Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Canal RSS de la Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Hong Kong Ends Brazilian Meat Ban 28 de marzo de 2017, 17:49Brasilia, March 28 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian government has announced the reopening of meat trade from Hong Kong, China, and also the complete recovery of all major global consumers for meat exports. Dominican Republic Defends Non-Interference in Venezuela 28 de marzo de 2017, 17:01Santo Domingo, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas Maldonado asserted today that his country supports negotiation and is committed to solving the situation in Venezuela, and called to non-interference in the internal affairs of that country. Chile Denies Visas to Bolivian Defense Minister 28 de marzo de 2017, 15:50Santiago de Chile, March 28 (Prensa Latina) Chile has announced that as a result of that ''he has boycotted the Chilean products and offensively referred to the President of the Republic,'' Bolivian defense minister´s visa has been denied . Evo: New Vaccine will Favor Bolivians' Health 28 de marzo de 2017, 15:42La Paz, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales stated today that the introduction of the new vaccine against human papillomavirus in Bolivia is an important step in the health care of the people. Bolivia: Interference Statements against Venezuela Rejected 28 de marzo de 2017, 14:39 La Paz, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) The solidarity movement in the Bolivian department of Santa Cruz rejected the interference statements given by Organization of American States (OAS) secretary general Luis Almagro against Venezuela. Uruguay Refuses to Apply Democratic Clause to Venezuela Montevideo, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa considered impractical the application of the democratic clause to Venezuela as proposed the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro. Indigenous Worried for Loss of Glaciar in Colombian Mountains Bogotá, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Indigenous Arhuacos, guardians of the Sierra Nevada mountains of Santa Marta, expressed their worry about the progressive loss of ice in the capped mountains covering the range and called to take urgent measures to counter the problem. 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. New Law Guarantees the Sowing of Coca for Life in Bolivia La Paz, March 28 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has affirmed today that the new Coca Leaf Law guarantees sowing of this plant for life in Bolivia for traditional consumption and medical use, while defending the country''s identity and history. Work to Rescue People Trapped in Floodings Resumes in Peru Lima, March 28 (Prensa Latina) Special troops of the Peruvian armed forces resumed work to rescue victims trapped in their houses by the floods of the last days in the northern region of Piura, with an official toll of four dead persons. 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. Glaciers in Colombia Are Reduced to 37 Square Kilometers Bogota, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Colombian scientists say that the glaciers in the country could disappear in less than three decades due to the effects of global warming, a phenomenon they consider without retreat. Culture Event in Ecuador Strengthens Regional Cooperation Quito, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) The Meeting of Cultures and Countries seeks to promote rapprochement and strengthen cooperation among Latin American countries, during the third day of this event in Ecuador. Brazil: EU Commissioner to Investigate Measures for Sanitary Control Brasilia, March 28 (Prensa Latina) European Union (EU) Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, will investigate here the measures taken by Brazil to improve the instruments of health control in the production of meat and its derivatives. Ecuador: Final Electoral Stage Shadowed by Dirty Campaign Quito, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) The electoral campaign in Ecuador, which will soon hold ballotage on April 2nd, is shadowed by the attacks of the right-wing against the Government and its candidates. 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. Piura Locals Swim Across the Streets 27 de marzo de 2017, 16:36Lima, March 27 (Prensa Latina) Piura inhabitants, 1050 kilometers north, have to swim to go over flooded streets after a 14-hour heavy rain. Colombian Govt. Ex Negotiator Joins Presidential Candidacy 27 de marzo de 2017, 16:35Bogota, March 27 (Prensa Latina) Colombian former vice president Humberto de la Calle, who served as head of government spokespersons in the peace talks, is preparing his candidacy for the 2018 elections, WRadio announced today. 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. ACRN Condemns OAS Contrivances Against Venezuela Managua, March 27 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Cuban Residents in Nicaragua (ACRN) condemned the contrivances of the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, against the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela. 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. Canadian and European Companies Interested in Bolivian Mining La Paz, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government has reported Monday that three companies from Canada and Europe expressed their interest on investing in Bolivia''s mining sector. 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. Boliviana de Aviacion Buys Six Planes La Paz, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s state airline Boliviana de Aviacion (BOA) has bought six of the 20 planes now in operation after 8 years operating, said general manager Ronald Casso to reporters Sunday. 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. Elton John and James Taylor Ready for Argentina's Concert Buenos Aires, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) Posters all around the city announce the concert that two great musicians, British Elton John and American James Taylor, will give in this capital. Brazil, Paraguay to Review Strengthening MERCOSUR 26 de marzo de 2017, 12:50Brasilia, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian and Paraguayan governments will review the economic and trade strengthening of MERCOSUR and the external negotiations by that regional bloc, during the visit that Brazil''s Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira will pay to Asuncion, starting tomorrow. 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. Bolivia: FELAP Accuses Chile of Violating Right to Information La Paz, March 25 (Prensa Latina) The honorary president of the Latin American Federation of Journalists (FELAP) Iván Canelas accused today the Chilean authorities of violating the right to information, by preventing the exercise of Bolivian professionals from the press. 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. Left-wing Urged to Resume Offensive in Latin America Mexico, March 25 (Prensa Latina) Unity, integration and links with the popular sectors are paramount today for leftist and progressive forces in confronting the right-wing counter-offensive in Latin America. France Tries to Stop Protests in French Guiana Paris, March 25 (Prensa Latina) France announced today the decision to send an inter-ministerial commission to Guyana to try to calm the situation in its overseas territory, agitated in recent days by a large movement of protesting demonstrations. Colombian President Rules Out Peace Pact Renegotiation 24 de marzo de 2017, 16:58Bogota, March 24 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos denied the possibilities to renegotiate the peace agreements already signed by both the Government and FARC-EP. Parlacen Recognizes Solidary Gestures with Peru 24 de marzo de 2017, 15:31Giatemala, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) The Central American Parliament (Parlacen) recognized the solidary gestures by the countries which let their opportune support to Peru, because of the heavy rains affecting this South American nation and now, are keeping the Peruvian people and government in tension. Confirmed Frauds in Pinochet Widow's Foundation in Chile 24 de marzo de 2017, 15:28Santiago, Chile, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) The fraud committed at the expense of the State of Chile by the CEMA Chile Foundation was confirmed by the actions of a special judge who seized 34 properties from the entity headed by Augusto Pinochet''s widow. Colombia Hands In at UN Final Peace Agreement 24 de marzo de 2017, 15:27United Nations, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) Colombia''s permanent representative to the United Nations, María Emma Mejía, handed in today the final agreement for the end of the conflict in the South American country to Secretary-General António Guterres. 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). Bolivian Team to Participate in Annual NASA Competition La Paz, mar 24 (Prensa Latina) Six students of the Universidad Mayor de San Andres (UMSA) of Bolivia will participate from March 30 through April 1st in the yearly NASA competition: Human Exploration Rover Challenge. 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. FAO Praises Coal Production in Latin America and the Caribbean Santiago de Chile, Mar 24 (Prensa Latina) The FAO regional office, headquartered in this capital city, praised today the big coal production in Latin America and the Caribbean, which is only behind Africa. Venezuela Joins Asian Investment and Infrastructure Bank Caracas, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela joined the Asian Investment and Infrastructure Bank (AIIB), said today Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. 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. Argentina's Former President in Oral and Public Trial Buenos Aires, March 23 (Prensa Latina) Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio stated the oral and public argument of Argentinean former President Cristina Fernandez in court for alleged offense of unfaithful administration to the detriment of the public administration. PDVSA Assured There is no Gasoline Crisis Distribution in Venezuela 23 de marzo de 2017, 15:40Caracas, March 23 (Prensa Latina) The state-owned company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) said that boasts nowadays enough gas reserves, so its distribution will be redoubled nationwide , in response to recent long lines at the gas stations. Cuba and Uruguay Consolidate Parliamentary Links 23 de marzo de 2017, 15:31Havana, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) Esteban Lazo, president of the Cuban National Assembly (Parliament) received Uruguayan Chamber of Representatives president Jose Carlos Mahia, as part of the process of strengthening relations between Cuba and Uruguay. Bolivia Believes in the Force of Justice, by Evo Morales 23 de marzo de 2017, 15:27La Paz, March 23 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales stressed, during the ceremony for the Day of the Sea, that Bolivia believes in the force of justice to return with sovereignty to the coasts of the Pacific Ocean. Jose Mujica and Felipe Gonzalez to Verify Peace Agreement 23 de marzo de 2017, 15:04Bogota, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) The ex-presidents from Uruguay, Jose Mujica, and Spain, Felipe Gonzalez, will be part of the International Group of Verification of the Peace Agreement between the Colombian government, and the local rebel movement Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP), as confirmed by both parts Thursday. German Investors Interested in Bolivia Business La Paz, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) An official delegation from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Germany and German businessmen stressed here that Bolivia is an attractive country to invest. CELAC Coordinators Regulate Actions in El Salvador San Salvador, March 23 (Prensa Latina) The national coordinators of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) are meeting in El Salvador today to regulate actions and prepare the next summit with the European Union. Ban to Publish Polls in the Face of Ballotage Rules in Ecuador Quito, March 23 (Prensa Latina) From today, a closure period for the dissemination of polls in the face of the second round of presidential elections scheduled for April 2 rules in Ecuador. Venezuela Expels Two European Journalists for Illegal Activities Caracas, March 23 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela expelled two BBC journalists, Ian O''Reilly and Stephen Sackur, for illegal activities and breaches of national laws, said representative Diosdado Cabello. Businessmen Repatriated Million of Dollars to Venezuela 22 de marzo de 2017, 17:17Caracas, March 22 (Prensa Latina) Bicentennial Bank President Miguel Perez Abad said that Venezuela received the injection of at least US $ 11.7 billion in repatriation for its economy. Japan Forbids Import of Meat Coming from Brazil 22 de marzo de 2017, 17:12Tokyo, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) The Japanese government prohibited the import of meat proceeding from Brazilian companies under investigation for commercializing products that were breaking the safety standards, announced today official sources. Central Bio-Oceanic Train Means Integration, Says Bolivian President 22 de marzo de 2017, 17:11La Paz, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales explained today that the project of the Central Bio-Oceanic Railway would benefit half of the South American countries and means integration of the Americas with the rest of the continents. 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. All Ready for Power Venezuela Fair 2017 to Kick Off Caracas, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian Economic Agenda to give a boost to its 15 productive motors, will have their main scenario in expo-fair Venezuela Power 2017, starting tomorrow 23 until next Sunday March 26, at the Caracas Polyhedron. Temer Backs Off and Shrinks Pension Reform in Brazil Brasilia, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) The debate on the pension reform in Brazil presents today a new face, after in an unsuspected turn of his number one driving force, president Michel Temer, decided to limit the reform to federal employees. 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. Massive Rally in Bolivia Closed Days for Sea By Pedro Rioseco Experts Warn of Ecological Hazards of Fracking in Colombia Bogotá, Mar 22 (Prensa Latina) Petroleum extraction by means of hydraulic fracturing technology, better known as fracking, presents enormous risks for the environment in Colombia, environmental organizations warned today. South American Countries, Germany to Sign Bioceanic Train Memorandum La Paz, March 22 (Prensa Latina) Representatives from Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay will sign today a memorandum of understanding with Germany to consolidate technical support for the integral design of the Central Bi-oceanic Railway Corridor. 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). Cuba Conveys Solidarity to Peru in Time of Disaster 21 de marzo de 2017, 19:41Lima, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s President, Raul Castro, has conveyed to Peru condolences for the human and material loss it is suffering, in a message addressed to his counterpart Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Cuba Conveys Solidarity to Peru in Time of Disaster 21 de marzo de 2017, 19:41Lima, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s President, Raul Castro, has conveyed to Peru condolences for the human and material loss it is suffering, in a message addressed to his counterpart Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Chile is Asked to Stay Out of Interference in Venezuela 21 de marzo de 2017, 15:57Santiago, Chile, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) Independent Senator Alejandro Navarro requested today the Chilean government to stay out of interference in internal affairs in Venezuela, in addition to distancing itself from aggressive positions. Heraldo Muñoz Reiterated Bolivians Were Arrested in Chile 21 de marzo de 2017, 15:31Santiago, Chile, March 21 (Prensa Latina) Chilean Foreign Minister, Heraldo Muñoz, reiterated that nine arrested Bolivian citizens were carrying out reckless acts in Chile. Venezuela Dismantles Paramilitary Camp on Border with Colombia 21 de marzo de 2017, 15:18Caracas, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) has dismantled a paramilitary camp in a border area between Venezuela and Colombia, confirmed the governor of the state of Táchira, José Gregorio Vielma. Evo Morales Reaffirms Bolivian Economy Progress La Paz, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales reaffirmed today that Bolivian economy is developing thanks to the country''s ability to finance its own industries and increase productive sectors. 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. Bolivian Detainees Remain in Chile amid Tensions Santiago de Chile, March 21 (Prensa Latina) The Guarantee Court of Pozo Almonte, Chile, located 1,810 kilometers from this capital, extended until Wednesday the arrest of two military personnel and seven officials of the National Customs of Bolivia. 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. Buenos Aires Gets Ready for 2017 Book Fair Buenos Aires, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) South African Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee, Spanish Carlos Ruiz Zafon and North American John Katzenbach are among the guests to the International Book Fair of Buenos Aires in April. Tabaré Vázquez Discards Internal Disputes Affect his Government 20 de marzo de 2017, 16:47Montevideo, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez discarded today that public disputes among officials of the Frente Amplio (FA) were affecting his government, while saying he felt enormously sad and ashamed for those events. Cuban President Voiced Solidarity with Peru for Disasters 20 de marzo de 2017, 15:40Lima, March 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz offered his counterpart Pedro Pablo Kuczynski his heartfelt condolences for the human and material damages. Bolivia Demands Chile the Release of Nine Kidnapped People 20 de marzo de 2017, 14:26La Paz, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia today strongly rejected the kidnapping of nine people, at the hands of Chilean carabineros, and demanded their immediate release. Chile Looks at Africa for Trade and Investments Santiago de Chile, March 20 (Prensa Latina) Chile has taken action in recent months to strengthen its ties with Africa, with emphasis on trade and investment, a strategy highlighted today by the economic leadership of the Foreign Ministry. Bolivia Summons Chilean Consul after Kidnapping of Nine Bolivians 20 de marzo de 2017, 12:12La Paz, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government today convened the Chilean consul in La Paz, Manuel Hinojosa, after the kidnapping of nine Bolivian military and customs officers by the Chilean police who trespassed into national territory. After 40 Days on Strike, Stagnant Dialogue in Chilean Mining Santiago de Chile, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) After 40 days on strike and slight hope of an agreement between workers and patrons, the panorama of the Escondida mine in Chile, the biggest copper producer in the world, again fell in a standstill. Argentine Teachers Wage Strike Goes On Buenos Aires, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) The teacher conflict in the Argentine province of Buenos Aires today shows signs of worsening, in an environment where teachers are ready tomorrow for a great federal march in the whole country. 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. Validity of 100 Bolivares Bill Gives Confidence to Venezuelans Caracas, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) The extension of life to the 100 bolivars bill by a new decree of President Nicolás Maduro generates confidence in the population and banishes despair for its change in banking institutions. Brazil: First Seminar on Desalination and Water Reuse Brasilia, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) In the midst of the very serious water shortage facing by most of the cities in the northeast of the country, Brazil will hold the First National Symposium on Desalination and Reuse of the Vital Liquid. 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. Strong Rejection of Foreign Attack against Venezuela Caracas, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan political and social sectors have expressed a strong rejection this week of the request by OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro to enforce the Democratic Charter of that bloc against this South American nation. Venezuelan Parties Renew Membership 18 de marzo de 2017, 10:41Caracas, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) Several Venezuelan parties will continue the renewal of their membership today and tomorrow before the National Electoral Council (CNE) with a view to future elections in the country. Teaching of Caribbean Musical Styles to Be Promoted in Venezuela 17 de marzo de 2017, 18:31Caracas, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro asserted today that the history and teaching of the Caribbean musical styles would be promoted in the country through the movement Corazon Salsero (in reference to to Salsa music). Venezuelan President Extends Validity for Bs. 100 Banknotes 17 de marzo de 2017, 18:19Caracas, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro adopted a decree under which he extended the validity and circulation of the Bs. 100 banknote till April 20. Cristina Fernandez Calls for Clarifying News on Arrest Request 17 de marzo de 2017, 17:04Buenos Aires, March 17 (Prensa Latina) Argentine former President Cristina Fernandez sent current President Mauricio Macri a letter in which she claims to publicly rectify information published on El Clarín newspaper, and some Spanish businessmen ask for arresting her. Bolivian Deputies Support Pro-Sea Outlet Campaign 17 de marzo de 2017, 16:38La Paz, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) With the approval of a document establishing March 21 as memorable date for the history of Bolivia, the Chamber of Deputies supported today the nationwide media campaign in favor of a sea outlet. Cuban Experts Study Coca Leaf Properties 17 de marzo de 2017, 16:22La Paz, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuban ambassador to Bolivia, Benigno Perez, informed today that Cuban experts, at the request of the Andean government, have conducted a research to inquire into the scientific properties of the coca leaf. Bolivia Will Have Access to the Sea, Says Foreign Minister 17 de marzo de 2017, 15:36La Paz, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni is confident that his country will regain its sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean, snatched by Chile during the attack in 1879. Brazil, Paraguay and Chile Classify for World under 17 Soccer 17 de marzo de 2017, 15:19Santiago de Chile, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) The teams from Brazil, Paraguay and Chile achieved their classification ticket for the World under 17 Soccer Cup in India, in October, after they beat Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela respectively. Venezuelan Minister Defends Peace and Solidarity at UN 17 de marzo de 2017, 15:19United Nations, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Minister of Women, Blanca Eekhout, called today to achieve a world with a predominance of peace and solidarity, instead of wars and domination postures. 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. Peace in Colombia Will Take a Long Way, Expert Says Bogota, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Colombian lawyer Humberto de la Calle believes that implementing the peace agreements signed with the FARC-EP will be a long way due to the complexity of the reincorporation phase, Caracol Radio reported today. Bolivia Rejects OAS Report on Venezuelan Government La Paz, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Movement of Friendship with Venezuela has described today as illegitimate and disrespectful the report on the Venezuelan Government presented by Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro. Bolivia is Free of Drug Cartels, Says Minister Romero 16 de marzo de 2017, 17:36La Paz, March 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s Minister of Government, Carlos Romero, affirmed today, during the VII Summit of Citizen Security, that the country is free of drug cartels. Colombian Politicians Praise Cuba´s Support in Post Conflict Stage 16 de marzo de 2017, 17:30Bogota, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Colombian lawyer and former congresswoman Piedad Cordoba praised Cuba´s support for the Government and the FARC-EP, offering 1,000 scholarships to study medicine during the five coming years. Bolivian Deputy President Highlights Significance of Nationalization 16 de marzo de 2017, 17:16La Paz, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian deputy President Alvaro Garcia Linera said today that the nationalization of the electricity company by the Government provides the population with a better service. Venezuela Emphasizes its Commitment with Human Rights in the UN 16 de marzo de 2017, 16:30Geneva, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela emphasized in the United Nations its commitment to guarantee and protect the rights of the Venezuelan population, during the moment for the adoption of the Venezuelan report for its 2nd Universal Periodic Test at the United Nations Human Rights Council Thursday. Bolivia Protest Chile's Action against its Consulate in Antofagasta 16 de marzo de 2017, 15:43La Paz, March 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia presented today a protest against Chile after the police demanded its consulate in Antofagasta to remove patriotic symbols placed on its property. Union for Peace Founded in Colombia 16 de marzo de 2017, 14:04Bogota, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Colombian politicians, artists, businessmen and academicians have founded Union for Peace, an initiative aimed at promoting the implementation of the agreement between the Government and the FARC-EP. Peru Readies Armed Forces to Deal with Rain Emergency 16 de marzo de 2017, 13:54Lima, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Peru''s Armed Forces and Police are on alert today to help the population on emergency tasks due to floods and landslides caused by torrential rains that affect several regions of this Andean country. Bioceanic Corridor to Develop Railway Industry in Bolivia 16 de marzo de 2017, 13:24La Paz, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) The construction of a bioceanic rail corridor to link the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans across South America will help develop the railway industry in Bolivia, Public Works Minister Milton Claros said today. Viña del Mar Opens to Free Trade in the Pacific By Fausto Triana Viña del Mar, Chile, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Names may vary, but the will to find ways leading to free trade and against protectionism dominated the venue of the Pacific in this city, with 14 convinced actors and the United States in doubt. Lat Am Students Will Honor Che on 50th Anniversary of his Murder Buenos Aires, March 16 (Prensa Latina) The general secretariat of the Latin American and Caribbean Continental Students Organization (OCLAE), which brings together 38 federations from 24 countries, agreed to reissue a caravan on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Ernesto Che Guevara. Brazilian Government Launches Privatization Program Brasilia, March 16 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian government is launching a comprehensive privatization program with the concession of four airports in which it expects to invest 6.613 billion reais (more than two billion dollars). 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. Venezuela to Respond to Attacks by OAS Secretary General Caracas, March 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said that Venezuela will respond politically and diplomatically to attacks against the South American nation by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). Expo Aladi Will Open Bolivia to the World, says FM 16 de marzo de 2017, 04:35La Paz, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) The fair of the Latin American Integration Association (Expo Aladi) will be a window of Bolivia open to tghe world, declared the Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni, when referring to the event destined to strengthen regional trade. Bolivia and Cuba Highlighted for Highest Percent of Women in Parliame United Nations, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia and Cuba are the second and third countries, respectively, with highest percent of women in their Parliaments, according to a world political map issued here by the UN-Women and the Inter-parliamentarian Union (IPU). Peru: Mayor of Lima vs. Pan American Games 15 de marzo de 2017, 18:09Lima, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Luis Castaneda, conservative mayor of Lima, stated today his refusal to hold Pan American Games 2019, surrounded by the polemic triggered by opposing companies and politicians. Pacific Pretends to Revolutionize Trade in Chilean Meeting 15 de marzo de 2017, 18:01By Fausto Triana Venezuela Wins LatAm Best Stand at Moscow Tourism Fair 15 de marzo de 2017, 17:27Moscow, Mar 15 (Perensda Latina) The media outlets specializing on the 2017 International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (MIIT), granted today the award to the best Latin American stand to the Venezuelan delegation. Immigration Officials Denies Lilian Tintori´s Entry into Ecuador 15 de marzo de 2017, 17:26Quito, March 15 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian immigration officials prevented Venezuelan Lilian Tintori from entering into Ecuador by using a tourist passport. She accepted her plan on proselytizing in favor of the opposition candidate for the presidency. Colombia Creates Solidarity Parliamentary Group with Cuba 15 de marzo de 2017, 16:50Bogota, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Chamber of Representatives (Chamber of Deputies) created a parliamentary group called Parliamentary Group of Friendship with Cuba, with the presence of the vicepresident of the Colombian legislative institution, Miguel Angel Pinto, and the Cuban Ambassador to Bogota, Jose luis Ponce. Thousand Brazilians to Protest Against Michel Temer Reforms 15 de marzo de 2017, 15:36Brasilia, March 15 (Prensa Latina) Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets today to protest against the President Michel Temer´s labor and social security reforms. 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. Bolivia to Request Int'l Court of Justice to Send Observers to Silala La Paz, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia is planning today to request the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in the Hague, to send experts to the Silala springs, originated in its territory and the scene of a dispute with Chile. Mexico Calls for Free Trade in Viña del Mar Viña del Mar, Chile, March 15 (Prensa Latina) Mexico tacitly acknowledged today at a meeting in Viña del Mar, Chile, that measures being applied by the US new administration is forcing it to look towards Asia and the Pacific for new markets and trade. Bolivia Assumes Presidency of CAF Board La Paz, March 15 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Economy and Public Finance of Bolivia, Luis Arce, will serve for a year as President of the Board of Directors of the Andean Development Corporation (CAF) of the Development Bank for Latin America, the Government has reported today. President Santos' Campaign Money Questioned Bogotá, March 15 (Prensa Latina) The coordinator of Veedurías sin Fronteras (Observers without Borders), Pablo Bustos, asked the Colombian prosecutor''s office to sanction those involved in irregular publicity financing during the Santos Presidente 2010 campaign, BluRadio confirmed today. 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. Brazilian Patients Prefer Cuban Doctors, Says Health Minister Brasilia, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian Health Minister Ricardo Barros admitted that Brazilian patients prefer Cuban doctors in the More Doctors health program to national doctors, and he attributed this preference to their proven dedication to work. Mexico Foresees New Asia-Pacific Trade Opportunities Viña del Mar, Chile, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Mexico said today to expect new trade opportunities for the Asia-Pacific countries, in the first day of a top-level meeting in this city. UN Says Plan for Colombian Guerrilla Disarmament in May Continues Bogota, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) The head of the UN Mission for Colombia, Juan Arnault, asserted today the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP) keep the promise of of finishing the disarmament of that guerrilla movement by the end of May. Venezuela-Cuba Enterprise Meeting Starts in Caracas Caracas, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Since Tuesday and until Friday, Caracas is the host of the Venezuela-Cuba Enterprise Meeting, wanting to strengthen bilateral trade and foster the economic agenda of Venezuela. 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. Bolivian Vicepresident Highlights Solidarity with Sea Demand La Paz, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Vicepresident Alvaro Garcia Linera assured Tuesday that the solidarity and the rules of international justice constitute the best ways to recuperate the Bolivian sovereign exit to open sea to the Pacific Ocean. Santos Welcomes Approval of Special Jurisdiction for Peace Bogota, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed today the approval in Congress of the bill that will create the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), considered the backbone of the agreement with the FARC-EP. 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 National Geographic: Ecuador among the Most Biodiverse Countries Quito, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador is today one of the 10 nations with greater biodiversity as a report revealed by the specialized magazine National Geographic said. 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. US Nobel of Chemistry 2003 Joins the Academy of Sciences of Cuba Havana, March 13 (Prensa Latina) US biologist and academic Peter Agre, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2003, joined the corresponding member list of the Cuban Academy of Sciences (ACC), local media reported today. 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. Bolivia is an Economic Phenomenon, Deputy Minister Endara Says La Paz, March 13 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia is an economic phenomenon of worldwide reference for its growth and stability, said the Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Integration of the South American nation, Clarems Endara. 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. Spanish Foreign Minister Begins First Visit to Latin America Madrid, March 13 (Prensa Latina) Alfonso Dastis, minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, begins today in Peru his first visit to Latin America, which includes also Mexico. Air Transport in Brazil Prepares Enactment of New Rules Brasilia, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) The tariff for dispatched luggage by passengerts is among the new rules for air transportation that will start to work from next Tuesday 14th in Brazil. Bolivia Says to Trust The Hague to Solve Maritime Dispute La Paz, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales said today he trusted the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to solve the dispute with Chile for sovereign access to the sea. Chile Leads SouthAm Under-17 Soccer Worldl Qualifier Santiago de Chile, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Chile is leading the South American Under-17 Football Championship, just a step ahead of the Soccer World Championship in India this year, after beating Colombia 1-0, while Brazil, the runner-up, crushed Venezuela 4-0. Bolivian President Praises His Country's Anti-Drug Battle 11 de marzo de 2017, 13:29La Paz, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales stated today that his country''s method to fight drugs is highly valued and respected throughout the world and has been acknowledged by the United Nations and the European Union. Spanish FM to Travel to Peru and Mexico Next Week Madrid, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, Alfonso Dastis, will start next Monday in Peru his first visit to Latin Ameriuca that will also take him to Mexico. The media highlighted today that the tour of the head of Spanish diplomacy looks to reinforce the relation with the two countries in the political and economic level. Lenin Moreno Kicks Off Election Campaign in Quito Neighborhoods 10 de marzo de 2017, 18:52Quito, March 10 (Prensa Latina) ''The only way to save Ecuador is with the poor´s vote,'' candidate Lenin Moreno stated, who started off his electoral campaign in some popular sectors of the capital. 'We will Receive the Pope with our Open Arms', Says Santos 10 de marzo de 2017, 18:51Bogota, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) President Juan Manuel Santos said today that Colombians will receive Pope Francis with their open hearts and arms, following the confirmation of his visit to this country. Nicolás Maduro Increases Salary of Venezuelan Physicians 10 de marzo de 2017, 17:45Caracas, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, during the central event on the occasion of the National Doctor´s Day, ordered the salary increase for all health professionals working in the country, Another Minors Group Leaves Colombian Guerrillas 10 de marzo de 2017, 17:43Bogota, March 10 (Prensa Latina) Another group of Colombian minors has left FARC-EP and was received by a humanitarian mission made up of delegates from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and representatives of social organizations. Correa Highlights Rejection by Students of Opoosition Plan 10 de marzo de 2017, 17:14Quito, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) The President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, highlighted today the rejection by students of Guayaquil to the plan of presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso, of eliminating 14 tariffs, which will reduce the budget in education and public health. Venezuela Wins Lawsuit Against ExxonMobil Caracas, March 10 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan authorities welcomed the revocation of a decision taken by the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), which had ordered Venezuela to make a multi-million dollar payment to Exxon Mobil. Chile: Ministers Reiterate Support for Mexico Given US Measures 10 de marzo de 2017, 16:29Santiago de Chile, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) Ministers of Finance from Colombia, Peru and Chile reiterated today their support for Mexico given the measures with economic and social impact implemented by the United States in recent days. Cuba Warns of Greater Economic Risks for the Caribbean Havana, March 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuba warned today that the countries of the Caribbean basin are exposed to greater economic risks by increasing protectionism in trade and the development of exclusionary and repressive migration policies. 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. Venezuela to Help in Reconstruction of Bridge Damaged by Matthew Baracoa, Cuba, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) With the cooperation of Venezuela, the reconstruction of the bridge over the Toa River in Cuba''s far East that was devastated by Hurricane Matthew last October will begin. Poverty in Argentina Surged to 32.9 Percent in the Last Year Buenos Aires, March 10 (Prensa Latina) In the last year, poverty surged to 32.9 percent in this southern nation, affecting 1.5 million more people, according to a report from the Catholic University''s Social Debt Observatory. 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. Support in Ecuador to Presidential Candidate Moreno Increases 09 de marzo de 2017, 17:51Quito, Mar 9 (Prensa Latina) The Fuerza Compromiso Social Movement joined today the political organizations that support Lenin Moreno, Ecuadorian vice president and presidential candidate for the Government Alianza PAIS Movement. Venezuela Regrets Bias in UN High Commissioner´s Action 09 de marzo de 2017, 17:50Geneva, March 9 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Ambassador to UN in Geneva, Jorge Valero, championed Venezuela´s position on respect for human rights and deplored the biases on the issue in the High Commissioner''s action. Coca Law Debate with EU Representatives in Bolivia 09 de marzo de 2017, 17:16La Paz, March 9 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the European Union (EU) in Bolivia were acquainted of the new Coca Law which lays down a maximum of 22,000 hectares (ha) for growing, Bolivian Government Minister Carlos Romero stated. Lenin Moreno Leads the Voting Intentions in Ecuador 09 de marzo de 2017, 15:15Quito, March 9 (Prensa Latina) Official candidate for the presidency of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, is leading today the voting intention and beating out his rival Guillermo Lasso, for April 2´s poll, according to a survey. FIFA Reminds US About World Cup Obligations Amid Travel Ban London, March 9 (Prensa Latina) FIFA President Gianni Infantino reminded the United States today that they would have to guarantee full access to the country for players, officials and supporters if they bid for the 2026 World Cup. Bolivian President Calls for World People's Conference La Paz, March 9 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales stressed today the importance of holding an international debate on the issue of migration by convening the World Peoples'' Conference, scheduled for next June. Popular Movements Have an Uneven Battle Ahead By Miguel Fernández Martínez Caracas, March 9 (Prensa Latina) The rightwing has 80 percent of the world's television and radio audience, and the press is in the hands of six large multi-media conglomerates, it is a tremendously unequal battle for popular movements, said Argentine intellectual Atilio Borón. German Bank to Fund Part of the Bioceanic Train La Paz, Mar 9 (Prensa Latina) German Ambassador to Bolivia, Matthias Sonn, said here that the Development Bank of his country will finance part of the resources for the Central Bioceanic Rail Corridor (CFBC). 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. ECLAC Charts Inequities with Regard to Women in Latin America 08 de marzo de 2017, 15:46Santiago de Chile, March 8 (Prensa Latina) The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) drew today a graph of the prevailing inequities with regard to women''s opportunities in society, with an emphasis on the region. Foreign Artists Share Experiences in Cuban Drum Festival Havana, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) US percussionists, Craig Haynes and Nanny Assis and Brazilian Marcus Santos will conduct two master classes as part of the program of the XVI International Festival of Drum. Bolivian President Enacts Law 906 in Defense of the Coca Leaf La Paz, Mar 8 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales said today during the enactment act of Law 906 in defense of the coca leaf that this natural resource represents the ancient culture of the country. 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. Bolivian President Returns to His Country 07 de marzo de 2017, 18:07La Paz, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales returned today to his country after undergoing treatment in Cuba for a problem with his vocal chords, related to manifestations of sinusitis and a viral infection. FARC-EP Says All Transition Areas are not Geared Up. 07 de marzo de 2017, 17:00Bogota, March 7 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP Commander Marcos Calarca stated that none of the sites planned in Colombia for FARC-EP is geared up and that the adaptation works are generally long overdue. Argentineans to Maintain Level of Union Trade Salary Adjustments 07 de marzo de 2017, 16:25Buenos Aires, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Argentinean workers got together at the center of Buenos Aires, the capital, to demand the government to suspend the top to salary adjustments negotiated by the trade unions. Ecuador's Electoral Authority Ratifies Respect for People´s Will 07 de marzo de 2017, 15:38Quito, March 7 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuador´s National Electoral Council (CNE) will meet its goal of respecting people´s will for the votes, the highest representative, Juan Pablo Pozo stated. Social Institutional Future at Stake in Ecuador, Affirms Scholar 07 de marzo de 2017, 13:21By Sinay Cespedes Moreno Leadership Essential for Colombian Peace Process: Norwegian FM 07 de marzo de 2017, 13:03Bogota, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) Norwegian foreign minister, Borge Brende, assured the implementation of the peace agreement in Colombia is at a critical point requiring good leadership to face its challenges, said today daily El Tiempo. 'It's Time to Support Peace Agreement', Colombian Senator Says 07 de marzo de 2017, 11:06Bogota, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) Colombian Senator Alberto Castilla said today it is time to support the agreement with the FARC-EP and its implementation, understand the political moment, highlight the positive aspects of the peace process and accompany it. Brazil Faces the Worse Economic Recession Since 1948 Brasilia, March 7 (Prensa Latina) Brazil is facing the worst recession since 1948 with a fall in 3.6 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during 2016, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) said today. Venezuelans Honor Chávez's Legacy Caracas, March 7 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelans continue to show their attachment to the legacy of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez, with activities in his honor that will extend until March 15. Development Associated with Big Data, Experts Stress in ECLAC Seminar Santiago de Chile, March 7 (Prensa Latina) The dynamics of Big Data analytics would be an essential tool for future development in areas such as health, employment, productivity and natural disaster management. 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. Wildfires in Chile Have Left Disastrous Balance 06 de marzo de 2017, 18:05Santiago de Chile, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) The bushfires that struck Chile in January and part of February left a disastrous balance with serious human, material and environmental damage. Evo Morales Assures to be Recovered from Affection in Vocal Cords 06 de marzo de 2017, 17:38Havana, March 6 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales said he is utterly recovering from an affection in his vocal cords that forced him to take some medical care in Cuba, even though he also said that he must undergo a simple surgical operation next month. 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. Comment of Peruvian President on Latin America Criticized Lima, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) Diverse criticisms on President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski mount up today in Peru for having compared Latin America with a docile dog in its relation with the United States, in a recent visit to the northern country. Transportation Strike Called by Right-Wing Deplored in Venezuela Caracas, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Minister of Transportation Ricardo Molina urged the population to remain quiet and keep working, in response to the strike planned by the right-wing that sought to halt that service today. 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. Bolivia to Protect Peace Fom the Security Council, asserted Linera La Paz, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian acting President, Álvaro García Linera assured today that the country''s position in the Security Council will always be to protect world peace and promote brotherhood of peoples. 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. Empty Classrooms, Argentinean Teachers Take to The Streets Buenos Aires, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) In their traditional white overalls, hundreds of Argentine teachers took to the streets today in the midst of a 48-hour strike to demand fair and dignified wages. ALBA Countries Agree to Strengthen Regional Integration Caracas, March 6 (Prensa Latina) ALBA-TCP member countries agreed to work with the purpose of strengthening the unity and integration of Latin America and the Caribbean and establishing conditions to guarantee the economic growth of this Latin American bloc. Fidel and Chavez, Always Present Por Luis BeatonCaracas, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and Commander Hugo Chavez will always be present among the peoples of ALBA and the world, because today they radiate examples, due to their advocacy in favor of the humble and the oppressed. PAHO Praises Equity and Universality of Cuban Health System By Carmen Esquivel Sarria La Paz, Mar 6 (Prensa Latina) The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) representative in Bolivia, Fernando Leanes, has highlighted the equity and universality in medical care in Cuba, which currently allow the Caribbean nation to have good indicators. 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. Palestinians in Lebanon Pay Tribute to Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez Beirut, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) paid posthumous tribute today to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whom they praised as paradigms of solidarity and resistance. UNICEF Takes Care of Demobilized Guerrilla Minors Bogota, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian minors who abandoned the ranks of the FARC-EP are under the protection of UNICEF and Family Welfare delegates, as part of a process to start their reincorporation into society, according to local media. Hugo Chavez Earned a Place in History Por Mario EsquivelHavana, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) Commander Hugo Chavez, the undisputable leader of the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, took a path during his life that led him from Sabaneta, in the state of Barinas, to the history of the deep changes currently taking place in that South American country. Hugo Chavez's Historic Legacy Lauded in Russia Moscow, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) Latin Americans and Russians have paid tribute and highlighted the historic legacy of Hugo Chavez on Sunday, on the 4th anniversary of his death, during a ceremony in memory of the Venezuelan commander. Nicaraguan President Highlights Chavez's Legacy in Latin America Caracas, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Sunday highlighted the impact of the revolutionary work of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Latin America, on the 4th anniversary of his death. Cuban Medical Brigade Celebrates 11 Years of Work in Bolivia La Paz, Mar 5 (Prensa Latina) Several speakers highlighted the role the Cuban Medical Brigade (BMC) has played in Bolivia and its support for the My Health program, during an event to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the group''s work in this Amazonian Andean nation. 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. Tareck El Aissami Trusts a Speedy Recovery of Venezuelan Economy 03 de marzo de 2017, 17:19Caracas, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Vice President, Tareck El Aissami, stated that he is confident of the speedy recovery of our national economy resulting of the implementation of government projects. Humanitarian Operation for Minors Discharge from FARC-EP 03 de marzo de 2017, 15:53Bogota, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian government and FARC-EP activated the first 2017 humanitarian operation to assist minors in being discharged from guerrilla, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed today. ALBA Summit in Venezuela Will Pay Tribute to Hugo Chavez 03 de marzo de 2017, 14:54Caracas, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) Opening on Sunday the extraordinary summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of our Americas (ALBA) will open in Venezuela a homage to the revolutionary leader Hugo Chavez, on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of his death. Argentinean Women to March Against Sexist Violence 03 de marzo de 2017, 13:19Buenos Aires, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) A few days before a great march for International Women''s Day, a group of Argentines from the Evita Movement took to the streets in Buenos Aires today to protest against chauvinist violence. 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. Bolivia Inaugurates New Cable Car Line La Paz, March 3 (Prensa Latina) The Blue Line of the Cable Car runs today in El Alto, as part of the celebrations for the 32nd anniversary of that city, the youngest in Bolivia. 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. Ministers to Verify Conditions of Colombian Guerrillas Spaces Bogota, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) Members of the Cabinet and other senior Colombian officials will visit transitional sites for the FARC-EP on a three-day tour called La Paz Move Forward, aimed at speeding up the implementation of the pact with the guerrillas. Argentinean Local Football on Hold Due to Strike of Players Buenos Aires, Mar 3 (Prensa Latina) Despite an attempt to dialogue, Argentine football is now on hold because of the local players'' strike, who ratified their decision not to go to the field until they are paid the salary arrears. 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. Spain and Colombia Support Political Dialogue in Venezuela 02 de marzo de 2017, 16:52Madrid, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) Spanish and Colombian foreign ministers, Alfonso Dastis and Maria Angela Holguin, respectively, expressed today in this capital their support to the political dialogue in Venezuela. UNICEF Rejects Children Indoctrination against Bolivia Government 02 de marzo de 2017, 16:30La Paz, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) Representative to Bolivia for the United Nations International Children''s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Sun-Ah Kim Suh, condemned today the use of children with political aims, after an opposition ex-deputy indoctrinated children against the Government. 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. Bolivia File CAS Appeal Over Forfeited World Cup Qualifying Matches 02 de marzo de 2017, 13:33Barn, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) The Court of Arbitration for Sport,CAS, says the Bolivian football federation appealed against FIFA orders to forfeit two World Cup qualifying matches for fielding an ineligible player. Guyana and Cuba Increase Friendly Relations Georgetown, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) Representatives for Guyana and Cuba ratified in this capital both countries'' willingness to continue strengthening the traditional friendly and cooperation relations, diplomatic sources reported today. Pan-American Cadet and Youth Fencing Championship Begins in Cuba Havana, March 2 (Prensa Latina) Fencers from 21 countries are competing in the Pan-American Cadet and Youth Championship of this sport. New Platform to Promote China-Latin America Cooperation Beijing, March 2 (Prensa Latina) Sino-Latin American economic and trade cooperation will gain ground with the forthcoming operation of a park in Zhuhai, city of the southern province of Guangdong, in the second half of this year, local press reports today. Bolivia to Transfer to Antarctica Ice from Mount Illimani La Paz, Mar 2 (Prensa Latina) Scientists led by the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) of France, will transfer to Antarctica snow from the glacier Illimani, second highest peak of Bolivia, threatened by climate change. Bolivian Government Formally Complains to France by Video Game 01 de marzo de 2017, 17:10La Paz, March 1 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government handed over to the French ambassador in La Paz, Denys Wibaux, a formal complaint by a video game made by Ubisoft company damaging the image of Bolivia. Popular Preference to Fernando Lugo for President 01 de marzo de 2017, 16:38Asunción, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) The preference of a majority of the electorate for Fernando Lugo to the Presidency of Paraguay, if reelection is constitutionally approved, was reaffirmed in a new poll released Wednesday. Ecuadorean Vice President Opens an Investigation on Defamation 01 de marzo de 2017, 15:26Quito, March 1 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorean Vice President, Jorge Glas, submitted a request to the General Attorney´s Office to open an investigation for defamation against him, none of which have been able to prove the alleged complainants. 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. Argentinean President Accused of Lucrative Irregularities Buenos Aires, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) Argentina''s President Mauricio Macri and other of his Government officials have been formally accused today of alleged irregularities linked to the use of the country''s air space for lucrative ends, amounting to an abuse of power. Colombian Guerrilla Begins Disarmament Process after Peace Signing Bogota, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) Insurgent FARC-EP have begun today the disarmament process after more than three months that the Colombian government signed peace, a procedure that should be concluded on May 29th. Cuban Towns Hit by Hurricane Matthew Rebuilt with Venezuelan Aid Maisi, Cuba, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) Thanks to the support given by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, this community in the eastern region has now a colorful and renewed landscape. Bolivian Gov't to Define Partners for Bioceanic Train La Paz, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will define the partners for the project of the Central Bioceanic Railroad Corridor (CFBC) seeking to consolidate a large company with public-private members, said minister of Planning for Development Mariana Prado. 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. Thousands of Colombian Families to Leave the Coca Economy Bogota, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) About 55,000 Colombian families will voluntarily replace coca fields for other plantations, a program sponsored by the government and will be accompanied in the territories by the FARC-EP, the Presidential Palace (seat of government) stated. Guatemala Second in illiteracy Rate in Latin America Guatemala, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Guatemala is the second country in Latin America, after Brazil, with the highest illiteracy rate: 12 percent points, noted reports from the National Literacy Committee (Conalfa). Ecuador: A 20-Day Campaign to Elect the Next President Por Sinay Cespedes MorenoQuito, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) The campaign of the two political forces that will go to the second round of presidential elections in Ecuador, the ruling Alianza PAIS Movement and the opposition CREO-SUMA, will last 20 days. Venezuela Receives Lot of Banknotes of New Monetary Unit Caracas, Feb 28 (Prensa Latina) Manuel Perez Urdaneta, Vice Minister of Security and Citizen Prevention, has confirmed today the arrival to this capital of the ninth cargo of the monetary unit''s banknotes in force in Venezuela since December. 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. Cuban Delegation at Rio 2016 Receives IOC Olympic Button Havana, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban delegation that attended the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 will receive today the Olympic Button of the International Olympic Committee at the Morro-Cabaña complex in Havana. 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. Latest News of Cuban Center for Neurological Restoration Stressed Havana, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) The application of the non-invasive brain stimulation is one of the latest news of the International Center for Neurological Restoration (CIREN), the only one of its kind in the world, celebrating its 28th anniversary, media reported here today. Ecuadorian Communist Party Calls for Democratic Pact for Life 27 de febrero de 2017, 10:40By Sinay Cespedes Moreno 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. Ecuador: Poll Places Ruling Party Candidate First for Ballotage 27 de febrero de 2017, 08:48Quito, Feb 27 (Prensa Latina) The ruling party candidate for president in the second round of elections in Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, is today ahead of his rival, the ex-banker Guillermo Lasso, by 18 points, according to a survey released by the Center for Social Research. Maradona Remembers 40 Years of Debut with Argentinean Soccer Team Buenos Aires, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean former soccer star Diego Armando Maradona remembered with joy his 40 years from his debut with the Argentinean national soccer team, in a message in the social networks Sunday. Gilberto Santa Rosa and Gente de Zona Bring Music to Ecuador Quito, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) Puerto Rican recognized singer Gilberto Santa Rosa and the popular Cuban group Gente de Zona will offer concerts in Ambato, in the framework of the Festival of Flowers and Fruits in 2017, in the Ecuadorian city. 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. Cristina Fernandez Honors Nestor Kirchner on His Birthday 25 de febrero de 2017, 17:27Buenos Aires, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) ''Today is his 67th birthday, we need him every day'', Cristina Fernandez posted on the social networks to celebrate the birthday anniversary of her husband, late former President Nestor Kirchner. 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. Fixed, Mobile Phone Tariffs in Argentina to Rise in March, April Buenos Aires, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) A new rise in prices is near for Argentineans who as of March and April will have to pay more for the service of fixed and mobile telephone rates, alerted today a specialized publication. Europeans to Attend Meeting on Bioceanic Train Project in Bolivia La Paz, Feb 25 (Prensa Latina) Businesspeople of Gertmany and Switzerland will attend the meeting on the Bioceanic Central Railway Corridor (BCRC), scheduled for next March in Bolivia, announced the local media. Volunteer Brigades to Assist the Colombian Guerrillas By Adalys Pilar Mireles Dark Business, Piñera to Declare as Imputed in Chile 24 de febrero de 2017, 17:20Santiago, Chile, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The imminent right-wing presidential candidate in Chile, Sebastián Piñera, is due to appear before the court as imputed for the purchase of shares in a Peruvian fishery. Venezuela vs. Argentina in sub 17 Soccer 24 de febrero de 2017, 15:41Caracas, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The debut of the male soccer team of Venezuela at the South American under-17 Soccer Championship in Chile, to classify for the World Championship in October, is calling great attention in the press. Cuban Singer Danay Suarez Finalist in Viña del Mar Contest Viña del Mar, Chile, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) Cuban singer Danay Suarez was finalist with the 6,2-highest score at the 58th International Viña del Mar Song Festival. 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. Pope Francis Supports Political Negotiation in Venezuela Caracas, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis ratified his commitment to the negotiation process between the Venezuelan Government and the opposition in order to consolidate peace and economic stability, and blessed the country, media outlets reported today. Uruguayan Senator Backs Cuba's Decision on OAS Secretary General Montevideo, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) Senator of the Broad Front (Frente Amplio), Leonardo de Leon, has said he fully supports Cuba''s decision to deny the entry visa into the Caribbean country of OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro. Scientist Encourages to Take Advantage of the Astronomy Boom in Chile 24 de febrero de 2017, 11:03Santiago de Chile, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) Dr. Leonor Huerta was today in favor of taking advantage of the contribution of the giant telescopes installed in Chile to further develop the level of astronomy in the southern country. Ecuadorian Communists Call for Random Recount of Votes Quito, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The recount of a random sample of the total number of votes issued after the general elections that recently took place is the request that the Ecuadorian Communist Party (PCE) maintains today to the National Electoral Council of this South American country. Bolivia: Agreement Government-Coca Producers Ends Conflict La Paz, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) The agreement between the Bolivian government and coca producers to establish 22,000 hectares for the legal cultivation of the leaf gives an end today to a conflict that has caused tensions here in recent weeks. Venezuela to Contest French Gov't for Discriminating against Skier Caracas (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez said that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will present today a complaint to the French government for the discriminatory behavior of its authorities against the skier Adrián Solano. Argentineans Face Further Price Hikes Buenos Aires, (Prensa Latina) The cost of electricity, toll, transportation and private healthcare services in Argentina rose further in February, and there seems to be no end in sight to such sustained increases. Brazil with the Highest Number of Depressive Patients in Lat Am Brasilia, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) Brazil leads Latin America with the highest number of people suffering from depression (regarding absolute and relative terms), as reported by a study published by the World Health Organization (WHO). Venezuela Calls for Meeting of Foreign Ministers to Support Palestine 23 de febrero de 2017, 17:59Caracas, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said today that Venezuela, as temporary president of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), called for a meeting of foreign ministers to support the Palestinian people. Bolivian Growers Sign Agreement to Pass Coca Law 23 de febrero de 2017, 17:36La Paz, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) Growers from Los Yungas signed today a draft of agreement with the Bolivian Government to pass the bill for the General Law of Coca and conclude the demonstrations of this sector. More than a Million Homes to Be Built or Repaired 23 de febrero de 2017, 17:30Caracas, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Thursday, that the Bolivarian government of Venezuela will construct, or repair, more than a million homes in all the national territory in 2017. Brazil Tracks Down Suspects Linked to President Michel Temer 23 de febrero de 2017, 15:45Brasilia, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) Rio de Janeiro Police is increasingly tracking down Jorge Luz, closely related to Brazilian President Michel Temer, and his son Bruno on suspicion of bribing public officials, the national media reported. Bolivia Denounces Destabilizing Attempt of Coca Grower Leader 23 de febrero de 2017, 14:40La Paz, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) The Deputy Minister of the Interior of Bolivia, José Luis Quiroga, denounced today that the coca growers'' rejection of the agreement with the government was the result of a destabilizing stroke by Adepcoca president Franklin Gutiérrez. Ollanta Humala Investigated Due to Oderbrecht Corruption Case 23 de febrero de 2017, 12:31Lima, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) Former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala must respond to the alleged financing of his election campaign by Brazilian company Odebrecht, congresswoman Marisa Glave said today. 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. Cuba Starts 2017 Salsa Festival Havana, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) The Salsa Festival convenes today in this capital many of the most popular dance music orchestras in Cuba, in order to visualize those dances and sounds that win followers around the world. 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. Identity and Cuban Architecture From Eliana Cárdenas Havana, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) The posthumous book of the researcher Eliana Cárdenas (1951-2010): Historiografía e Identidad en la Arquitectura Cubana is now an ecumenical literary work for its exhaustive bibliographical research, as well as a reference for scholars on the subject. NGO Congratulates Ecuador for Successful Fight Against Tax Havens Quito, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) Several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of the world joined today to the congratulations received by Ecuador following the victory of a popular consultation that is part of the government''s struggle against tax havens. 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. Colombia Champions Peace Agreement 22 de febrero de 2017, 17:40Bogota, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Colombian Congressman Ivan Cepeda championed the Senate''s approval of the constitutional reform protecting or shielding the peace agreement and guaranteeing its compliance for next 12 years. Venezuelan Vice President Rebuffs US Accusations 22 de febrero de 2017, 16:30Caracas, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The US Department of Treasury has been deceived by factors interested in not improving Venezuela-USA relations, Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami stated by a letter published in The New York Times. Without Progress, Dialogue between Bolivian Govt and Coca Growers 22 de febrero de 2017, 16:05La Paz, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Minister of Government Carlos Romero expressed today his concern about the stagnation of dialogue with the coca growers, due to the intransigent positions of that sector regarding a bill presented in Parliament. Soldiers Leave Rio de Janeiro before Starting of Carnival 22 de febrero de 2017, 15:59Rio de Janeiro, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Nine thousand soldiers who reinforced the safety of Rio de Janeiro began a staggered retirement less than two days of the Carnival, reported today official sources. OAS, Donald Trump and the bad advisers of Luis Almagro By Roberto García Hernández Havana, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The arrival of U.S. President Donald Trump to power seems to stimulate some sectors in Washington who try to reactivate their anti-Latin American stands, closer to the new airs blowing in the White House. Tariff Reduction Favors Sales of Vietnamese Coffee to Brazil 22 de febrero de 2017, 11:41Hanoi, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The decision by Brazilian authorities to reduce tariffs for importing robusta coffee from 20 to 10 percent has created sale opportunities for the Vietnamese grain to the Latin American country, the report said. FARC-EP Accuses Colombian Government of Non-Compliance Bogota, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) With about 7,000 guerrillas located today in concentration areas planned for disarmament, the FARC-EP have questioned the Colombian government about the delays in preparing the sites and asked to reschedule for the putting down the weapons. Colombia Announces Extradition of Drug Trafficker from China Bogotá, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Foreign Ministry announced today the extradition from China in the coming days of drug trafficker Sara María Galeano, sentenced to 18 years and three months in prison for drug trafficking. The Bolivian People Continue to Defend Democracy, Evo Morales Says La Paz, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales said today he was surprised by the spontaneous demonstrations that took place yesterday to defend democracy and the truth after the first anniversary of the February 21 referendum. China Prepares BRICS 2017 Pre-summit Meeting Beijing, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) China is adding the finishing touches for the first meeting of representatives of BRICS member countries prior to the 9th summit to be held tomorrow in Nanjing, the capital of eastern Jiangsu Province. 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. Hydroelectric Project El Bala Will Conclude this Year in Bolivia La Paz, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) Technical study and preinvestment of the hydroelectric project El Bala, in a protected zone north of this capital, will conclude before this year''s end, said Minister of Energies of Bolivia, Rafael Alarcon. Colombia: Life in a Guerrilla Concentration Zone Por Felix AlbizuBogota (Prensa Latina) For any guerrilla fighter, a FARC-EP transition area or concentration zone, as it is also known, does not make a big difference from their insurgent camps, where they operated before the peace agreement between the Colombian government and that armed movement. South American Soccer Sub-17 Starts in Chile on Thursday Santiago de Chile, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The 17th edition of the South American Sub 17 (under 17 years old) tournament of soccer, which grants four places to the World Cup in India in October, will begin next Thursday in two cities of the center of Chile. International Artists to Liven Up Caracas Carnival 2017 Caracas, Feb 22 (Prensa Latina) The mayor of the Libertador municipality of this capital, Jorge Rodríguez, revealed that the International Carnival Caracas 2017 will conclude with concerts of important artists on Monday and Tuesday, at Los Próceres Avenue. 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. Evo Highlights Importance of Nationalization for Progress of Bolivia 21 de febrero de 2017, 17:11La Paz, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) President of Bolivia Evo Morales highlighted today the importance of nationalizing natural resources for the development of the country and reiterated that thanks to this policy it is possible to build thousands of works. Colombia Cancels Gasoline Surcharge Decree 21 de febrero de 2017, 16:52Bogota, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Mines and Energy overturned the government resolution on reduction in fuel prices to calculate the gasoline surcharge. Ecuador's Presidential Runoff Imminent 21 de febrero de 2017, 16:11Quito, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) The head of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Juan Pablo Pozo, admitted today that the trend marks a runoff between Ecuador''s presidential candidates, but that he will wait for the definitive data to confirm the ballot. Professionals Denounce Deterioration of Brazilian Economy 21 de febrero de 2017, 16:02Brasilia, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Professionals of the engineering and business sectors denounced continuous deterioration of the Brazilian economy in a manifest published today. Cuban Danay Suarez, Outstanding Performance in Viña del Mar 21 de febrero de 2017, 15:54Viña del Mar, Chile, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Wearing a vibrant red dress, the young Cuban raper Danay Suárez was really applauded by the demanding public at the Song Festival of Viña del Mar, the Chilean Garden City. Ecuadorian Opposition Protest Over Slow Presidential Vote Count 21 de febrero de 2017, 15:22Quito, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Opponents of the government are getting desperate with the slow count of votes and pressure today the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Ecuador to declare a runoff between the ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno and conservative Guillermo Lasso. Coca Growers Cause Riots in Bolivia, Despite Call for Dialogue 21 de febrero de 2017, 14:27La Paz, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Coca producers were involved today in riots in this city, despite the call for dialogue of Bolivian government around a bill presented to the Legislative Assembly. Mass Protest by Social Organizations in Argentina 21 de febrero de 2017, 14:20Buenos Aires, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Early this morning, hundreds of people, members of the organization Barrios de Pie, went out to the streets in this city to protest against cuts in social plans. Dialogue and Peace as an Alternative to Aggression Against Venezuela 21 de febrero de 2017, 11:36Por Luis BeatonCaracas, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Dialogue and peace are today among Venezuelans'' essential priorities, although the hammer pretends to crush the olive branch that the government is offering his domestic and foreign adversaries. Top Official Calls to Respect and Implement Pact with FARC-EP 21 de febrero de 2017, 11:10Bogota, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) Colombia''s High Commissioner for Peace, Sergio Jaramillo, has urged today to support the implementation of the pact signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP) and rejected some pretensions from sectors that seek to change its content. 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. Governing PAIS Alliance Has Majority in Ecuador's Parliament Quito, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) With 75,4% of the votes counted in the election to renew Ecuador''s National Assembly, the governing PAIS Alliance (AP, in Spanish) of President Rafael Correa has a broad lead over the opposition to win an absolute majority. Aircraft that Violated Venezuelan Airspace Shot Down Caracas, Feb 21 (Prensa Latina) The Strategic Command Operations of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (CEOFANB) has confirmed the downing of an aircraft that was violating Venezuelan airspace, in southern Maracaibo Lake, Zulia state. International Missions Ratify Electoral Transparency in Ecuador 20 de febrero de 2017, 17:59Quito, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) International agencies of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) and the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations (Uniore) ratified the electoral transparency in Ecuador. Cuban Artists Preselected for South American Art Biennial 20 de febrero de 2017, 17:40Buenos Aires, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Four projects by Cuban artists and curators were preselected for the International Contemporary Art Biennial of South America, which will be held from September to December in more than 40 cities in the world, with its central venue in the city of Buenos Aires. Government of Venezuela Seeks to Develop Fish Production 20 de febrero de 2017, 16:45Caracas, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) The government is working to make Venezuela a fishing and aquaculture power, and in this way optimize the distribution of seafood to the population, local press reports said today. Evo Morales Calls for Defending Bolivia's Social Achievements 20 de febrero de 2017, 15:38La Paz, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales stressed today the importance of deepening in history to defend the social achievements of the Andean nation from the exploits of the national heroes. Correa Warns on Rigged Campaign if Second Round of Elections Quito, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa urged citizens to be alert for a rigged opposition campaign if at the end of the vote a second round of general elections is needed. Yes has the lead in Ecuador's Referendum on Tax Havens Quito, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) With less of 30% of the votes counted in Ecuador''s referendum on the prohibition of tax havens, the Yes has a lead of 54,77% to ban public servants and political candidates from having accounts or companies in these so-called fiscal paradises. 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. Brazil to Acquire Vietnamese Robusta Coffee Hanoi, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) Latina) Brazil will import robust coffee from Vietnam as part of purchases to meet the demand of the domestic industry of that bean, used in the production of the instant type, was released here today. Governing PAIS Alliance Candidate Leads Elections in Ecuador 19 de febrero de 2017, 21:15Quito, Feb 19 (Prensa Latina) With 57% of the vote officially counted, the presidential candidate of the governing PAIS Alliance and Vice President, Lenin Moreno, leads the general elections of Ecuador with 38,26% of the ballots, ahead of Guillermo Lasso, of Creating Opportunities Movement, with 29,86%. Leading Opposition Candidate in Ecuador Says There'll Be a Run-Off 19 de febrero de 2017, 19:41Quito, Feb 19 (Prensa Latina) Former banker Guillermo Lasso, the leading opposition candidate in Ecuador''s presidential elections, said today after the polls closed that there''ll be an electoral run-off with the candidate for the governing PAIS Alliance, Lenin Moreno, and called on all the opposition to back him up. Lenin Moreno, of PAIS Alliance, Would Be Ecuador's Next President 19 de febrero de 2017, 18:17Quito, Feb 19 (Prensa Latina) Despite a negative and dirty campaign against him, Lenin Moreno, the presidential candidate for the governing PAIS Alliance, leads the Sunday elections in Ecuador with 42,9% of the vote according to surveys on exit polls. Church Hierarchy Accused of Calling for Violence in Venezuela Caracas, Feb 19 (Prensa Latina) Journalist Jose Vicente Rangel accused Venezuelan church leaders of persisting in turning a deaf ear on Venezuela´s democratic order and calling for public disobedience to destabilize and try to overthrow the Bolivarian Government. Bolivia Investigates Arms Shipment from USA La Paz, Feb 19 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian authorities continue today investigating over an arms shipment from United States which was discovered on Friday in Santa Cruz department, hidden in the double bottom of a trailer. Ecuador: Correa criticizes Spanish and Venezuelan Stance on Elections Quito, Feb 19 (Prensa Latina) Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador, criticized today the positions taken by a Spanish senator and a Venezuelan politician on the process of general elections that takes place in this South American nation and for migrants abroad. Colombian Guerrilla Reintegrates into Civilian Life Bogota, Feb 19 (Prensa Latina) With the arrival of about 6,900 FARC-EP guerrillas to disarming zones, the preparation of this Colombian movement is beginning today for its reintegration into civilian life after half a century of conflict. General Elections Start Off in Ecuador Quito, Feb 19 (Prensa Latina) Elections are not won by speculation, elections are won with votes, the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE) Juan Pablo Pozo stated, when inaugurating the general elections in Ecuador. 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. Italy Interested in Producing Wines with Bolivian Coca Leaf La Paz, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Minister of Development Planning, Mariana Prado, informed here that representatives of the enterprise Vinos Mariani of Italy, are interested in elaborating their products using Bolivian coca leaf. Ecuador Leads Actions in Defense Rights of Migrants in U.S. Quito, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador leads actions in defense of rights of migrants living in the United States, where the new government harshens policies against that sector. World Circuit Adventure Race Being Prepared in Paraguay Asuncion, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) The race for expedition adventure race called Aventura Exopedicion Guarani, is already on preparation for the start in Paraguay, from March 6. Ambassador Denounces Spain´s Interference in Venezuela 17 de febrero de 2017, 17:14Madrid, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Mario Isea, Venezuelan Ambassador in Spain, denounced today here the persistent interference of the conservative management of Mariano Rajoy in the internal affairs of Venezuela. Eight Exploding Envelopes Detected in Ecuador 17 de febrero de 2017, 17:12Quito, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) The Director of Operations for the National Police, General Ramiro Mantilla, stated that at least eight exploding envelopes, of which four were seized, were sent in the last hours by Ecuador Post. Brazilian Army Chief Says the Country is Drifting Brasilia, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian Army Chief, General Dias Dias Costa Villas Boas stated today that the country is adrift after mentioning violence and lack of security as the key elements of the moment. Fires in Chile Leave Severe Human and Material Losses Santiago, Chile, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) The National Forest Corporation (CONAF) reported today that the fires that devastated part of Chile''s territory left serious human and material damages. Rio de Janeiro Carnival Gathers More Than One Million Tourists Rio de Janeiro, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Rio de Janeiro, one of the most sensual and rhythmic cities in Brazil, will host more than one million visitors this year for the carnival festivities, a splurge of color and music. 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. Russia and Uruguay Strengthen Health Cooperation Moscow, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Russia and Uruguay strengthened today cooperation in the medical field and envisage actions in terms of technological and educational exchange, said Russian Minister of Health, Veronica Skvortsova. Evo Morales Satisfied with Meetings in The Hague and Rome La Paz, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has expressed today his satisfaction with the results of the meetings with the legal team in The Hague and with FAO Director-General, Jose Graziano da Silva, in Rome. 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. Workers Accuse Copper Mining Bosses in Chile Santiago, Chile, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Trade union leaders from Escondida, the world''s largest copper mine, accused the Anglo-Australian firm BHP Billiton, for wanting to criminalize the legal strike and ignore their demands. G20 Foreign Ministers Discuss Development and Peacekeeping Bonn, Germany, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting will end today after two days of sessions which focused on sustainable development and global conflicts. Bolivia to Host International Meeting on Bioceanic Railway La Paz, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia prepares a meeting next March 21 between representatives of Germany, Switzerland, Peru and Paraguay to ratify the European nations as investors of the Bioceanic Central Railway Corridor (BCRC). Cuba, Guyana to Care for Caribbean Children with Disabilities Georgetown, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) A center for the care of Caribbean children with special educational needs associated with disabilities will be opened here in March, its coordinator, Cuban professor Jorge Duvalon announced today. Greenpeace's Emblematic Ship to Reach Chile for Exploration 16 de febrero de 2017, 18:20Santiago de Chile, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) The emblematic ship Rainbow Warrior of the ecologist organization Greenpeace will reach Chile on February 22 to explore southern seas and ecosystems. Cuban Writer Launches Book on Fidel Castro´s Visits to Ecuador 16 de febrero de 2017, 16:52Havana, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) The book ''Fidel en Ecuador. Bajo el cielo de la independencia'' by Cuban journalist and researcher Jose Antonio Quintana, tackles the visits made by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro to Ecuador. 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. NAM Rejects US Sanctions Against Vice President Caracas, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) The Movement of Non Aligned Countries (NAM) has today rejected the U.S. Treasury Department''s sanction against Venezuela''s Vice President Tareck El Aissami, for alleged links to international drug trafficking. FAO Support Bolivia's Request for Water Funding Rome, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced that it will support Bolivia in obtaining funding for irrigation and water generation projects. Peruvian Ex President Testifies on Odebrecht Bribes Lima, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Peruvian Ex-President Alan Garcia appeared today in court as a witness in one of the cases of supposed corruption by the Brazilian company Odebrecht that puts the country''s political circles in the public eye. Uncertainty at G-20 Meeting Due to New US Diplomacy Berlin, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) G-20 Group meeting of foreign ministers shows today a growing uncertainty about US diplomacy and its influence on fundamental economic issues. Concentration Zones of Colombian Guerrilla Almost Ready Colombia, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Commander Carlos Antonio Losada, a member of the FARC-EP Secretariat, said that before Friday, the transfer of the last remaining guerrilla units to the concentration zones must be completed, which will be demobilized and disarmed. 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. Prisoners in Ecuador Are Voting Today Quito, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) People deprived of liberty in Ecuador will vote today as part of the general election process that will end on Sunday, February 19. Tabare Vazquez Invites Putin to Visit Uruguay Moscow, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) President Tabare Vazquez invited his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin to visit Uruguay during an enlarged meeting he attended along with several ministers. Cuban Hotels Among Best All-Inclusive Resorts of the Caribbean Varadero, Cuba, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Two hotels in this resort, the largest and most important in Cuba, stand out today in the All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean region, a prestigious website specializing in tourism reported. Angola-Brazil-US, Underwater Cable Makes Progress Luanda, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) The works of submarine fiber optic cable that will join Angola, Brazil and the United States are now 46 percent execution, reported the company in charged in a communique. Uruguay Supports Russia in Rejecting All Kinds of Terrorism Moscow, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan President, Tabare Vazquez, has expressed today his support for Russia''s rejection of terrorism, whatever its origin, after meeting with Valentina Matvienko, chairwoman of the Federation Council. 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. Bolivian Economy is Expected to Grow 4.7 Percent this Year La Paz, Feb 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia expects an economic growth for 2017 of 4,7 percent of its Gross Domestic Product and an inflation rate below five percent in the Financial Fiscal Program, declared minister of the Economy, Luis Arce. 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. Dialogue on Large Copper Mining Strikes in Chile 15 de febrero de 2017, 18:57Santiago, Chile, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) Until next weekend, the talks that must be held by the union and the employers of Escondida, the world''s largest private copper-producing mine, in Chile. Bolivia: More than 824 Kilograms of Drugs Seized 15 de febrero de 2017, 17:39La Paz, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Special Force for the Fight against Drug Trafficking (Felcn, in Spanish) seized more than 824 kilograms of drugs in the surroundings of the Kollpa lagoon, said its director Santiago Delgadillo. 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. Bolivia Joins The Apostille Convention in The Hague 15 de febrero de 2017, 13:45The Hague, Netherlands, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales announced today Bolivia''s joining to the Apostille Convention, a simplified method to legalize documents to verify their authenticity in the field of private international law. Argentine Declares Agricultural Emergency in Several Provinces Buenos Aires, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) The Argentinean government declared today agricultural emergency for various provinces hit by wild fires and heavy rains in the last few months. 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. Bolivia Reiterates Safety on Maritime Demand 14 de febrero de 2017, 18:17The Hague, the Netherlands, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales reiterated today his confidence in a fair decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in view of the reply of the maritime demand to Chile. US Freezes Current Assets of Venezuelan Vice President Washington, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The US Government has frozen Tuesday assets of Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami on allegations he''s involved with drug-trafficking, accusation rejected by the Government of Venezuela. Peace in Colombia Deserves World Support, Irish Pres. Says 14 de febrero de 2017, 16:55Bogota, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian peace process deserves the support of the world, said Irish President Michael Daniel Higgins after his meeting with his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos in Casa de Nariño (Colombian Presidential House). Venezuelan Gov't Rejects US Verbal Aggression Caracas, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Venezuela has rejected Tuesday the verbal attacks by US officials against Vice President Tareck El Aissami. First Sommelier Cuban Woman Writes About Her Impressions Havana, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) The first Cuban sommelier woman, presents her impressions of this work in a text that appears today at the 26th International Book Fair 2017, based in the Morro-Cabaña tourist complex of this city. Homage to Bola de Nieve, an Unmistakable Voice of Cuban Music Havana, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Bola de Nieve, one of the unmistakable voices of Cuban music, returns to Havana scene in a homage dedicated to him by the Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine tomorrow, the organizers of the concert announced today. Manchester City Confirm Gabriel Jesus Suffered Broken Metatarsal London, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) MANCHESTER CITY striker Gabriel Jesus has broken his metatarsal and will miss two to three months, the club have confirmed. Evo Morales Ratifies Bolivia's Right to the Sea The Hague, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales, who is at the headquarters of the International Court of Justice (CIJ), has reaffirmed today Bolivia''s strength to a sovereign return of the sea that was taken from her by Chile. China Highlights Progress of Cooperation Agreements with Venezuela 14 de febrero de 2017, 11:34Beijing, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) China has announced today the progress of its cooperation programs with Venezuela, after the signing in Caracas of 22 bilateral cooperation agreements worth some $2.7 billion USD, which joined to previous agreements. Literary Forum Opens at International Book Fair in Cuba Havana, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) French writer, poet, essayist and philosopher Paul Valery and the French literature are the issues of the program of the first session of the literary forum at the 26th International Book Fair held in Cuba. 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. Venezuela to Agree with China Projects to Develop Industry Caracas, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s Vicepresident of Planning, Ricardo Menendez, advanced the intention of examining projects with China to strengthen the national insdustry, during the coming 15th High Level Bilateral Commission meeting. Chilean President Announces Visit to China 13 de febrero de 2017, 17:20Santiago de Chile, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Muñoz announced today President Michelle Bachelet´s visit to China in coming May. Bolivia to Review Maritime Reply against Chile in The Hague 13 de febrero de 2017, 17:18La Paz, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales went to The Hague today to review the maritime reply against Chile to claim his country''s right to recover its sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean. Venezuela Welcomes World Oil-Cut Accord 13 de febrero de 2017, 16:50Caracas, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez is welcoming today the agreement between the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and 11 foreign producers to cut production and stabilize the international oil market. Venezuela to Agree with China Projects to Develop Industry 13 de febrero de 2017, 15:16Caracas, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s Vicepresident of Planning, Ricardo Menendez, advanced today the intention of examining projects with China to strengthen the national insdustry, during the coming 15th High Level Bilateral Commission meeting. 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. USA Deported More Than One Million Mexicans in Five Years Mexico, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) In the last five years, 1 million 372 thousand 883 Mexicans were repatriated from the United States, according to data from the Interior Ministry (Segob) released today. 19th Edition of the Habano Festival Starts Feb 27 Havana, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) With the 19th Edition of the Habano Festival this month in the Cuban capital, Cuba''s quality products industry marks a very lucrative road, with many fans from all over the world. Rajoy Denies Mediator Role Between Latin America and Donald Trump Madrid, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy denied today he did not offer Donald Trump to be a mediator between the United States and Latin America during a recent telephone conversation with the US president. 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. Chacabuco Rises against Protectionism and Walls Santiago de Chile, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) The celebration by Chile and Argentina of the 200 years of the battle of Chacabuco also served to emit clear signs of rejection of protectionism and the idea of rising walls. Uruguay and Finland Highlight Excellent Relations 13 de febrero de 2017, 09:59Helsinki, 13 Feb (Prensa Latina) The presidents of Uruguay and Finland, Tabaré Vázquez and Sauli Niinistö, respectively, highlighted here today the excellent state of bilateral relations and expressed concern about the protectionist measures that impede free trade. 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. Ecuadorian President Criticizes Opposition Electoral Proposals 11 de febrero de 2017, 16:43Quito, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa criticized today the promises that are part of government programs by opposition presidential candidates, who will run in the general elections on February 19. Chile and Argentina Tighten Bilateral Relations 11 de febrero de 2017, 13:01Santiago de Chile, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Chile and Argentina will take new steps to tighten their relations, with a top-level meeting on the occasion of celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Chacabuco. Argentinean Union Leader Threatened with Death 11 de febrero de 2017, 12:10Buenos Aires, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the Buenos Aires Teachers Union, Roberto Baradel, has denounced today he was threatened with death while he was negotiating a wage rise. ''We are threatened because we have no price'', he pointed out. Bolivian President Opens Cement Plant in Santa Cruz La Paz, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) As part of an ongoing policy to develop Bolivia, President Evo Morales said that the first integral plant of cement in Itacamba, that was opened today in the department of Santa Cruz, will help widen the productive sector in Bolivia. Santos to Talk to Trump to Strengthen Relations Bogota, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will talk to his US counterpart Donald Trump on the phone, in order to strenghten bilateral relations, said Casa de Nariño (Colombian presidential house) here Saturday. 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. Over One Million Unemployed Builders in Brazil 10 de febrero de 2017, 17:33Brasilia, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) The construction sector has laid off over one million workers since 2014 due to the economic plight and the halt of the building works closely related to the scandal of ''Petrobras'', Brazilian state-run oil company. FARC-EP Warns on Armed Group Threats in Northern Colombia 10 de febrero de 2017, 17:04Bogotá, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP leader Timoleón Jiménez warned today on threats by an armed group amid the displacement of members of that Colombian guerrilla group to one of the transitional zones where they will lay down their weapons. Ecuadorian President Warns Over New Attacks against his Govt. 10 de febrero de 2017, 15:52Quito, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa warned of new attacks by the opposition to discredit his administration and try to damage the pro-government Movimiento Alianza País, as the country is close to the general elections on February 19. Uruguay Presents Economic Strategy in Hamburg 10 de febrero de 2017, 12:21Hamburg, Germany, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan Minister for Economy and Finance, Danilo Astori, has held a meeting with German businessmen here on his country''s strategic course and mentioned the incentives to attract foreign investment. 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. Copper Prices Dwindle Due to Miners' Strike in Chile Santiago de Chile, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) The miners'' strike of the Escondida, the biggest private copper producer in the world, has endangered the red metal prices with no solution to the stoppage in sight. Call for Peace Conference in Venezuela 10 de febrero de 2017, 09:39Caracas, Feb 10 (Prensa Latina) People''s Congress spokesman Carlos Ramirez called today in this capital city of Venezuela to participate in a conference about the processes of pacification in Latin America, threatened by the right wing. 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. Peruvian Justice Assesses Preventive Prison to Ex-President Toledo 09 de febrero de 2017, 16:21Lima, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) Peruvian Judge Richard Concepcion is assessing today in this capital the request of 18 months in preventive prison against ex-president Alejandro Toledo due to peddling and money laundering. March in Paraguay for a New Country 09 de febrero de 2017, 16:19Asunción, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) The long march called for a new homeland in Paraguay is currently moving forward to Asunción, but its vanguard is already conducting several protest activities against some institutions. Maradona, New FIFA Ambassador Buenos Aires, Diego Armando Maradona will be from on the new Ambassador of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA), a charge with which he claims to have fulfilled another of his dreams. Cuban Ambassador to Bolivia Highlights Bilateral Cooperation 09 de febrero de 2017, 14:55La Paz, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Ambassador to Bolivia Benigno Perez highlighted today the cooperation agreements between both countries, especially the work by the medical groups assigned to the nine department in the country. Colombia Makes History by FARC-EP March for Disarmament 09 de febrero de 2017, 14:51Bogotá, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) The High Commissioner for Peace, Sergio Jaramillo, stated that Colombia is currently experiencing a historic moment by the arrival of the FARC-EP guerrillas, which are still being demobilized to the sites where they must disarm. 103 Dead Due to Crisis in the Brazilian State of Espirito Santo Brasilia, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) The crisis generated by the strike of the military police officers that from Saturday hits the state of the southeast of Brazil, Espirito Santo, raised today the number of deaths to 103, local media reported. 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. Odebrecht Bribes in Colombia Passed through Panama Panama, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) An investigation carried out by the Public Ministry of Panama, concerning a ghost company of Odebrecht provided information for the corruption scandal that shakes Colombia, publishes today daily La Estrella de Panama. 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. Bolivia to Increase Natural Gas Exports to Argentina La Paz, Feb 9 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will increase exports of natural gas to Argentina this year up to 20.03 million cubic meters per day, confirmed today the Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy of the Andean nation, Luis Alberto Sanchez. Ex Chicago Peter Cetera, Cuban Danay Suárez in Viña del Mar By Fausto Triana Santiago de Chile, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) For nostalgic music lovers, the Viña del Mar Song Festival has unmissable offers, such as Olivia Newton-John and Peter Cetera, but also young blood in Cuban upstart Danay Suárez. Peru Seeks Prison for Ex-President Toledo for Odebrecht Case 08 de febrero de 2017, 16:26Lima, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) Peruvian Prosecutor''s Office has requested 18 months of preventive detention against former President Alejandro Toledo over accusations he accepted millions of dollars in bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which has been at the center of a corruption scandal jolting the region, reported the local media today. Temer's Credibility Collapses when Facing Corruption in Brazil 08 de febrero de 2017, 15:32Brasilia, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) The credibility of Brazilian President Michel Temer has been severely affected in the face of the scandal involving Petrobras and Odebrecht as he is involved in the events. 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. Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Arrives in Venezuela Caracas, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador''s Foreign Minister, Guillaume Long, arrived in this capital today on a working visit to review and strengthen the cooperation agenda with Venezuela. Uruguay and Germany Share Efforts for Trade Agreement 08 de febrero de 2017, 12:00Berlin, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) Germany and Uruguay expressed today their shared interest in redoubling efforts to complete the frustrated negotiations of a free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR). Bolivian Oncologist Loayza Surprised to Receive Award in Netherlands La Paz, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) Oncologist Fabricio Loayza has been surprised today for winning the 2016 Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Award, bestowed by the Dutch Cancer Institute for contributing with his research to fight this disease. Macri and Temer Strengthen Alliance with a View to Mercosur Buenos Aires, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) Argentine President Mauricio Macri made a fleeting visit to his Brazilian counterpart, Michel Temer, with the agenda focused on redoubling bilateral relations and propping up Mercosur in the face of possible trade agreements with other blocs. Multi-Million Spending in Chile for Forest Fires Santiago, Chile, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean government has announced that it should have to pay around $360 million USD to cover the needs of the victims and the material damages caused by forest fires. 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. Nationalizations in Bolivia a Fruit of Bolivian People's Demands 07 de febrero de 2017, 15:39La Paz, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) The new history of Bolivia started with nationalizations, which are a fruit of the demands of the Bolivian people, stated Bolivian President Evo Morales during the delivery of social works in the Bolivian department of Oruro. FARC-EP Advances in Peace Process, Guerrilla Commanders Affirm 07 de febrero de 2017, 12:35Bogota, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) Commanders Iván Márquez and Pablo Catatumbo testified in television broadcasts that FARC-EP is still immersed today in the Colombian peace process, despite delays in the construction of temporary camps. Chile to Debut With Interesting Documentary at Berlin Film Festival 07 de febrero de 2017, 12:13Santiago de Chile, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) For some time the Chilean cinema has stopped being a surprise and its productions attract attention in the international arena, as now with the documentary El pacto de Adriana that will be played at the Berlinale. New Bolivian Mining Deposit Ready to Start Production La Paz, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) Mining deposit Thuthu in Nor Chichas province of Potosi department, is ready to start productions, reported today the Bolivian mining Corporation (Comibol). Dialogue with ELN Broaden Peace Horizons in Colombia Bogota, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) After more than two months of the historic pact with the FARC-EP, the beginning of official talks with the also insurgent National Liberation Army (ELN) gujerilla has extended the horizons of peace in Colombia after decades of internal war. Uruguayan Official Praises Humanitarian Nature of Operation Miracle Montevideo, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) Sixto Amaro, director of the Social Security Bank (BPS) representing liabilities, has praised the humanitarian nature of Operation Miracle after more than 65,000 retirees and pensioners have restored vision so far. 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. Fears for Fires in Chile Continue Santiago, Chile, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) The fears of a return to the drama caused by forest fires in Chile have kept the population in suspense, while authorities are redoubling efforts to control the situation. Uruguay Condemns Murder of a Woman Victim of GBV 06 de febrero de 2017, 18:05Montevideo, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The groups of Deputies and Senators of Uruguayan Political Party Broad Front condemned today the murder of a woman victim of gender-based violence (GBV). We will Develop Railway Sector in Bolivia, Says Vice President 06 de febrero de 2017, 17:17La Paz, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) We will never forget the workers in the railway sector, even less now that we are working on the project to construct a bi-oceanic train, Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera asserted today. Venezuela Evaluates New Prices Mechanism to Reduce Inflation 06 de febrero de 2017, 16:59Caracas, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government evaluates today the reform of the national system of prices to reduce the inflation indexes, stated today the vice-president for the Economic Area and Minister of Economy and Finances, Ramón Lobo. Rebel ELN Frees Colombian Soldier 06 de febrero de 2017, 15:44Bogota, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The rebel National Liberation Army (ELN) freed today Colombian soldier Fredy Moreno, who was welcomed by members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Ombusdman''s Officer and the Catholic Church. Bolivian Govt. Delivers Houses to Low-income Families 06 de febrero de 2017, 15:32La Paz, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s President Evo Morales stated today that one of his Government''s priorities is to provide housing to poor families and reduce the national deficit in that sector. Government of Venezuela Reaffirms Willingness to Talk with Opposition Caracas, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has reaffirmed today its willingness to enter a dialogue with the opposition to try to resolve their differences and establish a common policy for peace and economic development of the nation. 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. Aladi Secretary General Calls to Find Articulate Responses 06 de febrero de 2017, 11:44Montevideo, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary General of the Latin American Integration Association (Aladi in Spanish) , Carlos Álvarez, affirmed here that in face of a world defying context, Latin America must be ahead in the search for propositive and articulate responses. There is a change going on in orientations that reinforce the crisis of multeralism and ''can convey a more ungovernable and rampant world order than the present one, only led by three or four strong countries'', assured the official. UN Calls for Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation 06 de febrero de 2017, 11:32United Nations, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) During the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, UN entities and senior officials called today for the eradication of a scourge that affects about 200 million women and girls. Works Begin Today to Identify Bodies of Soldiers Killed in Malvinas Buenos Aires, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) A humanitarian mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) begins today the preliminary activities for the identification of the bodies of 123 Argentinian soldiers buried in the Darwin Cemetery in the Malvinas Islands. Venezuela Increases Economic Cooperation with Russia Caracas, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The governments of Russia and Venezuela included today medicine, tourism, agriculture and mining in the bilateral economic cooperation agenda initiated in 2001 with projects in the industrial, energy and construction sectors. 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. Chile Still on Fire Alert 06 de febrero de 2017, 10:34Santiago de Chile, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) Better augurs dominated the atmosphere among experts and authorities in Chile, where nevertheless, the alert for the forest fires that left until now more than seven thousand affected persons was maintained. 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. Vietnam - Latin America: Electronic Visa Option for Eight Countries 06 de febrero de 2017, 09:41Hanoi, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) Eight Latin American countries are listed today in the list of 40 whose citizens can opt for an electronic visa to travel to Vietnam, in force since February 1, it was known here. Venezuela's President Offers the Opposition a Way Out of the Crisis Caracas, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has extended an olive branch to opponents of his Government for a return of the National Assembly to legality and a way out to the current political crisis. Argentinean Union Organizes Nationwide Strike Buenos Aires, Feb 6 (Prensa Latina) The General Confederation of Labor (CGT) in Argentina is preparing a nationwide strike scheduled for late March and it will participate in a mass march on March 7 against layoffs and the measures taken by the government. 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. Cuba Joins Lula after His Wife's death 04 de febrero de 2017, 12:12Havana, Feb 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raúl Castro expressed his condolences in a message to former Brazilian President Luis Ignacio Lula Da Silva on the recent death of his wife, Marisa Leticia Bocco. Zombies took Paraguay capital Streets in protest 04 de febrero de 2017, 11:11Asunción, Feb 4 (Prensa Latina) Several hundred people dressed as zombies took to the streets of Asunción''s Micro-center against the campaign of the colorado ruling party in favor of presidential re-election, a singular protest with wide repercussion today. Military Parade Recalls Venezuelan Uprising 04 de febrero de 2017, 10:21Caracas, Feb 4 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan people, authorities and the military are recalling today the 25th anniversary of the military uprising on February 4, 1992, led by Commander Hugo Chavez. President Correa Reveals Ex-Minister's Links with Government Enemies Quito, Feb 4 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa revealed details of the links between ex-Minister of Hydrocarbons Carlos Pareja Yannuzzelli, involved in the corruption case Refinery Esmeraldas, and the Isaias brothers, who are trying to affect the Government and Vice President Jorge Glas. 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. Unknown Virus Causing Migratory Pain, Black Urine Reported in Bahia 03 de febrero de 2017, 13:06Brasilia,Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) Health authorities in the state of Bahia in Brazil are investigating today an unusual virus that has affected 64 persons up to now with intense muscle pain and black urine syntoms. State of Emergency Remains in Chilean Regions Due to Wild Fires 03 de febrero de 2017, 12:39Santiago de Chile, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean government has extended the state of emergency for regions that have been hit by forest fires that have affected the southern country for more than two weeks, according to media reports. Evo Morales Pledges for Joint Work with Mauricio Macri on Migration La Paz, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) I have confidence in President Mauricio Macri to work together today for our peoples, announced Bolivian head of State, Evo Morales on Twitter, referring to the immigration law imposed by the neighboring nation. Barcelona Coach Luis Enrique Values the Great Contribution of Messi 03 de febrero de 2017, 11:42Madrid, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) The coach of the Spanish football club Barcelona Luis Enrique Martínez valued today the great contribution of his main star: Argentine striker Lionel Messi. Financing Paramilitaries: Crime Against Humanity in Colombia 03 de febrero de 2017, 10:59Bogota, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian prosecutor''s decision to declare a crime against humanity financing paramilitaries in Urabá set a precedent for prosecuting those who contributed money to these groups, reports today local news. 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. Asia as Main Destination of Uruguayan Export Operations Montevideo, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) The Asian market has become the main destination of Uruguayan export operations at the end of the year 2016, receiving 27 percent of the total of the goods sold by Uruguay in the period. Bolivia to Build Multi-Purpose Center Near Chile La Paz, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will build a multi-purpose center at Tambo Quemado, bordering Chile, valued at more than $24 million USD, the Ministry of Economy confirmed today. Act of Electric Power Sabotage Denounced in Venezuela 02 de febrero de 2017, 17:05Caracas, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Electric Energy Minister Luis Motta Dominguez denounced Thursday a sabotage to the Hugo Chavez Petrochemical Complex in the state of Carabobo, a place in which an explosion took place, followed by a fire, with the remnant of three deceased people. Santos: Release of Ex Congressman Leads to Dialogue with ELN 02 de febrero de 2017, 16:30Bogota, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos stated today that the release by the ELN of the former congressman Odín Sánchez opens the way to the official talks with that guerrilla in search of a civilized exit to the confrontation. Domadores and Caciques Ready to Rumble in WSB Havana, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) The teams of Cuba (Domadores) and Venezuela (Caciques) said they are both ready to rumble for the first day of action at the Havana Sports City for the World Series of Boxing (WSB) in its 7th edition. Former Colombian Congressman Released by Rebel Movement Bogota, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) Colombian former congressman Odin Sanchez was released today by local rebel movement National Liberation Army (ELN in Spanish). Cuban Medical Brigade Celebrates 11 Years in Bolivia La Paz, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban medical brigade celebrates 11 years of presence in Bolivia with the satisfaction of having served more than 65 million patients, affirmed the chief of assistance of the doctors, Alina Ochoa. A Challenging Post Conflict Stage Has Just Began: President Santos 02 de febrero de 2017, 11:57Bogotá, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) President Juan Manuel Santos reiterated today that the future of Colombia will be promising without the burden of internal war and defined as a challenge the post-conflict stage that has just began. Colombian Scientific Exploration Advances in Antarctica Bogotá, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) In their third expedition to Antarctica, Colombian scientists gather data on the effects of climate change, the behavior of marine mammals and the adaptation of humans to extreme environments, news informed today. Wife of Former President Lula da Silva Dies in Sao Paulo Rio de Janeiro, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) The former first lady and wife of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Marisa Leticia Rocco, died today in Sao Paulo because of a stroke that occurred on January 24, the family announced. 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. Santos to Open World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Bogota, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, will open today the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in this capital, to which more than 30 winners are expected to attend, the Government Headquarter confirmed. 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. Bolivian Government Creates Productive Cabinet to Meet Agenda 2025 La Paz, Feb 2 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government decided, in an extended meeting of government authorities, that, starting today, a new productive cabinet will be part of the Executive Branch. ELN: Began Operation to Free Colombian Former Congressman 01 de febrero de 2017, 18:00Bogotá, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) The insurgent National Liberation Army (ELN) confirmed today that the operation for the release of Colombian ex-congressman Odin Sanchez have started, who was held by that movement, just days before the beginning of the public dialogues between that guerrilla and the Government. Bolivia Defends Migrant Contributions in Argentina 01 de febrero de 2017, 17:24La Paz, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) More than 99 percent of Bolivians living in Argentina contribute to the development of this nation with honest work, stated Bolivian ambassador, Santos Tito. At Least 43 People Accused of Forest Fires in Chile 01 de febrero de 2017, 17:23Santiago de Chile, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean justice accused 43 people for alleged responsibility for forest fires affecting the center-south area of the country, said news media Wednesday. Venezuelan Ezequiel Zamora´s Legacy is Highlighted 01 de febrero de 2017, 16:59Havana, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) The heroic deeds carried out by the Venezuelan hero Ezequiel Zamora were recalled by Venezuela''s ambassador to Cuba, Ali Rodriguez. Uruguay Appoints Delegate to Probe into Dictatorship Archives 01 de febrero de 2017, 16:35Montevideo, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez appointed the former ambassador to the Vatican, Mario Cayota, as Government delegate to investigate the Catholic Church archives related to the dictatorship in this country (1973-1985), and official source reported today. Machu Picchu Blocked By Strikers in Peru 01 de febrero de 2017, 13:27Lima,Feb 1 (Prensa Latina)Residents in Peru''s southern state of Cusco are protesting which could affect Machu Picchu tourism over the government''s delay in starting construction of the Chinchero airport. Peru''s government under former President Ollanta Humala awarded the Kuntur Wasi consortium a $659 million contract in 2014 to build a new airport in the Chinchero district an hour outside Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire and launching point for tourists visiting the Machu Picchu ruins. Trinidad and Tobago Confirms Links of Nationals to Terrorist Groups 01 de febrero de 2017, 12:30Port of Spain, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed the link of more than 100 nationals to terrorist activities and groups abroad, the Guardian newspaper informed today. Venezuela Promotes Agrarian Development 01 de febrero de 2017, 11:36Caracas, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government is boosting its agrarian development program with a total of 47,000 titles of plots of lands delivered to farmers in the last six months, Deputy Land Minister, Jose Avila, said. World Summit of Nobel Peace Prizes Winners in Bogotá Bogotá, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) More than twenty nobel peace prize winners will attend tomorrow the World Summit of Nobel Peace Prizes that will take place in this capital and celebrate the end of the conflict with the FARC-EP, news broadcast reported today. Evo Morales Calls to Foster Economic Development in Bolivia 01 de febrero de 2017, 10:41La Paz, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian president Evo Morales called his cabinet today to strengthen the productive and economic machinery in order to foster the development of the Bolivian nation. 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. Latin America Attends Russian Prodexpo Fair Moscow, Feb 1 (Prensa Latina) Latin America is strongly participating in the 24th edition of the Prodexpo International Food Products Fair, with 2,178 companies from 57 countries, Russian authorities reported today. Venezuelan President Repudiates Opposition Hate Campaign 31 de enero de 2017, 15:54Caracas, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro repudiates today the right-wing media and hate campaign against the government and the country''s historical memory. Brazil Reaches Record High Unemployment in 2016 31 de enero de 2017, 12:49Brasilia, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) An average of 12.3 million people in Brazil were seeking jobs at the end of the last quarter of 2016, and the unemployment rate reached a record high of 12 percent, state sources reported today. Earthquakes Rock Ecuador During Tsunami Simulation Drills 31 de enero de 2017, 12:47Quito, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) Two earthquakes have shaken areas of the Ecuadorian province of Esmeraldas, while a tsunami simulation took place in that coastal region. International Support Contributes to Fire Extinction in Chile 31 de enero de 2017, 12:37Santiago de Chile, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) Chilean fire chief Miguel Reyes estimated today a reduction of devastating forest fires, thanks to international collaboration and joint work with local institutions. Barcelona Sign Uruguayan Defender Santiago Bueno 31 de enero de 2017, 11:59Madrid, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) Barcelona have confirmed the signing of teenage Uruguayan defender Santiago Bueno from CA Penarol,reported his agent Pablo Boselli. ECLAC Expects Economic Growth of 1.3 % in Latin America United Nations, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, pointed today here that in 2017 a growth of 1.3 percent in regional gross domestic product. 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. Ecuador Approves Two Thousand 875 National Observers for Elections 31 de enero de 2017, 11:31Quito, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Council of Ecuador (CNE) approved the accreditation of 2,875 national observers for the general elections and the popular consultation on tax havens, scheduled for February 19. TV Documentaries on Hugo Chavez' Life Begins in Venezuela 31 de enero de 2017, 11:28Caracas, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan state television broadcasters begin today a presentation of documentaries about the life and work of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chavez. Ecuador Calls in UN for Youth Promoting Sustainable Development 31 de enero de 2017, 11:12United Nations, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador has defended today at the United Nations the role of youth in promoting sustainable development, based on the experience accumulated by the South American country since the emerge of the Citizen Revolution one decade ago. International Meeting on Bioceanic Train to Be Held in Bolivia 31 de enero de 2017, 11:07La Paz, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia is planning a meeting next March to discuss the agreements with Peru, Paraguay, Germany and Switzerland for the construction of the Central Bioceanic Rail Corridor (FCBC). Evo Morales Invites Mexico to Return to G77 and CELAC La Paz, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales urged today Mexico to return to the Group of 77 countries (G77) plus China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to strengthen regional integration. 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. Odecabe to Visit Barranquilla to Evaluate 2018 CentAm Games San Juan, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) The Central American and Caribbean Sport Organization (Odecabe) reported that it will travel to the Colombian city of Barranquilla to discuss issues related to the organization of the upcoming regional games. South American Solidarity Brigade Visits Sancti Spíritus 30 de enero de 2017, 17:47Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) The South American Solidarity Brigade, made up of 150 members from Chile, Argentina and Brazil, are visiting this city in order to be more acquainted with Cuban history and culture. Bolivia to Curb Illegal Overproduction of Coca Crops 30 de enero de 2017, 17:36La Paz, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) The Operational-Strategic Command of Bolivia will work from today and throughout the year to eradicate surplus and illegal plantations of coca leaf in national parks and forest reserves. Terrorism Act is Ruled Out in Devastating Forest Fires in Chile 30 de enero de 2017, 16:19Santiago, Chile, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) Chile''s Supreme Court President Hugo Dolmestch ruled out terrorism act as the main cause of the devastating forest fires that have been affecting Chile for over 15 days. Bolivia Trains Medical Personnel to Fight Aviar Flu 30 de enero de 2017, 15:20La Paz, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Public Health Ministry is strengthening the training of doctors specialized in respiratory diseases, because of the quick development of avian flu in the region, which caused a maximum alert by the World Health Organization (WHO). 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. ELN Confirms Release of Former Colombian Congressman Soon 30 de enero de 2017, 14:24Bogota, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) The head of the ELN spokesmen in the dialogues with the Colombian government, Pablo Beltran, assured today that the former Congressman, Odín Sánchez will be released on Thursday, prior to the opening of the Talks Conference with the counterpart. Colombian Guerrilla Transfer to Temporary Camps in Progress 30 de enero de 2017, 13:07Bogota, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) The Office of the Colombian High Commissioner for Peace confirmed today that five operations to transfer 598 FARC-EP guerrillas to the disarming sites and that tomorrow another two thousand 541 will be transferred. Cuban Team Promises to Win at Caribbean Baseball Series 30 de enero de 2017, 12:51Havana, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) The members of Granma team promised today to win courageously the coming Caribbean Baseball Series. 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. New Notes Begin to Circulate in Venezuela Caracas, Jan 30 (Prensa Latina) Notes of five thousand and ten thousand bolivars begin to circulate today in Venezuela, due to the process of modification of the monetary cone of the nation decreed by President Nicolás Maduro. 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 Investigates Causes of a Fire in National Park Caracas,Jan 29 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuela Minister for Interior,Justice and Peace, Néstor Reverol,informed today that authorities are investigating the cause of a fire of part of 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 Good Prospects for MIG-35 Fighters in Latin America Moscow, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) Russia forecasts today good prospects for the trade of the MIG-35 multifunctional fighter in Latin America, following the world launch of the new aircraft at the MIG Aircraft Construction Corporation on the outskirts of this capital city. 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. Chile Thanks International Firefighting Support 28 de enero de 2017, 11:53Santiago, Chile, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet thanked the international support for the fight against the wave of forest fires in the south-central part of the country. Girls of the Cycling Tour of Uruguay Ride Today 62 kilometers Montevideo, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) The athletes participating in the first women''s International Cycling Tour in Uruguay will ride today a total of 62 kilometers, with the Pan American champion, the Cuban Marlies Mejías, leading the overall standings. Venezuelan Scientists Handle Pollution Caracas, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan scientists created a product of plant origin that is capable of degrading oil wastes that pollute the environment, said today the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC). 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. Argentinian Artists Launch New Campaign for Releasing Milagro Sala Buenos Aires, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) Argentinian artists launched a new campaign for the release of indigenous social leader Milagro Sala, arrested a year ago, with a new video in which they read a poem by former minister of Culture Teresa Parodi. Government Evaluates Plans against Forest Fires in Chile Santiago de Chile, Jan 28 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet met with the cabinet today to evaluate the plan to combat forest fires in the south-central part of the country, web site reported. Brazilian Court Rules Prison to Businessman Linked to Lava Jato Brasilia, Jan 28(Prensa Latina) Brazilian justice ordered the arrest of businessman and ex-billionaire Eike Batista, currently on the run, for his alleged involvement in Lava Jato operation. 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. Brazilian Chico Buarque Wins French Literature Prize Roger Caillois Brasilia, Jan 27 (Prensa Latina) The famous Brazilian composer and writer Chico Buarque de Hollanda has won today the French literary prize Roger Caillois, in the Latin American category, highlights the digital portal Brazil 247. Chilean Region Declared State of Emergency by Fire 27 de enero de 2017, 15:05Santiago, Chile, Jan 27 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean government has declared Araucanía region as a state of emergency, due to the expansion and increase of forest fires in that country, national media reported today. 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. Chinese Cooperation Strengthens Venezuelan Weapons Industry 27 de enero de 2017, 11:43Caracas, Jan 27 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Minister of Defense Vladimir Padrino assured today that the national weapons industry will be increasingly strenthened, because of fraternity and cooperation relations with the People´s Republic of China. Cuban Marlies Mejias Seeks to Win Cycling Race in Uruguay Montevideo, Jan 27 (Prensa Latina) Pan American champion Marlies Mejias will seek to win the first International Women''s Cycling Tour of Uruguay, after concluding the second stage in the city of Minas, in Lavalleja department. Fidel Castro's Ideas to Strengthen Struggles in Latin America By Cosset Lazo Perez La Paz, Jan 27 (Prensa Latina) The ideas of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, will remain intact and will strengthen the struggles in Latin America, Ecuador's ambassador to Bolivia, Ricardo Ulcuango, said. 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. Political Manipulation of Forest Fires Deplored in Chile 26 de enero de 2017, 17:26Santiago de Chile, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet rejected today the attempts to manipulate the forest fires that claimed the lives of 10 people and destroyed nearly 300 hectares. Sao Paulo Authorities Continue Searching for Bauru Fugitives 26 de enero de 2017, 16:54Brasilia, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) Out of 200 inmates who escaped last Tuesday from Bauru Prison Farm, Sao Paulo. Local authorities are still seeking out 41 convicts today, which intensifies the prison crisis in Brazil. Santos Grateful to Cuba and Norway as Peace Supporters 26 de enero de 2017, 15:19Bogotá, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos thanked Cuba, Norway and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Thursday, for their contribution to the process of dialogues with the FARC-EP, culminated with the signing of peace. CELAC: a Mechanism for Concerted Action, Unity and Dialogue Havana, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) The Fifth Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), held in the Dominican Republic, was consolidated as the mechanism for concerted action, unity and political dialogue of the whole of Our America. FARC-EP Rejects Dirty Propaganda Campaign 26 de enero de 2017, 12:55Bogota, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP leader Timoleón Jiménez described as a dirty propaganda campaign, the recent remarks about delays by the guerrilla in surrending minors who are soldiers in its ranks. Colombian Gov't: FARC-EP to Be in Transitional Zones This Month Bogota, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian government has reiterated today that the members of the FARC-EP should be in the transition points and zones on January 31st in order to contribute to the preparation of such scenarios, where they will put down the weapons. Carlos Martí to Lead Cuban Team in World Baseball Classic Havana, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) Carlos Martí will be the manager of the Cuban team for the fourth World Baseball Classic, which will begin next March 6. Argentinean Gov't Creates National Border Commission Buenos Aires, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) Argentina took another step in its migratory control activities Thursday, with the creation of a National Border Commission, to regulate and coordinate the functioning of international steps for controlling bordering centers. 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). Cuban Airline Opens New Caracas-Holguin Airlift Caracas, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) Cubana de Aviacion airline joins as of today this capital with Holguin through a commercial flight that embraces Venezuela with the eastern region of Cuba and promotes cultural and tourist exchange between both nations. Chilean President Calls for Unity to Fight Forest Fires 25 de enero de 2017, 18:29Santiago, Chile, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet called today for national unity to fight forest fires that have already devastated over 150,000 hectares in this country. Brazil Vaccination by Yellow Fever Outbreak 25 de enero de 2017, 17:51Brasilia, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian Public Health Authorities are intensifying vaccination campaigns in nine out of Brazil''s 26 states so as to stop a yellow fever outbreak from becoming an epidemic. Immediate Release of Kidnapped Officers Requested in Ecuador 25 de enero de 2017, 16:48Quito, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Ecuador strongly requested today the immediate release of two sub-lieutenants kidnapped by an illegal armed group, which is identified as member of the Shuar Community. Bolivia Wants Relations of Respect with the United States 25 de enero de 2017, 14:37La Paz, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) Acting Bolivian President Álvaro García Linera states today that the national government seeks relations of respect and friendship with the United States, always on the basis of non-interference in internal affairs. The Operation for the Release of Colombian Ex Congressman Started 25 de enero de 2017, 13:17Bogota, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas confirmed today that the operation for the release of former congressman Odín Sánchez, held by the ELN, is on going, just days before the beginning of the public dialogues between that guerrilla and the Government. Balance in the World Oil Market Due to Lower Production 25 de enero de 2017, 11:49Kuwait, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) Kuwait''s oil minister, Essam al Marzuk, said today that the oil market is well balanced due to the decline in production since the end of last year. 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''. Cristiano Ronaldo Denies War Between Him and Lionel Messi Beijing, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo denied today that there is a war between him and his Argentine pair Lionel Messi, and believes that this is a creation of the football business. 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. Parlasur to Debate New Regional Scenery with Trump's Assumption Montevideo, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) The Parliament of the Market of the South (Parlasur) will open a debate on the new scenario opening in the region with the assumption of Donald Trump to the U.S. Presidency, said its vicepresident Daniel Caggiani. Bolivia Might Become the South American Energy Core La Paz, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) Energy production will be the preferential issue over the forthcoming years and Bolivia will be able to become the South American energy core, the newly appointed Minister of Energy Rafael Alarcón stated. International Contribution to Venezuelan Political Dialogue Stressed 24 de enero de 2017, 17:27Caracas, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan diplomat Roy Chaderton highlighted today that the international facilitators of the political dialogue between the Gopvernment and the opposition were committed to peace in the Bolivarian nation. France Reiterates Support for Peace Projects in Colombia 24 de enero de 2017, 16:17Bogota, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) President Francois Hollande stated today that France will support the Colombian peace process with loans, humanitarian organizations expert in demining, its presence in the United Nations verification mission and the search for missing persons. Brazilian Supreme Court Authorizes Operation Lava Jato to Continue 24 de enero de 2017, 16:16Brasilia, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) Carmen Lucia Antunes Rocha,President of the Supreme Court (STF), authorized today the investigations led by the team of Judge Teori Zavascki in the Operation Lava Jato to continue. U.S. and Cuba, Take Steps for Normalizing Their Relations Havana, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) U.S. and Cuba have adopted up to now 22 instruments since December 17th of 2014, when the process for normalizing their relations started. Evo: CELAC Summit Will Be Important Against US Threats La Paz, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales said today that the Fifth Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) will be an important forum to analyze the challenges posed by the administration of US President Donald Trump. France to Help Colombia in Search of Missing People Bogota, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) High Commissioner for Peace in Colombia, Sergio Jaramillo, stressed today that the French help in the so-called post-conflict period will have among its priorities to search to find missing persons and support programs to reform the countryside. Hollande Visit a Friendly Gesture, Says Colombian Guerrilla Bogota, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) The FARC-EP labeled a friendly gesture the French President Francois Hollande''s planned visit to a transition zone for that Colombian guerrilla where its members will lay down their weapons. President Raúl Castro Arrives in Dominican Republic for CELAC Summit Bávaro, Dominican Republic, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Raul Castro arrived in this tourist resort today in order to participate at the V Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) which will be held tomorrow. Foreign Ministers Begin Debates Prior to CELAC Summit Bávaro, Dominican Republic, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas highlighted the progress made by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in the last year, at the inauguration of the meeting of the bloc Foreign Ministers. Divided Venezuelan Opposition Seeks Elections No One Denies Por By Luis BeatonCaracas, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) From four points of this capital marched members of the Venezuelan opposition, aimlessly, but at last marched, presumably to demand from the government elections. New Ministry to Exploit Primary Energy Sources in Bolivia La Paz, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s Energy Minister, Rafael Alarcon, has said that the new entity aims today to boost the exploitation of primary sources for the production of electricity. Evo Morales travels to Dominican Republic for CLACS Summit La Paz, Jan 24 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales will travel today to the Dominican Republic, host of the 5th Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC in Spanish). 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. Bolivia Reiterates Commitment of Struggle against Corruption 23 de enero de 2017, 15:31La Paz, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales reaserted the commitment of the Bolivian government to face corruption, during the taking office ceremony forthe new ministers for the 2017-2018 period. Cuba Hosts International Sympossium on Cardiovascular Lung Disease 23 de enero de 2017, 14:05Havana, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) The International Sympossium of the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute (PVRI) opened its sessions in this capital Monday, with the participation of prestigious specialists from Cuba, US and Europe. 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. WHO Alerts on H5N6 Bird Flu Expansion 23 de enero de 2017, 11:59Geneva, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization (WHO) has called today the international community to pay attention to the outbreak of avian flu, with new strains, spread since late 2016 by almost 40 countries in Europe and Asia. 11 Injured At Rally Against Bullfights in Bogota 23 de enero de 2017, 11:45Bogotá, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) A rally against bullfight resumption at the recently restored Santamaría Plaza which had been closed for about five years, left eleven injured, news reports today confirmed. Trump Suspends Argentine Lemons Imports 23 de enero de 2017, 11:16Buenos Aires, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Argentine media reflect today the order of the new US President, Donald Trump, to postpone for 60 days the final decision for the imports of lemons from this nation to that country. 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. French President to Visit FARC-EP Zones in Colombia Bogota, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) French President Francois Hollande is in Colombia today to visit one of the transitional areas where FARC-EP rebels will lay down their weapons and prepare for their reincorporation into civilian life. 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. Bolivian President has Approval Rating of 58 percent La Paz, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President, Evo Morales has an approval rating of 58 percent in his performance, according to a survey released today by the press. Venezuela:77 Percent of Venezuelans Condemns trial to Nicolas Maduro Caracas, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) At least 77 percent of Venezuelans repudiate today Parliament''s resolution to decree the resignation of President Nicolás Maduro, according to Hinterlaces polls. Weather Allert for Buenos Aires and Rosario 22 de enero de 2017, 11:43Buenos Aires, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) The Argentine Meteorological Service (SMN) issued today a weather alert for the next 24 hours due to the high temperatures already battering the cities of Buenos Aires and Rosario. Ancestral Rituals for the Plurinational State of Bolivia Anniversary La Paz, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) The celebrations for the anniversary of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, commemorating the inauguration of President Evo Morales as the first indigenous leader of this country, began today with the performance of ancestral ceremonies. Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo Pay Last Respects to Sara Steimberg Buenos Aires, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo are mourning on Saturday the death of social and human rights activist Sara Ludmer de Steimberg, a member of Relatives of Missing and Arrested for Political Reasons. French President to Complete Wide Agenda on Latin America Paris, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) French President François Hollande will be starting off a Latin American tour today to visit Chile and Colombia, by fulfilling a broad work agenda, the Elysee Palace said. Bolivia to Build Nuclear Center with Russian Technology 20 de enero de 2017, 17:03La Paz, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Russian Ambassador to Bolivia Alexei Sazonov said that they would begin the construction of a center for research and development of nuclear technology in the city of El Alto, neighboring to this capital. Links between Uruguay and China Highlighted 20 de enero de 2017, 15:36Montevideo, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa has highlighted the good relations between China and these South American nation, which help deepening the links between them. FARC-EP Dissidents to Lose Benefits, Colombian Government Says Bogota, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian government has said today that the so-called dissidents of the FARC-EP will be excluded from the criminal proceedings provided for in the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). Bolivian President Expects Respectful Relations with Trump La Paz, Bolivia, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s President Evo Morales said he hopes to maintain diplomatic relations of respect with the government of President-elect Donald Trump, who is now the forty-fifth president of the United States. 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. Uruguay Looks to Promote and Develop Policies in Antarctic Region Montevideo, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Uruguay looks to promote and develop strategies that affirm Antarctic policy, affirmed Albert Lluberas, Secretary General of the Uruguayan Antarctic Institute (IAU). Ecuadorian Gov't Invests in Education Quito, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The government of Ecuador has invested more than 16 billion dollars in the public health sector in the last 10 years, revealed President Rafael Correa here Thursday. Recent Data Highlight Cuban Tourism Industry Booming 19 de enero de 2017, 13:35Havana, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The most recent official data on tourism in Cuba today predicts that the travel industry has a growing spiral that can put this country at the forefront of the sector in the Caribbean. Social Movements Support CELAC Summit 19 de enero de 2017, 13:16Santo Domingo, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) Dominican social movements announced today a meeting to support the 5th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC,which will take place from January 21 to 25 in Punta Cana. ECLAC Recommends Mexico a Strategy for Foreign Investment 19 de enero de 2017, 13:03Davos, Switzerland, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Barcenas, recommended here today that Mexico uses a strong strategy to keep foreign investment. Cuba and U.S. Sign Memorandum For Sea Water Protection 19 de enero de 2017, 12:56Havana, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) A memorandum of understanding on the protection of marine waters, coral reefs and environmental education was signed here by specialists from Cuba''s National Aquarium and Research Institute for Studies of the Gulf of Mexico (Harte). Bolivia Doubles Social Projects Investment in 11 Years La Paz, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government doubled investment in social and productive projects in 11 years and raised it to more than one billion dollars, reported today the director of the National Fund for Social and Productive Investment, Vladimir Sánchez. Cuba Hosts Calixto 2017 Pre-Convention Havana, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) The issues of the events prior to the International Convention, Calixto 2017, include different branches of medicine in order to raise the quality of life of patients, the organizing committee said here today. Colombia Expects Serious Talks with ELN, Says Political Scientist Bogotá, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) Colombian researcher and journalist Víctor de Currea-Lugo said today that the country is serious about negotiating between the government and the ELN in search of what politicians and analysts have called a complete peace. Ecuador: President Decrees Transition Process Facing Elections Quito, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) President Rafael Correa officialized the transition process between the current government and the one that will be elected during the February 19th general elections. 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. Bolivia to Augment Gas Supplies to Brazil and Argentina La Paz, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will increase this year the export of natural gas to Brazil and Argentina, the Minister of Hydrocarbons and Energy Luis Alberto Sanchez said. 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. Russian President to Receive Venezuelan Peace Price 18 de enero de 2017, 18:02Moscow, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Russian President Vladimir Putin will be awarded the recently established peace price named after late President Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who expects to travel to this country soon, announced today. Advances in 22 of the 26 Zones for FARC-EP: Colombian Govt 18 de enero de 2017, 16:37Bogotá, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Government assured today there are advances in preparing 22 of the 26 transition scenarios for the FARC-EP, where the guerrilla will disarm their troops and begin to prepare for their reincorporation to civil life. Talks with ELN to Begin in February in Ecuador, Says Santos 18 de enero de 2017, 16:21Bogota, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed today that the public stage of talks between the Government and insurgent ELN will begin next February in Ecuador, seeking to achieve complete peace for Colombia. Maduro: Venezuela to Keep on the Conversation Table 18 de enero de 2017, 16:13Caracas, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reiterated Wednesday that the Bolivarian government of Venezuela will keep its commitment to develop the dialogue with the local opposition, to finally set up policies to guarantee democratic order and economic development in Venezuela. Maduro Accuses the Opposition of Promoting Intervention in Venezuela 18 de enero de 2017, 15:24Caracas, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused today the national opposition and the international right to try to destabilize the nation to foment interference and intervention in the country. Chilean Gov't to Indemnize Affected People by Tsunami 18 de enero de 2017, 15:04Santiago de Chile, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean government will indemnize relatives of the victims of the tsunami that made impact in Chile in February 2010, with 1.84 billion Chilean pesos, according to local news agencies Wednesday. Bolivian Government Guarantees Food Supply 18 de enero de 2017, 13:13La Paz, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Avelino Flores, General Manager of the Food Production Support Enterprise (Emapa), highlighted today investments by the Bolivian government to guarantee food stockpiling and supplies. Cuban Swine Fever Vaccine Will Shortly Be Marketed 18 de enero de 2017, 11:45Havana, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuban scientists are completing the clinical trials to launch into market a new vaccine for the control of classical swine fever (CSF), a disease that has been severely affecting pig breeding in the island. Colombia: Imminent Announcement of Formal Dialogues with ELN 18 de enero de 2017, 11:38Bogotá, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) After deep disagreements and impasses, the planned peace process with the ELN guerilla could be unlocked as a result of the current contacts in Ecuador between spokesmen of that guerrilla and representatives of the Colombian government, news reports said today. Bolivia Pleased with Condor Plan Trial in Italy; Uruguay Unsated 18 de enero de 2017, 10:35 La Paz, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian authorities have deemed as historical the life sentence given by an Italian court to ex military Luis García Meza and Luis Arce Gomez, who were tried for murders in the repressive operation in South America known as the Condor Plan. Argentinian Workers of Clarín Still on Strike Despite Repression Buenos Aires, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The 400 Argentinian workers that were fired from the printing plant of River Plate Graphic Arts (AGR), of Grupo Clarín company, still stand fighting today after the severe repression they suffered this Tuesday. Bolivian Cabinet SubmitsTraditional Collective Resignation La Paz, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) As part of the closure of the 2016 administration in Bolivia, some 21 State authorities comprising the Cabinet of President Evo Morales are submitting their traditional resignation today. Ecuador Revives Nine Months After Earthquake By Sinay Cespedes Moreno Quito, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) Nine months after the devastating earthquake that severely damaged the Ecuadorian coast, today the country stands up with an impressive recovery capacity and an economic revival in course. 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. Ecuador Records Lowest Unemployment Rate in South America 17 de enero de 2017, 17:32Quito, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador managed to stabilize its unemployment rate at 5.2 percent and it is today the South American country with the lowest rates of unemployed people, according to official sources. Santos Describes Preparing Sites for FARC-EP as Herculean Task 17 de enero de 2017, 16:53Bogota, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos describes the preparation of transition sites where FARC-EP members will begin disarmament after the signing of peace with the Government, as a herculean task. Bolivia Receives Recognition to Vaccination Program 17 de enero de 2017, 16:11La Paz, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia received today a recognition of the World and Pan American Health Organizations, by the program expanded of immunizations to eradicate the measles, congenital rubella and polio. Nationalizations in Bolivia Save Millions of Dollars 17 de enero de 2017, 15:05La Paz, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Nationalization of stocks from 12 foreign firms costed to the Bolivian government 800 million dollars, 76 percent less than the total for the demands of the affected people, said General Prosecutor Hector Arce here Tuesday. US Groups Ask Trump to Continue Normalization With Cuba 17 de enero de 2017, 13:43Washington, 17 Jan (Prensa Latina) Several US organizations sent today a memorandum to President-elect Donald Trump to urge him to continue normalizeng relations with Cuba. Bolivia: More Than 12,000 Companies Were Created in 2016 17 de enero de 2017, 11:59La Paz, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) The state-run Foundation for Business Development (Fundempresa) has registered the creation of more than 12,000 companies in Bolivia during 2016, reported the local press. 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. Ecuador Insists on Creating Tax Entity at U.N. 17 de enero de 2017, 10:42Quito, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador insists on creating a tax entity at the U.N. to put an end to tax evasion and havens, based on a report of the Oxfam international organization on the concentration of world wealth. Soya: the Most Important Contribution in Foreign Currency in Paraguay 17 de enero de 2017, 10:22Asuncion, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Soya is today the exportable product with the biggest contribution in foreign currency in Paraguay, ahead of electricity and beef. 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. Santos: Fighting Corruption, Top Priority for 2017 16 de enero de 2017, 16:14Bogota, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos stated today that the fight against corruption will be a priority for his government in 2017 when pointing lawyer Fernando Carrillo as attorney general. Correa Is Leaving the Presidency with Serene Look and Strong Voice 16 de enero de 2017, 15:51Quito, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina)The Ecuadorian chief of State, Rafael Correa, assured today that he is leaving the presidency after concluding his term of office next May with serene look and strong voice. Vice-president Accuses Opposition of Promoting Violence in Venezuela 16 de enero de 2017, 15:50Caracas, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Vice President Tarek El Aissami accused today the opposition Voluntad Popular Party (VP) of promoting violence to try to destroy Bolivarian Revolution and the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Massive Demonstration in Argentina to Support Milagros Sala 16 de enero de 2017, 15:24Buenos Aires, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Cuts to streets and marches in several points of the nation have been registered Monday to demand the release of indigenous social leader Milagros Sala, a leader of the organization called Tupac Amaru, after a year of her arrest. OPEC Secretary in Venezuela to Evaluate Petroleum Situation 16 de enero de 2017, 15:21Caracas, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Mohammed Barkindo, arrived today to Venezuela to evaluate the market oil situation along with the energetic item in the country. Ecuador: New Government to Receive a Growing, Stable Economy 16 de enero de 2017, 14:26Quito, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian government, that will be elected at the polls next February 19, will receive a country with a growing and stabilized economy, stated the president of the republic, Rafael Correa. Piedad Cordoba Praises Peace Process Experience in El Salvador 16 de enero de 2017, 14:24San Salvador, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Colombian activists Piedad Cordoba has stated today that the signing of a peace process in El Salvador, marking 25 years today, can be used as an experience for her country aimed at searching solutions for a peace with social justice. Brazil: Barbarity Takes Over Prisons with 130 Deaths Brasilia, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) Cruelty finally seemed to take over Brazilian prisons, where in the first two weeks of this year more than 130 prisoners were killed, most of them being slit or charred. 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. Bolivia's Large Energy Investment Plan to Be Prioritized La Paz, Jan 16 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Government is outlining a large program seeking to define investments in the hydrocarbons field, in an attempt to consolidate the industrialization process and turn the country into the energy heart of South America. Venezuelan Government Ready to Fight Coup 15 de enero de 2017, 12:19Caracas, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s executive vice president Tareck El Aissami said today the Government is ready to thwart any attempted coup d´etat, seeking to rule the country. Uruguayan Composer Serebrier Says He Likes to Perform in China Beijing, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) Jose Serebrier, one of the most important figures in Uruguay''s contemporary music direction and composition, likes to perform in China for an audience always eager to learn about the West and one of the most appealing. 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. Bolivia Refines Maritime Demand Arguments against Chile 15 de enero de 2017, 09:15La Paz, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) The maritime demand of Bolivia against Chile for a sovereign exit to the Pacific Ocean today includes three main axes to be presented to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) before March 21. Venezuelan President to Report out of National Assembly 14 de enero de 2017, 15:54Caracas, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Constitutional President Nicolas Maduro will report to the people tomorrow on his performance in political, economic, social and administrative issues. Ecuador to Promote New World Order from G-77 14 de enero de 2017, 15:54United Nations, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador assumed on Friday the annual presidency of the Group of 77 plus China, with the promise of promoting, from its heart, a new world order and fair trade for the countries in the South. Argentina: Settlers from Jachal Ask for Response by Barrick Gold 14 de enero de 2017, 14:57Buenos Aires, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) The residents of Jachal, located in the north central part of the Argentinean province of San Juan, claim today a response from the Canadian company Barrick Gold about a new spill occurred last Thursday. Bolivian President Considers Attending Event on Maritime Demand 14 de enero de 2017, 14:29La Paz, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales is currently considering to attend the next meeting of the national and international legal team on the maritime demand filed by this country against Chile. Brazil: Concern about Rare and Unknown Diseases 14 de enero de 2017, 14:18Brasilia, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) At least 55 cases of a rare and unknown disease in the Brazilian states of Ceara and Bahia are getting people worried and concerned including Brazilian public health authorities. Ecuadorian Presidential Washington Pesantez Promises Bright Future 14 de enero de 2017, 12:07Quito, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) Washington Pesántez, presidential candidate of Ecuador for the Movement Union Ecuatoriana, hopes to have the support of voters with the promise of a bright futre for all the nation. Venezuela Gets Ready in Face US Threats 14 de enero de 2017, 11:04Caracas, January 14 (Prensa Latina) The people and the Armed Forces of Venezuela are getting ready before the constant threats by the US against the South American nation, which Washington considers ''an unusual and extraordinary threat to national security''. Tour to Tachira Starts in Venezuela 13 de enero de 2017, 15:58Caracas, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The 52nd edition of the Tour to Tachira started Friday in San Cristobal, the capital of the Venezuelan southwest state of Tachira, with the participation of 180 pedalists. Thousands of Bolivian Cargo Trucks Blocked on Border with Chile 13 de enero de 2017, 15:57La Paz, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) 1,800 trucks from the Bolivian foreign cargo transportation remain stranded today on the border with Chile due to the 48-hour strike held by Chilean customs officials. Venezuela and Ecuador Discussed Bilateral Collaboration Projects 13 de enero de 2017, 14:33Caracas, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, today reported that she held a meeting with his counterpart from Ecuador, Rafael Quintero, which consolidated the links of cooperation and friendship between the two nations. Chilean Customs Seized About 700,000 Fake Toys 13 de enero de 2017, 13:32Santiago, Chile, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Over 700,000 fake toys were seized in Pozo Almonte, Tamarugal province, near the port of Iquique, announced the local customs department today. Peddlers' Protest Again in Buenos Aires 13 de enero de 2017, 13:03Buenos Aires, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Despite the begining of an agreement with the local authorities, peddlers of Once also known as ''manteros''- who are located in Balvanera, were once again, the protagonists of a protest. Bolivia: More Tanks to Distribute Water in La Paz 13 de enero de 2017, 12:34La Paz, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian government has facilitated the installation of 192 tanks for the storage of large amounts of water in the 94 districts of the city, with supply disruptions. UN Appoints Deputy Representative for Colombia Peace Process 13 de enero de 2017, 12:33Bogota, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The appointment provided by the new Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, of Tania Patriota, as his Deputy Special Representative for Colombia, is now widely recognized by the national media. FARC-EP Leader Calls for President to Continue Peace Process in 2018 13 de enero de 2017, 12:17Bogota, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP leader, Timoleon Jimenez, called for the election in 2018 of a president to ensure the implementation of the peace agreements reached with the current Colombian government, El Espectador newspaper reported today. Roads are Closed to the Concertation in Venezuela 13 de enero de 2017, 12:16Caracas, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The roads to concertation between government and opposition in Venezuela are blocked, at least now, when a new round of talks should begin in this capital 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. Uruguayan Gov't Increases Minimum Salary in 10 Percent 12 de enero de 2017, 17:09Montevideo, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) The government of Uruguay increased the national minimum wage by 10 percent to put it this January in 427 dollars at the current exchange, an official source said today. Preparatory Stage for Colombian Peace Talks Postponed in Ecuador 12 de enero de 2017, 16:57Quito, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Negotiating teams from the Government of Colombia and the ELN guerrilla postponed the beginning of the public peace talks that should have started today in some place in Ecuador, a guarantor country of the talks. Attempted Coup by Right Wing Denounced in Venezuela 12 de enero de 2017, 16:43Caracas, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace Nestor Reverol denounced today an attempted coup triggered by the right wing, particularly the Voluntad Popular party, from the opposition. FARC-EP to Reinforce Team for Colombian Post Conflict Process 12 de enero de 2017, 16:06Bogota, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) The leader of the Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces-People''s Army (FARC-EP), Timoleon Jimenez, announced that he will reinforce the leadership of the Colombian guerrilla group, to carry out tasks of the current demovilization stage in Colombia, and promote the creation of the future political group coming out from FARC-EP, in decisions that are being now analyzed. Bolivia: the Maritime Demand has Solid Arguments 12 de enero de 2017, 14:41La Paz, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia today has solid arguments, both historical and legal, to support before the International Court of Justice (CIJ) the demand that seeks to negotiate sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean, said Defense Minister Reymi Ferreira. Santos Confirms Visit of His French Counterpart to FARC-EP Zone 12 de enero de 2017, 14:36Bogota, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed his French counterpart François Hollande''s visit to one of the transition zones where The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP) insurgents will leave their weapons and prepare for their reincorporation into civil life civil. Santos Reveals Future Change in Colombian Vicepresidency Bogotá, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, revealed today coming changes in the country''s vicepresidency, with the substitution of presidential candidate German Vargas Lleras for general Oscar Naranjo. 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. Brazil´s Supreme Court Examines Crisis in Penitentiary System 12 de enero de 2017, 09:52Brasilia, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court aned the presidents of the 27 courts of justice will meet here today to debate on the crisis of the Brazilian penitentiary system, tragically manifested at the beginning of this year with the massacre of 93 inmates. Colombian Electoral Council Recognizes Voces de Paz as a Movement 11 de enero de 2017, 16:39Bogota, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Council of Colombia (CNE) recognized today Voces de Paz (VP) as a political movement that seeks to pave the way for the change of FARC-EP insurgents into a party, once the disarmament is done. Venezuela Seeks to Lower Unemployment Rate to 4.5 Percent 11 de enero de 2017, 16:27Caracas, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) Minister for the Communities Aristobulo Isturiz said today that the Venezuelan Government seeks to reduce unemployment from six to 4.5 percent by supporting public works and through the boosters of the Bolivarian Economic Agenda. Electoral Campaign in Ecuador for General Elections Started Quito, (Prensa Latina) The eight candidates to Ecuador Presidency are carrying today a kind of race to accumulate more followers of their government programs, following the start of the electoral campaign for the general election next February. Chile Approves Plan for New Period of Antarctic Activities 11 de enero de 2017, 14:56Santiago de Chile, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) The Ministers of Foreign Relations, Heraldo Muñoz and Defense, Jose Antonio Gomez, approved today the Plan of Antarctic Activities 2017-2018, containing actions for the institutions attending the region. Opposition Grows to Coupist Attempts in Venezuelan Parliament 11 de enero de 2017, 14:46Caracas, Jan 11 (PL) Although the opposition majority in the Venezuelan parliament bets today for a political process to dismiss President Nicolas Maduro, socialist deputies and even several figures of the right in the country reject that proposal. FARC-EP Thanks French Support for Peace Pact Execution Bogotá, Jan 11 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP guerilla leader Timoleón Jiménez thanked today the French government for its support for the implementation of the peace agreements reached in Havana and officially signed in this capital on November 24. 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. Bolivia Bets to Achieve Identity Reevaluation of the Coca Leaf La Paz, Jan 11(Prensa Latina) With the commemoration today of the National Day of Chewing (Acullico) of the coca leaf, Bolivia looks to revalue the cultural importance of the ancient costume. Bolivian Government Expects Fall of Unemployment Rate to 3.2 Percent 10 de enero de 2017, 18:02La Paz, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The Government expects to create near 30,000 new jobs this year and reduce unemployment to 3.2 percent, said today Bolivia''s Labor Minister Gonzalo Trigoso. Chilean Food Consortium Faces Losses Due to Avian Influenza 10 de enero de 2017, 17:49Santiago, Chile, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Chile''s food consortium Agrosuper estimated at $ 6.5 million USD the losses resulting from the slaughter of turkeys after the outbreak of avian influenza detected the previous week, official sources stated. Bolivia Points out Interventionism as Worst Threat to Peace United Nations, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia pointed out, at the United Nations (UN) Security Council, interventionism as the main threat to world peace and defended respect for sovereignty and non-intervention. 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). Maduro Accuses Opposition of Disrespecting Venezuelan Constitution Caracas, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro today accused the opposition of the National Assembly (NA) of disrespecting the Constitution, stimulating destabilization and attempting a parliamentary coup. Brazilian Literature with Record in Casa de las Americas Award 2017 Havana, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The Casa de las Americas Literature Award received a record number of works this year in the section of Brazilian fiction literature, with 135 works, and even today new proposals are coming to Cuba. China Highlights Importance for Uruguay and Latin America Beijing, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The President of the House of Representatives of Uruguay, Gerardo Amarilla, visiting here today, has highlighted the importance China has for his country, which is the main trade partner, and for Latin America in general. Assange: Brazil is Among the Countries Most Spied by the US Brasilia, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Brazil is one of the Latin American countries most spied by US intelligence services, Wikileaks founder Julián Assange said in an interview published here today. National Security Force Deploys Troops in Two Brazilian States 10 de enero de 2017, 11:51Brasilia, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian Security Force will complete today the deployment of 200 troops with their weapons and transportion equipment in the states of Amazonas and Roraima, where about 100 inmates were killed last week. Institutional Agreement in Ecuador Allows Prisoners to Vote 10 de enero de 2017, 11:11Quito, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) An agreement signed by institutions of the Ecuadorian government will allow prisoners without a conviction to exercise their right to vote in the February 19th elections, according to the Constitution. Venezuela Starts the Road to Economic Recovery, Says Minister 10 de enero de 2017, 11:10Caracas, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Economy and Finance, Ramon Lobo, considered today that Venezuela starts in 2017 the path of economic recovery, driven by the protectionist and socialist character measures adopted by President Nicolás Maduro. 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. Macri Announces Gas Agreements to Boost Vaca Muerta Buenos Aires, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) Argentine President Mauricio Macri announced today an agreement with oil companies and some unions to boost the production of unconventional gas at the Vaca Muerta field. Ministry of Science and Technology to be Created in Chile Santiago de Chile, Jan 10 (Prensa Latina) The president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, announced the presentation of a bill of law to créate the Ministry of Science and Technology, one of the promises of her campaign. Venezuelan Justice Vetoes Parliamentarian Actions against President 09 de enero de 2017, 18:37Caracas, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) reiterated today that the current Parliament lack authority to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office, legally elected by the people''s majority. Ninetieth Birthday Anniversary of a Great Man, Rodolfo Walsh 09 de enero de 2017, 17:44By Maylin Vidal Exhibition on Chernobyl by Peruvian Artist Opened in Cuba 09 de enero de 2017, 16:36Havana, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) Peruvian artist Sonia Cunliffe fulfilled a dream today opening here the exhibition ''Documentos Extraviados'' (Lost Documents), about Cuba''s aid to children damaged by the nuclear accident in Chernobyl. Venezuela Sets Up Exchange Houses while New Bills Begin to Circulate 09 de enero de 2017, 15:54Caracas, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced today the opening of exchange offices on the Colombian border to stabilize the convertibility of the currencies of both countries. The Future is With You, Promises Lenin Moreno to Ecuadorians Quito, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) With the promise of building a future together with the people, the presidential candidate Lenin Moreno called to national unity in support of Alianza País (AP) to deepen the social programs of the citizen revolution of Ecuador. Argentine Group La Colmenita Makes Children Dream in Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) The Argentine group of the Cuban children''s theater company La Colmenita brought love, joy and magic to the children hospitalized in the capital of Juan Pedro Garrahan pediatric hospital, where they gave their art in a very unique setting. 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. Bolivia: 30 Cocaine Factories Destroyed 08 de enero de 2017, 12:47La Paz, Jan 8 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s Special Force against Drug Trafficking (FELCN) destroyed 30 cocaine factories last week in the departments of Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, the entity informed through a bulletin today. LatAm Left Wing Seeks to Strengthen Consensus in Managua 08 de enero de 2017, 12:33Managua, Jan 8 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of several left-wing parties and groups from Latin America will debate from today on in Nicaragua an official proposal to strengthen the unity of all progressive movements in the region. Evo Expresses Condolences over Death of Cuban Interior Minister La Paz, Jan 8 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales today expressed his condolences over the death of Cuban Interior Minister Carlos Fernandez Gondin, who died as a result of complications from a chronic disease on Saturday. 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. Bolivia: Sixth Stage of the Dakar Rally is Suspended due to Rain La Paz, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) The Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), organizer of the Dakar Rally, confirmed today the suspension of the sixth stage due to the heavy rain. Theft of Cars and Motorcycles in Colombia Skyrocket 07 de enero de 2017, 08:37Bogotá, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) The theft of cars and motorcycles skyrocketed last year in Colombia, where specialists point out these events had not been of such magnitude for a long time. Leonel Fernández Will Lead OAS Observers in Ecuador Elections Quito, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) Former president of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernández, will head a mission of observers of the Organization of American States (OAS) to Ecuador''s general elections scheduled for next February 19. Soon to Assume First Bolivian Indigenous Autonomous Government La Paz, Jan 7 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian authorities give last touches to preps for the assumption of the first Indigenous Autonomous Government of the country, seated in the municipality of Charagua, in the eastern department of Santa Cruz. 2017: A Year for Sport in Venezuela, Says Minister 06 de enero de 2017, 16:50Caracas, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The VenezuelanMinister for Youth and Sport, Mervin Maldonado, said today that 2017 will be a year for the improvement and spread of sports in Venezuela. Hakes Jeopardized in Chile 06 de enero de 2017, 16:31Santiago de Chile, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The hake fishing, a crucial food product for Chileans, could be significantly damaged in the coming ten years, said today the website Publimetro. ELN Confirms Participation in Meeting with Colombian Government 06 de enero de 2017, 16:11Bogota, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Spokespeople for the rebel National Liberation Army (ELN) confirmed its participation in the meeting with spokespeople for the Colombian Government, scheduled for next Tuesday in Quito, Ecuador, the station Caracol Radio asserted today. Venezuelans MP Request Investigation of Opposition Moves 06 de enero de 2017, 13:15Caracas, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan socialist deputies today requested an investigation by the General Comptroller''s Office of Venezuela into actions to usurp power, instigated by the National Assembly (Parliament), which has an opposition majority. New York Times-- The Most Attractive Caribbean Destinations in 2017 06 de enero de 2017, 12:44Washington, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The New York Times includes three Caribbean tourist destinations in Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Belize among the 52 best places to visit in 2017. Casa Dranguet House in Santiago de Cuba Launches Website 06 de enero de 2017, 12:12Santiago de Cuba, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Casa Dranguet, the Center for Interpretation and Dissemination of the Cultural Heritage of Coffee, will today publish an official blog as a way of promoting the knowledge of coffee, which recognized by UNESCO. Colombia: FARC-EP Guerilla Moves to Temporary Camps 06 de enero de 2017, 11:54 Bogota, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Starting today, members of the FARC-EP will begin arriving in transit zones, where they will leave their weapons before moving to transition camps, Colombian media has reported today. Army Officer Denies Information on Imminent Attack in Colombia Bogota, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) General Alberto Mejias, commander of the Colombian Army, today ruled out the likelihood of an imminent car bomb attack, discrediting the content of a confidential document published by the media. 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. Paraguay: Congress Seeks Solutions to Evicted Farmers Asuncion, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Due to an urgent need to find a solution to the problem of Paraguayan farmers, who have been violently evicted from their land, the Paraguayan Permanent Congress Commission, in charge of the parliamentary functions during the recess, will hold a meeting with the holder of the National Institute of Rural and Land Development (Indert), Justo Cárdenas. Private Entrepreneurs Recognize Bolivia's Economic Strength 06 de enero de 2017, 09:59La Paz, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The President of the Confederation of Private Employers of Bolivia, Ronald Nostas, acknowledged the good condition of the national economy, with the highest growth in the region. Gap Between Rich and Poor Widens in Argentina Buenos Aires, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The gap between rich and poor people in Argentina widened considerably, rising 2.4 times between the second and third quarters of 2016. Brazilian Cinema Present in 155 International Events this Year 06 de enero de 2017, 01:21Brasilia, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian seventh art will be represented this year in 155 international events this year, including for the first time in the Gijon Festival, Spain and the Meetmarket of England, confirmed here the National Cinema Agency (Ancine). Venezuelan Parliament Leadership Transition amid Protests 05 de enero de 2017, 14:58Caracas, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Parliament is currently trying to change its leadership in at atmosphere of protests by its workers and repudiation by the socialist parliamentarians, disobeying the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ). Lionel Messi Only LatAm Player in Ideal UEFA Team Brna, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean professional soccer forward player Lionel Messi was chosen the only Latin American player included by internauts as a member of the ideal team formed by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) as stated by this organization Thursday. Changes in Venezuelan Cabinet to Advance in Socialism Caracas, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) The recent reestructuring of the executive cabinet of Venezuela points to strengthen the socialist model in the country in 2017 and 2018, affirmed today the permanent president of the PSUV, Eduardo Piñate. Colombia: Government Insists on Peace Talks With the ELN Guerrilla 05 de enero de 2017, 11:48Bogotá, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Juan Camilo Restrepo, head of the government team in negotiation talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN), affirmed today that they will continue efforts to reach a peace agreement with the Colombian guerrilla force. Piñera and Guillier Top Chilean Presidential Candidates 05 de enero de 2017, 11:29Santiago de Chile, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Sebastián Piñera the former President of the Independent Democratic Union and senator Alejandro Guillier are the top contenders for the presidency in Chile. Colombia: Former President Criticizes Trump's Threatening Policies Bogota, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Former Colombian President Ernesto Samper said today that the protectionism proclaimed by US President-elect Donald Trump represents a threat to Latin America. Bolivian President Receives New Peruvian Ambassador 05 de enero de 2017, 10:58La Paz, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian president, Evo Morales today received the credentials of the new ambassador from Peru to Bolivia. Frente Amplio Assures Uruguay Changes Despite Challenges Montevideo, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Uruguay''s Frente Amplio (FA) makes a polítical, economic and social balance of its work during 2016 and asserts that today as a political force it is deeply changing the country despite the challenges. 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. Bolivia Begins its Functions in UN With Congo Issue La Paz, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia began its activities on the United Nations Security Council with the approval of a document concerning the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, local press reported today. President Santos Checks Conditions in FARC-EP Transition Zones Bogotá, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos today supervises the preparations at the transition points and zones where the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP) members will remain during the disarmament, the Casa de Nariño confirmed. Bolivian Parliament to Mark 11th Anniversary of Plurinational State La Paz, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) The Legislative Assembly (parliament) of Bolivia gives the last touches to the session in honor of the 11th Anniversary of this Plurinational State. Brazilian Jail Massacre is not Isolated Says UN 04 de enero de 2017, 17:26Brasilia, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations said in a statement today that the recent massacre in a prison in Manaus was not an isolated event, but reflects the chronic situation of prisons in Brazil. Financial War against Venezuela Leaves Significant Losses 04 de enero de 2017, 16:42Caracas, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) As a result of the economic war staged against the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela from the United States, the country lost more than $6 million USD last year, said the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) today. Call to Strengthen Peace in Colombia with Dialogue with ELN 04 de enero de 2017, 15:30Bogota, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Monsignor Dario de Jesus Monsalve, one of the team facilitating dialogue between the Colombian government and the rebel organization Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional (National Liberation Army, ELN) has called for a strengthening of the peace talks with the ELN, which have come to standstill. Daily Mirror Apologizes to Bolivian President for False News 04 de enero de 2017, 15:06La Paz, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) The British newspaper, Daily Mirror, today published an apology to Bolivian President Evo Morales, after publishing a false news story with the purpose of damaging the prestige of the first indigenous head of state in Bolivia. Uruguay to Receive Free Military Assistance From China 04 de enero de 2017, 12:19Montevideo, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Uruguay will receive US $ 2.5 million in free military assistance from China this month, an official source announced today. Illegal Search at Argentina's Resumen Latioamericano Web site Exposed 04 de enero de 2017, 11:57Buenos Aires, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) The director of the Argentinean website Resumen Latioamericano, Carlos Aznárez, denounced that after a strange robbery in the newsroom, everything indicates today that it is a illegal search to seize equipment and information. Ex Inmate Presides Over Peruvian Supreme Court 04 de enero de 2017, 11:44Lima, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) The new president of Peruvian Supreme Court, Duberli Rodriguez, may be is the only magistrate of that level in the world, who has been in jail before beginning his judicial career. Argentina Declares 2017 Renewable Energy Year Buenos Aires, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Argentina declared 2017 the year of renewable energies in order to promote its use and to raise awareness on their importance for the country''s development in a sustainable environment. Pope Expresses Pain and Concern over Killing in Brazilian Prison Rome, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis today expressed pain and concern over the killing at the Anísio Jobim Penitentiary Complex in the Brazilian city of Manaus, with a toll of at least 60 people dead. Colombian Ombudsman Wants to Ensure Descent Conditions for Guerrillas Bogota, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Colombian ombudsman, Carlos Negret called to ensure indispensable conditions to accommodate FARC-EP members in transitional areas where there are delays from the logistic point of view. Bolivian Justice Authority Supports Nomination of Evo Morales La Paz, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Supreme Court of Justice of Bolivia, Pastor Mamani, is today one of the authorities that validate the decision of the social movements to promote the new candidacy of President Evo Morales for the 2019 elections. Indian Cabinet Approves Agreement with Uruguay on Customs Issues New Delhi, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) The Indian Council of Ministers today approved an agreement between India and Uruguay on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs issues. 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. Israeli Agent Involved in Brazilian Bribes in Peru 03 de enero de 2017, 13:34Lima, Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) One of those identified as having received bribes from Brazilian companies operating in Peru, is a rich businessman, said to be an old Israeli intelligence officer, closely related to former president Alejandro Toledo. Evo Morales Declared Man of the Year in Bolivia La Paz, Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales was declared today Man of the Year in Bolivia, following a nationwide survey made by Red Patria Nueva radio station. Venezuela Resumes Sale of Gasoline at Colombian Border 03 de enero de 2017, 12:23Caracas Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) The state-owned company Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., today (PDVSA) confirmed that the sale of gasoline at the country''s border with Colombia has now re-started Campaigning Begins in Ecuadorean General Election Quito, Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) In strict compliance with the schedule established by the authorities, campaigning in Ecuador''s general election - scheduled for February 19th 2017 - begins today. 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. Bolivia to Work in UN to Avoid Wars La Paz, Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) Preventing wars and invasions and working for the right of development are today Bolivia''s priorities as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Bolivia's Vice President for Evo Morales' Four Term in Office La Paz, Jan 3 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera has voiced today his support for the four ways social organizations have approved to enable Head of State Evo Morales to run again for re-election in 2019. Dakar Rally: Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah Wins First Stage Buenos Aires, Jan 2 (Prensa Latina) Two-time Dakar Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah set the pace on the opening stage of the 2017 edition. Oscar Dos Santos to Chinese Super League Club Shanghai SIPG 02 de enero de 2017, 09:35Beijing,Jan 2 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian stricker Oscar dos Santos arrived today in China to join the Shanghai SIPG club and was welcomed by thousand of fans at the airport. Evo Morales Goes to Paraguay on Official Visit La Paz, Jan 2 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President, Evo Morales, left for Paraguay where he will be on an official two-day visit as of today. Venezuean Oil with Great Support for 2017 01 de enero de 2017, 15:59Caracas, Jan 1 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Government has boosted stabilization of the crude oil market and as a result, the situation in the country will improve. Preparations for 2017 Rally Dakar Continue in Bolivia 01 de enero de 2017, 14:50La Paz, Jan 1 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Authorities continues the arrangements for welcoming the participants of the 2017 Rally Dakar, the most important extreme danger competition of the world that begins tomorrow in Asuncion, Paraguay. Bolivia Is a Country with Much Hope, Says Evo Morales La Paz, Jan 1 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales said today that the people trust the government and that is why we have a nation with a lot of hope and a good future. Bolivia: Vice President Predicts Greater Economic Growth in 2017 La Paz, Dec 31 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera predicted that 2017 will be a better year for the national economy, thanks to rising oil and gas prices and mining exports. President of Chile Discards Continuing in Politics 31 de diciembre de 2016, 10:53Santiago, Chile, Dec 31 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet ruled out continuing her policy after completing her term in March 2018. Brazilian Government Regrets Death of Greek Ambassador in Rio Brasilia, Dec 31 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian Government has confirmed and regrets the death in Rio de Janeiro of the Greek ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, who was reportedly a victim of a crime of passion. Reopeniung of Inquiry on Former Peruvian President Saluted 31 de diciembre de 2016, 02:44Lima, Dec 31 (Prensa Latina) The former head of a parliament commission investigating the alleged corruption of the last aedministration of neoliberal Alan Garcia, Sergio Tejada, saluted the reopening of the investigation on the former President for alleged illicit acquisition of wealth. Cuba Ratifies Unconditional Collaboration with Venezuela Caracas, Dec 31 (Prensa Latina) The head of the Cuban missions in Venezuela, Victor Gaute, stated that during 2017 the effectiveness of the unconditional collaboration of Cuba with the people and government of the Venezuela will be consolidated. Anti-Corruption Revenue Defines Person of the Year in Guatemala 30 de diciembre de 2016, 15:47Guatemala, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) The selection of the person of the year in Guatemala is marked by the citizen''s interest in continuing the battle against corruption and support all attempts by judges such as Miguel Ángel Gálvez. More than 300 Brazilian Agencies Suitable to Serve Chinese Tourists 30 de diciembre de 2016, 15:44Brasilia, Dec 30 (PL) The number of Brazilian travel agencies declared fit to cater Chinese tourists next year increased up to five percent from 2015 and reached 316, confirmed today the Ministry of Tourism. Evo Morales Assesses Legislative Work in Cochabamba in 2016 30 de diciembre de 2016, 15:43La Paz, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales and the members of the Brigade of Assembly Members in the Department of Cochabamba, analyzed today the legislative work by the deputies and senators during 2016. Peruvians Pay Tributes to Fidel Castro and Che Guevara Lima, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) Various political and social Peruvian organizations today paid tributes to historical Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, after a month of his death, and to the Argentinean-Cuban revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara and the 58th anniversary of the triumph of the 1959 Revolution. Over 1,000 journalists to cover the 2017 Dakar in Bolivia La Paz, Dec 31 (Prensa Latina) More than 1,000 journalists will cover the Rally Dakar on its way through Bolivia January 6 through 9, the Culture Minister Marko Machicao said today. Left-wing Alliance to Accompany Colombian Government-ELN Contact 30 de diciembre de 2016, 12:10Bogota, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian left-wing alliance, Polo Democrático Alternativo, has appointed a commission to help with initial contacts between the Government and the insurgent National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish) in search of complete peace in Colombia, Caracol Radio reported today. Bolivia to Encourage Russian Tourism, Oil Cooperation Moscow, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will encourage in 2017 tourism from Russia and will strengthen its cooperation on the fields of atomic energy and production and marketing of hydrocarbons, the Bolivian Ambassador to Moscow Alex Diaz said today. Luna Manzanares to Perform in Cuba Havana, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) Cuban singer, Luna Manzanares, will perform in a concert tonight, celebrating 10 years of her career, which has included the challenge of performing a musical in Paris. 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. Bolivia Invests 632 Million Dollars in Clean Water La Paz, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) From 2011 to date, the Bolivian government has invested 632 million dollars in the implementation of the Mi Agua (My Water) and Mi Riego (My Irrigation) programs, according to a report released today. Dudamel to Conduct Orchestra for New Year's Eve Concert in Vienna Vienna, Dec 30 (Prensa Latina) Musician Gustavo Dudamel confirmed that he would conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for the traditional New Year''s Concert and dedicated this great moment to the Americas, the Latin American countries and especially Venezuela, his country. 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. Venezuela to Modernize Even More its Armed Forces in 2017 29 de diciembre de 2016, 08:16Caracas, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) In 2017, the Venezuelan government plans to continue modernizing its Armed Forces to be military adapted to today''s societies. 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. Venezuelan President Calls for Consolidation of Civic-Military Unity 28 de diciembre de 2016, 17:10Caracas Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro today called for the economic war and the attacks boosted by the political right in the country against the Bolivarian Government to be defeated. Uruguay, Brazil Inaugurate First Integrated Border Point 28 de diciembre de 2016, 17:02Montevideo, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Uruguay and Brazil inaugurated today the first integrated border point in the department of Rivera, whose purpose is to streamline and optimize the immigration procedures of tourists from both countries. Argentinean Deputy Milagro Sala Claims Justice 28 de diciembre de 2016, 15:51Buenos Aires, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean indigenous social leader Milagro Sala expressed today her pain due to the injustice she is living, as she stated not to have stolen anything but only dignified those who have less. Guillier could Defeat Piñera in Chilean Presidential Second Round 28 de diciembre de 2016, 15:25Santiago de Chile, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Chilean Senator Alejandro Guillier, Government party candidate for the presidential elections in 2017, would beat ex-president Sebastian Pinera in a possible second round, according to the CERC-Mori poll, published today. Evo Morales Condemns British and Chilean Media Setup La Paz, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales repudiated Wednesday the decision by several press media from the United Kingdom and Chile, of publishing a fake video circulated over the social networks, in order to damage his image and prestige as Head of State. Chilean Central Bank Keeps Same Interest Rate, but Without Unanimity 28 de diciembre de 2016, 13:19Santiago de Chile, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) The Central Bank of Chile decided today to leave its referent interest rate in December, but there was no unanimity behind that option. Colombian Congress Resumes Debates on Amnesty Bill 28 de diciembre de 2016, 12:39Bogota, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Congress will resume discussions on the amnesty bill in the midst of a citizen''s vigilance and calls to preserve the spirit of the agreements signed between the Government and the FARC-EP rebels. Colombian Congress Resumes Debates on Amnesty Bill 28 de diciembre de 2016, 12:39Bogota, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Congress will resume discussions on the amnesty bill in the midst of a citizen''s vigilance and calls to preserve the spirit of the agreements signed between the Government and the FARC-EP rebels. Oil Prices Rise for Fourth Consecutive Day 28 de diciembre de 2016, 11:19London, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Oil prices rose today, for the fourth consecutive session, as the market expects an agreement between producers to reduce offer. Bolivian Woman Driver Optimistic with Performance in Dakar Rally 2017 28 de diciembre de 2016, 11:10La Paz, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian driver Suany Martínez is optimistic about her performance in the Dakar Rally 2017, the most important extreme danger race in the world. Argentinean Economy Failing 28 de diciembre de 2016, 11:07Buenos Aires, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) The Argentinean economy has continued its downfall, and in October last it dropped 4.7%, the National Statistics and Census Institute (Indec, in Spanish) has reported today. China is Interested in Increasing Military Ties with Bolivia Beijing, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina)Chinese National Defense Minister Chang Wanquan expressed China''s interest in increasing military links with Bolivia to a new level, the government reports today. Bolivia Expects to Close 2016 with a GDP Over 4.2 percent La Paz, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia plans to close this year with a growth of at least 4.2 percent and inflation below four, Economy Minister Luis Arce informed. 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. Lack of Fuel and Mistakes Caused Air Accident in Colombia 26 de diciembre de 2016, 18:31Bogota, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Running out of fuel, together with a late report by the crew on the emergency were the causes of the air accident that took place in Antioquia that caused the death of 71 people, the Colombian Civil Aeronautics asserted 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. Chileans return home after tsunami alert eased Santiago de Chile, Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) Over 4,000 people returned home and are coping today with their daily routine after a tsunami alert was eased following a powerful earthquake that shook southern Chile on Sunday morning. 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. Two Sensitive Losses for Argentinean Literature 23 de diciembre de 2016, 18:28Buenos Aires, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Almost about to end 2016, Argentina sees the departure of two of its most outstanding writers: Alberto Laiseca and Andrés Rivera, who passed away suddenly from Thursday to Friday. 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. Education Program to Benefit more than 500 Disabled in Bolivia 23 de diciembre de 2016, 16:25La Paz, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) During 2017, more than 500 children and young people with disabilities will benefit from home education, a community project in Bolivia. Chile: Request for Pardon of Dictatorship Criminals 23 de diciembre de 2016, 16:21Santiago de Chile, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The request for pardon to criminals of the Chilean dictatorship left a lot of different sensations, with strong criticism de human rights defenders. Venezuelan Oil Closes Fourth Week with Rise in Prices 23 de diciembre de 2016, 13:09Caracas, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan crude oil closed its fourth consecutive week in rise, being quoted in an average for 45,27 dollars a barrel, reported today the local Department of Oil and Mining. 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. Olivia Newton-John to Perform at the Viña del Mar Festival 23 de diciembre de 2016, 11:51Santiago de Chile, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, famous for her performances in Grease and Xanadu, is the first artist to be confirmed for the Viña del Mar Festival in 2017. 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. First French Tourists Arrive at Cuban Cayo Coco Resort 23 de diciembre de 2016, 10:16Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) The arrival of the first flight of French tourists at the international airport in Cayo Coco, opens a new Cuban tourist destination - Jardines del Rey. 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. Restoration of Bogota's Colonial Museum to be Concluded Bogota, Dec 23 (Prensa Latina) With valuable collections of paintings, sculptures, furniture, textiles and silverware, the Colonial Museum of this capital will open again in the first semester of 2017 after a process of restoration, announced the Ministry of Culture. Bolivian Minister Opens Hemodialysis Ward for Children 22 de diciembre de 2016, 16:58La Paz, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Minister of Health Ariana Campero opened today a hemodialysis ward at the Hospital del Niño in this city, which will benefit patients with kidney failure. New Survey Suggests Lula's Victory in 2018 Elections 22 de diciembre de 2016, 16:38Brasilia, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) In any of the possible situations, former president of Brazil and founder of the Workers'' Party (PT) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva would win the 2018 elections, said a new opinion poll today. 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. Uruguayan Senate Passes Extension of Troops in Haiti until April 21 de diciembre de 2016, 16:51Montevideo, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) The Uruguayan Senate passed today a bill to extend the stay of the military units in Haiti as part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in that country (MINUSTAH). Ecuadorian Authorities Arrest Shuar Leader for Encouraging Attack 21 de diciembre de 2016, 16:30Quito, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian governmental officials confirmed today the arrest of the Shuar community leader Agustin Wachapa ''for publicly calling for the attack on the public force and confrontation of the population.'' 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. Argentinean Forensic Expert Helps Bolivia Search for the Disappeared 21 de diciembre de 2016, 13:04La Paz, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean antropologist, Silvana Turner, is now in Bolivia to collaborate in the search and identification of the remains of Bolivian citizens who disappeared during the country''s dictatorships. Japan Cuts Budget for 2020 Olympic Games Tokyo, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) The organizing committee of the Tokyo-2020 Olympic Games has announced today that the total cost of the event will be between 13 and 15 billion dollars. 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. Legendary Cuban Ballerina Alicia Alonso Turns 96 Havana, Dec 21 (Prensa Latina) The most renowned Cuban artist worldwide, Alicia Alonso, turns 96 today with the strong will to give her country a lastign legacy through the National Ballet of Cuba (BNC). Latin American Integration Mechanisms Strengthen People's Struggle 20 de diciembre de 2016, 17:48Caracas, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The Latin American integration mechanisms strengthen the people''s liberation struggles, despite the actions by the regional political right, which is concentrated in the triple alliance of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, Venezuelan Executive Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz asserted today. Blamed in Bolivia LaMia Co. and Pilot for Plane Crash 20 de diciembre de 2016, 17:25La Paz, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) An investigation into a plane crash in Colombia blamed today LaMia Company and pilot Miguel Quiroga for the disaster that killed 71 people, including members of the Brazilian football club Chapecoense. Venezuela, Colombia Agree Reopening of Common Border 20 de diciembre de 2016, 13:40Caracas, Dec 20 (Prensa Latina) The governments of Venezuela and Colombia agreed today the progressive reopening of the common border at 6:00 local time in this capital. 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. Bolivian Opposition Fears Evo's Leadership, Says Vice Minister 19 de diciembre de 2016, 17:31La Paz, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Vice Minister of Coordination with Social Movements Alfredo Rada said today that the opposition is afraid of the leadership of President Evo Morales and the majority support he has from the population. 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. Global Rejection to Murder of Russian Ambassador in Turkey 19 de diciembre de 2016, 16:17Moscow, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) Several nations around the world condemned today the murder of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, during a cultural event in Ankara, Turkey. 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. Quakes Shake Ecuadorian Province of Esmeraldas 19 de diciembre de 2016, 11:04Quito, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) At least five earthquakes have shaken the province of Esmeraldas, located in the coastal region of Ecuador. Colombian Congress to Discuss Amnesty Law, Key for FARC-EP Bogota, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Congress will today discuss the amnesty law linked with the peace process between the Government and FARC-EP insurgents. Buenos Aires on Transportation Strike this Morning Buenos Aires, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) Buenos Aires wakes up today to a transportation strike for about two hours by members of the Union Tranviarios Automotor (Transport Workers Union) of Argentina, which is demanding changes on the income tax. Mafalda to Come Out in Braille Buenos Aires, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) The cartoon book of Mafalda, the world renowned, lively, inquiring girl created by Argentinean painter Joaquin Lavado ''Quino'', will be edited for the first time in Braille. The blind will then be able to know the witty and funny remarks of the wise girl who is concerned about world peace, humanity, thanks to an agreement signed by ''Quino'' and the National Secretary for Children, Youth and Family. Colombia Settles Temporary sites for FARC-EP and U.N. Monitors 19 de diciembre de 2016, 04:30Bogota, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) Sites and camps for FARC-EP and the tripartite mechanism that will monitor the disarmament and the bilateral ceasefire are being settled in Colombia. Recovery of Chavismo Envisaged in Venezuela 18 de diciembre de 2016, 12:14Caracas, Dec 18 (Prensa Latina) Followers of Chavismo will recover large amount of the vote they lost in the National Assembly in December 2015, said today political analyst Eleazar Diaz. Under Arrest Six People Linked to Attack in Ecuador Mine 18 de diciembre de 2016, 11:50Quito, Dec 18 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian authorities confirmed the arrest of six people involved in the recent attack on the mining camp of San Carlos de Tanantza, in the province of Morona Santiago, as result of an operation to arrest those responsible, said minister of Interior Diego Fuentes. 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. Havana Film Festival closes with a different ending 18 de diciembre de 2016, 10:32Havana, Dec 18 (Prensa Latina) The 37th International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema closes today in Havana with an exhibit of the most outstanding movies, a different ending for this year''s event. Paraguay-Brazil Hydroelectric Station, Leader in Power Generation Asuncion, Dec 18 (Prensa Latina) Binational company Itaipu, a hydroelectric plant, shared by Paraguay and Brazil has become world leader in power generation, beating the record figure of 98.8 million megawatts per hour (MW/h). Bolivian MAS Congress to Vote on Nominating again Evo Morales 17 de diciembre de 2016, 14:45La Paz, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) The plenary of the 9th Conference of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), which concludes today in Santa Cruz, will put to the vote the proposal of nominating Bolivian President Evo Morales for the presidential elections 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. Defense Minister Calls to National Unity in Venezuela Caracas, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Minister of Defense, Vladímir Padrino, called the people to struggle for the invaluable good of national unity on occasion of commemorating the 186th anniversary of Liberator Simon Bolivar. 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. 'I will be Anti-imperialist until my Death', Says Bolivian President 16 de diciembre de 2016, 15:52La Paz, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales said today that he will be anti-imperialist until his death because the United States attempted to wipe out Bolivia since 1959 and distribute the territory amid neighboring countries. UN Urges Colombian Government to Improve Conditions for Peace 16 de diciembre de 2016, 15:50United Nations, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) The UN High Cujommissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) urged the Colombian Government today to improve the logistics and security conditions to realize the peace agreement signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP). Energy, the Antarctic and Tunnel Stand out in Chile-Argentina Links 16 de diciembre de 2016, 15:19By Fausto Triana 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). Russia, Nicaragua Ambassadors Highlighted Stability in Bolivia 16 de diciembre de 2016, 09:19La Paz, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) The ambassadors of Russia and Nicaragua in Bolivia, Alexei Sazonov and Elias Chevez, respectively, have highlighted the stability the country has today, thanks to the governing Movement towards Socialism (MAS) and the leadership of President Evo Morales. 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. Argentinean Committee Condemns Agression against Venezuelan FM 15 de diciembre de 2016, 14:55Buenos Aires, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The Argentinean Commitee of Solidarity with Venezuela condemned the agression perpetrated by the local police against Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez Wednesday, an action it regarded as coward. Legislator Accuses Parliament of Violating Venezuela's Constitution 15 de diciembre de 2016, 12:25Caracas, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Ramon Lobo, legislator for the Homeland Bloc, has accused today the leadership and opposition majority of the Parliament of disobeying and repeatedly violating the Constitution of Venezuela. ECLAC Predicts Complex Panorama for LatAm Economies 15 de diciembre de 2016, 12:17Por Fausto TrianaSantiago, Chile, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Barcena, predicted a complex panorama for the region''s economy in 2017, although she noted a slight growth. 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. MERCOSUR: Cuba Condemns Aggressions Against Venezuela and Bolivia Havana, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuba condemned the physical attacks against the Venezuelan and Bolivian delegations at the meeting of MERCOSUR in Buenos Aires. Ambassadors Highlight ALBA Anniversary before the Dominican Press Santo Domingo, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) The ambassadors of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America - Peoples Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) highlighted the achievements of the integration group in the Dominican press. 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. A coup attempt is underway in Mercosur, Venezuela denounces 14 de diciembre de 2016, 14:32Buenos Aires, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, condemned here today that a coup d''Etat is underway within the South American Common Market (Mercosur) against her country that continues to hold -she insisted- the block''s pro tempore Presidency. 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. Ecuadorian Television Dedicates Program to Fidel Castro 14 de diciembre de 2016, 08:59Quito, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) Ciudadano TV channel has devoted one of its spaces to the Cuban historical leader, Fidel Castro, for whom the people and government of this South American country have maintained signs of affection and sorrow after his death. Cuba Makes First Incursion to Expoartesanías in Colombia 14 de diciembre de 2016, 08:38Bogotá, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) With its own stand ARTEX and its export agency Soy Cubanito, now Cuba is present for the first time at the 26th International Fair Expoartesanías of Colombia, to conclude next Sunday. 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. Venezuelan Businesspeople Support Official Monetary Measures 14 de diciembre de 2016, 00:44Caracas, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) The National Coucil of Productive Economy, composed by businesspeople of the public and private sectors of Venezuela, supported the recent measures adopted by President Nicolas Maduro. 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. Judges to Present Material on Last Argentinian Military Dictatorship 13 de diciembre de 2016, 18:12Buenos Aires, Dec 14 (Prensa Latina) A group of judges will present today documents and testimonies about the lawsuit ESMA (Navy School of Mechanics), at which one of the secret detention centers operated during the last military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-1983). Police Crushes Demonstration in Brasilia with Bombs, Horse Soldiers 13 de diciembre de 2016, 17:27Brasilia, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The Military Police used today tear gas, stun bombs, pepper spray and horse soldiers to repress thousands of demonstrators opposing the harsh fiscal adjustment passed today by the Brazilian Senate. 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. Chile is a Land of Migrants, Says President Bachelet 13 de diciembre de 2016, 16:13Santiago de Chile, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet forestalled those who criticize immigration into he country, an opportunistic controversy that has been established in the electoral discussions. Constitutional Court Passes Fast Track for Peace Laws in Colombia 13 de diciembre de 2016, 16:10Bogota, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) Following an intense discussion, the Colombian Constitutional Court passed today the use of the fast track mechanism by the Congress to process and issue the necessary laws in the post-conflict stage, said local news reports. 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. 'Bolivia: A Country with no Coastline', a revealing book 13 de diciembre de 2016, 09:29La Paz, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) ''Bolivia: a Country with no Coastline'', launched in La Paz today, is a revealing book about the obstacles this Andean nation currently faces for having no access to the sea. 'Bolivia: A Country with no Coastline' Revealing Book Launched 13 de diciembre de 2016, 09:27La Paz, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The book ''Bolivia:a Country with no Coastline'', launched in La Paz today, is a revealing text about the obstacles the nation currently faces with no access to the sea. 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. Chile to Strengthen Links with Argentina in Buenos Aires 13 de diciembre de 2016, 00:37Santiago de Chile, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) A delegation of the highest level will be Thursday and Friday in Buenos Aires to strengthen the links with Argentina, during the 8th Meeting of the Binational Cabinet. Further Fall in Exports from Latin American and Caribbean Forecast 13 de diciembre de 2016, 00:18Washington, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) indicated today that exports from Latin America and the Caribbean will fall six percent in 2016, representing a fourth consecutive year of fall. President Morales Assesses Anti-Drug Fight Success in Bolivia 12 de diciembre de 2016, 18:01La Paz, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales highlighted today the results of the Bolivian system to fight drug trafficking, which he said was based on respect to sovereignty and rejection of foreign interference. Colombian Gov´t Supports Fast Track for Peace Laws, Says Santos 12 de diciembre de 2016, 17:51Stockholm, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said today that he will respectfully follow the decision of the Constitutional Court on the fast track with which the peace laws could be processed quickly. Venezuelan Bank Supports Actions by Government to Defend Currency 12 de diciembre de 2016, 17:33Caracas, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Banking Association (ABV) expressed today its support for the actions taken by the Government to prevent the return of illicit money to the national financial system. UN Warns about Decline of Struggle against Poverty in Brazil 12 de diciembre de 2016, 16:45Brasilia, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Development Program Representative for Brazil, Maristela Baioni, warned today about a decline of the struggle against poverty in the South American country, due to the economic crisis. 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. Bolivia Denounces Aggression against Venezuela at Mercosur 12 de diciembre de 2016, 16:04By Glenda Arcia 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. Food Production Falls in Argentine 12 de diciembre de 2016, 11:35Buenos Aires, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Food production in Argentine fell by 2.6 percent in the first nine months of the year, according to a report on the Minuto Uno website. 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). Regional Conference on Epidemiology Begins in Paraguay 12 de diciembre de 2016, 08:34Asunción, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) New strategies and challenges for an integrated response to zika and other diseases will be the key subject of the 19th Regional Conference on Field Epidemiology, which begins today in the Paraguayan Ciudad del Este. Cuba's Gente de Zona to Perform in Argentina 11 de diciembre de 2016, 12:38Buenos Aires, Dec 11 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban group Gente de Zona will take on stage of the Mandarine Park in Buenos Aires, during the Latinmol Urban Festival, where Puerto Rican artists Don Omar and Justin Quiles will also perform. 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. Santos: Colombia Achieved What Seemed Impossible: Ending the War Oslo, Dec 10 (Prensa Latina) President Juan Manuel Santos affirmed upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize that the Colombian people is making possible what seemed impossible: ending a conflict that has lasted more than half a century. Bolivian Customs Get Smuggling Operations Ready at New Year's Eve La Paz, Dec 10 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian authorities are getting smuggling operations ready for this new year''s Eve with the view to minimize smuggling activities during the popular celebrations. 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. Suriname: Cuba Is a Bastion of Inspiration Havana, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is a bastion of inspiration, according to the Surinamese Ambassador to Cuba, Ike Desmond Antonius. 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. Cuban Special Development Zone to Contract Foreign Workers 09 de diciembre de 2016, 11:56Havana, Dec 9 (Prensa Latina) A resolution by the Cuban Labor and Social Security Ministry (MTSS) will allow foreign persons who are not resident in Cuba to work in the Special Development Zone of Mariel. 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.