''s disarmament process, which has just been concluded this week, by former Defense Minister and former U.S. ambassador, Juan Carlos Pinzon. Oil Workers' Strike Opens New Day of Protests in Brazil Brasilia, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The beginning of a strike for an indefinite period in ten Petrobras refineries has initiated a new day of protests in Brazil against the unpopular reforms promoted by President Michel Temer. Venezuela Strongly Rejects IACHR Communique Caracas, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has rejected a communique issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which it accused of issuing biased judgments, lacking objectivity and ignoring the efforts of the Venezuelan State to guarantee peace. Temer Will not Attend G20 Summit in Germany Berlín, Jun 30 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian De Facto President, Michel Temer, cancelled his trip to attend the G20 Summit in Hamburg next week, reported today German media. President Maduro Praises Access to Hydrocarbons through Petrocaribe Caracas, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President highlighted today the importance of Petrocaribe, 12 years its establishment, for Latin American and Caribbean countries to have access to hydrocarbons, as an act of solidarity. ALBA-TCP Demands Condemnation of Use of Violence in Venezuela Caracas, Jun 29 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America - Treaty of Peoples'' Trade (Alba-TCP) demanded international condemnation of the use of violence as a political weapon to overthrow legitimate and democratically elected governments. Venezuelan Authorities Found Copter Used to Attack Supreme Court Caracas, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan authorities have found today the stolen police helicopter used to attack Tuesday the Supreme Court of Justice and the Ministry of Interior, Justice and Peace, Vice President Tarek El Aissani reported through Twitter. Venezuela Denounces International Complicity in Terror Attack Caracas, June 28 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Samuel Moncada, has denounced today the double standards of some nations and international organizations that remain complicit silence following the recent terror attack on government institutions. Venezuelan Citizens Power to Analyze Actions Against Impunity Caracas, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Moral Republican Council will analyze legal actions against impunity before the callings of the right to incite to treason to the personnel of the National Bolivarian Armed Force (FANB). After Months in Chilean Jails, Nine Return to Bolivia La Paz, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The two soldiers and seven officers of Bolivia National Customs - who completed more than three months of unjust imprisonment in Chile for fighting against smuggling - returned today to the Andean-Amazonian nation. Brazilian Democracy Demands Prompt Trial of Temer Brasilia, June 28 (Prensa Latina) The prompt trial of Brazilian President Michel Temer and his kleptocracy - a government of thieves, from Ancient Greek - is today a democratic and republican demand that it is impossible to give up, said columnist Jefferson Miola. Venezuelan Government Condemns Terrorist Attack in Caracas Caracas, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government condemned the hijacking of an aircraft and the terrorist attack against government facilities, in a statement released by Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas. Peruvian Police Involves in Criminal Organization Lima, June 27 (Prensa Latina) A high-ranking police chief and a prison security official are among over 60 arrested people today on charges of being involved in a criminal organization dedicated to the land plundering and trafficking, extortion and hired killers, according to official reports . Peruvian President Encourages Replacement of Illegal Cultivations Lima, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski encouraged the feasibility of replace illegal coca leave plantations by legal ones, though he admitted that the solution of the problem, has an economic and social character. Bolivia Deposits Credit to Pay Fine for Arrested in Chile La Paz, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia made a deposit of almost 50,000 dollars to the accounts of the Custom Office of Chile, to cancel a fine imposed by the Chilean justice to nine Bolivian officials who are now in prison in Iquique. Nearly 20 Million Venezuelans to Vote for Constituent Assembly Caracas, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 20 million Venezuelans will be able to vote July 30 for the election of 535 members of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), the rector of the National Electoral Council (NEC), Tania D ''Amelio, stated . Temer Unable to Govern Brazil, Lula Says Brasilia, June 27 (Prensa Latina) First Brazilian president denounced for corruption in full exercise of his functions, Michel Temer ''has no conditions'' to govern Brazil, said the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Santrich in Hunger Strike Until the Release of FARC-EP Prisoners Bogota, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP Secretariat member Jesús Santrich declared a hunger strike today, until the government releases the imprisoned guerrillas, as was established in the peace agreement reached in Havana. Colombia with its Largest Guerrilla Unarmed Bogota, June 27 (Prensa Latina) Colombia woke up today, after more than half a century, with its largest guerrilla totally unarmed, an event that will be celebrated in a symbolic act, in which the FARC-EP will cease to be a rebel movement. Extreme Right-Wing Group Burns Alive Another Venezuelan Youth Caracas, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) A group of hooded Venezuelans linked to the extreme right-wing groups of opposition parties has burned alive and stabbed Giovanny Gonzalez, 24, in La Castellana sector, Chacao municipality, Miranda state, allegedly because he appeared to be a Chavez'' follower. UNESCO Designated Peruvian Magaly Solier as Artist for Peace Paris, June 26 (Prensa Latina) UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova officially designated today Peruvian actress and singer Magaly Solier as an Artist for Peace in recognition of her commitment to protect and promote indigenous culture. Attacks on Military Base is Opposition Intervention Plan in Venezuela Caracas, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Constitutionalist lawyer María Alejandra Díaz warned that the attacks on the military base in Carlota are today a part of the opposition plan to unleash chaos before a possible foreign military intervention in Venezuela. Warning of Fascist Outbreak in Venezuela Caracas, Jun 26 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas warned that the fascist outbreak represents a threat to all Venezuelans, without distinction of political affiliation. Venezuelans Should Decide on Their Future Caracas, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) Tareck El Aissami, executive vice president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, said on Sunday that the people should decide on the future of the country. Venezuelan Defense Minister Calls for Prudence Caracas, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino on Sunday called for prudence against the attacks on military installations of the National Bolivarian Armed Force (FANB) by extreme right-wing opponents. 83 Percent Brazilians Want Direct Elections, Shows Poll Brasilia, Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) 83 percent of Brazilians expressed themselves in favour of direct elections to elect the replacement of President Michel Temer, whose approval rating is now only seven percent. Venezuelan Press's Images Deny Alleged Torture to Leopoldo Lopez Caracas, June 24 (Prensa Latina) Images published by the Venezuelan press denied today alleged torture to Leopoldo Lopez in a Miranda state jail where he is serving a prison sentence. Ecuador Ratifies Protection of Cyber-activist Julian Assange Quito, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador ratified that it will maintain the protection and watch over the physical and psychological integrity of the cyber-activist Julian Assange, who remains today under asylum in the embassy of Quito in London, although there is no criminal process against him. Bolivian Summit Promoted Unity and Integration of Peoples Tiquipaya, Bolivia, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The World Peoples'' Conference made Bolivia during two days the epicenter of debates focused on promoting free movement of persons and promoting unity between all nations. Putin considers Brazil Important Trading Partner of Russia Moscow, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) President Vladimir Putin described Brazil today as an important trading partner of Russia when meeting at the Kremlin with his South American peer, Michel Temer, who is here on an official visit. Evo Morales Fights for Reciprocity Principles With Chile La Paz, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales today urged the Chilean government to comply with the principles of reciprocity and bilateralism during the abbreviated trial that the nine Bolivians detained in the neighboring country are attending on Tuesday. People's Conference Brings World Politicians Together in Bolivia Tiquipaya, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) The World Conference of Peoples gathered together today politicians and representatives of social movements from Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia, in the Bolivian city of Tiquipaya. Venezuela National Guard Attacked With Grenades Caracas, Jun 20 (Prensa Latina) An officers and two civilians were injured as a result of the explosion of a fragmentary grenade launched against the command headquarters of the Government National Guard of Venezuela (GNB) located on the Caracas-La Guaira highway. Rejection in Venezuela of OAS Servility to US Interests Caracas, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) First Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) Diosdado Cabello asserted today that the curretn meeting in Mexico shows the servility of the Organization of American States (OAS) to imperialist interests. USAN Former Secretary Calls for Dialogue between Bolivia and Chile La Paz, June 19 (Prensa Latina) Former Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (USAN), Ernesto Samper, has today called for a meeting between Presidents of Bolivia and Chile, Evo Morales and Michelle Bachelet, respectively, in order to resolve the unsettled disputes. Chief Peace Negotiator for ELN Repudiates Attack in Colombia Quito, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) The guerrilla chief of the National Liberation Army (ELN), Pablo Beltrán, who heads peace talks with the Colombian government, reiterated today his condemnation of the recent attack in Bogotá. Colombians Reject Attack at the Andino Mall Bogota, June 19 (Prensa Latina) Hundreds of citizens held a sit-in in front of the Andino shopping mall in Bogota to reject an attack that took place there on Saturday, killing three women and injuring nine persons. Peoples' Summit in Bolivia: Towards a World Without Barriers La Paz, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) In light of the proposals made by some powers to build walls to stop migration, Bolivia favors a world without barriers, a notion that it will defend at the Peoples'' Summit this week in Cochabamba. Colombia: Disarmament of the Largest Guerrillas Is a Reality Bogota, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) With the second act to hand over the weapons by the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces-People''s Army (FARC-EP), a decisive era to conclude the peace process implemented in the country for several months has begun. Venezuela Denounces Aggression against its Diplomats in Mexico Caracas, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez blamed the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and Mexico''s Foreign Minister Luis Videragay for the attacks on diplomats of her country. Cuba Recognizes Support of Ecuador Parliamentary Friendship Group Quito, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Embassy in Ecuador recognized today the support offered by Memebers of Parliaments and especially the members of the Cuba-Ecuador Parliamentary Friendship Group. Venezuela Highlights 58 Years of Prensa Latina Alternative Vision Caracas, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan News Agency (AVN) highlighted the work of Prensa Latina (PL), which today celebrates its 58th anniversary as an alternative vision of the media siege imposed by information consortia. Venezuela: Possible Rupture Between Opposition Members and Leaders Caracas, June 16 (Prensa Latina) Deputy Earle Herrera revealed a probable rupture between Venezuelan opposition grassroot members and their leaders due to the terrorist acts promoted by the leaders of the right to destabilize the country. Buenos Aires Subway Workers Protest Buenos Aires, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) The members of the Subway and Premetro Workers'' Union Association (AGTSyP) in Buenos Aires, allow today free access to travelers in the subway during rush hours, in protest for several complaints. More than 40 Countries Attend Peoples' Summit in Bolivia La Paz, June 15 (Prensa Latina) Delegates from more than 40 countries will participate in the World People''s Conference, which is being organized in Bolivia, where they will debate the right to universal citizenship and the world without walls. Estimate of Amount Embezzled by Carabineros de Chile Still Rising Santiago de Chile, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) The investigation of the worst scandal in in the history of the military police Carabineros de Chile, revealed the figure of $22.5 billion USD embezzled by officers of the armed corps, official authorities reported today. Cristina Fernandez´s Front for Legislative Elections Buenos Aires, June 14 (Prensa Latina) Amid great expectation, the Argentinean Former President Cristina Fernandez has launched on Wednesday the Unidad Ciudadana Front, a platform on the way to the parliamentary elections that brings five political parties together. Ecuadorian Vice President Warns on Coup Strategy Quito, June 14 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian Vice President, Jorge Glas, has warned on a coup in progress and attacks on close collaborators, with the excuse of wanting to link him to corruption and seriously damage his reputation. Ecuador's Cultural and Tourist Authority Welcomes PL's 58th Anniv. Quito, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) The Corporation for Cultural and Tourism Promotion of Ecuador ''PROCultur'' has welcomed today the 58th anniversary of the Latin American News Agency, Prensa Latina (PL), on June 16th. Bolivian President Recalls Che's Legacy La Paz, June 14 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales recalled the anti-imperialist legacy of guerrilla leader Ernesto Che Guevara in the celebration of his 89 birthday in Rosario, Argentina. Violent Group Members Captured in Venezuela Caracas, Jun 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan security forces captured 23 people suspected of involvement in violent actions in El Paraiso, Libertador municipality, in the capital, Néstor Reverol, Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace, confirmed. Venezuela:Opposition Governor Henrique Capriles Diverts Funds Caracas, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) The governor of the Venezuelan state of Miranda, Henrique Capriles, is using the resources and funds distributed for the development of sports in Miranda with political purposes, denounced Alexander Vargas, viceminister of sports in Miranda Tuesday. Opposition Economists Reject Call for General Strike in Venezuela Caracas, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Opposition economists rejected the call for a national strike by MP Fredy Guevara, leader of the right-wing Popular Party in a demonstration at the east of the capital. Chile Rejects Bolivia's Complaint to the OAS Santiago de Chile, June 13 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean government deplored in the last hours the announcement by Bolivia that it will report to the OAS alleged tortures and harassment of nine national officials jailed here since March. Defense of Bolivians Arrested in Chile Has Solid Arguments La Paz, Jun 13 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni said that the defense of the nine nationals detained in Chile for more than two months now has solid arguments aimed at achieving their release. Ecuadorian President Acknowledges Military´s Security Commitment Quito, June 12 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has acknowledged on Monday the hard work and commitment of the Armed Forces and the National Police during the general elections to guarantee security of this South American nation. Venezuelan Official Denounces Use of Social Networks for Violent Acti Caracas, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas denounced today in this capital the use of social networks to promote violence, and called to eradicate that tendency. Bolivia Denounces Torture on Its Nationals Detained in Chile La Paz, June 12 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia anticipated that it aims to denounce in international organizations the torture inflicted on the nine nationals detained in Chile, according to Justice Minister Hector Arce. Bolivia Denounces at Mercosur Situation of Detainees in Chile La Paz, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Minister of Justice Héctor Arce denounced the situation of nine Bolivian officials who are held in Chile, during a meeting of representatives of that sector of Mercosur and the Associated States held in Argentina. One of Every Four Children Under Five Suffer Anemia in Colombia Bogota, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) Anemia during childhood affects one of every four children under five in Colombia, a serious problem for public health, Cromos magazine warns today. Bolivia Refuses to Participate in Military Drills With US in Amazonia La Paz, June 9 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia refused to participate in the military maneuvers planned for November on the triple border of Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, with the presence of the United States Army, Defense Minister Reymi Ferreira said today. Venezuela Denounces the Use of Children in Political Violence Caracas, June 9 (Prensa Latina) The executive secretary of the National Human Rights Council of Venezuela, Larry Devoe, denounced here today that the opposition right-wing involves children to support attacks against the democratic institutionality of the country. Uruguay Prioritizes Science, Environment Within the Antarctic Treaty Montevideo, June 9 (Prensa Latina) Science and the environment will be two of the main priorities of work to be promoted by the Uruguayan Albert Lluberas, after becoming the first Latin American elected to assume the Executive Secretariat of the Antarctic Treaty. Colombian Political World Surprised by FARC-EP's Disarmament Bogota, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) With a slow reaction of surprise, Colombian political media are digesting the importance of the first step towards disarmament taken by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP) on Wednesday, without the presence of the press. Strong Security Measures for Merkel's Visit to Argentina Buenos Aires, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) Detours in several streets and a large police deployment are registered today in this capital for the brief visit by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to this country. Chilean Communist Leader Highlights Cuba's Example Santiago, Chile, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) The general secretary of the Communist Party of Chile (CP), Lautaro Carmona, on Thursday highlighted the strength and capacity of resistance of Cuba, ''which nurtured from its people''s wisdom and built an example for the region''. Bolivians Demand that Chile Repairs Damage after Customs Strike La Paz, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Chamber of Heavy Transportation President Gustavo Rivadeneira asserted today that Chile should repair the economic damage caused to the international trade by the strike of customs workers in that country. Temer Closes Popular Pharmacies and Hits Brazilian Health System Brasilia, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian Government, headed by Michel Temer, confirmed the closure of Popular Pharmacy networks, a program that in its first 10 years has been favoring over 38 million low-income Brazilians. Drug Production Halted in Venezuela Caracas, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan labor union leaders and workers of the pharmaceutical industry have denounced today the stoppage of essential drug production as part of the unconventional economic war unleashed against the Bolivarian government. Brazil's Electoral Court Resumes Trial of Dilma-Temer Formula Brasilia, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The Superior Electoral Court (SEC) in Brazil will hold the second of four sessions today to try the winning formula in the 2014 presidential election for alleged abuse of economic and political power. Right-Wing Leader Leopoldo Lopez Talks with Venezuelan Government Caracas, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has confirmed that Bolivarian authorities have begun a dialogue with right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who is serving a 13-year prison term for his responsibility in the violent events occurred here in 2014. Venezuela Seizes Sulfur to be Used for Handmade Arms Caracas, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) More than a ton of sulfur, allegedly to be used in the manufacture of mortars, pyrotechnics and handmade arms, was seized today in the Merida state, said Nestor Reverol, Venezuelan Minister of Interior Relations Justice and Peace. Bolivia: Education Budget Increased 7 Times in 10 Years La Paz, June 6 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia currently allocates about $3 billion USD a year to education, seven times more than in 2005, according to Vice President Álvaro García Linera, on the occasion of Teacher''s Day here. A Delayed Ending, the Most Probable Option in Temer's Trial Brasilia, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The postponement of the end is perceived here as the most probable option to the trial that the Supreme Electoral Court (SEC) will resume today and in which the annulment of Brazilian President Michel Temer''s mandate might be decided. Telesur Journalist Survives a Bullet Impact in Venezuela Caracas, June 6 (Prensa Latina) Journalist Adriana Sivori, from the multinational Telesur, survived a gunshot that struck her in the back since she was wearing a bulletproof vest while covering a demonstration organized by the ultra-right in this capital. Evo Morales Denounces in UN Bolivian Economic Impact United Nations, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President, Evo Morales, has denounced today in the UN that the 138 years as a landlocked State has been a severe economic impact for the nation. Changes for Electoral Bases to Venezuelan Constituent Caracas, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The proposal to change the electoral bases of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) in Venezuela was submitted today at the National Electoral Council (CNE), by Zamora 200 Command. Homeless Persons Increase 150 Percent in Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, Jun 5, (Prensa Latina) The number of people in the street in this Brazilian city has increased in the last three years by approximately 150 percent, according to estimates released today by the Municipal Secretariat of Social Assistance. Temer Faces in TSE Defining Week to Stay in Office Brasilia, June 5 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian President Michel Temer begins to face today a defining week for his intentions to stay in office, with the resumption in the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of a trial that can decide the annulment of the mandate. Constitutional Bill To Be Approved in Referendum, Maduro Says Caracas, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has announced that a referendum to approve the new constitutional text that generates the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) will be included in the election rules of this process. More Than 80 Percent of Venezuelans Reject Opposition´s Violence Caracas, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) About 81 percent of Venezuelans have rejected the violent demonstrations generated in several areas of the country by extreme right-wing groups of Venezuela''s opposition, a survey conducted by Hinterlaces revealed. Dialogue to Solve Colombian Teachers' Stoppage Without Results Bogotá, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) As in a game of chess, leaders of the stoppage of Colombian teachers and the Ministry of Education, a strike that extends for 26 days, move today their pieces without success in the dialogue to find a solution. Brazilian People Shout Direct Vote Now and Temer Out Brasilia, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) Demands for direct elections and the dismissal of president Michel Temer ''do not have an owner they are a cry of the Brazilian people'', asserted Leo Madeira, presenter of the rally taking place today in Sao Paulo under those banners. Young Man Victim of Hate Crime Dies in Venezuela Caracas, Jun 4 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Minister for Communication and Information, Ernesto Villegas, announced the death of Orlando Figuera, a young Venezuelan victim of a hate crime, due to a cardiopulmonary strike on Saturday night. Three Argentine Provinces Will Hold Legislative Elections Buenos Aires, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) On the road to parliamentary elections in October, the electoral campaign in Argentina is nowadays in full swing with the elections on Sunday in three provinces La Rioja, Chaco and Corrientes. Ecuador Calls for a Global Alliance Against Poverty at Monaco Forum United Nations, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian ambassador to the United Nations, Horacio Sevilla, has proposed at the 15th International Forum in Monaco of the Convention of Independent Financial Advisors (CIFA) to set up a global alliance against poverty and hunger, diplomatic sources stressed here today. World People's Conference in Bolivia Invites Intl. Politicians La Paz, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales announced the participation of renowned politicians from Latin America and Europe at the World People's Conference scheduled for June in the department of Cochabamba. Maduro Calls to Strengthen Social Revolution in Venezuela Caracas, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The Government''s path has to be the path of the popular social revolution, asserted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a working meeting with the Council of Vice-Presidents at the Miraflores Palace ). Judge Killed in Venezuela Caracas, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Administrative Judge of Appeal Nelson Moncada Gomez was shot dead as he attempted to bypass a barricade in this capital city, said an official source today. Venezuela: Henrique Capriles Is Involved in Odebrecht's Bribes Caracas, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) A top executive of the Brazilian firm Odebrecht in Venezuela, Euzenando Azevedo, pointed to the extreme right-wing opposition leader Henrique Capriles as a beneficiary of illegal financing for his presidential campaign in 2012. Colombian Teachers-Government Dialogue Still Whithout Progress Bogota, June 1 (Prensa Latina) Colombian teachers'' stoppage reaches its 22nd day, while the dialogue with the government continues without progress, and teachers call to the third ''takeover'' for next June 6. ALBA, CARICOM Defeat Anti-Venezuelan Plans at OAS Caracas, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) The voice and morals of the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have been imposed at the OAS, Venezuela''s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said. FAO-Celac Partnership with Leading Role in El Salvador Santiago de Chile, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) Salvadorean ambassador to Chile, Victor Manuel Valle, on behalf of the pro tempore presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC, in Spanish), and the FAO Regional Representative, Julio Berdegué, agreed on a cooperation agenda. Eighty Eight Years After Jorge Ricardo Masetti's Birth Por Maylin VidalBuenos Aires, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Eighty-eight years after his birth, the ideas of the Argentinean journalist and revolutionary Jorge Ricardo Masetti, the founder and first general director of the Latin American News Agency Prensa Latina, are more present than ever. Colombian Teachers Striking Again Bogota, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Federation of Education Workers (Fecode) called today for another ''strike of capital''s cities'', while maintaining such protests for more than two weeks throughout the national territory. Bolivian President thanks Chinese Donation of Surveillance Cameras La Paz, May 31 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales thanked the Chinese ambassador to Bolivia, Wu Yuanshan, today for the donation of 570 surveillance cameras to strengthen the people''s security in the Andean-Amazonian nation. Violent Groups in Venezuela Consume Banned Drug Captagon Caracas, May 31 (Prensa Latina) Members of violent groups financed by extreme right-wing opposition parties in Venezuela are consuming a drug commercially known as Captagon, Matrizur website denounced. Bolivia Bets on Germany, UK for New Airport La Paz, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s Government pins hope that Germany and the United Kingdom finance the construction of the new intercontinental airport Viru Viru Hub in the city of Santa Cruz, public works minister Milton Claros said. Bolivia: 2,500 Delegates to the World Peoples Summit La Paz, May 31 (Prensa Latina) A total of 2,500 delegates will take part in the World Peoples Summit to be held next month in the Bolivian department of Cochabamba, reported Bolivian Minister of Coordination with the Social Movements Alfredo Rada. European Union and Chile Tackle Cooperation Issues Santiago, Chile, May 30 (Prensa Latina) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union (EU) Federica Mogherini held a meeting with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on issues of integration and current regional policy. Uruguayan President Calls for Global Nuclear Disarmament Vienna, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez called here today for world nuclear disarmament and warned of the real danger of a confrontation under the current circumstances. Venezuela Vows to Protect Public Order Caracas, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Minister of People´s Power for Interior Relations and Justice, Nestor Reverol, has today assessed the plans for the protection and restitution of public order, together with heads of strategic police regions and other security authorities. Crisis around Temer Increases Uncertainty over Brazilian Economy Brasilia, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The uncertainty indicator of the Brazilian economy surged to 9.3 points in May, after denunciations of obstruction of justice and corruption weighing on Brazilian President Michel Temer, said Getulio Vargas Foundation Wednesday. President Evo Announces Construction of Nuclear Medicine Centers La Paz, May 30 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has announced today the construction in Bolivia of three nuclear medicine facilities to do research that will help cure diseases such as cancer. Cuba to Attend OCLAE Andean Meeting in Bogota Bogota, May 30 (Prensa Latina) A meeting of the Andean region of the Latin American and Caribbean Continental Organization of Students (OCLAE) will be held at the National University in Bogotá on Thursday and Friday. Colombian Govt. Resumes Dialogue with Teachers Bogota, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian government and the National Federation of Educators (FECODE) resumed the talks on Tuesday to end the strike of teachers that started 20 days ago in public schools nationwide. Colombian Gov't, Strike Leaders Work for Agreement in Buenaventura Bogota, May 30 (Prensa Latina) A commission from the Colombian government and the leaders of the strike committee has reached an agreement in the last hours to end the 16-day civic strike in Buenaventura. Bolivia Has the Most Stable Economy in South America, Minister Says La Paz, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Economy Minister Luis Arce said today that in the midst of an adverse international scenario, Bolivia consolidated as the country with the highest growth in South America for the fourth year under the presidency of Evo Morales. Special Anti-terrorism Security Command Created in Venezuela Caracas, May 30 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced the creation of a special anti-terrorist security command, which will guarantee the peace of all Venezuelans. Ecuador's President Urges to Debate on Changes for Communication Law Quito, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuador´s President, Lenin Moreno, has today urged the local media to get to an agreement on their proposals for the Communication Law. Jorge Marcelo Faurie Named New Foreign Minister of Argentina Buenos Aires, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Argentina''s current ambassador to Paris, Jorge Marcelo Faurie, was named the new Foreign Minister of this southern nation, replacing Susana Malcorra, who left office for personal reasons but will continue as an advisor. Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Demand Release of Bolivian Detainees in Chile La Paz, May 29 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales thanked today the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Rigoberta Menchú and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, who are in favor of the release of the nine Bolivians detained in Iquique, Chile. Venezuelans March in Defense of Peace, Constituent Assembly Caracas, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Followers of the Bolivarian revolution will march today from the Carabobo park up to Miraflores Palace (Government headquarters) in favor of a Constituent National Assembly, against violence and in defense of peace. Brazil Popular Front Proposes Emergency Plan Brasilia, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Faced with the aggravation of the political, social and institutional crisis that the country is going through, the Brazil Popular Front launches today a so-called '' People''s Emergency Plan'' in the city of Sao Paulo. Ombudsman Condemns Hate Crime in Venezuela Caracas, May 28 (Prensa Latina) Ombudsman Tarek William Saab demanded exemplary sanctions for those responsible for a disgusting hate crime committed against a former Venezuelan official who was tortured and killed by a mob in the state of Lara. Colombian President Signs Decrees on Peace Agreements Bogota, May 28 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has signed four decrees in the past few hours, followed by others that he must sign today regarding the peace agreements with the FARC-EP. FELAP, 41 Years Without Losing its Historical Principles By Maylin Vidal Chile: The Truth About Pablo Neruda's Death Is Near Por Fausto TrianaSantiago, Chile, May 26 (Prensa Latina) The truth about the cause of death of the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda seems to be imminent, after international scientific tests were made, an idea that seduces the family of the Nobel Literature Prize winner. Venezuela Denounces Use of Children in Violent Protests Caracas, May 26 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela denounced at the United Nations Children''s Fund (UNICEF), the use of children and adolescents in the actions of hatred and violence carried out by extreme right-wing opposition groups for more than 50 days. Cuba Confirms its Fraternity with Ecuador Quito, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Following the Cuban official visit to Ecuador, described as emotional, the Cuba´s first vice president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, has confirmed that both nations are joined by ties of friendship and brotherhood. Chile Imposes Anti-terror Law in the South Santiago de Chile, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean Public Ministry decided today to impose the Anti-Terror Law in the southern region of La Araucanía following incendiary attacks occurred in past few hours. Hooded men shot drivers of two trucks and set fire to five other vehicles in the municipalities of Ercilla and Victoria, some 580 kilometers south of Santiago, according to police reports. Paraguay Expresses Interest in Urea and Bolivian Gas La Paz, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Hydrocarbons Minister Luis Sánchez stated today that authorities in Paraguay are interested in buying urea from the Andean-Amazonian nation and increasing volumes of commercialization of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Paraguayan Peasants Repudiate Presidential Veto on Expropriation Asunción, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The National Peasant Federation (FNC) of Paraguay repudiated the veto of President Horacio Cartes on the expropriation of farms of Guahory colony, Department of Caaguazú, in favor of farm workers. Call in Venezuela to Counter Media Campaigns with the Truth Caracas, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The deputy minister for International Communication, William Castillo, called today to deploy a global campaign to explain the reality of Venezuela and counter the systematic attacks and criminalization of this South American nation. Venezuelan Justice to Protect Eight Municipalities from Violence Caracas, May 25 (Prensa Latina) The Constitutional Court of Venezuela''s Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) has issued some protection measures for the inhabitants of eight municipalities hit by violent actions of the extreme right opposition in the states of Miranda and Merida. Former Ecuador's President Rafael Correa Hospitalized with Pneumonia Quito, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa is today at the ‘Carlos Andrade Marin'' Hospital, of the Ecuadorian Social Security Institute, where he will remain until he gets better of pneumonia diagnosed by specialists from that institution. Marches in Bolivian Cities Demanding Release of Detainees in Chile La Paz, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Bolivians marched today from the city of El Alto to the historic center of La Paz to demand the release of the nine compatriots unjustly detained in Chile since March 19. Police Dispersed Anti-Temer Demonstration With Bombs and Gases Brasilia, May 24 (Prensa Latina) With bombings, tear gas and rubber bullets, the Brazilian Military Police is trying to disperse thousands of demonstrators gathered here in the esplanade of the Ministries to demand the departure of President Michel Temer. Cristina Fernandez Dedicates Emotional Words for Correa Buenos Aires, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean former president Cristina Fernandez dedicated emotional words to Rafael Correa, who ended his presidential mandate in Ecuador Wednesday. Cuban First Vice President Honors Ecuadorian Founding Father Quito, May 24 (Prensa Latina) The first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, placed here today a wreath before the monument to Eloy Alfaro, Founding Father of the liberal revolution in Ecuador. Regional Elections in Venezuela Slated for December 10 Caracas, May 24 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s National Electoral Council (NEC) has reportedly slated for December 10 elections for governors and regional legislative councils. Lawyer Calls for Citizens Coalition to Support Colombian Peace Bogota, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Colombian lawyer Humberto de la Calle has called on citizens today to defend the peace accords after expressing his concern about the future of the implementation process of the agreement with the FARC-EP. Colombia, a Country with Most Internally Displaced People Worldwide Bogota, May 23 (Prensa Latina) Colombia is the country with the largest population of internal displaced people worldwide, according to a report published here by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) in conjunction with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). Evo Warns OAS Secretary-General to Take a Closer Look to Brazil La Paz, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales has today questioned Luis Almagro, OAS Secretary-General, for obsessing with Venezuela and not taking a closer look to Brazil, which is wrapped up in a crisis over corruption allegations against Brazilian President Michel Temer. Colombian Guerrilla to Celebrate 53 Years of Peace Talks Bogota, May 22 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP leader Timoleón Jiménez announced today that the Colombian guerrilla will celebrate the 53 years of its foundation with a talk about the peace process in one of the places where it is concentrated to disarm itself. José Martí Garden, is a Heart Beat of Cuba in Colombia Bogotá, May 22 (Prensa Latina) José Martí Garden, which today hosts some 300 children from a Bogota neighborhood, brought together educators, parents, and children who remembered the legacy of the writer and patriot distinguished as Cuba''s National Hero. New Block of Leftist Organizations Presented in Peru Lima, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The birth of a new leftist bloc, named Juntos por el Peru (Together for Peru), was confirmed today by its members, including the two communist parties and other progressive groups that intend to compete united in the electoral field. Venezuelan Government Warns about Fascist Trend Caracas, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government have warned today that right-wing groups are trying to impose a Nazi-fascist trend in the country, according to their actions in recent weeks. Uribe´s Apology Worse than his Offense, Says Colombia Senator Bogota, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Ivan Cepeda, Senator from the Polo Democratico Alternativo party, said today that the apology issued by Colombian former President Alvaro Uribe is worse than his offense. Venezuela Helps Rebuild in Cuba Houses Destroyed by Hurricane Matthew Maisi, Cuba May 19 (Prensa Latina) With the collaboration of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, about 200 more homes have been recovered in this Cuban eastern most territory that was hardly hit by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Colombian Teachers' Guild Denounces Attack Against its Headquarters Bogotá, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Educators Federation (FECODE), amidst the teachers'' stoppage that started 8 days ago, denounced today an aggression with an explosive device in front of its headquarters located in this capital. Caribbean Nations Stand By Venezuela Bridgetown, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Community Gas Accumulation Causes Explosions in Cartagena, Colombia Bogota, May 19 (Prensa Latina) An inspection to the shipyards of Citemar and Astivick in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, where a triple explosion occurred two days ago killing seven people, said that the gas accumulation could be the cause of the incident. Venezuelan Customs Confiscates Items for Violent Groups Caracas, May 19 (Prensa Latina) The Superintendent of the National Integrated Tax and Customs Administration (SENIAT), José David Cabello, confirmed the retention of equipment from abroad, intended for violent protests organized by ultra-right parties. Temer Clings to Mandate with Expiration Date Brasilia, May 19 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian President Michel Temer, haunted by the biggest political scandal that has shaken Brazil, is clinging to a mandate that experts here consider is closed to its expiration date: June 6. Venezuelan FM Rejects US Sanctions against Judges Caracas, May 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has denounced the unilateral sanctions imposed by the U.S. Treasury Department against eight judges of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) of this South American nation. Cuba Sets Out Its Experience in Drug Policies at CELAC-EU Meeting Buenos Aires, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Claudio Ramos, director of the Cuban Ministry of Justice´s International Relations, has today set out the nation''s experiences in drug policy at the High-Level Meeting of CELAC-EU Coordination and Cooperation Mechanism. Lava Jato Ex-Rapporteur´s Son Calls for Temer´s Impeachment Brasilia, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Francisco Zavascki, son of the anti-corruption Lava Jato operation ex-rapporteur Teori Zavascki, has today called for Brazilian President Michel Temer´s impeachment and also said that his father could have been assassinated. Venezuela and Russia to Strengthen Strategic Ties Caracas, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have today held a telephone conversation in which they agreed to strengthen the strategic relationship between both nations. Brazil Supreme Court Authorizes Investigation into Michel Temer Brasilia, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) Edson Fachin decided today to investigate Brazilian President Michel Temer for attempting to obstruct justice by endorsing the payment for the silence of former leader of the Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Cunha. CELAC-EU Meeting on Drugs was Inaugurated in Argentina Buenos Aires, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Argentine Deputy Foreign Minister Pedro Villagra ratified today his country''s fight against drug trafficking by leaving open the sessions of the 19th High Level Meeting of the Coordination Mechanism and cooperation between the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC, in Spanish) and the European Union On drugs. Evo Morales Greets Freed Puerto Rican Independence Activist La Paz, May 18 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has welcomed today the release of Puerto Rican independence activist, Oscar Lopez Rivera, after spending nearly 36 years at a U.S. prison. Colombian Paramilitary Groups Plot Against Venezuela Caracas, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The arrests of six Colombian paramilitary elements during vandalistic acts perpetrated by the right-wing opposition on Tuesday in the state of Tachira confirms denunciations of the participation of these groups in the aggression against the Venezuelan people. Talks on Teachers' Strike Resumed in Colombia Bogota, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The talks between the teachers'' union and the Ministry of Education of Colombia will be resumed today in an effort to seek a solution to the one-week-long strike. Brazilian PSDB Leader, Aécio Neves, Loses Mandate as Senator Brasilia, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) and former presidential candidate defeated in 2014, Aécio Neves, was deprived today of his mandate as a federal senator and could go to prison for obstruction of justice. Venezuela's Opposition Was Accused of Promoting an Armed Insurgency Caracas, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Secretary of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, Eduardo Piñate, accused today extremist sectors of the Democratic Unity Roundtable of promoting an armed insurgency in the South American nation. Coup by the Corrupt Crumbles in Brazil Brasilia, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The possibility that President Michel Temer goes to prison for obstructing justice is perceived here today as a clear sign of the collapse of the parliamentary-judicial coup d''état perpetrated by a gang of corrupt politicians against Dilma Rousseff. Venezuela Denounces Paramilitary Attacks in Tachira Caracas, May 18 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) of Venezuela have condemned in a communiqué the attacks on military and police installations by paramilitary groups in the state of Tachira, near the border with Colombia. Venezuelan Minister Announces Detention of Colombian Paramilitaries Caracas, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace, Néstor Reverol announced today the arrest of six Colombian paramilitaries who participated in the vandal acts perpetrated on the eve of extremist factions of the right in Táchira state. Bolivian Senate Passes Growing Subsidies for the Elderly La Paz, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Senate has today passed a bill to increase the Dignity Income, a subsidy granted by local Government to the elderly. Bolivia Changed with Hydrocarbon Nationalization, Says President La Paz, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales asserted today that nationalizing hydrocarbons had changed for good the situation in Bolivia, putting the benefits of the sector in the interest of the people. Ecuador FM Higlights Government Achievements in Foreign Policy Quito, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian foreign minister, Guillaume Long highlighted the policies implemented by the national government in foreign policy that allow the country to show solid advances in relations and exchange with the rest of the world. Venezuelan People Support Constituent Process Caracas, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Venezuelans gathered today in Morelos Square, in this capital, to march to the Miraflores Palace (the seat of the government) and express their support for President Nicolas Maduro''s call for a National Constituent Assembly. Colombian Gov't, ELN Resume Peace Talks in Ecuador Quito, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN), another important guerrilla movement in Colombia, are resuming peace talks today in Ecuador to end an armed conflict that has been going on for decades. Trade Unions Pressure Senators against Labor Reform in Brazil Brasilia, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Brazil''s most representative trade unions called collective visits to the cabinets of federal senators today to abort the debate on the questioned labor reform and establish a negotiation table. Venezuelan FM Accuses Opposition Activist of Favoring Interference Caracas, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez accused today the opposition activist Lilian Tintory of making a tour to promote interference by international organizations or foreign powers in the South American nation. Possible Annulment of Temer's Presidency to Go to Court Next Week Brasilia, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The possible annulment of the winning pair in the 2014 elections, made up of former President Dilma Rousseff and incumbent President Michel Temer, will be submitted again to the Supreme Electoral Court (SEC) next week. Venezuela Investigates Damages by Trinidad Oil Spill Caracas, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The Public Ministry of Venezuela reported today that it is assessing environmental damage on the country''s eastern coasts following Petrotrin''s oil spill at Pointe-a-Pierre refinery in Trinidad & Tobago. Venezuela Wants to Keep Peace, Says Bolivarian Mayor Caracas, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The true victory of the Bolivarian Revolution lies in keeping peace, said the mayor of the Caracas municipality of Libertadores, Jorge Rodriguez, on his program ''Politica en el Divan (Politics on the Couch), broadcast by Venezolana de Television on Monday night. Bolivian and Brazil to Sign Memorandum for Bi-Oceanic Railway La Paz, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Public Works Minister Milton Claros reported that brazil would sign the official memorandum to join the Central Bi-Oceanic Railway project in coming days. Considered a MUD Error to Ignore Constituent Process in Venezuela Caracas, May 15 (Prensa Latina) The leader of Patria Para Todos party, Pablo Alvarado, stated today that the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) is making a political mistake by refusing to participate in the constitutional process convened by Venezuela''s President Nicolás Maduro. Key Phase to Submit Peace Laws in Colombian Congress Starts Bogota, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Today, the Colombian government will start an offensive in Congress to take advantage of the last month of the fast track used to submit the so-called peace laws. Venezuelan Extreme Right Opposition Insists in Coup Caracas, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Extreme right-wing groups of Venezuela''s opposition will insist today on their coup plans against the constitutional government of President Nicolas Maduro. Argentina Hosts CELAC-EU Meeting on Drugs Buenos Aires, May 15 (Prensa Latina) Argentina hosts as of today two world conferences on drugs, including the 19th High Level Meeting of the Coordination Mechanism and cooperation between the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC, in Spanish) and the European Union. Justice will Veto Lula as Candidate Brasilia, May 15 (Prensa Latina) If the United States decides that former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva can not run for the 2018 elections, it is obvious that Brazilian Justice will prevent his candidacy from happening again, renowned jurist Fabio Konder Comparato stated. Colombian Plan Increases to Replace Coca Plantations Bogota, May 14 (Prensa Latina) With the inclusion of Guaviare farmers, the Colombian program aimed at replacing illicit crops with other plantations is nowadays covering three departments of the nation, an initiative promoted by the Colombian Government and FARC-EP. Venezuelan Analyst Reveals Opponents' Complicity with Violence Caracas, May 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan opposition groups still remain in complicity with the progress of vandalism and armed actions, as said by analyst Eleazar Diaz Rangel. Venezuelan President Ratifies Elections in the Country Caracas, May 13 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro confirmed that elections will take place in the country in 2018. Children's Rights Violated in Venezuela Opposition Protests Caracas, May 12 (Prensa Latina) About 100 individual and collective complaints about violation of fundamental rights of minors used by the Venezuelan right opposition in vandalism and terrorist actions were presented to court by the Children and Teenagers Foundation. Details on Venezuelan Opposition's Attack on a School Come to Light Caracas, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The Director of Francisco de Miranda school, Ramon Navarro, explained to the media today some details on the attack by right-wing opposition groups to this educational center located inside La Carlota airbase in this capital. Colombian Program to Replace Coca Plantations Begins Bogota, May 11 (Prensa Latina) In order to eradicate gradually the coca economy in Colombia, a national program began today, aimed at replacing the illegal crops with other plantations, with the cooperation of countryside workers and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP). Electoral Service Approves Candidatures for Elections in Chile Santiago, Chile, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean Electoral Service (SERVEL) officially approved today the candidatures registered by two political coalitions for the presidential primaries, scheduled for July 2. Colombian Guerrillas Reiterate in Havana Willingness to Reach Peace Havana, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) reiterated today their willingness to boost the peace process with the Government of Juan Manuel Santos. Children, Bombs and Lack of Scruples of Venezuelan Right Por Miguel Fernández MartínezCaracas, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The use of poor Venezuelan children to make homemade bombs that the extreme right-wing opposition groups use as weapons in their demonstrations against the government was denounced here by different media organizations. Threats Against Colombian Judges Involved in Pardons and Amnesties Bogota, May 11 (Prensa Latina) Officials, social leaders and judges involved in pardons and amnesties for the FARC-EP guerrillas have been targets of threats, the Colombian prosecutor''s office that has begun an investigation into the case has confirmed today. Students Without Classes Due to Teacher Strike in Colombia Bogotá, May 11 (Prensa Latina) More than eight million students will be left without classes due to the 350,000 teachers'' strike, announced by the Colombian Federation of Education Workers (FECODE) throughout the country. Bolivia Begins Construction of New Cableway La Paz, May 11 (Prensa Latina) The Cable Transportation company Bolivia''s Cableway reportedly began laying a new orange line that will join the Main Station with Villarroel Square of this city. Civic Strike Starts Off in Colombian Choco Department Bogota, May 10 (Prensa Latina) People living in the Colombian Choco Department have today started off on a civic strike so as to demand improvements in health and education services, higher investments to road repairs and greater security, as reported by local news. Evo Morales: Fighting Contraband Defends Bolivian Economy La Paz, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales stated today that the mobilization of specialized groups to the border with Chile does not constitute any aggression, but a measure to defend the national economy affected by smuggling. Macri Describes as Unfortunate the Application of Law 2x1 Buenos Aires, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Argentine President Mauricio Macri described as unfortunate the application of Law 2x1, which benefits people with crimes against humanity, and of which he said to be always against. Spanish Senators Reject Foreign Attacks Against Venezuela Madrid, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Spanish senators has rejected today the interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela exercised by some institutions in this country, which threatens a peaceful solution to the violence of some sectors opposed to President Nicolas Maduro. Andean FMs Agree on Integration Progress Lima, May 10 (Prensa Latina) A meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Andean Community of Nations (CAN) reportedly agreed here today on the electricity interconnection among member countries and approved a new strategy in the face of natural disasters and climate change. Andean FMs Agree on Integration Progress Lima, May 10 (Prensa Latina) A meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Andean Community of Nations (CAN) reportedly agreed here today on the electricity interconnection among member countries and approved a new strategy in the face of natural disasters and climate change. Venezuela: Machinations for an Aggression Por Luis Beatón*Caracas (Prensa Latina) There is a real threat of aggression against Venezuela and its people in which a series of elements seem to lead to that end, or at least something is being plotted, according analyses on different developments. Taxi Drivers Strike Causes Traffic Chaos in Various Colombian Cities Bogota, May 10 (Prensa Latina) A taxi drivers strike with 45,000 cars detained only on the main thoroughfares, caused a traffic chaos in Colombian cities, early this morning, especially in Bogota. Bolivian Mining Company Makes Millions of Dollars in Profits La Paz, May 10 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Mining Corporation of Bolivia (COMIBOL), José Pimentel, reported today that the company Huanuni achieved a cumulative profit of almost 10 million dollars in the first quarter of this year. Bolivia Seeks Prompt Release of Detainees in Chile, Minister Says La Paz, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia is doing everything necessary to achieve, as soon as possible, the release of nine bolivians unjustly detained in Chile, Minister of the Presidency, Rene Martinez, said. Bolivia Begins Refurbishing Stadium for South American Games La Paz, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Restoration works of Bolivian stadium Felix Capriles will begin in June 15, at a cost of more than 9.3 million dollars, Finance Secretary of Cochabamba provincial Government, Camilo Torrez, announced today. Expert Analyzes Venezuelan Extreme Right Wing's Terrorist Methods Caracas, May 10 (Prensa Latina) The journalist and politician Mario Silva denounced on his TV program La Hojilla the main tools of terrorist violence being used by some extreme right-wing leaders in Venezuela. Argentine Hosts Celac-EU Meeting on Drugs Buenos Aires, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Argentina will host next week two important international conferences on drugs, at the request of cooperation mechanisms between Latin America and the European Union (EU). Constituent Assembly Process in Venezuela Guarantees Justice Caracas, May 9 (Prensa Latina) The constitutionalist lawyer Enrique Tineo said today that the constituent process called by President Nicolas Maduro vindicates justice in light of the right wing''s attacks on the Venezuelan people. Colombian Teachers Will Strike Thursday Bogota, May 9 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Federation of Education workers (Fecode) announced that its members will join a strike starting from Thursday on when they will take the streets to march. Bolivia, Brazil to Define Actions Against Transnational Crime La Paz, May 9 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian government minister, Carlos Romero and Brazilian Justice Minister, Osmar Serraglio, will meet to define joint actions against transnational crime. Ecuador's President-Elect Visits Peru Lima, May 9 (Prensa Latina) President, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, will host today Ecuadorian President-Elect, Lenin Moreno, with whom he will talk about cooperation and issues of the international situation. Tribute to Cuban and Venezuelan Revolutionaries Killed in Combat Matanzas, Cuba, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Authorities, diplomatic staff, students and the Cuban people remembered here today in a political-cultural event the 82nd anniversary of the fall in unequal combat of revolutionaries Antonio Guiteras (Cuba) and Carlos Aponte (Venezuela). Argentinean University Teachers Lead National Strike Buenos Aires. May 8 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean Universities teachers begin today a week of national strike in a massive claim for a fair and just salary. Ecuadorian Authorities Beat Drug Trafficking Quito, May 8 (Prensa Latina) As part of the Ecuadorian Government''s priorities and the plan to fight drug trafficking, the Interior Ministry has dealt another blow to organized crime by seizing a ton of drugs. Ecuador's President-Elect, Lenin Moreno, Visits Colombia Quito, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Colombia is the first country Ecuador''s President-Elect, Lenin Moreno visits when he complies today with a one-day agenda, focused on a meeting with his peer Juan Manuel Santos. Colombian Gov't and ELN to Resume Peace Talks Bogota, May 8 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Government and the insurgent National Liberation Army (ELN) will reportedly resume official talks on May 16th in Quito, Ecuador. Venezuelans Refuse Opposition Extremists' Violence Caracas, May 7 (Prensa Latina) Journalist José Vicente Rangel said today that most Venezuelans reject the violence promoted by opposition extremists, as their method to disagree with the policies of the Bolivarian Government. Constituent Process Described as Key for Peace in Venezuela Caracas, May 7 (Prensa Latina) The Head of the Presidential Commission for the Constituent National Assembly Elias Jaua said today that this legislative process called by President Nicolas Maduro on May 1st, is key to guarantee stability and consolidate peace in Venezuela. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Calls on Extreme Right to End Violence Caracas, May 5 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, has called on the right-wing opposition to curb violent actions and join the debate that will be opened with the new National Constituent Assembly convened by President Nicolas Maduro. Disarmament Could Exceed Deadline, According to Colombian Guerrilla Bogota, May 5 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP commander, Carlos Antonio Lozada, has said today that despite the Colombian guerrillas'' willingness to fulfill their commitments, completing the process of putting down weapons will take more time. Catholic Church Welcomes Dialogue Will by Ecuador's President-Elect Quito, May 5 (Prensa Latina) The Catholic Church of Ecuador has welcomed the will for dialogue and search for national consensus promoted by President-Elect, Lenin Moreno, who will take office on May 24th. Violence Leaves 35 Dead and 717 Wounded in Venezuela Caracas, May 5 (Prensa Latina) Victims of violence in Venezuela reached 35 dead and 717 wounded, due to clashes generated by opposition groups of the ultrarightk confimed today the Public Ministry or Attorney General''s Office. Leaders of Armed Groups Arrested in Venezuela, Says Maduro Caracas, May 4 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro confirmed today the arrest of four leaders of the armed groups operating in eastern Caracas, linked to the violent protests organized by the opposition''s extreme right-wing in this country. Colombia Opens III World Congress of Free Zones Bogota, May 4 (Prensa Latina) President Juan Manuel Santos will officially open today, in the Caribbean city of Cartagenas de Indias, the III World Congress of Free Zones, which will be attended by more than 500 participants from 50 countries. Colombian President Receives UN Security Council Bogota, May 4 (Prensa Latina) President Juan Manuel Santos is receiving today members of the UN Security Council, who will carry out a three-day visit to Colombia to observe the progress of the peace process. Rejected Seizure, Burning of PDVSA Tanker Truck in Venezuela Caracas, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The president of the company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Eulogio del Pino, condemned today the kidnapping and burning of a gas tanker truck in Cabudare municipality, Lara state, by violent groups financed by the far right. Bilateral Cease-fire Compliance Certified in Colombia Bogotá, May 3 (Prensa Latina) The Conflict Analysis Resource Center (CERAC) said today that the bilateral cease-fire enacted since last August was fulfilled by the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP, in the middle of the disarmament process. New Sabotage on Power System in Isla Margarita, Venezuela Caracas, May 3 (Prensa Latina) A new sabotage on the power grid affected all of Island Margarita, state of Nueva España, sdenounced here the minister of Electric Energy, Luis Motta, who accused violent groups steered by the Venezuelan ultra-right of committing it. Ombudsman's Office in Carabobo, Venezuela, Vandalized Caracas, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s Ombudsman Tarek William Saab denounced the ombudsman''s office in Valencia, state of Carabobo, was the target of arson and looting by sympathizers of the ultra right wing opposition. Bolivian Senate President Accuses Venezuelan Opposition La Paz, May 2 (Prensa Latina) President of the Bolivian Chamber of Senators, Jose Alberto Gonzales, accused today the Venezuelan opposition force of persistently attacking the democratically elected Government of Nicolas Maduro. Buenos Aires Government, Teachers Unions Still at Odds Buenos Aires, May 2 (Prensa Latina) The government of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina''s largest and most populated, and the provincial teachers'' unions failed again today to settled a wage hike dispute. The educators ratified a march of protest by mid May. Venezuela Wins Lawsuit in US against Oil Company Caracas, May 2 (Prensa Latina) The US Supreme Court of Justice voted in favor of Venezuela in a demand imposed by US oil company Helmerich & Payne, which was accusing Venezuela of illegal expropriation on 11 drilling towers. CELAC Begins Meeting on Venezuelan Situation San Salvador, May 2 (Prensa Latina) President Salvador Sánchez Cerán requested today respect and openness to find a solution with the help of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to the crisis generated by the right-wing in Venezuela. Constituent Assembly will Enhance Democracy in Venezuela: Elias Jaua Caracas, May 2 (Prensa Latina) The Constituent National Assembly is the ideal mechanism to solve differences in Venezuela, strengthen democracvy and neutralize violence as political tool, affirmed today Bolivarian leader Elias Jaua. Argentinean Youngsters Create Chess for Blind with 3D Printer Buenos Aires, May 2 (Prensa Latina) A group of youngsters from the Argentinean province of Cordoba created a chess for blind with the support of a 3D printer. Venezuela Expresses Alarm over Statements by HR Commissioner Geneva, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan ambassador to UN in Geneva, Jorge Valero, has expressed his alarm over statements issued by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra''ad Al Hussein, which he considered biased. Maduro Summons Opposition Leaders to Explain Constitutional Process Caracas, May 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has summoned a meeting with opposition leaders to show them the process of the National Constitutional Assembly he called to preserve the country''s peace. Mothers of Plaza de Mayo Celebrate 40 Years of their First Round Buenos Aires, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo are celebrating today four decades of their first round in the struggle to recover their missing children during Argentinean military dictatorship (1976-1983). Evo Morales to March with Bolivian People on May Day La Paz, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales will march on May 1 along with the trade unions of the Bolivian department of Santa Cruz, after participating in the main event in the Government Palace in that city. Uruguayan Senator Condemns Almagro, OAS Actions Against Venezuela Montevideo, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan Senator Leonardo De León, from Broad Front, has condemned actions carried out by OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro against Venezuela and highlighted the peace-looking approach of the Venezuelan Government in the national and regional political context. Cuban Ambassador Welcomes Peruvian Parliamentarian Lima, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s ambassador to Peru, Sergio González, received a visit from Congressman Humberto Morales member of Peru''s Frente Amplio to discuss issues of common interest, diplomatic sources informed today. Maduro Warns of Violent Face of Ultra Right Wing in Venezuela Caracas, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro asserted that in the next few hours he will reveal the violent face of the Democratic Unity Table (MUD) and the ultra-right, so that you will be aware of the truth of what is happening in Venezuela. Disenchantment with Coup Lie Activates General Strike in Brazil: CUT Brasilia, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) Beyond the contested pension and labor reforms, disillusionment with the coup lie also fuels today''s general strike, branded as the largest in Brazil''s history, according to the country''s trade union leaders. Venezuela's Withdrawal from OAS Claims Bolivarian Ideals Caracas, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s withdrawal from the OAS claims the Bolivarian ideals of sovereignty and independence, established in the 1999 Constitution, constitutional lawyer Hermann Escarra said here during an interview broadcast by the Venezolana de Television channel. Ecuador's Group in Power to attend National Convention May 1 Quito, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) Officialist Movement Alianza Pais, which retained power for the next four years in recent elections, prepares its next National Convention scheduled for May 1, International Workers'' Day. 'Disarmament of FARC-EP will Conclude in a Month,' Says Santos Bogota, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said today that in a month, the FARC-EP should be disarmed, while praising that the Congress passed the law for the incorporation of that organization into the political life. Evo Discusses Production Contracts Law with Bolivian Miners La Paz, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales and representatives of the National Federation of Mining Cooperatives (Fencomin) discussed today the adjustments to the Law 845, for production contracts, issued in October. Venezuela Breaks Monroe Doctrine Chains Caracas, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said today that her country broke the chains of the Monroe doctrine, the US theory that suggests that America is for the United States. Paraguay Readies Shelters for Street People Due to Cold Weather Asuncion, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) The National Emergency Secretariat (SEN) has activated its winter operation for the Paraguayans homeless by enabling shelters to protect them, due to the current low temperatures. Peace Bills Advance in Colombian Congress Bogota, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) With the approval of the legislative act for the political reinstatement of the FARC-EP, the Colombian Congress is now proceeding with the rules for implementing the historic peace agreement signed at the end of 2016. Venezuelans Back Decision to Leave OAS Caracas, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) The Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, supported actions taken by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to begin the process of withdrawal of this South American nation from the OAS. Venezuela Denounces OAS Secretary General's Meddling Caracas, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela has denounced what it considers meddling actions by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Uruguayan diplomat Luis Almagro, against sovereign principles of the bloc''s member nations. ALBA Secretary Warns about US Expansionist Policy La Paz, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) The general-secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas (ALBA), David Choquehuanca, said today that the countries with natural resources were in danger of being intervened by the United States. Venezuelan Government Officials and Youths March for Peace Caracas, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) Organized people is the antidote to stop actions by the Venezuelan right, said today the first vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, during the march organized by bolivarian youths. UN Concerned over Assassination of Social Leader in Brazil Brasilia, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of the United Nations has voiced today grave concern over the assassination of regional leader of the Movement of Landless Rural Workers from Brazil (MST), Silvino Nunes Gouveia who was riddled with bullets at his house on Sunday. Venezuela on the Verge of Quitting the OAS Caracas, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro gave instructions to Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez to begin the process of Venezuela''s withdrawal from the Organization of American States (OAS) as a result of arbitrary decisions made by its leadership. Brazil Post Office Starts National Strike Brasilia, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) Postal workers in Brazil will begin a national strike today to protest against the reforms carried out by the government of Michel Temer and the threat of privatization of this old institution. Colombian Guerrilla Denounces Failures and Paramilitary Siege Bogotá, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) Colombian guerrilla commander Carlos Antonio Lozada warned of failures in the implementation of the peace pact and denounced that paramilitary groups are persecuting and murdering relatives of members of the Colombian insurgent movement now in full disarmament. President Santos Supervises Reconstruction of Areas Hit by Landslides Bogota, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is currently supervising the restoration work in the city of Manizales, capital of Caldas, devastated by landslides that killed 17 people and left hundreds of people homeless. CELAC FMs Summoned to Discuss Venezuela San Salvador, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) El Salvador convened today an extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) for next week to analyze the current situation in Venezuela. Chilean Public Poll Shows People's Preference for President Bachelet Santiago de Chile, Apr 26 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has maintained 25 percent of approval for 12 consecutive weeks, according to the weekly poll by Plaza Publica Cadem. Venezuelan Right Accused of Coup Attempt Caracas, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) The Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, accused today the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) of attempting a coup against President Nicolas Maduro in a cowardly and continuous manner. Colombian President: Avalanches Left 328 Dead and 69 Missing in Mocoa Bogota, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos stated today that the avalanches earlier this month left 328 dead in Mocoa, including more than 100 minors and 69 missing others. Venezuela Begins Legal Arbitration in Mercosur Montevideo, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela announced today the beginning of a legal process in the Common Market of the South (Mercosur), following the conclusion of all mechanisms for political dialogue in the direct negotiations with the rest of country members of the bloc. Argentinean Senate Declares Emergency in Flooded Areas Buenos Aires, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) The Argentinean Senate passed the declaration of emergency for several provinces strongly affected by heavy rains in the past weeks, with 58 votes in favor, giving unanimous support to an initiative that will be sent to the Chamber of Deputies. Bolivian Vice President Highlights Government Achievements La Paz, April 25 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera has today stated that President Evo Morales, in 11 years in office, has made dreams come true for many Bolivians who had been forgotten by previous governments. Venezuelans United will Overcome Violence, Says Minister Caracas, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Municipalities and Social Movements Aristóbulo Isturiz urged today to unity and popular mobilization to ''defeat the tendency for violence and the interventionist attitude of the right in Venezuela.'' Cuba and Colombia Hold Migration Talks Havana, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Colombia are holding today and tomorrow in this capital the 3rd Bilateral Round of Migration Talks, with the aim of progressing the negotiation of a Memorandum on this matter. Spanish Government President Officially Visit Uruguay Montevideo, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Spanish Prime Minister Mariano begins a two-day official visit to Uruguay, where he will meet a wide agenda of meetings with the country''s top authorities and the business sector, as the one he concluded today in Brazil. Bolivia to Hold Presidency of 2nd Forum of Ancient Civilizations La Paz, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will assume the presidency of the 2nd Forum of Ancient Civilizations in 2018 after its First edition was held in Athens, announced the Bolivian Foreign Ministry on Twitter. Amnesties and Pardons for FARC-EP in Hands of Colombian Judges Bogota, April 24 (Prensa Latina) The execution judges settled in Bogota must reply today to some 1,200 applications for amnesties and pardons for FARC-EP guerrillas under the present peace agreement. Chilean Court Denies Release of 9 Arrested Bolivian Officials La Paz, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean Supreme Court has rejected today the constitutional appeal filed by the defense of the nine Bolivian police and customs officers arrested a month ago in that country, asking for their release. General Motors Not Expropiated in Venezuela Caracas, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) Labor and Social Security Minister Francisco Torrealba asserted today that those who accuse Venezuela''s Government of confiscating the properties of the General Motors (GM) company are lying. The Coup Ghost Continues Wandering Around Brazil, Dilma Rousseff Mexico, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) The ghost of the coup continues wandering around Brazil, said former president Dilma Rousseff, who warned that reactionary forces could try to prevent an election victory of former president Inacio Lula da Silva. Ecuador Hosts Meeting of Ibero-American Justice Ministers Quito, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of 21 countries have began today the 20th Plenary Assembly of the Conference of Ministers of Justice of the Ibero-American Countries (COMIJIB) to discuss issues of interest in judicial and penitentiary matters. Hearing in Panama for Extradition of Culprit in EP Petroecuador Quito, 24 (Prensa Latina) The hearing for evaluation of the request of extradition against Arturo Pinzon, sentenced in the corruption case Petroecuador, will be held on May 3 in Panama, according to the Ecuadorian Attorney General''s Office. Bolivian President Deplores Increase of the US Military Expenditure La Paz, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President deplored today the US Government decision to increase in more than $54 billion USD the budget for the arms race. Chile Postpones Decision on Detained Bolivian Officials La Paz, April 22 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean Supreme Court has decided to postpone until Monday, April 24, the ruling on the appeal for constitutional protection to release nine Bolivian officials. President-elect of Ecuador Receives Support From Social Organizations Quito, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador''s President-elect Lenin Moreno now has the support of a new front, the Pact of Unity of Peoples, Nationalities, Social Organizations and Workers. Gangs Hired by the Right-wing Attack Hospital in Venezuela Caracas, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, said today that armed gangs hired by the opposition attacked the mother and child hospital Hugo Chávez, located in El Valle neighborhood in this capital. Ecuador Begins Granting Credentials to Elected Assembly Members Quito, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian National Electoral Council (CNE) has begun the process to grant credential to the elected provincial assembly members, after the general elections held on February 19. Unasur Ratifies Transparency of Ecuador's Vote Recount Quito, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) International observers from the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) have ratified the transparency of the vote recount following the second round of the recently held presidential elections in Ecuador. FARC-EP: There Are Lot of Things to Do in Sites for Guerrillas Bogota, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP commander, Ivan Marquez, has said today that there are a lot of things to do to prepare the zones and transitional points where that guerrilla, the largest group in Colombia, should put down the weapons in their possession. A Member of the Bolivarian National Guard Is Killed Caracas, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) A sergeant from the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) was killed and a colonel was shot and wounded as a result of the violence generated by ultra-right groups in Venezuela, encouraged by Venezuelan ultra-right parties. Venezuelans Left Clear Support for the Government By Luis Beaton Dilma Rousseff Denies Illegal Payments Use in Electoral Campaign Brasilia, April 19 (Prensa Latina) Brazil''s removed constitutional President, Dilma Rousseff, confirmed that she had never authorized the use of the so-called ''B-Box'', unreported and undeclared financial resources, during her electoral campaign. Venezuelan President Iterates Call to Political Dialogue for Peace Caracas, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reiterated today the Bolivarian Government''s willingness to establish a negotiation table with opposition organizations, with the purpose of guaranteeing peace and economic development in the country. Bolivia to Hold International Forum on Alternative Ports La Paz, April 19 (Prensa Latina) The President of the National Chamber of Commerce (CNC), Marco Antonio Salinas, announced the International Forum on Alternative Ports for Bolivian Foreign Trade, in order to seek alternatives to the export of goods by sea. Guyana Highlights 2017 Gold Production Georgetown, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Guyana extracted 4.62 tons of gold during the first quarter of this year, Labor Minister Raphael Trotman said. Chile Conducts National Census Today, Declares Holiday Santiago de Chile, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Starting at nine o''clock this morning, 583,000 pollsters will visit Chilean homes to find out about its population and other data, in the so-called National Short Census. Armed Coup Group Arrested in Venezuela Caracas, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has revealed the detention in this capital of a violent armed group, which planned to cause chaos and violence in the popular march convened today by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). Maduro Denounces US Support for Coup Plot in Venezuela Caracas, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro denounced that the alleged coup against the Bolivarian government of Venezuela responds to a script designed in the offices of the US Department of State. Ecuador: Importance of Vote Recount Praised Quito, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Recounting more than a million votes at the General Rumiñahui Colisseum Tuesday seeks to guarantee people''s respect, said the president of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador (NEC), Juan Pablo Pozo. Ecuador's Electoral Dispute Tribunal Rejects Opposition Appeal Quito, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The Electoral Dispute Tribunal in Ecuador has rejected the appeal by the opposition CREO-SUMA, which has persisted in ignoring the results of recounting votes during the presidential elections'' runoff. CNE Recounts 11.2 % of Ballotage Votes in Ecuador Quito, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Officials of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador (CNE) will now recount 11.2 percent of the votes cast in the second round of elections held in this South American country on April 2. Evo Morales Maintains Leadership, Survey Says La Paz, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) More than one decade after his inauguration, Bolivian President Evo Morales has maintained his leadership, with 49 percent approval against 33 from opposition sectors, a survey shows. Venezuelan Labor Leader Rules Out National Strike Caracas, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan right has no strength in the workers'' sector to call for a national strike, said today Wills Rangel, president of the Bolivarian Socialist Workers'' Union (CBST). Communist Party of Chile Gain Growing Support Santiago, Chile, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) The Communist Party (PC) of Chile has celebrated the growing national support obtained in the re-registration campaign, in which it collected more than 67,000 signatures. Lenin Moreno, Elected at the Polls and Ratified after Vote Recounting Por Sinay Céspedes Moreno*Quito (Prensa Latina) Lenin Moreno, from the ruling Alianza PAIS Movement, is the president-elect of Ecuador after winning the majority of votes, and after more than 300,000 ballots were recounted. Venezuela Will Always Fight for Peace, says Vice President Caracas, April 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan former Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said today that the people will always be striving for maintaining peace to guarantee Venezuela´s economic and social development foundations established by the Bolivarian Revolution. Pope Francis Calls for Divine Support for Good Seekers in Lat Am Rome, April 16 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis has called today on the divine power to support those striving to guarantee the common good in Latin America, sometimes marked by political and social tensions that, in some cases, lead to violence, he said. Vietnam Congratulates Lenin Moreno for Election Victory Hanoi, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam congratulated Lenin Moreno for his recent victory in Ecuador''s presidential elections, in which he won 51.46 percent of votes, it was reported here today. Organizations demand to Resume Search of Missing By Mocoa Mudslides Bogota, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) After almost two weeks of mudslides in Putumayo, organizations in that department demand the government today to continue searching for the missing, in order to find the bodies of all the victims and give them a decent burial. Ecuador's President Supports Random Review of Ballot Papers Quito, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa supported a proposal by Guayaquil Mayor Jaime Nebot for a random review of ballot papers for the second round of presidential elections held on April 2, but under conditions. Two Dead and One Wounded in Venezuela Violent Protests Caracas, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) A 13-year-old adolescent and a 36-year-old man lost their lives as a result of gunshot wounds, and another was injured amid violent incidents encouraged by ultra-right groups in Venezuela''s Lara state. LatAm Students to Pay Tribute to Che Guevara Havana, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The Continental Latin American and Caribbean Students Organization (Oclae) will reissue the caravan that in 1997 transferred to Cuba the remains of Commander Ernesto Che Guevara and a group of his comrades, reported a local newspaper. Correa: Opposition Seeks to Avoid Continuity of the Revolution Quito, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa warned today that the opposition, aware of its defeat at polls, only seeks to prevent the continuity of the citizens revolution. The Challenges of the Left in Latin America Por Orlando Oramas León*Mexico (Prensa Latina) A left-wing president in Mexico would not be good for the United States or even for Mexico, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said recently in Washington. UN Dag Halvor Nylander Visits Caracas,Guyana for Border Talks United Nations,Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The Personal Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Esequibo Border Controversy between Guyana and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr. Dag Halvor Nylander, will visit Caracas and Georgetown until Thursday for the first time to hold high-level meetings with national authorities on the way forward in the Good Offices Process. Venezuelan Ombudsman Calls to Prevent Violence, Respect Constitution Caracas, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Ombudsman Tarek William Saab called on the leaders of opposition organizations in Venezuela to respect the Constitution of the Republic to contribute to the country''s stability. Chile's Center-Left Is in a Labyrinth Before the Elections Por Fausto TrianaSantiago, Chile, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Seven months before the elections, Chile''s center-left is in a labyrinth after the resignation of former President Ricardo Lagos and the Christian Democrats'' threat to leave the primaries. American Jurists Transparency of Elections in Ecuador Quito, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The American Association of Jurists (AAJ) have today acknowledged Ecuador''s government and institutions for the transparency of recent presidential elections and congratulated winner Lenin Moreno. Argentine Teachers Strike Again Buenos Aires, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Argentine teachers of the Education Workers Union (Ctera, in Spanish) are striking again today for the repudiation of the police aggression they suffered. Political Map of Chile Adds new Presidential Pre-candidate By Fausto Triana Bolivarian Armed Forces to Guarantee Peace in Venezuela Caracas, April 10 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Defense Minister Gen. Vladimir Padrino today said that the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) will guarantee the peace and happiness of all Venezuelan nationals, he live-twittered. UN Secretary General Congratulates Ecuadorian President Elect United Nations, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has congratulated Ecuadorian president-elect Lenin Moreno, and wished him a success in his executive mandate. Ecuadorian Ambassador Highlights inCuba Importance of Integration Havana, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) Humanism and solidarity are the cornerstone of fraternal relations between Latin American and Caribbean peoples, said Ecuador''s ambassador to Cuba, Fabian Solano. Colombian Attorney's Office to Begin Investigation of Mocoa Tragedy Bogota, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian prosecutor''s office will begin an investigation into the tragedy of Mocoa, which has caused at least 315 deaths, in order to clarify the actions of officials in charge of protecting the population, Caracol Radio confirmed today. El Salvador Calls for Dialogue in Venezuela at ALBA Meeting San Salvador, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez will ratify today the Salvadoran position of support for dialogue in order to seek political consensus in Venezuela, during a meeting of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). Colombia Triples Average Global Homicide Rate Bogota, April 10 (Prensa Latina) Colombia continues to be one of the most violent countries in the world, with a homicide rate that today triples the average global average, despite advances to conclude the peace process in the country. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rejects Interference by Foreign Governmen Caracas, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez today called on several Latin American right-wing governments not to ''get involved in the internal affairs of Bolivar''s homeland'' and stop promoting foreign intervention in this South American nation. Bolivia Condemns US Southern Command Statements on Venezuela La Paz, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed resounding condemnation and rejection for the interfering statements made by admiral Kurt W. Tidd, leader of US Southern Command, about Venezuela, seeking to justify actions to destabilize the region. Bolivia:Chemical Weapons in Syria, is Only an Excuse for Aggression La Paz, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales today considered that the United States used the excuse of chemical weapons in Syria for military intervention. Venezuela Urges Solidarity Actions to Halt Coup Caracas, April 7 (Prensa Latina) The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) called on the international community to undertake urgent actions of solidarity with Bolivar''s homeland and to avoid any act of interference that puts at stake the independence and sovereignty. Ecuador Readies for Macro Business Round 2017 Quito, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador readies to host the 6th Macro Business Round that will gather local exporters and foreign investors next June 6 and 7. Plans for Coup against Venezuelan Gov't Detailed Caracas, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) Details of a coup plot that includes street violence and attacks on military units, in order to create a scenario conducive to foreign military intervention, were unveiled here by Bolivarian leader Diosdado Cabello. Legislative General Elections in Argentina summoned in October Buenos Aires, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) The Argentinean government announced that primary legislative elections will be held on August 13, followed two months later on October 22 by general elections. People of Venezuela March to Defend Bolivarian Constitution Caracas, April 6 (Prensa Latina) Members of non-governmental organizations and social movements march in this capital today to demonstrate against the interference policies of the international right-wing and show their readiness to defend the Constitution and peace of Venezuela. Social Effervescence Echoes in Argentina, Labor Unions at Strike Buenos Aires, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) Argentina woke up today with a strike by almost all sectors called by the labor union CGT (General Labor Confederation), in a call to the Government to end the implemented economic policies. Diosdado Cabello: OAS Signs its Death Certificate in Venezuela Caracas, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The OAS signed its death certificate, assured here the first vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, after the regional body did not recognize Bolivia as the pro tempore presidency of the Permanent Council. Opposition Tries to Hinder Political Dialogue in Paraguay Asunción, April 25 (Prensa Latina) The beginning of a dialogue to solve the political crisis in Paraguay summoned by President Horacio Cartes is set for today in this capital, although sectors of opposition could hinder it. Bolivia to Denounce in Global Forums Institutional Coup in OAS La Paz, April 4 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s ambassador to the OAS, Diego Pary, announced the determination to denounce in international forums the institutional coup to the presidency of his country in the Permanent Council of the hemispheric body. Search of Missing Persons among Debris in Mocoa, Colombia, Continues Bogotá, April 4 (Prensa Latina) Survivors of one of the worst humanitarian tragedies in Colombia, Mocoa residents woke up again today in the mud and debris left by the avalanches, where they are still searching for missing relatives. Venezuelans Protest OAS Interference Caracas, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of militants from the United Socialist Party of Venezuela are leading a march today to reject OAS interference in the internal affairs of the South American nation and to support President Nicolás Maduro''s administration. Venezuela Gives New Steps to Improve Economic Model Caracas, Apr 4 (PL) The Secretary of Foreign Trade and International Investment, Jesus Faría, announced that the Government of Venezuela will give new steps to accelerate the transit to a socialist economy. Suitability of Staying in OAS Analyzed in Venezuela Caracas, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Political and academic circles are focusing today on analyzing the suitability of Venezuela staying as a member of the Organization of American States (OAS), due to that forum''s attacks on the Bolivarian Revolution. Argentineans Prepare their Pockets as Gov't Plans Higher Gas Tariffs Buenos Aires, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean minister of Energy and Mining, Juan Jose Aranguren, announced today gas tariffs will go up between 30 or 40 percent. Venezuelan Sectors Insist in the Dialogue before Right-wing Assault Caracas, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan sectors are insisting on dialogue as an alternative to the confrontation that seems to favor groups opposed to the government of constitutional president Nicolás Maduro. Tense Day in Argentina, Labor Federations in General March Buenos Aires, March 30 (Prensa Latina) In a March that is almost over, marked here by strikes and protests, Argentina is experiencing a new day of mobilization with a general march convened by the labor federations CTA and Autonomous CTA. Public Transportation Drivers in Argentina to Join CGT Strike Buenos Aires, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Public Service drivers, including metro conductors, joined the strike the Confederacion General del Trabajo (CGT) has convened for April 6 in Argentina. Colombian Gov't Ratifies Negotiations with ELN Bogota, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) The head of the Colombian government negotiators in the talks with the ELN guerrilla, Juan Camilo Restrepo, said today that they will continue talks in Quito, Ecuador, with the purpose of achieving a stable and lasting peace for Colombia. Caracas People to Condemn OAS Interference in Venezuela Caracas, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of demonstrators participate here today in a march condemning the interventionist and interference policy of the Organization of American States (OAS) against the people and the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela. Minister of Defense Foresees to Visit Bolivians Imprisoned in Chile La Paz, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Minister of Defense, Reimy Ferreira, wants to move soon to Chile to visit nine Bolivian citizens imprisoned there, announced the viceminister of Institutional and Consular Management, Carmen Almedras. Argentine Intelligence Chief Denounces Espionage Once Again Buenos Aires, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) The Argentinean ex-chief of the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI) Oscar Parrilli once again denounced political espionage after the release of new private talks broadcast on the media over the weekend. Bolivia Condemns in Parlasur Chilean Chancellor´s Unfriendly Attitude Montevideo, March 27 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian lawmaker Eliana Berton denounced the unfriendly acts of Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz, who ordered the withdrawal of the flag from the Bolivian consulate in that country, as opposed to international standards. Evo Morales Increases in Popularity Despite Media War La Paz, March 27 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales´s popularity continues to rise despite the media war that is aimed at trying to malign his image, Minister of Communication Gisela Lopez said. Venezuela Requests Suspension of Extraordinary OAS Meeting Caracas, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has demanded today the suspension of the special OAS session, slated for tomorrow at the request of 18 countries, considering it a violation of the regional bloc statutes. Venezuela Will Defend Latin American Dignity at OAS By Luis Beaton Argentinian White Helmets Working for Recovery in Peruvian Trujillo Buenos Aires, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) A voluntary team from the White Helmet Commission, a body of the Argentinian Foreign Ministry, is currently working in Trujillo, a city that was considerably affected by a natural disaster that is hitting Peru. Venezuela Reiterates Commitment to Defend the Peoples of Mercosur Caracas, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ratified the commitment of Venezuela as a member of the South Common Market (Mercosur) to defend the rights of inclusion of the peoples forming this regional integrration process. Rockfall Kills Four People in Colombia Bogota, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) A rockfall caused by unstopping rains in Colombia reached a bus on the Bogota-Girardot route, causing the death of four people and wounds to seven in the locality of Puerto Araujo, department of Cundinamarca. Brazilian Workers Unions to Decide on New Strike Brasilia, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) Brazil''s seven biggest trade union confederations will define tomorrow the date for a new strike against the reforms the government of President Michel Temer has been enforcing; the labour action could even turn into a general strike. Colombian Gov't and FARC-EP Supervise Peace Pact Application Bogotá, Mar 25 (Prensa Latina) Government and Insurgent FARC-EP supervise as of today in Cartagena de Indias the steps to implement the definitive agreement between both parts, confirmed Sergio Jaramillo, High Commissioner of Peace for Colombia. 50 Years of Che's First Victorious Fight Celebrated in Bolivia By Pedro Rioseco La Paz, March 25 (Prensa Latina) The echo of the firing of the first victorious combat of the guerrilla of the commander Ernesto Che Guevara in Bolivia resounded last night, 50 years later, in the auditorium of the Central Bank during a massive act to remember that historical fact. Colombian Communists Propose National Democratic Project Bogota, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) The Communist Party of Colombia (PCC) proposed in the plenary that has just concluded, to initiate a national democratic project aimed at preserving the peace agreements reached by the government and the FARC-EP. Ecuador: Opposition Statements about Balloting Rejected Quito, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian National Electoral Council (CNE) rejected statements from opposition candidate to vicepresident Andres Paez, who commented that his organization CREO-SUMA will reveal results of the balloting before the closing of the electoral colleges, in failure to comply the electoral regulations. Argentina Marches for Victims of Last Military Dictatorship Buenos Aires, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Argentineans willgather today at Plaza de Mayo, a symbol of so many struggles, on occasion of the National Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice, to pay tribute to the victims of the last military dictatorship (1976-1983). Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay Confirmed for BioOceanic Train La Paz, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) Milton Claros, Minister of Public Works of Bolivia, announced that Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Uruguay have up to now confirmed their participation in the project for the Railroad BioOceanic Central Train Corridor. Parade for 138th Year of Lost Access to the Sea, Held by Bolivians La Paz, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia marked today the 138th year of the loss of the access to the sea with a civil-military parade at the plaza Abaroa, chaired by President Evo Morales and Bolivian authorities. Venezuela, South Africa Strengthen Collaboration Caracas, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela and South Africa are strengthening economic relations and have established new strategic alliances to develop mining in both countries. Containers Arrive from UN to Store Colombian Guerrilla Weapons Bogotá, Colombia, March 22 (Prensa Latina) The first UN containers have arrived at the Colombian department of La Guajira where FARC-EP guerrillas, in demobilization phase, will deposit their weapons, Caracol Radio confirmed today. Maduro Calls for Massive March against US Interference Caracas, March 22 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro called for a great popular mobilization for the next Sunday in defense of the homeland and to express rejection before the interfering pretensions of the United States, in collusion with right-wing opposition groups. Colombian Congress Will Seek to Boost Application of Peace Agreement Bogota, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) Sympathizers of the procedures to finalize the conflicto of Colombia will hold in April the Peace Congress in which ideas will be presented to boost the implementation of the pacts signed with the FARC-EP, confirmed today its organizers. Social and political sectors supporters of the pacifying process define the details of the national gathering conceived with the aim of creating alliances and sketch actions that support the carrying out of all that was agreed by both the Government and the guerrilla. Bolivia to be Provided with 500 Containers to Export Urea La Paz, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Next week, 500 containers will be sent to the ammonia plant in Bulo Bulo, in Cochabamba, to export urea to Brazil and Argentina, said a communique issued by the Bolivian Public Oilfields (YPFB). Danger of Rains and Floods in Colombia Bogota, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Due to the increase of the rains 28 percent of the Colombians might turn out to be harmed by floods and more than 31 for avalanches, warned today the Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environmental Studies (Ideam). South American Countries, Germany Begin Talks on Bioceanic Train La Paz, March 21 (Prensa Latina) Official representatives of Brazil, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia, as well as Germany, began talks here today on the feasibility study the push forward the multinational project of the Central Bioceanic Railway Corridor. Bolivia Files Formal Reply to Chile at The Hague amid New Tensions La Paz, March 21 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia filed in today at the International Court of Justice in The Hague its reply to Chile in the case over its claim to have a sea outlet, in an environment warmed by the kidnapping of nine citizens of this country, at the hands of Chilean Carabiniers. Bolivia Committed to Claim Sea Outlet The Hague, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni highlighted today the strength and commitment of the international legal team of Bolivia in the maritime demand that will be presented tomorrow at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Chile. Venezuela Creates Web page Against OAS Secretary General Caracas, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan social movements have created a website in which a document can be signed in rejection to the actions that the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, is promoting today against this country. Argentine Teachers Continue on Strike Buenos Aires, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) The teachers'' conflict in the Argentine province of Buenos Aires, the country''s largest, is sharpened today with new teachers'' protests, while authorities and union leaders are still at odds and the classrooms continue empty. MERCOSUR Meets in Uruguay to Address Demand from Venezuela Montevideo, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) The third meeting of direct negotiations between the States Parties of the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) is taking place today in this capital to continue the demand for the activation of the Protocol of Olives presented by Venezuela. OAS Will Fail in its Attack against Venezuela Caracas, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan former Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Roy Charderton, said today that OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, will fail to impose the Democratic Charter on this South American nation. Cuba Offers Colombia 1,000 Scholarships to Study Medicine Bogota, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuban ambassador to Colombia, Jose Luis Ponce, has informed that his country will grant the Colombian government and the FARC-EP a fund of 1,000 scholarships to study medicine in the island in the coming five years. OAS Secretary Charged with Leading Venezuela's Right Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Delcy Rodriguez, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister, has accused the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro of leading the most extremist sectors of the Venezuelan right-wing to hamper the democratic stability of Venezuela. Brazil Lives National Mobilization Day against Temer Reforms Brasilia, March 15 (Prensa Latina) Brazil will live today a National Day of Mobilization and Paralysis against the proposed labor and social security reforms by which popular movements and central trade unions describe as Michel Temer''s ''illegitimate government.'' Strengthening National Identities Is Necessary, Spanish Expert Says By Claudia Dupeiron Garcia Venezuela Rejects OAS Intervention Report Caracas, March 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro repudiated the report on the nation presented by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, that ''ignores the institutional processes and principles of the organization.'' Andean Parliament to Analyze Antidrug Fight in Peruvian Meetin Lima, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The struggle against the drug traffcking will be the central point of the discussions at the 49 Ordinary SEssion Period of the Andean Parliament in Lime, Peru, from March 22 to 24. Brasilian Former President Lula Denounces Being Victim of Massacre Brasilia, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva denounced today that he was a victim of a (judicial) massacre and denied any participation in a supposed attempt of hindering the investigations in the anti-corruption operation Lava Jato. Ecuador: Ruling Alianza Pais Candidate Favors Presidential Debate Quito, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) The candidate for Ecuador''s ruling ''Alianza País'' movement, Lenin Moreno, has agreed to participate in a Presidential Debate proposed by the Teachers'' Network. Intense Diplomatic Activity in Pacific Dialogue in Chile By Fausto Triana Meeting in Viña del Mar Strives for Furthering Free Trade Viña del Mar, Chile, March 14 (Prensa Latina) The meeting, that will be held by ministers and representatives of 15 nations Tuesday and Wednesday, will seek to foster free trade and to stop the global protectionist trends. Colombian Senator Warns on Delay in Readying Area for Guerrillas Bogota, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) Colombian Senator Ivan Cepeda warned today about delays in the construction works for infrastructure and lack of drinkable water in one of the provisional areas where the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP) will lay down their arms. Bolivian Maritime Lawsuit Represents Justice and Truth, Says Evo La Paz, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales described today as fair and true the lawsuit by this country to recover its access to the Pacific Ocean, snatched by Chile after an attack in 1879. A Million Teachers on Strike in Brazil Against Temer Reforms Brasilia, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) About one million professors and public education professionals in Brazil will start tomorroa a 10-dsay strike against the reform of social security promoted by President Michel Temer. Colombian Senate to Final Debate on Transitional Justice Bogota, March 13 (Prensa Latina) Colombian senators resume today the analysis of the legislative project that will give life to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), considered the backbone of the agreement between the government and FARC-EP insurgents. Pope Francis will bring Colombia a Message of Reconcilliation Bogotá, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) Monsignor Fabio Suescun assured today that in his pastoral visit to Colombia, pope Francis will convey a message of reconcilliation, opportunity when he will speak both to victims of the long conflicto as toi some of its actors or responsibles. Colombian Guerrilla Ready to Comply with Disarmament Plan Bogota, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP commander, Carlos Lozada, said today the guerrillas are ready to comply with the disarmament plan, which would end in May, despite delays in the prepararation of transitional points and zones. Campaign for Second Round of Presidential Elections in Ecuador Begins Quito, March 10 (Prensa Latina) The two candidates for the presidency of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno and Guillermo Lasso, begin today the electoral campaign that will allow them to attract votes in the face of the second round of elections, scheduled for April 2. Venezuelan People Ready to Resist, Says Ambassador Chaderton Caracas, March 10 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan people is prepared to face and resist any scenario of aggression, the Venezuelan former ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), Roy Chaderton said today. USA Is Denounced for Financing Subversive Actions against Venezuela Caracas, March 9 (Prensa Latina) Vice President of the United Socialist Party (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, denounced the use of one million 611 thousand dollars to undertake destabilizing actions in Venezuela during 2016, from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Inscriptions for Next Year's Elections Start in Colombia Bogota, Mar 9 (Prensa Latina) Inscription of voters for next year''s elections will begin next Saturday in Colombia in order to update the polling stations for citizens, according to their place of residence. By presenting their identification in order, the place of residence to cast their vote will be established, the same will occur in embassies and consulates abroad. Venezuela Rejects Brazilian Foreign Minister's Interference Caracas, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, has rejected recent interfering statements by Brazilian Foreign Minister, Aloysio Nunes, in a message broadcast on her Twitter account. Venezuela Closes First Renewal Stage of Political Parties Caracas, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) The first day of political party renewal was successful in Venezuela, after all the technical parameters for this process were met, reported sources from the National Electoral Council (CNE) today. Argentina to Open University Chairs on Fidel Castro's Legacy Buenos Aires, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) Two University Departments, one in Buenos Aires and another one in Cordoba will deepen in the thoughts and legacy of historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro when they are inaugurated on March 9 and 10. Ecuador Rebuffs US Slanted and Unilateral Reports Quito, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian government has strongly rebuffed two slanted, unlawful, unilateral and disrespect reports recently issued by the United States on drug and human rights control. Alvaro Garcia Says ALBA is the Best Response to the Walls La Paz, March 6 (Prensa Latina) Regional integration, promoted by the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), is the best response to the walls, the Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera. Special Moment for Peace, Despite Setbacks: Says Colombian Government Bogota, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) High Commissioner for Peace, Sergio Jaramillo, has said today that despite any setback his country is living a special moment, materializing what has been agreed with so much difficulty between the government and the FARC-EP. Colombian Guerrilla Ratifies Will to Comply with Disarmament Bogota, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) Guerrilla commander Ivan Marquez repeated on Sunday that the FARC-EP''s will to comply with disarmament, but insisted that the Colombian government should honor the commitments reached in the recent peace agreement. ALBA-TCP Summit Opens in Caracas in Honor of Hugo Chavez Caracas, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) With the presence of presidents, prime ministers and guests from several countries, the 14th ALBA-TCP Summit opened in Caracas today, paying tribute to the revolutionary leader Hugo Chavez. A Week of Tribute to Hugo Chavez at the Headquarter of the Mountain Caracas, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) The Headquarter of the Mountain, close to Caracas, will hold starting today a week of tribute to Hugo Chavez, the leader of the Bolivian Revolution. Exhibitions, presentations, talks and workshops make up the program of remembrance. Chavez, an Infinite and Renewing Figure By Luis Beatón Caracas, March 4 (Prensa Latina) Four years after his death, Bolivarian leader Hugo Chavez is steadily consolidating himself as an infinite figure and in constant renewal to continue to command the struggle of the Venezuelan people. Colombia Prepares National Congress of Peace Bogotá, Mar 4 (Prensa Latina) Defenders of procedures to end the Colombian conflict, will celebrate in April the Congress of Peace in which ideas to boost implementation of the documents signed with the FARC-EP, confirmed its organizers. ALBA Summit: Recover Now the Progressive Initiative (I) By Pedro Rioseco y Claudia Luperón La Paz, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) The importance of the Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA in Spanish) about to start in Caracas, Venezuela, is to recover the progressive initiative now as an urgent need in the present international context. Ecuador: Granting Government to Ex Banker Lasso Endangers the Nation Quito, March 3 (Prensa Latina) Delivering the government of Ecuador to Guillermo Lasso, linked to the bank holiday of 1999, which forced millions into exile, endangers the nation, Alex Flores, president of the Federation of Returned Migrants, said today. Colombia Thanks Cuba for Supporting Peace Process Bogota, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) Colombians in solidarity with Cuba will be traveling the island next Saturday to thank Cuban support for the peace talks with the FARC-EP and the ElN, according to coordinators. Parliamentary Group Rejects US Resolution against Venezuela Caracas, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s Homeland Parliamentary Bloc today rejected the resolution adopted by the United States Senate expressing ''deep concern at the situation in Venezuela'', after considering it unfounded and interventionist. Bolivia: El Alto Marks Anniversary with New Line of Cable Railway La Paz, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) The city of El Alto, the youngest in Bolivia, will mark today its 32nd anniversary with the inauguration of several works, among them the blue line of the Cable railway. Historic Day Due to FARC-EP Disarmament, Colombian President Says Bogota, March 1 (Prensa Latina) President Juan Manuel Santos said today that Colombia is experiencing a historic day because of the beginning of the disarmament of the FARC-EP, the country''s largest guerrilla, as a result of a peace agreement signed three months ago in this capital. Ecuador's Ruling Party Presidential Candidate Confident on Winning Quito, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) The candidate to the presidency of Ecuador by the ruling Alianza PAIS Movement, Lenin Moreno, has ratified confidence in which he will win again and with double vote during the April 2 elections. Disarmament of Colombian Guerrilla to Start Today Bogota, March 1 (Prensa Latina) Sergio Jaramillo, High Commissioner for Peace in Colombia, confirmed that disarmament of FARC-EP will start today at transition sites and points where some 7,000 members of the guerrilla remain. Venezuelan Media Highlights FM Denunciation at UN Caracas, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Media has highlighted today the speech made by Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, at the United Nations Human Rights Council, before which she denounced the continued aggression by the international right against Venezuela. Colombian Vice-president Announces His Resignation Bogota, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Colombian Vice President Germán Vargas Llera today sent a public invitation calling to render account, in a step which local news reports interpret as his final departure from office to start the electoral campaign. Argentine Women Ready for a Big Strike on March 8 Buenos Aires, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Argentine women will raise their voices here next March 8 in a strike and a demonstration that is expected to be multitudinous, backed by all trade union centers, social organizations, housewives and representation of all Ages. FARC-EP, Gov't, UN Profile Steps to Comply with Guerrilla Disarmament Bogota, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the FARC-EP, the Colombian government and the United Nations (UN) observer mission will outline today the agenda to comply with the guerrilla''s disarmament plan, media confirmed. Venezuelan Government Insists on Extended Dialogue Caracas, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan government will insist this week on an inclusive and plural dialogue with the incorporation of different religious societies and the media. Evo Morales Calls for Prioritized Programs to Handle Climatic Change La Paz Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) President of Bolivia Evo Morales urged today mayors to prioritize water and irrigation plans to handle the challenges caused by the climatic change. Joy for New Homes in Venezuela By Luis Beaton Colombia: De-escalation of Conflict Between Gov't and ELN Proposed Bogota, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) Colombian congressmen have proposed that the government and the insurgent ELN progressively reduce the intensity of the long conflict between the two parties until a bilateral cease-fire is achieved, La FM radio station highlighted today. Volunteer Brigades to Assist the Colombian Guerrillas By Adalys Pilar Mireles ALADI Proposal for Integration Accord Is Supported Montevideo, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The Committee of Representatives for the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) expressed its support to the proposal by the secretary-general of the organization, Carlos Alvarez, of working for a Latin American Comprehensive Economic-Trade Agreement. Positive Dialogue with ELN Advances, Says Colombian Government Bogota, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) The head of the Colombian government delegation in the peace dialogues with the ELN guerrilla, Juan Camilo Restrepo, said today that they are advancing positively in the first steps of the negotiation, which will take place in two parallel tables. Evo Admires Cuban People for Stopping Interference from the Empire La Paz, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has expressed his admiration for the Cuban people today after stoping the interference of the empire and thwarting a planned provocation by right-wing organizations of the region. Ecuador: Moreno Ratifies Commitment to Prevent a Return to the Past Quito, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) Lenin Moreno, one of two candidates for the presidency of Ecuador who will go to second round in April, ratified the commitment to prevent the return of this South American country to the past at the polls. Peruvian President to Meet Trump at the White House Lima, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, will travel today to the United States for a meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump at the White House. World Rallies to Face Media Campaigns vs. Venezuela Caracas, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity has convened a worldwide mobilization in support of the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, facing the constant attacks orchestrated by the right and media at its service. Correa Asks to Count until the Last Vote before Enacting Second Round Quito, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa called for a total count of votes before announcing a second round between the ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno and conservative opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso. Colombia Strives to Overcome Crisis in La Guajira Bogota, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The National Government will manage the resources for the promotion of health services, education and water supply in La Guajira. Ecuador: Electoral Results Still Pending Quito, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Vote counting in Ecuador continues today aimed at determining if Lenin Moreno will reach the required score to be the winner of the presidential elections or an electoral run-off will be necessary. Bolivia's Replication to Chile Is Based on the Truth, Arce Says La Paz, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Justice and Transparency Minister Hector Arce said today that the maritime replication to Chile proves with historic documents this country''s right to recover its sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean. Bogota Police Has Clues about Blast Responsibility Bogota, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Bogota Police commander, Hoover Penilla, said today the police have clues on those responsible of the bomb that exploded near the Santamaria bullring in this capital. Ecuador Expectant over Final Official Results of Sunday Elections Quito, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) After midnight with 81.5% of the votes counted, Lenin Moreno, of the governing PAIS Alliance, had a ten point lead over his closest political rival, ex banker Guillermo Lasso, but one point short of the 40% needed to win in the first round of Ecuador''s Sunday presidential elections. The Correa Factor as a Catalyst for the Elections in Ecuador Por Nestor Marin, Special EnvoyQuito, Feb 19 (Prensa Latina) Loved by many, hated by others, but not leaving anyone abandoned, President Rafael Correa could be a catalyst among undecided voters, even without seeking reelection in today''s elections. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rejects Statements by Argentine President Caracas, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has rejected statements by President Mauricio Macri, considering them an offense that the Argentine head of State had said that the situation ''is worse'' in Venezuela, compared to one year ago. Legislator Charges CNN with Conspiracy Against Venezuela Sovereignty Caracas, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) National Assembly (AN) deputy Tania Díaz accused CNN today of leading a media propaganda to the service of the international right, which violates the sovereignty and stability of Venezuela. Electoral Silence Prior to General Elections Prevails in Ecuador Quito, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Starting at 00:00 (local time) today Ecuador is in the process of electoral silence, a stage prior to the general elections that will take place throughout the national territory and three special foreign circumscriptions on the coming Sunday, February 19. Electoral Campaign Closes in Ecuador for Elections on Sunday Quito, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) The eight Ecuadorian presidential candidates are closing their electoral campaigns today in Quito and Guayaquil, in view of coming general elections to be held on Sunday, February 19th. Innovations of Ecuador Electoral Process Praised Quito, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) The general coordinator of the Observer Mission of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), which accompanies Ecuador''s ongoing electoral process, Alexander Vega, praised today the system and innovations implemented for the general elections. CNN Spanish Service Suspension in Venezuela is Legitimate Caracas, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Andres Eloy Mendez, director of the National Telecommunications Commission, CONATEL, has stated today that the suspension of CNN''s Spanish-language service in the South American nation is a legitimate and constitutional decision. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rejects USA Attacks Caracas, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has rejected new attacks against her country from the United States government, according to her Twitter account. Colombian Gov´t Seeks to Increase Presidential Term to Five Years Bogota, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Colombia will present a political reform to the Congress seeking to increase the presidential term to five years, as well as the posts of Attorney, Public Prosecutor, mayors and governors. Linera: Chilean Invasion is a Historic Insult to Bolivia La Paz, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian acting President Álvaro García Linera described today the Chilean invasion to Bolivia in 1879 as a historical insult. Colombia Faces Opportunity of Total Peace By Adalys Pilar Mireles Bogota, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Colombia lives a hopeful moment about to achieve total peace, despite the complexity posed by applying dilligently the pacts signed with one guerrilla and start negotiations with another. Argentinean Graphics Workers Protest During One Month Buenos Aires, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Workers at the Argentine graphic arts plant Rioplatentese (AGR), the Clarín conglomerate, began another day of struggle in the emblematic Buenos Aires Obelisco, a month after being fired. Uruguay Presents its Advances in Russian Trade Forum Moscow, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Under the title of Uruguay-2017, the South American country presents its economic-commercial and investment advantages in the Russian Chamber of Commerce, with the participation of several ministers. Venezuela Strengthens Vital Relationship with China Caracas, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is focusing its development and economic recovery on strengthening relations with China, a step described by President Nicolás Maduro as vital and fundamental. Colombian Rebel Movement ELN Questions Peace Will of Gov't Bogota, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Colombian rebel movement National Liberation Army (ELN) questioned the will of peace by the Colombian government and assured that the participation of the ELN in the peace talks with the government, still has an exploratory character. Colombian Lawyer Asks Peace Friends Coalition for 2018 Elections Bogota, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Colombian lawyer Humberto de la Calle called on all peace friends to remain alert and form a coalition with a view to the 2018 presidential elections, in order to preserve the agreement. Venezuela Defends New Food Supply System for the People Caracas, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has defended today the image of the Local Committees for Supply and Production (CLAP) through social networks, publications and media programs, against the campaign of discredit carried out by the right. President Nicolas Maduro announced that the television program of the CLAP will start this week and will be part of a strategy of visualization of that entity of popular organization. Bolivian Delegation in The Hague to Review Replay against Chile La Paz, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) A legal team in charge of presenting the Bolivian replay against Chile appears today before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to finalize details on maritime demand. Ecuador Welcomes International Workshop to Combat Tax Havens Quito, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of several international organizations began today a seminar in Ecuador dedicated to Ecuador''s struggle against tax havens. Trump Expresses Support for Peace Process in Colombia, Says Santos Bogota, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) ''US President Donald Trump expressed support for the peace process and his willingness to have the best relations with Colombia,'' said Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Venezuela Commemorates Youth Day Caracas, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) The population and Government of Venezuela are joining today the celebration for the Youth Day, in tribute to the students who fought with Jose Felix Ribas in the battle of La Victoria, Aragua state, in 1814. Irish President to Travel to Colombia to Support Peace Process Bogota, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Irish President Michael Daniel Higgins is arriving today in Colombia to support the peace process, know about the immediate tasks of the post-conflict period and strengthen the cooperation relations, the Government confirmed today. ELN Confident in Possibility of Pact with Colombian Government Bogotá, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) The ELN guerilla chief negotiator in the talks with the Colombian government, Pablo Beltran, said today that he is confident of reaching an agreement to end the conflict between both parties, despite the complexity of the talks. Uruguay Stakes High for Recovery of Russian Market Por By Antonio Rondón GarciaMoscow, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) Uruguay is strongly committed to the recovery of the Russian market, with seven export companies attending the 24th International Food Fair Prodexpo-2017 in this capital and its Livestock Minister, Tabaré Aguerre. In Ecuador Polls Close with Lenin Moreno Leading Quito, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) Country Alliance Movement candidate Lenín Moreno for Ecuador''s presidency, leads all opinion polls, whose disclosure period closed at the beginning of today. Venezuela, Saudi Arabia Review Oil Cooperation Agenda Caracas, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez met today with her Saudi Arabia counterpart, Adel Al Jubeir, to review the oil cooperation agenda between the two nations. Willingness to Boost Hard ELN-Government Dialogue, Senator Says Bogota, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) Senator Roy Barreras, a government spokesman in the talks with the ELN, has stated today that despite the complexity of the negotiations with the guerrillas, the will of the two sides will allow to find a civilized solution to the confrontation. Participation and Democracy in Talks for Colombian Peace in Ecuador Quito, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) Social participation and democracy for peace are the central issues today in the talks between the Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) toward an agreement to end the armed conflict that has been on for decades in Colombia. Women from Venezuela and Colombia to Gather for Peace Agenda Caracas, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the Venezuelan and Colombian women''s sectors will gather to build a peace agenda, Women''s Minister, Blanca Eekhout, said. Colombian Government, ELN Start Peace Talks in Ecuador Quito, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) are starting today a public phase of the peace talks in this South American country, to end an armed conflict that has lasted more than 50 years. Delcy Rodriguez Considers a Failure the Attempt to Overthrow Maduro Moscow, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Foreign Affiars minister, Delcy Rodriguez considered today a complete failure the opposition attempts to overthrow president, Nicolas Maduro and rejected the foreign interference in the internal affairs of her country. Colombian Senator Calls on Government and ELN to Suspend Hostilities Bogota, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) Colombian senator Iván Cepeda called today on the Government and the ELN to establish a bilateral ceasefire to benefit the residents, one day before the beginning of the official meetings between the two sides. Lavrov Rejects Foreign Interference and Double Standards in Venezuela Moscow, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergei Lavrov, today rejected foreign interference, attempts to destabilize the situation in Venezuela and the application of double standards against that country. Some 65,000 Soldiers to Occupy Areas FARC-EP Left Free Bogota, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) General Juan Pablo Rodriguez, commander of the Colombian Military Forces, reported today that about 65,000 soldiers between members of the Army and Police are occupying the territories left free by the demobilization of the FARC-EP. Analyst Criticizes Colombian Gov't for Delays in FARC-EP Zones Bogota, Feb 5 (Prensa Latina) Amid the FARC-EP''s march for disarmament on Sunday, political analyst Leon Valencia has questioned the Colombian government for delays in the adaptation of the guerrilla camps, and called for a rapid preparation for reintegration. Maduro Denounces Distortion of Hugo Chavez's Image Caracas, Feb 5 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has denounced the distortion and manipulation that opposition sectors are trying to make of the history of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez. Created Post-Conflict Cabinet in Colombia, Announces Santos Bogota, Feb 4 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos stated that the post-conflict cabinet, made up of ministers and other senior officials, is ready to session today for the first time. Colombia: Nobel Prizewinners Reject US Migratory Measures Bogota, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) A number of renowned international figures participating in the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, whose sessions will continue today in this capital, rejected the recent immigration measures adopted by US President Donald Trump. PSUV Calls to Condem Campaign Againts Chavez in Venezuela Caracas, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, called to repudiate the smear campaign that the opposition maintain today against the historical leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez. Alianza Pais Is Confident that Ecuador will Bet on the Future Quito, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) The Governmental Alianza Pais Movement (AP) is confident that, in the general elections scheduled for February 19, Ecuador will bet on the future and the continuity of the process initiated by President Rafael Correa. Colombian Senator: FARC-EP Disarmament Unprecedented Bogota, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) Colombian senator, Ivan Cepeda, has described as unprecedented the massive arrival of the FARC-EP, the country''s largest guerrilla group, to the transition points and zones to put down weapons, displacement that continue today. More Than 4,000 Colombian Guerrillas Arrive at Disarmament Zones Bogota, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) Colombia''s High Commissioner for Peace, Sergio Jaramillo, said today that about 4,329 FARC-EP guerrillas are already at the sites designed for disarmament thanks to an operation he described as special. Colombian Senate Group to Supervise Implementation of Peace Pacts Bogotá, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) A subcommittee of the Senate of the Republic supervises from today on the implementation of the peace agreements signed by the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP, in full implementation, news media confirmed. Peace Agreements in Colombia, a Window of Opportunities Bogotá, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) The peace agreements signed with the guerrillas are considered as a window of opportunity for the development of Colombian regions, the Executive Director of the National Departments Federation (FND), Amylkar Acosta stated. Anti Government Crisis Due to Fires Rises in Chile Santiago de Chile, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) The anti-government crisis in Chile due to the confrontation with the fires rose today another step due to a private survey that indicates that 75 percent of those questioned disapprove the performance of the Executive in this situation. Bioceanic Train through Bolivia Generates International Interest La Paz, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) The magnitude and economic movement that the Central Bioceanic Rail Corridor (FCBC), a Bolivian project, draws international attention today particularly from Germany, France and Switzerland, Bolivian transport deputy minister Galo Bonifaz said. Venezuela: Opposition Seeking Imposition in Dialogues Caracas, Jan 29 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan opposition to the constitutional government of Nicolas Maduro is now preparing proposals to get continue entring and leaving Presidential Dialogue among Ecuador's Candidates Confirmed Quito, Jan 29 (Prensa Latina) The eight candidates for head of state in Ecuador confirmed their presence in the presidential dialogue summoned by the representative of the ruling Country Alliance Movement, Lenin Moreno. Correa Calls in Spain for Strengthening Latin American Integration Madrid, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) President of Ecuador Rafael Correa called here today for the strengthening of Latin America integration, given what he described as inhuman and cruel statements by world biggest powers. Maduro Highlights Significance of Education in Venezuelan Progression Caracas, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro highlighted the importance of the educational development as an indispensable framework for the social, political and economic growth of the South American nation. Internal Division of Opposition Stops Political Dialogue in Venezuela Caracas, Jan 27 (Prensa Latina) The member of the National Assembly, Héctor Rodríguez, considered today that the division in the opposition coalition Unidad Democratica (Democratic Unity) table hinders the political dialogue by the constitutional order and the economic development of Venezuela. Venezuela Rejects Xenophobic Statement of Colombian Vice President Caracas, Jan 27 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government rejected today denigrating and offensive statements against the Venezuelan people of the Colombian Vice President, Germán Vargas Lleras, issued in the Colombian territory of Tibú, department of Norte de Santander. Evo Morales Environmental Initiatives are Presented at FAO La Paz, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales'' projects to guarantee water and irrigation in Bolivia are currently under the attention of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Maduro Stressed Importance of Unity in Current Context of the Region Bávaro, Dominican Republic, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro affirmed today that with the V Summit Celac consolidates and points to a big road for a region that ''has to be together today more than ever against the threats''. Venezuelan Opposition Needs Own Dialogue By Luis Beaton Colombian Governors to Debate on Peace Accord Realization Bogota, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) The 32 department governors of Colombia will meet in Cali next Saturday to analyze the carrying out of the peace process with the insurgent FARC-EP and the measures to implement in the post-conflict. Soup Kitchens in Argentina due to Social Emergency Buenos Aires, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean organization ''Barrios de Pie'' (Neighborhoods on their Feet) will head today in several parts of the country a protest with the opening of soup kitchens to demand the urgent implementation of the law of Social Emergency. France will Join Post Conflict Stage in Colombia, Says Hollande Bogota, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) French President Francois Hollande said today that his country is ready to support and join the Colombian peace process as it moves through this crucial stage after signing the final agreement with FARC-EP. United States Leaves Trans-Pacific Economic Agreement Washington, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) The President of the United States, Donald Trump, today signed an executive order to withdraw his country from the Trans-Pacific Agreement of Economic Partnership (TPP, acronym in English). At CELAC'S Meeting, Dominican Rep History Seen From Photography Bávaro, Dominican Republic, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) The convention center where the coordinators of the CELAC are debating today on their third day of activities, also hosts a photographic interpretation of Dominican history seen through the lens of Wifredo García. President Santos Received His French Counterpart François Hollande Bogota, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed today his French counterpart, François Hollande, who will visit one of the transition zones for the FARC-EP insurgents in the process of demobilization. We Face the Greatest Forest Disaster in History, Bachelet Said Santiago, Chile, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) President Michelle Bachelet has described today the fires affecting the Chilean regions of Valparaiso and Los Lagos as the biggest forest disaster in history. Bachelet Suspends Attendance at CELAC Summit Santiago de Chile, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has suspended her participation in the Fifth Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) for the wild fires in Valparaíso and Los Lagos, official sources informed today. FARC-EP to Be in Transition Zones of Colombia in Late January Bogota, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP commander, Marcos Calarca, has confirmed today that in order to expedite the adaptation of the so-called transition points and zones in several Colombian departments, the members of that group should be at those sites in late January. Casa Award, Happy Pretext for Writers, Colombian Author Says Havana, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) The Casa de las Americas Award has created over the years an important bibliography and this is a happy pretext for writers who do not fit into the literary commercial circuit, Alberto Salcedo said. Venezuela's President Insists on Dialogue to Secure Peace Caracas, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's Government insists on the political dialogue as the best tool for peace, despite the denial of the right wing sector to seat at the discussion table, President Nicolas Maduro said. Venezuela Rates Meeting on Dialogue as Excellent Caracas, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro rated a meeting that took place here with the international partners of Unasur and the Vatican to strengthen the dialogue process in the country as excellent. Evo Morales: New Cabinet Will Be Committed to the People La Paz, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The new cabinet that will be in charge of the country''s management in the period 2017-2018 will be mainly committed to the Bolivian people, Bolivian president Evo Morales said today. Argentine Workers Part of Clarín Group Go to Strike Buenos Aires, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) Argentine workers protesting at the Graphic Printing Plant of Rio la Plata (AGR), belonging to Grupo Clarín, called on for a large strike today. Colombia: Creation of Special Commission to Reform Colombian System Bogota, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos created the Special Electoral Mission of Colombia (MEE) to propose recommendations to modernize and give a greater transparency to the Colombian electoral system. Expectation in Uruguay For Sentence of Military Officers in Italy Montevideo, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) There is great expectation here before the sentence that will dictate today an Italian court on a group of repressive military officers from several Latin American countries associated with Operation Condor, among them several Uruguayans. Venezuela and prices: May God Have Mercy on Us By Luis Beaton Caracas, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelans do today balancing acts, calculations one after another to put the food necessary on their tables, despite the efforts of the Government to alleviate the crisis. Colombia and ELN Continue Consultations in Ecuador Quito, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Delegations of the government of Colombia and of the National Liberation Army (ELN) continue today with consultations in Ecuador to determine the beginning of the public dialog table towards a peace agreement in this South American country. At Least 10 Fatalities from Riot in Northern Brazilian Prison Brasilia, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) At least 10 inmates were killed and three beheaded in the riot began yesterday at the Alcazuz prison, the largest in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte, said authorities today. Rafael Correa Assumes Presidency of the G-77 Plus China at the UN United Nations, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The head of the Ecuadorian State, Rafael Correa, will assume today the pro-tempore presidency of the G77 Plus China Group. Colombian Government Ready to Talk with ELN for Complete Peace Bogota, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian government has expressed its willingness to begin formal talks with the ELN with the promptness and seriousness demanded by the country, an option that both sides are exploring in Ecuador since today. Colombian Minister Admits Delay in Adaptation of Zones for FARC-EP Bogota, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) Colombian defense minister Luis Carlos Villegas admitted delays in the preparation of transitional camps for the FARC-EP, but he said that despite the difficulties, the disarmament schedule is still in force. Colombian Prelate Urges a Govt-ELN Humanitarian Deal Bogota, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Monsignor Dario de Jesus Monsalve called on today for the creation of a comprehensive commission made up of international experts to evaluate the adoption and implementation of a humanitarian agreement between the Colombian government and the insurgent National Liberation Army (ELN). Bolivia Finalizes Details of Reply to Maritime Demand against Chile La Paz, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government today finalizes details of the documents that will integrate the reply to the maritime demand against Chile, which must be presented to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague in March. Argentineans Start the Week with Another Tariffs Increase Buenos Aires, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) The Argentines will enter this second week of 2017 with another tariff increase when the price of fuel rises between today and tomorrow. Ministerial Cabinet Reform Marks News Week in Venezuela Caracas, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) The restructuring of the Cabinet and the start of gasoline trade in foreign currency on the border with Colombia marked the news in Venezuela during the week. Temer's Government Secretary Favoring Jail Massacre Quits Brasilia, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) The Youth National Secretary of the government of Michel Temer, Bruno Júlio, presented his resignation today after applauding the massacre that took place yesterday at the Monte Cristo Agricultural Penitentiary (Pamc), the largest in the Brazilian state of Roraima. Brazilian Penitentiary System Shows Social Abyss, says Researcher Brasilia, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) More than economic, social and racial inequity, the degrading Brazilian penitentiary system reflects today the abyss existing in terms of access to justice and guarantee of fundamental rights, said researcher Camila Nunes Dias. Bolivia Rejects Chilean Argument Concerning Silala Springs La Paz, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia has rejected the Chilean theory that the waters of the Silala flow naturally into its territory, stating that this water resource has been artificially diverted for more than 100 years into the neighboring country. President Ratifies Prediction of Economic Recovery in Ecuador Quito, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa assessed the country''s economy in 2016, based on which he predicted a prosperous 2017 regarding finances. Argentinian Education Workers On Strike Buenoas Aires, Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) Only three days after the start of 2017, the first strikes have began in Argentina, this time workers from the Education Ministry are protesting over layoffs in the sector. Venezuela to Boost Social Welfare in 2017 Caracas, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government will expand the Barrio Adentro program which currently operates in eight states, to cover the whole country in the first half of next year. Nearly 60 Community Leaders Murdered in Colombia Bogota, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) The Interior Ministry of Colombia has confirmed today that 58 community and rural leaders were murdered by alleged paid assassins this year in the country. Brazilian Government Invests Millions in Building Prisons Brasilia, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian government is investing 1,200 billion reais (365 million dollars) in the construction of prisons and the modernization of the penal system, said presidential spokesman Alexandre Parola. Carlos Tevez Moves to China and Becomes World's Highest Paid Player Buenos Aires,Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) After several weeks of rumors Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua has confirmed today the signing of Argentinian Carlos Tevez in a deal which will make the former Manchester United striker the world''s highest-paid player. Argentina's rock legend Charly Garcia back to hospital Buenos Aires, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) After he was released from hospital December 24, Argentina''s rock legend Charly García was reportedly hospitalized again, the media report today. Colombia Continues to Prepare Transitional Zones for FARC-EP Bogotá, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP) will jointly continue to prepare the Transitional Adjustment Zones where the members of the guerrillas will stay during the disarmament. Bioceanic Train: Center of Bolivia-Paraguay Talks La Paz, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) The bioceanic train project to link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans will be the core of the talks between Bolivian President Evo Morales and his Paraguayan counterpart, Horacio Cartes, next week in Asunción. Fine to Argentinean Expresident Cristina Fernandez Buenos Aires, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) A federal judge fined former Argentinean president Cristina Fernandez by 10 billion Argentinean pesos (644 million dollars) and processed her because of ''illicit association and aggravated fraudulent administration.'' Bolivian President Opens Sports Complex in Potosi La Paz, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales opened today a modern sports complex in the community Las Delicias, in the city of Potosi, with a cost of 5,837,000 Bolivians ($840,000 USD). FARC-EP Calls to preserve Spirit of Peace Deal in Colombia Bogota, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP leader Timoleón Jiménez called on today to respect the agreements signed with the Colombian government, in particular, the amnesty law, considered a key element to that grouping and approved in Congress in the first debate. Chilean President Urges Repressors to Inform on Forced Disappearances Santiago de Chile, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, urged today former military condemned for crimes committed during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet from 1973 to 1990, to give information on missing persons. Maduro Requests Obama Free Lopez Rivera Caracas, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has requested his American counterpart Barack Obama free the Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar López Rivera, who has been imprisoned in the United States for 35 years. Guyana Pays Tribute to Fidel Castro Georgetown, Dec 27 (Prensa Latina) A tribute to the recently deceased historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, marked the 5th Meeting of Cuban Residents in Guyana, a diplomatic reported source today. Peruvian Ex-President Diverts Suspicion of Bribery to Ex-Minister Lima, Dec Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Peruvian Ex-President Alan Garcia diverted suspicion of his relation with an official considered as essential piece in the case of the bribery paid by the Brazilian company Odebrecht under three governments, between 2014 and 2014. Bachelet for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Peoples Santiago, Chile, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet affirmed today the need to recognize constitutionally the indigenous peoples during her visit to the southern region of Araucania. Evo Morales Highlights Importance of Strengthening Health System La Paz, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, highlighted today the importance of strengthening the system of national health so that the citizens do not travel abroad,to receive medical attention. Argentinean Minister of Finance Prat-Gay Resigns his Post Buenos Aires, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean Minister of Treasury and Finance, Alfonso Prat-Gay, resigned his post today and that Ministry will be divided in two, confirmed the head of the Cabinet, Marco Peña. More Offshore Companies Linked to Macri Family Buenos Aires, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) The Panama Papers have revealed more offshore companies linked to President Mauricio Macri who''s linked to a new one now in New York. Venezuela Accuses Colombian President of Violating Peace Caracas, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Government today accused Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos of violating peace in South America by promoting military cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). FIBA to Evaluate Creation of New Basketball Confederation in Brazil Brasilia, 26 Dec (Prensa Latina) An official at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), José Luiz Sáez, has proposed that a new Brazilian confederation be created to put an end the crisis facing the sport in the South American nation. 300 Evacuated in Buenos Aires Due to Heavy Rains Buenos Aires, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Heavy rains in the last hours has lead to more than 300 people being evacuated in Pergamino, in the north of Buenos Aires, due to the overflow of a river. Venezuelan Government Insists on Dialogue Caracas, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro''s attempts to initiate a dialogue with the opposition have been rejected, according to a government source quoted by the media today. Former President Lugo as the Favorite in the Polls to Lead Paraguay Asunción, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Former President Fernando Lugo had the highest preference among those surveyed in a poll on the favorite to be the next Paraguayan president, which results are reported today. Quakes Shake northern, Southern Extreme of Chile, Tsunami Alert Santiago de Chile, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) Two earthquakes of 7.6 and 5.2 degrees on the Richter scale today hit the southern and northern extremes of Chile, respectively, according to the National Seismological Center. Colombia Warns About the Effect of El Nino Phenomenon Bogota, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) The director of the Unit for the Management of Disaster Risk, Carlos Iván Márquez, today called for extreme precaution measures against the arrival in Colombia of the El Niño weather phenomenon, which accentuates drought conditions. Argentina: Fuel Prices Increase in the First Month of 2017 Buenos Aires, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) The increase in the price of fuel in Argentina by up to eight percent will arrive in the first week of 2017, according to the Secretary of the Chamber of Fuel Merchants, Raul Castellanos. Peaceful Christmas in Venezuela By Luis Beaton Caracas, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) The morning arrived in Venezuela peacefullly after a night of festivities, celebrations and bustle during the celebration of Christmas Eve, something very traditional here. El Alto is the City of the Future, Says Bolivian Vice-president La Paz, Dec 25 (Prensa Latina) El Alto, the youngest city in Bolivia, will bring together the best specialists in nuclear medicine, Vice-president Álvaro García Linera declared, referring to the investments currently carried out by the state in that city. Rafael Correa Conveys Last Christmas Message as Ecuadorian President Quito, Dec 24 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa conveyed his last Christmas message to the people of this South American country as the head of State, highlighting his government''s work for the country''s welfare. Cuban Doctors in Bolivia Regarded as Fidel Castro's Legacy By Joel Michel Varona La Paz, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Minister of the Presidency, Juan Ramon Quintana, praised today the work by Cuban doctors in this country and regarded them as an example of the humanist legacy by the historic leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro. Peruvian Gov't Faced 169 Social Conflicts in a Single Month Lima, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) A total of 169 social conflicts was faced by the government of Peru, according to the Peruvian National Office for Dialogue and Sustainability, which reported that only in November 2016, the interventions of the government were just as a treatment in 50 cases, and as a preventive attention, in another 119 cases. Nearly 37 Tons of Drugs Confiscated in Ecuador Quito, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Police operations in the Costa region, one of the four in which Ecuador is divided (the others are Sierra, Amazon and Galapagos Islands), have resulted in the confiscation of 36.7 tons of drugs so far this year. Brazilians' Rejection of President Temer Reaches 77 Percent Brasilia, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Brazil''s rejection of President Michel Temer, who was imposed after a parliamentary coup against elected President Dilma Rousseff, reached 77 percent in December, the Ipsos Institute reported on Friday. Ecuador: Less Tourism in Esmeraldas After Earthquake Quito, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Tourism in Esmeraldas, Ecuador''s coastal province, has been affected by a reduction in visits to recreation facilities and sites, following the earthquake that took place five days ago and the many aftershocks which have continued to affect the region. Oil Prices Tumble As Dollar Goes Up London, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The strengthening of the dollar hurt today oil prices as the rise makes commodities traded in that currency more expensive. Venezuela: Toys Confiscated From Kreisel Company to Be Distributed Caracas, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The Local Committees for Supply and Production (CLAP, in Spanish) will today distribute the second lot of toys confiscated by the National Superintendence for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights (Sundde) from the company Kreisel. FARC-EP Denounce Pestering of Colombian Military Forces Bogota, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) The Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces-People''s Army (FARC-EP) leader, Timoleón Jiménez, denounced what he considered ''pestering of the Colombian military forces'' against the guerrilla members placed in a point called Vista Hermosa, in Meta, east of Colombia. Renominating Evo Morales Is People's Decision, Says Farmer Leader La Paz, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) Farmer leader Jhonny Pardo asserted today that renomination of Bolivian President Evo Morales was a decision by the social and union organizations, and demanded that Catholic Church representatives did not interfere in political affairs. Outstanding Concert by Awarded Cuban Classical Guitarist Matanzas, Cuba, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuban guitarist Rubén González Avila will perform in a concert in Matanzas today. Cuban Pianist Frank Fernández Plays Beethoven in Concert Havana, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) The prestigious Cuban pianist Frank Fernández will play two of the most famous works by German genius Ludwig van Beethoven during a concert at the National Theater today. Bolivia Forecasts Stable Economy for 2017 La Paz, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Government has forecasted a good 2017 for the country''s economy, on the likelihood of improved prices for oil, minerals and other raw materials. Evo Morales Highlights Results of Bolivian Model in Drugs Fight La Paz, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales has highlighted that 148 tons of drugs were seized this year in the fight against drug trafficking. Lizt Alfonso Company to Perform in Central Cuban Province Ciego de Avila, Cuba Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) The dancing company of Lizt Alfonso, Dance Cuba, will present its show Cuba Vibra! from today until Friday Dec 23rd at the Teatro Principal in Ciego de Avila During her stay in Ciego de Avila, about 430 kilometers east of Havana, Alfonso will give a didactic class to students on artistic education, to recall the summer workshops offered at the beginning of the last decade to children and young people. Cuban Puppets Company Performs Poem by Nicolás Guillén Matanzas, Cuba, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban puppet company, Teatro de las Estaciones, is offering a special performance - Christmas Tale - on December 25th, with a performance of the poem Naranjas y Limas, by Nicolás Guillén, the Cuban National Poet. Oil Prices Rise 10 Percent This Month London, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Oil prices accumulate a 10 percent rise so far this month and are still progressing due to predictions of a drop in crude oil inventories in the United States. Venezuelan National Assembly Almost in Checkmate Caracas, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) The National Assembly of Venezuela (AN) is presented today as a game of chess on the verge of checkmate, according to an political expert analysis. Argentinian Singer Charly García Admitted in Hospital Buenos Aires, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Argentine rocker Charly Garcia, one of the living legends of the genre in Latin America, was admitted urgently today due to dehydration and high fever. Bolivian Justice Requests US Extradition of Wanted Opposition Leaders La Paz, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Opposition leader and former president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and his closest collaborators are expected to return to Bolivia to report their actions to justice, political and judicial officials declare today. 2016 Consolidated Bases of New Venezuelan Economic Model Caracas, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The executive Vicepresident of Venezuela, Aristóbulo Istúriz, assured today that in 2016 were established the bases to construct and consolidate the economic socialist productive model in the country. Cuba Rewards its Best Athletes in 2016 Havana, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The three-time Olympian Greco-Roman wrestler Mijaín López and world judo and sub-judo champion Idalis Ortiz will receive their prize today for the best Cuban athletes in 2016. Cuban Circus CirkaCuba Conquers Paris Paris, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The impressive technique of the circus mixed with the flavor of Cuban music and dances in the CirkaCuba show, has been a real success in Paris. Young Cuban Singer Awarded by France Announces Concert in Havana Havana, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban singer Luna Manzanares will today perform her first major concert after receiving the Order of Arts and Letters of France, where she stared in a musical based on the literary work, ''Carmen''. World Groundwater Depletion Linked to Climate Change La Habana, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The volume of usable water in the world is declining due to intense droughts and other problems related to climate change, according to Ibrahim Plaza, a specialist at the Cuban Business Group for Hydraulic Use Classes Suspended Until January 2017 in Ecuador Due to Quake Quito, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian authorities have decided to suspend classes until January 3rd 2017 in the province of Esmeraldas, which has been struck by an 5.7 earthquake, leaving three dead due to cardiac arrest and causing major damage. UN General Assembly Honors Fidel Castro United Nations, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations General Assembly has paid tribute to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, who died on November 25th. Chaos Ends and Argentinian Transportation Returns to Normalcy Buenos Aires, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) After stress and chaos, due to a protest that stopped public transportation, Argentina is gradually returning to normalcy and public transportation service is being reestablished. Venezuelan Metallurgic Industry Increases Productivity Caracas, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) Minister for Basic, Strategic and Socialist Industries Juan Arias asserted today that the State companies that process iron, steel, aluminum increased their productive capacity this year. Colombia: Serious Situation Due to Selective Murders, Says Prelate Bogota, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) Cali''s archbishop, monsignor Dario de Jesus Monsalve, said today the situation Colombia was currently going through, due to selective assassinations of social leaders human rights activists, as part of a genocidal mechanism. Bolivia Seeks Legal Way to Nominate Evo Morales for Reelection La Paz, Dec 18 (Prensa Latina) Social organizations and political leaders will discuss today four legal ways to nominate President Evo Morales for reelection in 2019. Lawyers Denounce Illegal Hindrances against Lula Brasilia, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) Former president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva''s defense lawyers denounced today the stubbornness of creating artificial judicial hindrances to prevent his participation in 2018 elections. Colombian President Thanks Pope for Supporting Peace Process Bogota, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos thanked Pope Francis today for his support to the peace process and his willingness to mediate between him and ex-President Alvaro Uribe, fierce detractor of the recent agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP). Evo Morales: Hospitality for Dakar Rally Competitors La Paz, (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales asked the people of Bolivia to make the best use of its hospitality, and support the attendants to the 2017 Dakar Rally. Oil Prices At 17-Month High London, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) Oil prices rose today to near 17-month high on expectations of a reduction in global supply if producing nations abide by the OPEC agreement. Venezuela Detains 82 Money Traffickers Caracas, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) The governor of the state of Táchira, Jose Vielma, has reported that in this area of Venezuela, 82 money traffickers were detained during the three days allowed to demonetize the 100 bills of the national currency. Havana Film Festival Delivers Awards Today Havana, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) The organizing committee of the 38th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema will today announce the winners of the Coral Awards chosen from among the more than 100 films in the competition. FAO Discusses Rural Women's Role Rome, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) The potential of rural women to tackle world hunger and poverty is the theme in Rome, today, of a high-level event sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Pope Francis Meets President Santos and Uribe in the Vatican Bogota, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis met Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and former president Alvaro Uribe today, who have been distanced due to their disagreement over the peace process with the FARC-EP, according to Colombian news reports. Bolivia: The Maritime Demand is a Priority La Paz, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) The issue of maritime demand to recover an exit to the Pacific Ocean is still a priority in Bolivia''s foreign policy, said the deputy foreign minister of the South American nation, Juan Carlos Alurralde. Attack will Not Remain Unpunished, Says Ecuadorian Gov't Quito, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Authorities in Ecuador reiterated today that violent incidents occurred in the province of Morona Santiago will not remain unpunished and referred to the possible identification of the attackers, whose actions caused one fatality and seven injured people. Peace Voices to Back FARC-EP Transition to Colombian Political Life Bogota, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The group Voces de Paz (Peace Voices) was registered today before the Colombian National Electoral Council (CNE) with the objective of facilitating the transition of the FARC-EP to the political life, said a joint communique by the Government and the guerrillas. Argentina and its New Role as Temporary President of Mercosur Buenos Aires, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) In the middle of an intense meeting, which concluded with sharp remarks against Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, Argentina took on the temporary presidency of Mercosur with an agenda focused on priorities for business with the European Union. Venezuelan Foreign Minister to Meet with Uruguayan Organizations Montevideo, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez will cary out several activities in this capital, including meetings with social and political organizations, diplomatic sources informed. ECLAC Sees Complex Panorama for LATAM Economies Santiago de Chile, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has seen a complex view for the economies of the region in 2017, but was pleased to resume a slight growth. Bolivia Hosts Movement to Socialism (MAS) Congress La Paz, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The Congress of the governing Movement for Socialism (MAS) has begun today with the aim of analyzing strategies that guarantee the continuity of the process of change in Bolivia, led by President, Evo Morales. ALER Rejects Actions Against Venezuela in MERCOSUR San Salvador, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The Latin American Association of Radio Education (ALER) has said that the decision by MERCOSUR members to temporarily suspend Venezuela as a member, contradicts the spirit of integration of this mechanism. State of Emergency In Ecuador Province After Attack in Mining Area Quito, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorians today are expecting to know the actions carried out by the Armed Forces of this country, following the attack by armed groups to a mining camp in the province of Morona Santiago, where it was declared a state of emergency. New Venezuelan Bills Start Circulating Caracas, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Starting today, new bills and coins circulate in Venezuela, as part of the progressive policy of the government of Nicolás Maduro to expand the monetary cone. Maduro and Correa to Join Celebrations for Day of Bolivian Revolution La Paz, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Leaders of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) party today announced the participation of the presidents of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro and Ecuador Rafael Correa in celebrations to commemorate the Day of the Democratic and Cultural Revolution in Bolivia, on December 18th. Pinochet's Widow Appears in Court on Charges of Corruption Santiago de Chile, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Dictator Augusto Pinochet''s widow, Lucia Hiriart, who is the life president of the Foundation Center of Chilean Mothers (CEMA-Chile) has been accused of corruption and has made a two-hour statement before the courts today. Enemies of Venezuela Try to Get Rid of Millions of 100 Bills By Luis Beaton Caracas, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelans are reacting in different ways today to the elimination of the 100-bolivars bill ordered by President Nicolás Maduro's government to confront economic aggression. Venezuela Summons Meeting to Solve Differences in Mercosur Caracas, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, summoned today a meeting for tomorrow in the context of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) about the Olivos Protocol, mechanisms to solve controversies in the regional bloc. France: Ecuadorian Film about the Chevron Case is Presented By Luisa María González Paris, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The film 'The dirty game', recently screened in France, clearly shows the arguments and evidence of Ecuador in its dispute with the multinational Chevron-Texaco for the pollution caused in the Amazon, today declared the Attorney General Diego García. Chinese Ambassador in Bolivia Expresses Interest in Bioceanic Project La Paz, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) China''s ambassador to La Paz, Wu Yuanshan, expressed his country''s interest in participating in the bioceanic train project, which will unite the Atlantic and Pacific oceans cross the territory of Bolivia. Fast Track Helps Demobilization of Colombian Guerrilla, Minister Bogota, Dec. 14 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo said today that the approval of the fast track mechanism for peace laws will accelerate the process of disarmament and demobilization of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP). Nicolas Maduro in Cuba to Celebrate 12 Years of ALBA Havana, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro arrived today in Cuba on the occasion of the celebration of the twelfth anniversary of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), reported the national television. Cuban Emigrants in Miami to Pay Tribute to Fidel Castro Washington, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The Alianza Martiana (Mart's Alliance) coalition, consisting of Cuban emigrants living in the United States, convened a patriotic activity in Miami, to pay tribute to the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, on December 18th. New South American Directors Present Their Films in Havana Havana, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) ''You will never be alone'', by Chilean Alex Anwandter, and ''Francisco Sanctis''s Long night'', by Argentineans Andrea Testa and Francisco Márquez, will face each other today in the contest to win the First Work Award at the Havana''s 36th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. Venezuela to Defend Integration at MERCOSUR Meeting Caracas, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela, Pro-tempore president of the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR), today defends the integration and unity of the peoples in the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the block to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. International Organizations Confirm Presence in Ecuador Elections Quito, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) At least four international organizations confirmed their participation in the general elections of Ecuador as observers, revealed the president of the National Electoral Council, Juan Pablo Pozo. Venezuelan Businesspeople Support Government's Financial Measures Caracas, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The National Council of Productive Economy, made up of Venezuelan businesspeople from the public and private sector, expressed its support for the recent actions taken by President Nicolas Maduro. Cuba Rejects Double Standards of Some Arms Producing Nations Geneva, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) Rodolfo Benitez, head of the Cuban delegation to the Fifth Review Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons has released a statement, which says that Cuba rejects the double standard of some weapon-producing countries, who produce weapons that have devastating effects, but at the same time try to limit the purchase of less sophisticated weapons for self-defense purposes. Havana Film Festival Screens Golden Globes Nominated Films Havana, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) Several films screened at the 38th Festival of New Latin American Cinema today have been nominated for a Golden Globe in the United States. Uruguay Backs Venezuela in Implementing Protocol of Olivos Montevideo, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The Uruguayan government today expressed its support for the Venezuelan initiative on the implementation of the Protocol of Olivos for the solution of disputes in the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR), the Foreign Affairs Ministry reported today. Situation of Private Banks in Bolivia Is Positive La Paz, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Private Banks of Bolivia (ASOBAN) evaluated the situation of the banking sector until October as positive, local media reported today. Ecuador Praises Cuban Achievements in Human Rights 13 de diciembre de 2016, 10:41 Quito, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Cuban Residents in Ecuador (Acure) has highlighted the achievements of the island in the field of human rights. Venezuelans Will Reject Coup Attempt by Parliament Caracas, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelans will gather today at the Simón Bolívar Square in this capital to reject the coup attempt the political opposition wants to push through the National Assembly (AN), which illegally seeks to impeach President Nicolás Maduro. MAS Congress to Analyze Ways to Help Evo Morales for Postulation La Paz, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) The Congress of the ruling Movement towards Socialism of Bolivia (MAS), slated for this week, will look into Constitutional ways towards President Evo Morales'' being able to present his candidacy for the 2019 elections. Corruption Accusation Blurs Brazil Senate President Brasilia, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian Attorney General´s office accused today the president of the Senate, Renan Calheiros, of passive corruption and money laundry in relation to the state-owned oil producer Petrobras. In Nobel Museum 'bullet pen' used to Sign Peace in Colombia Bogota, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Nobel Museum in Stockholm will treasure the emblem of peace used by president Juan Manuel Santos during the talks with the FARC-EP guerrilla and the ballpen used to sign the main agreements, confirmed today the Casa de Nariño (government headquarters). Evo Morales: Relations With the US Have to Be Based on Mutual Respect La Paz, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales today expressed his country''s willingness to have diplomatic relations with the entire world, including the United States, provided they are based on mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs. Sonia Braga Attends Latin American Film Festival Havana, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian actress, Sonia Braga, is today appearing at the 38th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, in the film ''Aquarius''. Evo Morales: The Capitalist System Has Failed La Paz, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s president Evo Morales today called the capitalist model a failure and criticized the policies of domination, intervention and looting in several countries around the world. Court to Decide on Fast Tracking Peace Laws in Colombia Bogotá, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Constitutional Court will today announce its decision on the use of fast tracking to process and issue peace laws, a decision considered key to both the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP). Venezuela: Media Denounce Attack against National Currency Caracas, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s media today denounces the attack against the nation''s currency, the bolivar, that has been going on since 2013 by right wing circles along the border with Colombia. Argentinean Community Free of Illiteracy with Cuban Method Buenos Aires, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) The Argentinean town Juárez Celman, in the province of Córdoba, today celebrates its coming declaration as a community free of illiteracy thanks to the Cuban method ''Yo, Sí Puedo'' (Yes, I can). Venezuelan Government Faces Speculative Crisis 11 de diciembre de 2016, 11:37Caracas, Dec 11 (Prensa Latina) The business sector in Venezuela are acting on Sunday in the campaign against the constitutional government of President Nicolas Maduro to make products more expensive and to speculate with the needs of the population. Cuba Is an Example of Human Rights Worldwide Quito, Dec 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is today an example in the field of human rights, not only in Latin America but also globally, the facilitator of the peace process between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP), Henry Acosta, said on Sunday. Brazilians Pay Tribute to Fidel Castro in Pernambuco Brasilia, Dec 11 (Prensa Latina) Social and cultural organizations, people''s movements and trade unions will pay tribute today to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in the northern Brazilian state of Pernambuco. Venezuela Highlights Cuba's Gratitude for Concert to Fidel Caracas, Dec 10 (Prensa Latina) The press highlighted today the words of gratitude of the Cuban ambassador in Venezuela, Rogelio Polanco, during the concert to honor leader Fidel Castro at the III Latin American Festival of Caracas Sound Music. Russia and Venezuela Condemn UN Resolution against Syria United Nations, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) Russia and Venezuela criticized here a resolution passed to allegedly end the humanitarian conflict in Syria, while pointing out the lack of assessment and the double standards on the issue. Perez Esquivel: Milagro Sala Is a Political Prisoner Buenos Aires, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) Nobel Peace Award Adolfo Perez Esquivel was emphatic, when he declared someone like Argentinean social leader Milagro Sala a political prisoner, sentenced before being taken to trial. Santos Awaits Fast Approval for Peace Legislations Oslo, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos expressed his confidence that the Constitutional Court approves the use of the fast track, or mechanism in the Congress to apply and use of the peace legislations. Chile: Flag Rescued in 1973 Coup Returns to the Palacio de La Moneda Santiago, Chile, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) A flag rescued 43 years ago from the first floor of the Palacio de La Moneda in the middle of the coup of September 11th 1973, was returned today to the Government House in Chile. Colombian President in Oslo to Receive Nobel Peace Prize Oslo, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, accompanied by 20 special guests, arrived today in this capital, where he will be awarded tomorrow the Nobel Peace Prize of 2016. Bolivia Continues the Fight Against Smuggling La Paz, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) The government of Bolivia currently continues with its strategy of facing the crime of smuggling, a scourge that causes millions in losses to this country annually. Venezuelan Right Was Again Short of Quorum at National Assembly Caracas, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan rightwing once again ran short of quorum at the National Assembly for 34th occasion, showing an evident legislative vacuum. Venezuela will Show People's Strength on December 17th, Says Arreaza Caracas, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) Vice president of Venezuela Jorge Arreaza said that the demonstration called for December 17th by President Nicolas Maduro will show the political strength of the people to defend the Bolivarian Revolution. Russia Exhibits Cuban Pharmaceutical Products Moscow, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban medicine displayed its best progress and competitive qualities during a special exhibition in the framework of Health Week in Russia, an event held at the Expocenter exhibition center. Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia to Share Data on Air Tragedy La Paz, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Prosecutors from Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia have promised to continue the investigation into the LaMia plane crash in Medellin and punish those responsible. Bolivia Reaffirms Peaceful Nature of its Nuclear Program La Paz, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) The Hydrocarbons and Energy Minister, Luis Alberto Sanchez, has reaffirmed the peaceful nature of the Center for Research and Development of Nuclear Technology being built in El Alto today. Plaza de Mayo Mothers Stage Another Resistance March Buenos Aires, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, who are a symbol of struggle and an example of dignity to the world, will carry out a new march of resistance in Buenos Aires today, escorted by hundreds of representatives of social organizations. Macri Accused of Issuing Short-term Debt Securities Buenos Aires, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean President Mauricio Macri, Finance Minister Alfonso Prat Gay and the head of the Central Bank Federico Sturzenegger have been accused of issuing short-term debt securities known as Lebac. Ecuador Initiates Coordination for the Transfer of G77 Presidency Quito, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador is hosting the first working meeting with a view to coordinate the transfer of the G77 + China Pro Tempore Presidency, to be assumed by this nation in 2017 as the successor of Thailand. Argentina, Law against Bullying Passed in Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) Parliamentarians from Buenos Aires passed today unanimously a law that seeks to eliminate and prevent bullying in schools. Venezuela Denies Slander by Triple Alliance in Mercosur Caracas, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez denied today the justifications used by some foreign ministers from the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) to politically isolate Venezuela and take its role as temporary president of the bloc. Request for Suspension of Capture Orders Against FARC-EP Members Bogota, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) Enrique Santiago, a lawyer representing the Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces and the People''s Army (FARC-EP) stated on Wednesday that the Colombian Prosecutor Office should suspend orders for the capture of members of the guerrilla force, to facilitate their transfer to transition zones in Colombia. Argentinean Deputies Approve Changes in Tax on Profits Buenos Aires, Dec 7(Prensa Latina) After hours of debate, agreements and disagreements over the tax on profits, changes were approved today by the Argentinean Chamber of Deputies by 140 in favor, 86 against and seven abstentions. UN Recognizes Bolivia's Commitment to Human Rights La Paz, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Denis Racicot, has acknowledged the action of the Bolivian government today to comply with the international treaties in this area. Latin American and Caribbean Integration, Fidel's and Chavez's Legacy Por Waldo MendiluzaUnited Nations, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) December is a month of particular significance for Latin American and Caribbean integration, as the legacy of regional unity from Commanders Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez will be highlighted, the Venezuelan ambassador here, Rafael Ramirez, said on Wednesday. Temer Goes no Further than March, bets Brazilian Writer Brasilia, Dec 7 (PL) Brazilian author and journalist, Eric Nepomuceno, predicted that the government of president Michel Temer will not last till next March and will fall down soon as a consequence of a ''coup inside the coup''. Santos will Travel to Norway to be Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Bogota, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will travel on Thursday to Oslo, where he will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and welcomed by King Harald V and Queen Sonia of Norway, said today the House of Nariño. Cuban Group Buena Fe to Perform in Venezuela Caracas, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban group Buena Fe will perform on December 9th at the plaza Diego Ibarra in this capital city, as part of the activities of the festival ''Suena Caracas''. Venezuela Denounces Right-Wing Destabilizing Plot Caracas, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Executive Vice President Aritobulo Isturiz warned today that the national political right, supported from abroad continues with its destabilizing agenda, including ciber-attacks against the country''s economy. Venezuela Insists on Dialogue in MERCOSUR, But It Is Snubbed Por Juan Carlos Díaz GuerreroMontevideo, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s decision to start the reactivation of the Olivos Protocol to solve disputes within the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) shows the Bolivarian Government''s will to reestablish the legality of the integration bloc, threatened by stances that are alien to the rules and legal framework of that group. Havana FIART Opens with Cuban and International Arts and Crafts Havana, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) This year''s International Crafts Fair Crafts (FIART) has now opened at the PABEXPO exhibition hall, in western Havana. MERCOSUR: Bolivia Condemns Campaign Against Venezuela La Paz, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Political parties and social movements from Bolivia have expressed their support for Venezuela and denounced the campaign, initiated today by right-wing governments, to annul the country''s presidency of Mercosur. Quito Celebrates 482 Years of Foundation Quito, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorians and foreigners have joined today to the festivities of Quito, capital of this South American nation, to celebrate the 482nd anniversary of its foundation in an environment where blue and red, the colors of the standard of the city, predominate. Venezuela Activates Process to Settle Disputes in MERCOSUR Montevideo, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) The permanent representative for Venezuela to the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) and ALADI, Jose Felix Rivas, began the proceedings established in the Olivos Protocol for the settlement of Disputes in the regional bloc. Maduro Reiterates Willingness to Talk with Uruguayan Counterpart Montevideo, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, has reiterated today his readiness to hold talks with his Uruguayan counterpart, Tabare Vazquez, with regards to the latter''s support for the suspension of Venezuela as a full member of Mercosur. ''I am sure that when I talk to Vázquez face-to-face, he will recognize that we are right,'' he said and pointed out that the South Common Market (Mercosur) must seek the path of unity in diversity and not sectarianism and ideological persecution. Suspicions of Obscure Business by Former Chilean President Piñera Santiago, Chile, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) Suspicions of obscure business are hovering again over former Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, who is accused of making dark investments in corporations in the British Virgin Islands and Luxembourg. Fidel, Chavez and the Intergration of ALBA By Odalys Troya San Salvador, Dec 5 (Prensa Latina) The combination of two great leaders, Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez has allowed the creation of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), an integrated mechanism with enormous value for the poor and needy, according to Jose Luis Merino, who is a member of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN)'s Political Commission. Fidel Castro Leaves a Legacy of Wisdom and Generosity, say Colombians By Adalys Pilar Mireles Venezuela Reaffirms Mercosur Membership Caracas, Dec 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela is a member of the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) and assumes the pro- tempore Presidency of the group, assured today Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez. Colombian Guerrilla Awaits Constitutional Court Decision Bogota, Dec 1 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP commander Pastor Alape celebrated today the validation of the peace agreement in the Colombian Congress, but pointed out that the date to begin the disarmament and demobilization process has not been set. Frei Betto: Fidel the Last Great Leader of the 20th Century Brasilia, (Prensa Latina) With Fidel Castro, dies the last great leader of the 20th century; the only one who survived the success of his own work: the Cuban Revolution, liberation theologian Frei Betto assured here today. Fidel, Atheist with the Faith of a Clergy, affirms Belgian Priest By Sinay Cespedes Moreno OPEC Accepts Reduction of Oil Production Vienna, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has agreed to cut daily crude production by 1.2 million barrels, as President Mohammed Al-Sada reported. Brazilian Football Club Chapecoense to Be Honored in Colombia Bogota, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) At the same time that the first leg was today scheduled between Atlético Nacional and Chapecoense for the South American Cup, the Antioquia fans will pay tribute to the victims of the Brazilian club in the plane crash. Daniel Viglietti Talks About Fidel Castro Montevideo, (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan singer-songwriter Daniel Viglietti asserted today in this capital that undoubtedly the death of Fidel Castro is a loss that affects and hurts all of us, even with his age and full life. Fidel Castro Lives in the History of Humanity, Evo Morales Says Havana, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President, Evo Morales, has said here that the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, will live forever in the history of humanity and his supporters. Colombia Speeds Search and Investigation on Air Crash Site Bogota, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) As Colombian aid workers are speeding up work to find victims of the plane crash in Antioquia, experts are starting investigations at the site of the disaster, which left at least 75 fatalities. Chile's Crónica Digital Devotes Wide Article to Fidel Castro Santiago de Chile, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) Digital Chilean daily Crónica Digital dedicated a long article to Fidel Castro, of whom it said ''enters the historic legend of his country, the continent and the world''. Colombian ELN Peace Negotiators Honor Fidel in Ecuador Por By Sinay Cespedes MorenoQuito, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) Peace negotiators of Colombian National Liberation Army (ELN) paid tribute in Ecuador, to the late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, for whom respect is growing today in this country. Bolivians Pay Tribute to Cuban Leader Fidel Castro La Paz, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Health Minister, Ariana Campero has said that thousand of Latin American doctors who graduated in Cuba are paying tribute to commander Fidel Castro today and will remember him forever for his big projects and ideas. College of Journalists of Chile Extols Fidel Castro's Figure Santiago, Chile, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) The College of Journalists of Chile has expressed its solidarity with the Cuban people and its sorrow over the death of former President Fidel Castro, whom it described as the figure of the 20th century. Battle for Approval of Peace Accord Starts in Colombian Congress Bogotá, Nov 29 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Congress will debate as of today the definitive pact between the Government and the FARC-EP to endorse it by the top legislative organ, elected by 14 million citizens. Frei Betto Calls for Keeping Castro's Ideals Alive Havana, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian theologian Frei Betto urged the people here to keep the ideals of late historical leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro alive. ELN: 'We are shocked at Fidel's Departure and Recognize His Genius' Bogota, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) The ELN Central Command has expressed their sorrow at the death of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. Peruvian Defense Minister Resigns After Relationship Revelation Lima, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Peruvian Defense Minister Mariano González has resigned after revealing that one of his advisers, Lissete Ortega, is his new partner. Fidel Showed the Way and Now We Should Continue It- Che's Brother Buenos Aires, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Fidel Castro has showed us the way and now we have to continue it, Juan Martin Guevara, brother of Argentine-Cuban guerrilla fighter Ernesto Che Guevara, has told Prensa Latina. Piedad Cordoba: Fidel Was A Key Ally for Peace in Colombia Bogota, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Former congresswoman Piedad Cordoba asserted today that the historic leader of the Cuban revolution, Fidel Castro, was a key ally for peace in Colombia, after underlining the island''s progresses in health and education. Venezuela and Algeria Define Strategy for Oil Prices Caracas, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela and Algeria have agreed in a joint strategy to defend the oil price at the meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), scheduled to take place in Vienna, Austria, on November 30th, according to the Twitter account of Venezuelan Oil Minister, Eulogio Del Pino, who posted the news after a meeting with the African country''s energy minister, Noureddine Boutarfa. Bolivia Decrees National Mourning for the Death of Fidel Castro La Paz, Nov 28 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government today has declared a seven-day period of mourning for the death of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, considered by the president, Evo Morales, as a teacher of principles and values. Bolivia Seeks to Reduce Levels of Carbon Dioxide Emission La Paz, Nov 27 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government is implementing a strategy to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by 80 percent as part of its environmental policy. Colombian President Mourns Death of Fidel Castro Bogota, Nov 27 (Prensa Latina) President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday regretted the death of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and acknowledged his contribution to the efforts to end the armed confrontation in Colombia. Maradona Expresses Grief for Fidel Castro's Death Zagreb, Nov 27 (Prensa Latina) Former Argentinean soccer player Diego Armando Maradona expressed grief on Saturday after learning about the death of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz. Former Peruvian President Pays Tribute to Fidel Castro Lima, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) Former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala paid tribute on Saturday to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, whom he described as a good friend of Peru and Latin America. Latin American Presidents Express Sorrow over Fidel Castro's Death Havana, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) Latin American presidents sent messages of condolence to Cuba today, after the death on Friday night of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. Evo Morales: Fidel Castro Was a Master of Principles and Values La Paz, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Commander Fidel Castro was a master of principles and values, a protector of the people, a guide in the struggle against imperial domination, and he taught us how to face hegemonic forces, Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Saturday. Uruguayan President Feels Sorrow over Fidel Castro's Death Montevideo, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez on Saturday expressed sorrow over the death of the Commander-in-Chief of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro. Che's Travel Companion: Fidel Is and Will Be an Example to the World Buenos Aires, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) Carlos Calica Ferrer, a close friend of Ernesto Che Guevara and his traveling companion in Bolivia and Latin America, on Saturday described the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, as an example and a fundamental man in history. Stella Calloni Hugs Cubans from Argentina Buenos Aires, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) The Argentine world-renowned intellectual, writer and journalist Stella Calloni on Saturday sent a hug to the Cuban people and described the late leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, as a father, the Commander of Our Americas. It would be impossible not to speak about the huge sorrow caused by his death, Fidel Castro is on of the most important figures of the 20th century, a universal figure, she told Prensa Latina/ Argentina Sends Condolences to Cuba for Fidel's Death Buenos Aires, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra on Saturday sent her condolences to the Cuban government and people for the death of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, whose decease has caused a big wave of sorrow all over the world. Next 2017 Very Difficult Year for Brazilian Foreign Trade Brasilia, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Foreign Trade Association of Brazil (AEB), José Augusto de Castro, anticipated that the year 2017 will be very difficult for that sector which will reach a superavit of 35 billion dollars. Bolivian Gov´t to Sign Energy Cooperation Agreement with Peru La Paz, Nov 26 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy Luis Alberto Sanchez said today that an agreement of energy will be reached with Peru in the next 10 days. Colombian Government Willing to Negotiate with ELN for Total Peace Bogota, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) The head of the Government team designated to negotiate with the National Liberation Army (ELN), Juan Camilo Restrepo, reiterated today the willingness to begin official negotiations with that rebel group to achieve total peace in Colombia. Venezuelan Petroleum Slightly Recovers from Fall Caracas, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan crude oil closed this week going up, reaching a price of 39.83 dollars a barrel as a standard in the last 7 days. Colombian Congress Ready to Consider Validation of Peace Pact Bogota, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Congress will discuss since next Tuesday the definitive agreement between the government and the FARC-EP with a view to its possible endorsement by that highest legislative body, news reports confirmed today. President Evo Morales Calls for Respect and Love for Women La Paz, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has stated today that the greatest love and respect within a family should be for women. Bolivian Government to Invest More in Solving Water Issue La Paz, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government has decided to add about $658 million USD to the 2017 general budget, for water, watershed management and basic sanitation programs, to face the country''s drought, state media reported today. Cristina Fernández Ready to Launch New Political Platform Buenos Aires, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) The ex-President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez is ready today to launch a new political platform baptized as Federal Kirchnerist Current (CFK in Spanish) which will see the light next December 7. Galan Son Condemns Colombian State for His Father's Death Bogota, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) The son of former Liberal Party leader, Luis Carlos Galán, Juan Manuel, today condemned the Colombian state following the sentencing of a general for complicity in the murder of his father. Day of Struggle in 15 States in Brazil Against Loss of Rights Brasilia, Nov 25 (Prensa Latina) At least 15 states will today join to the call of the Brazilian Workers'' Confederation (CTB) to carry out new protests against the loss of rights which are being driven by the government of Michel Temer. Colombian Govt. FARC-EP Sign Definitive Peace Pact Bogota, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian government and the FARC-EP signed the second peace agreement today, with which they once again pledged to end the conflict between both parties, a consensus that replaces the previous one rejected in a plebiscite. Progress in Discussions on Declaring Social Emergency in Argentina Buenos Aires, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) A social emergency is likely to be declared in Argentina after several demonstrations and protests. Argentina Passes Mandatory Law of Presidential Debates Buenos Aires, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) With 152 votes in favor and 38 against the Argentine Congress, turned mandatory presidential debates into law. Unasur Reiterates Concern over US' President-elect Posture Quito, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) today continues to express concern after the victory of Donald Trump in the recent US election and how his win could affect the region. China and Latin America to Strengthen Ties in Media Sector By Fausto Triana Santiago de Chile, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) Cooperation in the media field between China and Latin America and the Caribbean has made significant progress in Chile, after a high level event that exceeded expectations and allowed concrete projects to be outlined. Decree will Summon Referendum on Tax Havens in Ecuqador Quito, Nov 24 (Prensa Latina) The government of Ecuador will issue an Executive Decree next December 7 to summon a referendum on tax havens as part of the reinforced combat against that scourge, according to a proposal of President Rafael Correa. Maduro Makes Call to Respect Government Opposition Dialogue Caracas, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has urged the right-wing leaders to respect and comply with the agreements adopted during the Government-Opposition Dialogue that seeking to bring democratic order to the country. Jose Miguel Insulza Expresses Desire to Run for Chilean Presidency Santiago de Chile, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The former secretary general to the Organization of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza, today confirmed his desire to be the Socialist Party candidate for the Chilean presidency. CARICOM Observers Satisfied with Elections in Haiti Georgetown, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Observers sent by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to monitor Sunday''s general elections in Haiti today expressed their satisfaction for the smooth development of that political process. Cuba Thanks Promotion of Media Cooperation with China Santiago, Chile, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban media executives have expressed thanks today for the promotion of cooperation with the Chinese press, regarding a summit meeting held in this capital. Spanish Court Wants Two Year Prison Sentence for Barca's Neymar Madrid, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) Spain''s public prosecutor has called for Barcelona soccer player Neymar to be sent to prison for two years for his part in a corruption case over his transfer from Brazilian club Santos to the Liga champions in 2013, said a court filing today. China Plays its Cards with Latin America and the Caribbean By Fausto Triana Santiago de Chile, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) China played big its cards with Latin Ameruca and the Caribbean, in a tour of its president Xi Jinping who tried to close all spaces possible in order to consolidate his country's notable approach to the region. Madres de Plaza de Mayo Ready for New Resistance March Buenos Aires, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo Association, Hebe de Bonafini, today said that the organization is ready for a new march of resistance on December 8th in which several organizations of this country will also participate. Colombian Government and FARC-EP Ready to Sign New Peace Agreement Bogota, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) After more than one month of uncertainty, marches and intense debates in Cuba and Colombia, the government and FARC-EP will sign a peace agreement that commits them to end a long conflict. Venezuela Boosts Global Petroleum Consensus Caracas, Nov 23 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Petroleum of Venezuela, Eulogio del Pino, highlighted that the Bolivarian government developed an extraordinary work to recover prices of the hydrocarbon that since 2014 until now keep being low. Santos Condemns Violence against Community Leaders Bogotá, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos condemned today the violent escalation of community leaders and human rights defenders and announced that the Government will proceed forcefully against such crimes. 'I Feel Great Love for Fidel Castro', Says Hebe de Bonafini Buenos Aires, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Hebe de Bonafini, president of the organization Madres de Plaza de Mayo, said here today that she feels great love and admiration for leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro and Cuban people. Inter's Medel Out For Several Weeks With Knee Injury Rome, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Inter Milan''s Gary Medel is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks after suffering a knee injury during Sunday''s 2-2 derby draw with AC Milan. Negotiations at ECLAC on Environmental Agreement in the Region Santiago, Chile, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Delegates from 22 Latin American and Caribbean countries under the umbrella of ECLAC are negotiating a regional agreement this week to ensure access to information, participation and environmental justice. Mechanical Engineering at Havana Architecture Event Havana, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) The Ninth Cuban Congress on Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgy has begun its sessions today, within the framework of the 18th Scientific Convention on Engineering and Architecture (CCIA 18). Evo: The New Generations Must Be the First Anti-Imperialists (IV) By Pedro Rioseco Riberalta-La Paz, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) The great task of the Bolivian youth is to debate, to be knowledgeable about the struggles of neoliberal times, to know about military dictatorships, to evaluate the present and with these ideological arguments to unite in defense of the Revolution. Evo: Politically and Economically this Government Broke Records (II) By Pedro Rioseco La Paz, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Evo Morales has listed the main achievements of the Process of Changes in the past 11 years, which he said allowed, among other advances, the political and economic liberation of Bolivia. Evo: My Great Desire Is to Strengthen Bolivian Equality and Dignity I By Pedro Rioseco Riberalta-La Paz, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President, Evo Morales' big dream - which is part of the 2020-2025 Agenda - is to achieve zero poverty and 100 percent provision of basic services in urban and rural areas of the country. Around 4,000 Candidates to Contest Ecuadoran Elections Quito, Nov 22 (Prensa Latina) A total of 3,973 people are fighting in the next general election in Ecuador, including candidates for president, vice-presidents, assembly members, deputies and representatives to the Andean Parliament. Santos Rules Out Tumor Presence after Examinations in US Hospital Bogota, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos denied today that he has metastases or a tumor and informed he will fulfill his personal and professional commitments after learning about the results of recent studies in a cancer center. Colombian Senator: News Is The End of War with FARC-EP Bogota, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) Senator Roy Barreras, a spokesman of the Colombian government in talks with the FARC-EP, has said today that despite the setbacks of the referendum the real news is the ending of the conflict with the insurgent movement. Results of Referendum in Bolivia Considered Positive La Paz, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Minister of Autonomies, Hugo Siles, described as positive the results of the regional referenda in 15 regions of the country. President of China Makes Brief but Intense Visit in Peru Lima, Nov 21 (Prensa Latina) A brief but intense official visit to Peru is taking place today by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who along with his counterpart Pedro Pablo Kuczynski will attend the signing of several agreements between both countries. Referendums on Autonomy Statutes Being Held in Bolivia Russian President Attends in Peru APEC Summit Lima, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrived today to the Peruvian capital to participate in the Summit of the Forum of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Brazilian Foreign Minister to Visit Spain Next Week Brasilia, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations, Jose Serra, will visit Spain from November 21 to 23, to discuss bilateral issues and from the regional agenda, announced the Foreign Ministry. Humanism in Work of Cuban Hisotrian Eusebio Leal Highlighted Havana, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) The huge work of Eusebio Leal in order to investigate and restore all possible things about the Cuban capital, Havana, is centered on human beings, assured here Adolfo Rubio, president of the Mexican Congress for World Patrimony Friday. FARC-EP on Peace Process: It's Plural and Definite Bogota, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Timoleon Jimenez, leader of Colombian rebel group Revoluionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP) stated that the recently signed peace agreement with the Colombian government, is plural, definite, inclusive and with a possible implementation. FIFA Gianni Infantino Suggests 32 Team Club World Cup in 2019 Barn, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) FIFA President Gianni Infantino says the Club World Cup could expand to a 32-team tournament played in June. Cuba Thanked Venezuela for Sending Humanitarian Aid Caracas, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s Ambassador to Venezuela, Rogelio Polanco, today highlighted the importance of the contribution made by the Government and people of the South American country to Cuba, which was recently hit by Hurricane Matthew. President Bachelet Makes Changes in her Cabinet Santiago, Chile, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Shortly before traveling to Peru for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, the Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced three new changes in her cabinet. Cuban Duo Gente de Zona Wins Latin Grammy Again Havana, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Fans of the Cuban duo Gente de Zona today celebrated the win of a Latin Grammy award for the album Visualizate, the fourth award they have received in recent years. Bolt Increases Lead in Vote for Best Latin American Athlete Havana, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican Usain Bolt has increased his lead in Prensa Latina''s competition to elect the best athlete of the year. Turkish Company Starts Direct Flights to Cuba and Venezuela Istanbul, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Turkish Airlines (THY) has confirmed today that direct flights from Istanbul to Havana and Caracas will begin as of December 20th, with three departures per week. Bolivia Pays Tribute to Tania Che's Only Female Guerrilla Fighter La Paz, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) New aspects of the life of Tania, the only female member of Commander Ernesto Che Guevara''s guerrillas were revealed in a book launched in Bolivia today. Colombian Foreign Ministry in Nationalization of Spanish Company Bogotá, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Foreign Ministry intervened in the nationalization of the Spanish subsidiary Electrocaribe, to send a reassuring message to foreign investors, explaining the need for the measure in a communiqué highlighted today by national news. Chile Hosts Event Rejecting Blockade on Cuba Santiago, Chile, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) The Broad Command of Solidarity with Cuba has issued a letter rejecting the U.S. blockade on the Caribbean nation, and calling on President Barack Obama to make more efforts to normalize those relations. Meeting of Leaders in APEC Forum Enters Final Stretch Lima, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) The APEC Summit in Peru has been focused on the culmination of the meeting of foreign ministers and foreign trade ministers, in addition to the arrival of US President Barack Obama and China, Xi Jinping, among other rulers. Bolivia's Referendum on Good Governance in Effect La Paz, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) Starting today, the order of good government will rule the 15 territorial entities that are based on the referendum on autonomous statutes and charters in Bolivia, official sources confirmed. More Than 60,000 Cases of Forced Disappearance in Colombia Bogota, Nov 18 (Prensa Latina) More than 60,000 people were victims of forced disappearance in Colombia between 1970 to 2015, according to the National Center for Historical Memory (CNMH). Respect Among Political Parties in Venezuela Favors Dialogue Caracas, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan diplomats and representatives of the international community today highlight the need to adopt political behavior conducive to consensus between the Bolivarian government and the opposition in the peace talks. China President Begins Official Visit to Ecuador Quito, Nov 17 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Popular Republic of China, Xi Jinpin will today begin an official visit to Ecuador. The visit is considered by the Ecuadorian authorities as being the most important by a Head of State. De la Calle: Agreement of Colombian Government and FARC-EP is Final Bogota, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) Colombian lawyer Humberto de la Calle stressed today that the recent agreement signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP, in Spanish) is the definitive one and ruled out another renegotiation, calling for its rapid implementation. Climate Change Summit, a Questioned Reality Marrakech, Morocco, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Summit on Climate Change (COP22) is a reality with participation of more than 60 heads of State and Government and the general will to boost the Paris Agreement, but with many questions. US Entrepreneurs Seek Investment Opportunities in Ecuador Quito, Nov 15 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of 12 companies from the United States are visiting Ecuador today to learn about the portfolio of opportunities offered by this South American country in trade and investment. FARC-EP Thanks Cuban Support to Colombian Peace Process Havana, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Ivan Marquez, head of the delegation of the Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces-People''s Army (FARC-EP) to the conversation table for the peace process in Colombia, discussed in Havana, was grateful to the government and people of Cuba for the support given to the conversations. 53rd Edition of the Prensa Latina Sports Poll Starts Havana, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The 53rd edition of the sports poll of Cuban news agency Prensa Latina Starts Monday, to at the end, award the perfor5mances by the best athletes of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016. Swedish Attorney General's Office Questions Assange in London London, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The Swedish Attorney General''s Office is interrogating the founder of the website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, at the Ecuadorian embassy in this capital, where he has been a refugee for more than four years. Colombia: Optimism for New Peace Agreement With FARC-EP Bogota, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The new pact signed between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP) was applauded in the streets today and optimistically received by most political sectors. Gérard Depardieu to Perform at the Buenos Aires Colon Theatre Buenos Aires, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Famous French actor Gerard Depardieu will perform next December 17 and 18 at the Colon Theatre of Buenos Aires to interpret passages of some of his most memorable scenes in the big screen. Bolivia Hosts 3rd Continental Summit of Indigenous Communication La Paz, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) The coming 3rd Continental Summit of Indigenous Communication is today a challenge for Bolivia, as part of the government''s efforts to rescue ancestral values and reinforce social inclusion of indigenous and originary communities.