Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Canal RSS de la Agencia Latinoamericana de Noticias Prensa Latina Former Greek Minister of Finance Recognizes Ecuador's Economic Manage Quito, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Former Greek Minister of Finance, Yanis Varoufakis, who continues today his visit to Ecuador, highlighted the adequate management of national economyh and the policies of President Rafael Correa, who considered a reference worldwide. Cuba and Colombia Hold Migration Talks Havana, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and Colombia are holding today and tomorrow in this capital the 3rd Bilateral Round of Migration Talks, with the aim of progressing the negotiation of a Memorandum on this matter. Spanish Government President Officially Visit Uruguay Montevideo, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Spanish Prime Minister Mariano begins a two-day official visit to Uruguay, where he will meet a wide agenda of meetings with the country''s top authorities and the business sector, as the one he concluded today in Brazil. Ecuador Remembers Canoe Travel from the Amazon to the Caribbean By Sinay Cespedes Moreno ECLAC Foresees Growth of 1.1% in Latin America, Caribbean Santiago, Chile, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) The Latin American and Caribbean region will register an economic expansion of only 1.1 percent in 2017, mainly due to a decline of prices of South America''s primary goods, the Latin America and the Caribbean Commission (ECLAC) has projected. Bolivia to Hold Presidency of 2nd Forum of Ancient Civilizations La Paz, Apr 25 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will assume the presidency of the 2nd Forum of Ancient Civilizations in 2018 after its First edition was held in Athens, announced the Bolivian Foreign Ministry on Twitter. Amnesties and Pardons for FARC-EP in Hands of Colombian Judges Bogota, April 24 (Prensa Latina) The execution judges settled in Bogota must reply today to some 1,200 applications for amnesties and pardons for FARC-EP guerrillas under the present peace agreement. Dilma Rousseff: Return of Neoliberalism Attempts against Democracy 24 de abril de 2017, 16:15Mexico, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) Brazil''s president, Dilma Rousseff, warned today that the return of neoliberalism in Latin America would be very bad for democracy and the fight against corruption. Chilean Court Denies Release of 9 Arrested Bolivian Officials La Paz, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean Supreme Court has rejected today the constitutional appeal filed by the defense of the nine Bolivian police and customs officers arrested a month ago in that country, asking for their release. Peru: Intense Work by Cuban Health Brigade in First Weeks Piura, Peru, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) An intense work has been carried out by Cuban health emergency team in the first three weeks of solidarity actions for the victims of flooding that wreaked havoc the Peruvian northern city of Piura. General Motors Not Expropiated in Venezuela Caracas, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) Labor and Social Security Minister Francisco Torrealba asserted today that those who accuse Venezuela''s Government of confiscating the properties of the General Motors (GM) company are lying. The Coup Ghost Continues Wandering Around Brazil, Dilma Rousseff Mexico, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) The ghost of the coup continues wandering around Brazil, said former president Dilma Rousseff, who warned that reactionary forces could try to prevent an election victory of former president Inacio Lula da Silva. Ecuador Hosts Meeting of Ibero-American Justice Ministers Quito, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of 21 countries have began today the 20th Plenary Assembly of the Conference of Ministers of Justice of the Ibero-American Countries (COMIJIB) to discuss issues of interest in judicial and penitentiary matters. HRC Official Blames ICHR for Encouraging Violence in Venezuela Caracas, Apr 24 (Prensa Latina) The International Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) in America is encouraging violence in Venezuela, Larry Devoe, Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Council of this nation, said. Hearing in Panama for Extradition of Culprit in EP Petroecuador Quito, 24 (Prensa Latina) The hearing for evaluation of the request of extradition against Arturo Pinzon, sentenced in the corruption case Petroecuador, will be held on May 3 in Panama, according to the Ecuadorian Attorney General''s Office. Venezuelan Opposition Determined to Cause Civil War Caracas, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan opposition, led by the the so-called Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), is determined to cause a civil war in the country , socialist leader Elias Jaua warned today. Bolivian President Deplores Increase of the US Military Expenditure La Paz, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President deplored today the US Government decision to increase in more than $54 billion USD the budget for the arms race. Cuban Songwriter and Singer Luiba Maria Hevia with New CD Havana, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuban singer Liuba María Hevia is getting ready to finish the last details to release next May 2 in two digital platforms her new album ''Parallel Lives,'' which brings together songs in a duetto with Latin American artists. Colombian Justice has its Eyes on Spanish Company Triple A 22 de abril de 2017, 14:16Bogota, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina ) The Spanish subsidiary Triple A, dedicated to aqueduct cleaning faces an investigation demanded by the General Prosecution of Colombia, revealed Caracol Radio. Temer and the Coup: Confession of Guilt Brasilia (Prensa Latina) The eve of the day a year ago that many in Brazil will remember as ''Day of Shame'', Michel Temer recognizes now that the coup perpetrated against constitutional President Dilma Rousseff, was a consequence of not submitting to Eduardo Cunha''s blackmail. Evo Morales Condemns US Policy towards Syria and Venezuela La Paz, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s President Evo Morales reiterated his condemnation of the United States'' attacks on Syria and the threats against Venezuela, and insisted that the policy is aimed at seizing oil. French Government Hails Agreement to End Strike in Guiana 22 de abril de 2017, 12:02Paris, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve welcomed today the signing of the agreement in Guiana aimed at ending a general strike that paralyzed the French overseas department for a month. Odebrecht presents Evidence of Mega Tip Endorsed by Temer 22 de abril de 2017, 11:58Brasilia, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) The Odebrecht group presented to investigators of the anti-corruption operation Lava Jato documents that would verify today the payment of a mega tip agreed in the presence of the then president of the Party of the Brazilian Democratic Movement (PMDB) Michel Temer. Colombia: Heavy Rains Leave Damages and Raise Alert 22 de abril de 2017, 11:14Bogota, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) The heavy rains of April left thousands fatalities and damages in Colombia, which laments the fatal victims left in Mocoa, Manizales and Choco, while nine departments are still on alert today for the bad weather prevailing. Trip to the Sixth Continent: Antarctica By Fausto Triana, Special Envoy Magellan Strait (Prensa Latina) Some time ago I was lucky to visit South Africa and Australia. Then I had the idea I had traveled to the end of the world. The reason is very simple, frequently we forget Antarctica exists. Venezuelans Ratify They Will Overcome Coup Attempts By Luis Beaton Caracas, Apr 22 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelans ratified this week their decision to overcome coup attempts that opposition sectors promote with the support from foreign interests adverse to constitutional president Nicolás Maduro. Chile Postpones Decision on Detained Bolivian Officials La Paz, April 22 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean Supreme Court has decided to postpone until Monday, April 24, the ruling on the appeal for constitutional protection to release nine Bolivian officials. Bolivia Calls on UN to Save Mother Earth 21 de abril de 2017, 16:58United Nations, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni has called on the United Nations today to preserve motherland by promoting the culture of life, which he considered an alternative to consumerism imposed by the West. Cuban Medical Brigade Takes Care of More Than 7,000 Peruvians Piura, Peru, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban medical brigade, which is carrying out its solidarity work in this northern city of Peru and its vicinities, affected by floods, is taking care of more than seven thousand Peruvians. Global CEOs Call G-20 for Greater Disclosure of Climate Risks Geneva,Apr 21 (Prensa Latina)The heads of major global businesses are urging G20 governments to formally accept that companies should disclose climate-related financial risks. Panama Hosts Latin American Special Olympics Games 21 de abril de 2017, 11:57Panama, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) The 3rd Latin American Special Olympics Games, which today brings together more than 800 athletes and coaches from 21 countries stands out for the determination, skill, dedication, but above all, inclusion. Rainy Season Continues Causing Havoc in Colombia Bogota, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Nine Colombian departments are still on alert for heavy rains, while recovery work continues in Manizales to find missing people while inhabitants of Mocoa try to erase the traces of the devastating avalanches that occurred on April 1st. President-elect of Ecuador Receives Support From Social Organizations Quito, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador''s President-elect Lenin Moreno now has the support of a new front, the Pact of Unity of Peoples, Nationalities, Social Organizations and Workers. Gangs Hired by the Right-wing Attack Hospital in Venezuela Caracas, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, said today that armed gangs hired by the opposition attacked the mother and child hospital Hugo Chávez, located in El Valle neighborhood in this capital. Ecuador Begins Granting Credentials to Elected Assembly Members Quito, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian National Electoral Council (CNE) has begun the process to grant credential to the elected provincial assembly members, after the general elections held on February 19. Russian Company Gazprom Interested in Bolivian Gas La Paz, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Hydrocarbons Minister Luis Alberto Sanchez reported Wednesday that Russian company GAZPROM is now interested in signing agreements to widen its participation with Bolivia in gas exploration and transportation projects. Unasur Ratifies Transparency of Ecuador's Vote Recount Quito, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) International observers from the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) have ratified the transparency of the vote recount following the second round of the recently held presidential elections in Ecuador. Cuba Highlights MNOAL's Validity at UN Geneva, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Cuba highlighted the validity and relevance of the founding principles of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (MNOAL) at a difficult moment in the world at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Crimea Interested in Economic Ties with Latin America Simferopol, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) Russia and the Crimea, in particular, are interested in multilateral cooperation with Latin America, said Georgi Muradov, deputy prime minister of the government and permanent representative of the Russian president in the aforementioned peninsula. FARC-EP: There Are Lot of Things to Do in Sites for Guerrillas Bogota, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP commander, Ivan Marquez, has said today that there are a lot of things to do to prepare the zones and transitional points where that guerrilla, the largest group in Colombia, should put down the weapons in their possession. A Member of the Bolivarian National Guard Is Killed Caracas, Apr 20 (Prensa Latina) A sergeant from the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) was killed and a colonel was shot and wounded as a result of the violence generated by ultra-right groups in Venezuela, encouraged by Venezuelan ultra-right parties. Venezuelans Left Clear Support for the Government By Luis Beaton Dilma Rousseff Denies Illegal Payments Use in Electoral Campaign Brasilia, April 19 (Prensa Latina) Brazil''s removed constitutional President, Dilma Rousseff, confirmed that she had never authorized the use of the so-called ''B-Box'', unreported and undeclared financial resources, during her electoral campaign. Venezuelan President Iterates Call to Political Dialogue for Peace Caracas, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro reiterated today the Bolivarian Government''s willingness to establish a negotiation table with opposition organizations, with the purpose of guaranteeing peace and economic development in the country. Bolivia to Hold International Forum on Alternative Ports La Paz, April 19 (Prensa Latina) The President of the National Chamber of Commerce (CNC), Marco Antonio Salinas, announced the International Forum on Alternative Ports for Bolivian Foreign Trade, in order to seek alternatives to the export of goods by sea. Guyana Highlights 2017 Gold Production Georgetown, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Guyana extracted 4.62 tons of gold during the first quarter of this year, Labor Minister Raphael Trotman said. India and Cuba Strengthen Cooperation in Biotechnology New Delhi, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) India may get benefits with the progress of Cuban biotechnology, one of the greatest achievements by Cuba after the triumph of the Revolution in 1959. Authorities in Peru Laud Cuban Medical Brigade Work Piura, Peru, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Peruvian Minister of Health, Patricia García, and the governor of Piura, Reynaldo Hilbck, lauded the work of a Cuban medical brigade taking care of the victims of the recent floods. Canada Supports Peace Process in Colombia Bogota, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Canada has expressed its support for Colombia''s peace process through the Mechanism for Political, Economic and Human Rights Consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs of the two countries, a communique released in this capital said today. Chile Conducts National Census Today, Declares Holiday Santiago de Chile, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Starting at nine o''clock this morning, 583,000 pollsters will visit Chilean homes to find out about its population and other data, in the so-called National Short Census. Guatemala Opens Regional Military Exercises with USA Guatemala, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Military Deputy Commander of U.S. Southern Command, Lieutenant General of the Army (LTG) Joseph P. DiSalvo, will open today in Guatemala the regional military exercises called Humanitarian Allied Forces (FAHUM), in which several countries are participating. Ecuador: Vote Recount Legitimizes Continuation of Citizen Revolution By Sinay Cespedes Moreno Armed Coup Group Arrested in Venezuela Caracas, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) President Nicolas Maduro has revealed the detention in this capital of a violent armed group, which planned to cause chaos and violence in the popular march convened today by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). Venezuela Defends at UN its Right to Sovereignty and Peace Geneva, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Jorge Valero, defended sovereignty, unity, and peace in his country, in the face of opposition attempts to carry out a political and economic coup, diplomatic sources said today. Maduro Denounces US Support for Coup Plot in Venezuela Caracas, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro denounced that the alleged coup against the Bolivarian government of Venezuela responds to a script designed in the offices of the US Department of State. Jorge Sanjines: Cuba Lights Up New Latin American Cinema By Cosset Lazo Perez World Bank Foresees Lat Am Economic Recovery in 2017 Washington, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) The Gross Domestic Product of Latin America and the Caribbean will grow 1.5 percent in 2017, and 2.5 percent in 2018, putting an end to more than 5 years of economic stagnation, the World Bank has forecasted. Chilean Artist Patricio Moreno Exhibits His Art in Cuba Havana, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The Center of Hispanic American Culture has currently put together more than twenty pieces for the exhibition Migraciones Forzadas (Forced Migrations), by Chilean artist Patricio Moreno. Ecuador: Importance of Vote Recount Praised Quito, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Recounting more than a million votes at the General Rumiñahui Colisseum Tuesday seeks to guarantee people''s respect, said the president of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador (NEC), Juan Pablo Pozo. Turkey, CELAC Quartet to Discuss State of Relations Istanbul, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The Turkish government reported today on the 4th meeting between Turkey and the quartet of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which will take place here to assess the state of relations. Classical Musicians to Play in Upcoming Cuban Concert Series Havana, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Virtuous instrumentalists from a dozen countries will promote classical music in historic spaces of this capital through a series of concerts with a select international and Cuban repertoire. Cuban Medical Brigade Work Continues Despite Conflicts in Peru Piura, Peru, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban medical brigade continued its humanitarian work in this region of northern Peru, despite a protest of residents sheltered in tents where thousands of families live. Cuba Shows Scientific Progress at Int'l Meeting Havana, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is showing its scientific progress of the last decades during the second and last day of the Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean, of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Impeachment of Dilma Must Be Annulled, Brazilian Professor Says Brasilia, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The express recognition by Michel Temer that the coup against the constitutional president Dilma Rousseff was a consequence of the fact that she did not give in to the blackmail of former Congressman Eduardo Cunha does not leave today another alternative to the Supreme Court that to annul the impeachment. Ecuador's Electoral Dispute Tribunal Rejects Opposition Appeal Quito, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The Electoral Dispute Tribunal in Ecuador has rejected the appeal by the opposition CREO-SUMA, which has persisted in ignoring the results of recounting votes during the presidential elections'' runoff. Brazil: Gone With the Coup Por Moises Perez MokBrasilia, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) One year after the day that various sectors from society agreed on calling the ''Day of Infamy'', Brazil is suffering the horrible consequences of the parliamentary judicial coup against Constitutional President Dilma Rousseff. Colombia: Tragedy in Mocoa Could Had Been Avoided by Authorities Bogota, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Without waiting for the results of the investigation on the avalanche in Mocoa, criticism in Colombia continues today for the lack of foresight by the authorities to avoid the tragedy experienced in the southern municipality where 321 people died. CNE Recounts 11.2 % of Ballotage Votes in Ecuador Quito, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Officials of the National Electoral Council of Ecuador (CNE) will now recount 11.2 percent of the votes cast in the second round of elections held in this South American country on April 2. Evo Morales Maintains Leadership, Survey Says La Paz, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) More than one decade after his inauguration, Bolivian President Evo Morales has maintained his leadership, with 49 percent approval against 33 from opposition sectors, a survey shows. Venezuelan Labor Leader Rules Out National Strike Caracas, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan right has no strength in the workers'' sector to call for a national strike, said today Wills Rangel, president of the Bolivarian Socialist Workers'' Union (CBST). Brazil Records Alarming Increase of Diabetes Cases Brasilia, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) Brazil recorded an alarming increase in the number of patients diagnosed with diabetes in the last 10 years, which now represent almost nine percent of the total Brazilian population, the Public Health Ministry reported. President Maduro Calls to Defend Peace and Democracy 17 de abril de 2017, 18:54Caracas, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro assured Monday that Venezuela is living a time of revolution and loyalty, and called for the maintenance of peace and democracy in the nation, in a tribute to the Bolivarian National Militias. Chile will Build International Antarctic Center 17 de abril de 2017, 17:10Santiago de Chile, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) Chile will build the International Antarctic Center in the southern city of Punta Arenas, meant to become the entering point to the white continent for the world. Over 6,000 Flood Victims in Peru Seen by Cuban Doctors Piura, Peru, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) More than 6,000 people affected by floods in this region of northern Peru have been attended by the Cuban medical brigade, reported today the head of the solidarity group, Rolando Piloto. International Council for Science Meets in Cuba Havana, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) The Regional Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean, of the International Council for Science (ICSU), is beginning here today with specialized debates focused on sustainable development. Communist Party of Chile Gain Growing Support Santiago, Chile, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) The Communist Party (PC) of Chile has celebrated the growing national support obtained in the re-registration campaign, in which it collected more than 67,000 signatures. A Journey to the End of the World: Magellan and the Chilean Antarctic 17 de abril de 2017, 11:38Por Fausto TrianaSantiago, Chile, Apr 17 (Prensa Latina) Soon, a group of scientists and journalists will travel to the Magellan region and the Chilean Antarctica, which is the end of the world without any type of doubt. Venezuela Will Always Fight for Peace, says Vice President Caracas, April 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan former Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel said today that the people will always be striving for maintaining peace to guarantee Venezuela´s economic and social development foundations established by the Bolivarian Revolution. Ecuador Re-emerges from Rubble One Year after the Earthquake 16 de abril de 2017, 11:17Quito, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador commemorates today a year of the earthquake that devastated its coastal region, becoming a world symbol of recovery of nation that has re-emerged from the rubble under the leadership of a government whose priority is the human being. Colombia Grenade Blast Injures 32 16 de abril de 2017, 10:55Bogota, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) When Colombia in striving for peace, the explosion of a grenade on Sunday at an establishment in the Colombian municipality of San Pedro, Valle del Cauca, injured 32 people, four of them seriously, the police reported. Foreign Rescuers Search for Missing in Mocoa, Colombia 16 de abril de 2017, 10:27Bogota, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan and Ecuadorian rescue teams are helping to search for missing persons in the Colombian municipality of Mocoa, devastated by the mudslides of Apr 1, Caracol Radio confirmed today. Bolivia Raises Minimum Wage La Paz, April 16 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian minimum wage has increased 310% since President Evo Morales took office in 2006, with an annually continuous increase in the interest of workers, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance website. Pope Francis Calls for Divine Support for Good Seekers in Lat Am Rome, April 16 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis has called today on the divine power to support those striving to guarantee the common good in Latin America, sometimes marked by political and social tensions that, in some cases, lead to violence, he said. Spanish President to Visit Brazil and Uruguay Madrid, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Spanish government, Mariano Rajoy, will kick off an official visit to Brazil and Uruguay next week, his first tour of Latin America after being reelected in October 2016. Venezuela: Perpetrators of Vandalism in State of Miranda Arrested 15 de abril de 2017, 11:50Caracas, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) The mayor of the municipality of Guaicaipuro, Francisco Garces, informed today that three dozen people had been arrested for their participation in vandalistic acts this week in Los Teques, the capital of the Venezuelan state of Miranda. Ecuadorean National Electoral Council Prepares Vote Recounting 15 de abril de 2017, 11:29Quito, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Ecuador is preparing all details to start recounting votes on Tuesday, when authorities will review 3,865 protocols from the second round of presidential elections. Vietnam Congratulates Lenin Moreno for Election Victory Hanoi, Apr 15 (Prensa Latina) Vietnam congratulated Lenin Moreno for his recent victory in Ecuador''s presidential elections, in which he won 51.46 percent of votes, it was reported here today. Informative Manipulation of Private TV Station in Venezuela Denounced Caracas, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan analyst Miguel Perez Pirela accused the private television station Globovisión of constructing false news - or false positives - in the alleged protests and demonstrations organized last week by the opposition right wing. 3,865 Ballot Papers of Ecuador's Ballotage to Be Recounted Quito, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Council of Ecuador (CNE) announced the next recount of 3,865 ballot papers of the second round of elections, held on April 2, after analyzing objections from the two contending political organizations. No Argentina Approach for Jorge Sampaoli Sevilla, España,Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Jorge Sampaoli made enphasis in that he has not say yes to coaching the Argentina team. You Will Never Break Out Spirit, Said US Immigrants Children Washington, April 14 (Prensa Latina) Hundreds of children, stemming from several US states, have mobilized to the White House to send a message against US President Donald Trump''s crackdown on illegal immigration that bring about the separation of families. Colombia Resumes Search Missions for Those Still Missing in Mocoa Bogota, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Colombian rescuers are resuming missions to search for missing persons in the municipality of Mocoa, stricken by mudslides on April 1, after local groups demanded the continuation of such work, confirmed RCN La Radio. International Congress on Intensive Care URGRAV 2017 Concludes Havana, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) The analysis of the impact of zika and H1N1 influenza in Latin America, from the perspective of intensive medicine, marks the last day of the International Congress of the specialty, URGRAV 2017, concluding here today. Michel Temer Government Approval Drops to Five Percent 13 de abril de 2017, 19:26Brasilia, April 13 (Prensa Latina) Only five percent of Brazilians describe as positive the Michel Temer administration, according to the results of an opinion survey released today. IOC Ratifies Lima as Host of its September Session 13 de abril de 2017, 18:36Lausanne, Switzerland, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed today that the city of Lima, capital of Peru, as the venue of its 130th meeting session in September. Cuba Calls to Support More Events on Critical Medicine Havana, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) The vice president of the Pan American Federation of Critical Medicine and Intensive Therapies, Agamenón Quintero, called here today to support events such as Urgrav 2017, which benefit patients in the region. Important International Science Congress in Cuba Havana, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) A total of 350 scientific works were received by the 7th International Congress on Medical Urgencies, Emergencies and Intensive Care (URGRAV 2017) in its second day at the Havana Convewntion Center Thursday. Cuban Doctors Still Working Nevertheless of Long Holiday in Peru Piura, Perú, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina)The Cuban doctors taking care of the Peruvian flood victims in this city and its sourroundings, are mantianing their solidarity work independently of the long holidays due to Easter. Youngsters Reject US Policies Against Undocumented Immigrants Washington, April 13 (Prensa Latina) A caravan of 40 children and young people, who left three days ago the city of Miami, Florida, arrived here today with a message against deportations of undocumented immigrants. Bachelet Launches Bold Proposal to Improve Pensions in Chile Por By Fausto TrianaSantiago, Chile, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) A bold proposal to improve pensions in Chile, one of the headaches of society at the moment, left the scene ready for debate in Congress and within social movements. Organizations demand to Resume Search of Missing By Mocoa Mudslides Bogota, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) After almost two weeks of mudslides in Putumayo, organizations in that department demand the government today to continue searching for the missing, in order to find the bodies of all the victims and give them a decent burial. Ecuador's President Supports Random Review of Ballot Papers Quito, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa supported a proposal by Guayaquil Mayor Jaime Nebot for a random review of ballot papers for the second round of presidential elections held on April 2, but under conditions. Two Dead and One Wounded in Venezuela Violent Protests Caracas, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) A 13-year-old adolescent and a 36-year-old man lost their lives as a result of gunshot wounds, and another was injured amid violent incidents encouraged by ultra-right groups in Venezuela''s Lara state. Incitement to Violence in Venezuelan Churches Denounced Caracas, April 13 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Doris Infante, secretary general of the Victims'' Association (Asovic), of the April 2002 coup accused the Archbishop of Caracas, Jorge Urosa Savino, of inciting violence in several catholic churches of Venezuela. Chilean Police Corruption Outrage Increases Santiago, April 12 (Prensa Latina) The corruption scandal in Chile''s police officers continued to increase, with figures of diversion of resources amounting to about $25.2 million USD and 11 policemen imprisoned. Alarmed after Violence in Venezuela, Russia Calls to Negotiate Moscow, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Russia said today to be alarmed, due to the spiral of violence by the right in Venezuela and concerned about the statements by the US South Command, while it called to negotiate to solve the political crisis. Venezuela Condemns OAS Inaction Against Opposition Violence 12 de abril de 2017, 16:15Caracas, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López criticized the leadership of the Organization of American States (OAS) today, for being reluctant to condemn vandalic actions carried out by the opposition in recent demonstrations. Vice President of Venezuela Calls on the People to Guarantee Peace 12 de abril de 2017, 16:08Caracas, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The Minister for the Communes and Social Movements, Aristóbulo Istúriz, stated today that awareness, organization and mobilization will be the people''s main weapons to guarantee peace in Venezuela. LatAm Students to Pay Tribute to Che Guevara Havana, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The Continental Latin American and Caribbean Students Organization (Oclae) will reissue the caravan that in 1997 transferred to Cuba the remains of Commander Ernesto Che Guevara and a group of his comrades, reported a local newspaper. Mandate of Supreme Court Minister Exposes Coupists in Brazil Brasilia, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The authorization given by Minister of the Supreme Federal Court (STF) Edson Fachin to investigate 74 authorities with privileges leaves exposed today key figures of the parliamentary coup staged against Dilma Rousseff. Zika Virus: Themis Initiates Worldwide First Study of Zika Vaccine Vienna,Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) A promising vaccine for the Zika virus is now being tested by Themis Bioscience GmbH, a specialized biotech company developing prophylactic vaccines against emerging tropical infectious diseases. Bolivian President Resumes Government Activities La Paz, Apr,12 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales resumed his activities today at the Government Palace, where he chaired the usual cabinet meeting after several days of rest due to a throat operation in Cuba. Cuban Doctors Reinforce Hospital Staff for Care of Peruvian Victims Piura, Peru, April 12 (Prensa Latina) Specialists from the Cuban medical brigade working in solidarity in this northern Peruvian city, affected by major floods, began today to reinforce the field hospital installed to take care of the victims. Correa: Opposition Seeks to Avoid Continuity of the Revolution Quito, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa warned today that the opposition, aware of its defeat at polls, only seeks to prevent the continuity of the citizens revolution. The Challenges of the Left in Latin America Por Orlando Oramas León*Mexico (Prensa Latina) A left-wing president in Mexico would not be good for the United States or even for Mexico, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said recently in Washington. UNICEF Praises Impact of Bolivian Social Bonds 11 de abril de 2017, 17:36La Paz, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The representative to Bolivia for the United Nations International Children''s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), said payment of the social bonds Juancito Pinto and Juana Azurduy have had a positive impact on children in this country. Thousands of Chilean Students Protest 11 de abril de 2017, 16:12Santiago de Chile, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Dozens of thousands of Chilean students protested Tuesday against a bill designed to establish free learning in higher education, since they consider it is slanted and it is discussed at the back of those interested. Peru: Patients Flock to Cuban Doctors' for Attention 11 de abril de 2017, 14:55Piura, Peru, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The amount of people seeking medical attention by Cuban doctors who came to Peru to lend a helping hand amidst the natural disaster caused by heavy rains and flooding has raised the number of consultations to 4,200. Brazilian Neymar Suspended Three Games, To Miss El Clasico Madrid,Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish Federation of Soccer brought the hammer down on Barcelona''s Neymar on Tuesday, handing him a three-game red card suspension according to Sports Illustrated. UN Dag Halvor Nylander Visits Caracas,Guyana for Border Talks United Nations,Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The Personal Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Esequibo Border Controversy between Guyana and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr. Dag Halvor Nylander, will visit Caracas and Georgetown until Thursday for the first time to hold high-level meetings with national authorities on the way forward in the Good Offices Process. ALBA Countries Denounce U.S. Economic Aggression Against Nicaragua Havana, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The 15th Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas-People''s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) on Tuesday denounced the intentions by U.S. congress people to imposed an economic blockade on Nicaragua. Venezuelan Ombudsman Calls to Prevent Violence, Respect Constitution Caracas, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Ombudsman Tarek William Saab called on the leaders of opposition organizations in Venezuela to respect the Constitution of the Republic to contribute to the country''s stability. Most Europeans Consider Trump Is a Global Threat Moscow, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Most people in the main European countries and Brazil consider that President Donald Trump''s taking office in the United States poses a threat to global security, according to a survey published here today. Chile's Center-Left Is in a Labyrinth Before the Elections Por Fausto TrianaSantiago, Chile, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Seven months before the elections, Chile''s center-left is in a labyrinth after the resignation of former President Ricardo Lagos and the Christian Democrats'' threat to leave the primaries. American Jurists Transparency of Elections in Ecuador Quito, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) The American Association of Jurists (AAJ) have today acknowledged Ecuador''s government and institutions for the transparency of recent presidential elections and congratulated winner Lenin Moreno. Argentine Teachers Strike Again Buenos Aires, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Argentine teachers of the Education Workers Union (Ctera, in Spanish) are striking again today for the repudiation of the police aggression they suffered. Political Map of Chile Adds new Presidential Pre-candidate By Fausto Triana Bolivian Main Cities to Host Book Fair La Paz, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Culture Minister Wilma Alanoca reported that the capitals of departments in the country would host the fair book this month, aimed at encouraging reading in the Bolivian population. Chile and China Strengthen Free-Trade Agreement Santiago de Chile, April 11 (Prensa Latina) Chile and China have taken new steps to strengthen the Free-Trade Agreement (FTA) that both nations have carried out for 10 years, in a strategy that might be consolidated at a high-level meeting in May. Bolivarian Armed Forces to Guarantee Peace in Venezuela Caracas, April 10 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Defense Minister Gen. Vladimir Padrino today said that the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) will guarantee the peace and happiness of all Venezuelan nationals, he live-twittered. UN Secretary General Congratulates Ecuadorian President Elect United Nations, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has congratulated Ecuadorian president-elect Lenin Moreno, and wished him a success in his executive mandate. Ecuador: Ratification of Lenin Moreno's Victory after Data Validation Quito, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) Lenin Moreno, of the governmental Alianza PAIS Movement, was ratified today as the winner of the presidential elections carried out in Ecuador on April 2, after the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced the official results. Ecuadorian Electoral Council President Denounces Threats 10 de abril de 2017, 15:52Quito, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) The president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Juan Pablo Pozo, has denounced threats from followers of the opposition group CREO-SUMA, who are inciting people today to cause chaos, after their defeat in the general elections. Ecuadorian Ambassador Highlights inCuba Importance of Integration Havana, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) Humanism and solidarity are the cornerstone of fraternal relations between Latin American and Caribbean peoples, said Ecuador''s ambassador to Cuba, Fabian Solano. ALBA Meeting Began in Havana With a Call for Unity Havana, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) With a call for unity, organization, and solidarity, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez inaugurated today the 15th Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America - Peoples'' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP). Colombian Attorney's Office to Begin Investigation of Mocoa Tragedy Bogota, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian prosecutor''s office will begin an investigation into the tragedy of Mocoa, which has caused at least 315 deaths, in order to clarify the actions of officials in charge of protecting the population, Caracol Radio confirmed today. El Salvador Calls for Dialogue in Venezuela at ALBA Meeting San Salvador, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez will ratify today the Salvadoran position of support for dialogue in order to seek political consensus in Venezuela, during a meeting of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). Cuban Medical Brigade in Its Second Week of Activities in Peru Pirura, Peru, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban medical brigade begins its second week of work in the shelters of victims of the heavy rains and floods in this northern Peruvian city and its surroundings. Guatemala: OAS in Trouble for Fighting Venezuela By Isabel Soto Mayedo Exaggerated Dangers in Venezuela Por Luis BeatonCaracas, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) Exaggerating the dangers that exist today in Venezuela seems to be part of the strategy to root the image of insecurity in order to justify a foreign intervention that will allegedly save the country''s stability. Colombia Triples Average Global Homicide Rate Bogota, April 10 (Prensa Latina) Colombia continues to be one of the most violent countries in the world, with a homicide rate that today triples the average global average, despite advances to conclude the peace process in the country. ALBA Countries Meet in Havana Havana, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) The Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America-Trade Treaty of the People (ALBA-TCP, in Spanish) is holding in Havana Monday its 15th ordinary session as a follow up of the body''s 15th Summit held in Caracas, Venezuela, in March. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rejects Interference by Foreign Governmen Caracas, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez today called on several Latin American right-wing governments not to ''get involved in the internal affairs of Bolivar''s homeland'' and stop promoting foreign intervention in this South American nation. Bolivia Condemns US Southern Command Statements on Venezuela La Paz, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed resounding condemnation and rejection for the interfering statements made by admiral Kurt W. Tidd, leader of US Southern Command, about Venezuela, seeking to justify actions to destabilize the region. Brazilian Bishops Call for Mobilization Against Retirement Reform 09 de abril de 2017, 10:27Brasilia, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) A note that encourages Christians to mobilize against the reform of the pension system promoted by President Michel Temer today attracts attention in the parishes of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte. Bolivia Accuses IAPA of Concealing Outrage against Reporters in Chil 08 de abril de 2017, 16:11La Paz, Apr 8 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Communication Minister Gisela Lopez criticized the attitude assume by the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), after its refusal to make a statement about the outrage committed against journalists from this country in Chile. Fidel Castro Left an Everlasting Legacy, Says Cuban Professor 08 de abril de 2017, 15:31Bogota, Apr 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Prominent Academician Luis Suarez described today as everlasting the thinking of Cuban revolution founder Fidel Castro, during a meeting held in this capital to honor him. Russia Notifies Suspension of Direct Telephone Line to The Pentagon 07 de abril de 2017, 20:33Moscow, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) The Russian Defense Ministry notified the Pentagon today of the direct telephone communication services for emergencies, especially during missions in Syrian airspace. Venezuela Deplores Interference of US Southern Command Leader 07 de abril de 2017, 17:49Caracas, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Venezuela deplored today the statements by admiral Kurt Tidd, leader of the US Southern Command, who suggested a regional solution for an alleged humanitarian crisis. Chile Confirms Communist Party as National Political Organization 07 de abril de 2017, 17:47Santiago de Chile, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean Communist Party gained support from important figures and in general, it was formally confirmed as a national organization, with more than 50,000 members so far. Correa Says People´s Victory Defeated Old Ecuador 07 de abril de 2017, 16:39Quito, April 7 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorian President, Rafael Correa, said today that Lenin Moreno''s recent people´s electoral victory defeated ''the whole old country.'' Peru: Former President's Son Investigated for Money Laundering 07 de abril de 2017, 16:09Lima, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) The Peruvian Attorney Office for Money Laundering opened an investigation into congressman Kenjo Fujimori, son of former President Alberto Fujimori and brother of Keiko, leader of the party Fuerza Popular, which has most seats in the Parliament, said sources today. Colombian Govt. Highlights Demining Agreement with ELN 07 de abril de 2017, 15:21Bogota, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) The head of the government negotiators in the dialogues with the ELN, Juan Camilo Restrepo, emphasized today the disposition of that guerrilla to contribute to the demining work in Colombia, agreement derived from the first round of conversations. Bolivia:Chemical Weapons in Syria, is Only an Excuse for Aggression La Paz, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales today considered that the United States used the excuse of chemical weapons in Syria for military intervention. Actors,Intellectuals Demand Guatemala to Respect Venezuela Guatemala, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) The Network of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity, chapter Guatemala, today requested the Government of Jimmy Morales to respect the right to self-determination and sovereignty of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Peru: Cuban Doctors Take Care of Over 2,500 Patients Piura, Peru, April 7 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban medical brigade took care of a total of 2,570 patients, mostly children and adolescents, in four days of work in this northern city of the country and in the shelters of victims of the floods that hit this region. Venezuela Urges Solidarity Actions to Halt Coup Caracas, April 7 (Prensa Latina) The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) called on the international community to undertake urgent actions of solidarity with Bolivar''s homeland and to avoid any act of interference that puts at stake the independence and sovereignty. Ecuador Readies for Macro Business Round 2017 Quito, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador readies to host the 6th Macro Business Round that will gather local exporters and foreign investors next June 6 and 7. First Cycle of Colombian Government-ELN Peace Negotiations Concludes 06 de abril de 2017, 17:16Sangolqui, Ecuador, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) The peace negotiators between the Colombian Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) concluded today their first round of talks to put an end to more than 50 years of armed conflict in Colombia. US Strategy to Destabilize Venezuela Denounced in Cuba 06 de abril de 2017, 16:41Havana, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Ambassador to Cuba Ali Rodriguez denounced in this capital that the current situation in his country answers to a strategy by the United States and the right in the continent to isolate and destabilize it. Correa Blames US Hackers for Ecuadorean Elections Attack 06 de abril de 2017, 16:39Quito, April 6 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has blamed US hackers for the April 2´s National Electoral Council´s webpage offline during presidential elections. New Effort in Bolivia to Reduce Housing Deficit 06 de abril de 2017, 16:02La Paz, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Vice president Alvaro Garcia Linera ratified today his Government''s willingness to build new houses to reduce the housing deficit in the country. USA Congratulates Lenin Moreno´s Presidential Election Victory 06 de abril de 2017, 15:37Washington, April 6 (Prensa Latina) The United States congratulated today Lenin Moreno for his victory in the second round of Ecuador''s presidential election on April 2. Panama Rebuffs OAS Maneuver against Venezuela 06 de abril de 2017, 15:23Panama, April 6 (Prensa Latina) Some 40 domestic and international personalities and social organizations have signed an open letter -addressed to the Panamanian President, Juan Carlos Varela-, rebuffing the actions taken by the Organization of American States (OAS) against Venezuela. Argentine Trade Unions on General Strike,First Incidents are Reported 06 de abril de 2017, 12:38Buenos Aires, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) The general strike of the Argentine labor federation, CGT, the first against the government of Mauricio Macri, has began early today and there are already strong incidents at the Panamericana Avenue. Cuban Medical Brigade Increases Activities in Peruvian Region 06 de abril de 2017, 12:22Piura, Peru, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban medical brigade that attends in this city and its vicinities to the victims of the heavy floods that hit the region, increased today its activities at the request of the local health authorities. European MP Demand Rejection of External Interference in Venezuela 06 de abril de 2017, 12:08Madrid, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) The European Member of Parliaments from Spain, Slovenia and Portugal have called on the European Parliament (EP) to reject external maneuvers against Venezuela from the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, and to accompany the dialogue supported by UNASUR and the Vatican. Brazil Host South-South Event on Sustainable Production, Consumption 06 de abril de 2017, 11:52Brasilia, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) More than 40 countries, and about 100 authorities and specialists are participating here today in the Conference on South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Production and Consumption, promoted by the UN Environment Program. Chilean Columnists Warn of Conspiracy in Venezuela 06 de abril de 2017, 11:32Santiago, Chile, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) Two well-known Chilean columnists, the lawyer and ex diplomat Eduardo Contreras and the journalist Marcel Garces, warned of a conspiracy against the Venezuelan Government. Russian ROSATON Explained in Bolivia the Nuclear Energy Potential La Paz, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) The Russian state corporation ROSATOM offered two lectures to the students and the Bolivian scientific community on the possibilities of nuclear technology, the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy of the South American country announced today. Computer Fraud: The New Lie of the Ecuadorean Opposition Por Sinay Cespedes MorenoQuito, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) When the opposition appeared to lack pretexts to accept its defeat in the presidential elections in Ecuador, it is now trying to create a new farce: computer fraud. Plans for Coup against Venezuelan Gov't Detailed Caracas, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) Details of a coup plot that includes street violence and attacks on military units, in order to create a scenario conducive to foreign military intervention, were unveiled here by Bolivarian leader Diosdado Cabello. Legislative General Elections in Argentina summoned in October Buenos Aires, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) The Argentinean government announced that primary legislative elections will be held on August 13, followed two months later on October 22 by general elections. People of Venezuela March to Defend Bolivarian Constitution Caracas, April 6 (Prensa Latina) Members of non-governmental organizations and social movements march in this capital today to demonstrate against the interference policies of the international right-wing and show their readiness to defend the Constitution and peace of Venezuela. Social Effervescence Echoes in Argentina, Labor Unions at Strike Buenos Aires, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) Argentina woke up today with a strike by almost all sectors called by the labor union CGT (General Labor Confederation), in a call to the Government to end the implemented economic policies. New International Trade Union to be based in Colombia Bogota, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) The Confederacion General de Trabajadores de Colombia (CGT) announced the summon to constitute a new international trade unión organization, called Alternativa Democratica Sindical to be presented in Bogota this month. CEPAL Announces Meeting in Mexico on Sustainable Development Santiago de Chile, Apr 6 (Prensa Latina) The first meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Forum on Sustainable Development will be held in Mexico, from April 26-28, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) announced. Uruguay Confirms Participation in Bioceanic Railway 05 de abril de 2017, 17:58La Paz, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Minister for Public Works Milton Claros said today that Uruguay confirmed its participation in the construction of the Central Bioceanic Railway CFBC), an initiative boosted by President Evo Morales. UN Recognizes Colombian Government and FARC-EP Commitment 05 de abril de 2017, 17:52United Nations, April 5 (Prensa Latina) The members of the UN Security Council recognized today Colombian government and the FARC-EP commitment to stopping the internal conflict in Colombia. Number of Deaths after Landslides in Colombia Still Rising 05 de abril de 2017, 17:21Bogota, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed today that the number of deaths due to landslides in the municipality of Mocoa rose to 293, while around 300 settlers are missing. Debates on Paraguayan Crisis to Continue at Round-Table Discussion 05 de abril de 2017, 15:36Asuncion, April 5 (Prensa Latina) The first session of the round-table discussion called by President Horacio Cartes to give some solutions to the Paraguayan political crisis concluded today with the sole agreement to continue debating on next Friday,. Venezuelan Foreign Minister Denounces Coupist Plan 05 de abril de 2017, 15:33Caracas, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez regarded the coupist plan orchestrated by the rightwing opposition of her country, trying to start violence on the streets of the Venezuelan capital. Bolivian FM Said OAS Must Respond its Members´ Interests 05 de abril de 2017, 15:09La Paz, April 5 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni stated today at OAS´ Permanent Council Meeting that this agency must respond to the interests of all its members without favoring the richest. Opposition Demonstration Cause Traffic Jams in Ecuadorian Capital 05 de abril de 2017, 15:03Quito, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Closed roads, burned tires and traffic jams are some of the irregularities experienced today in central avenues of the Ecuadorian capital due to demonstrations of the Ecuadorian opposition that refuses to accept its defeat at the polls. Videoart Festival Continues in Cuban Province of Camaguey 05 de abril de 2017, 13:15Camagüey, Cuba, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) A selection of 79 works will be presented today at the 7th International Camagüey Videoart Festival (Fivac), which will run until April 9 in this central-eastern city of Cuba. FARC-EP Send Another Shipment with Aid to Mocoa Survivers Bogota, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP) has sent two tonnes of food for people affected by the landslides in the Colombian municipality of Mocoa, which phenomenon killed at least 290,000 , Confirmed today news. Diosdado Cabello: OAS Signs its Death Certificate in Venezuela Caracas, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The OAS signed its death certificate, assured here the first vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Diosdado Cabello, after the regional body did not recognize Bolivia as the pro tempore presidency of the Permanent Council. Foreign Experts Discuss Geological Sciences in Cuba Havana, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Experts from around the world are debating today at the 7th Cuban Earth Science Convention about the contribution of this field to sustainable development. More Than 1000 Peruvians Already Treated by Cuban Medical Brigade Piura, Peru, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) More than a thousand patients were treated by the Cuban medical brigade arriving in this northern city of the country to assist the victims of the floods that devastated this territory, the group leader, Rolando Piloto said today. Bolivia Demands Spanish Firm to Resume Work on Hydroelectric La Paz, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The State National Electricity Enterprise (ENDE) of Bolivia demanded today that Spanish firm Corsán-Corviam resumes work at the hydroelectric plant of Miguillas and put a deadline of April 16. XX Biennial of Graphic Humor Ends in Cuba Havana, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) With the commitment to promote Latin American graphic humor and the invitation to upcoming meetings, the 20th edition of the San Antonio de los Baños Biennial, in the western Cuban province of Artemisa, says good bye today. France Promises to Respond to Demands of French Guiana Paris, April 5 (Prensa Latina) France will respond to all the demands made by demonstrators in Guiana as part of the general strike that began more than a week ago, French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve promised today. Spanish Parties Abort Statement against Venezuela Madrid, April 5 (Prensa Latina) United We Can and the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) frustrated today the pretension of the Spanish conservative government and other parties to approve an institutional declaration on Venezuela in the Congress of Deputies. Colombians to Start Crucial Historical Clarification Process Bogota, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Senator Ivan Cepeda has called on Colombians today to participate in a crucial historical clarification process that will allow to know what happened during more than 50 years of violence and finally bring about national reconciliation. UNASUR Library Receives Cuban Donation with José Martí Books By Sinay Cespedes Moreno.Quito, April 5 (Prensa Latina) The library of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), located in the Middle of the World, received today books, as well as audiovisual and musical material donated by the Cuban Embassy. The complete works of José Martí and facsimile versions of the Golden Age (children's stories), also written by the Cuban national hero and renowned writer, journalist and Latin American thinker, were part of the donation. ECLAC Stresses Relevance of Direct Foreign Investment Santiago de Chile, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) Executive Secretary of ECLAC, Alicia Barcena highlighted the relevance of direct foreign investment (DFI) to contribute to Agenda 2030 targets for sustainable development. Venezuelans on Alert in Light of Coup Por Luis BeatonCaracas, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The people and authorities of Venezuela on Tuesday showed that they are prepared to counter the coup plans designed in a script written by several authors who want to break the country''s constitutional order. Council of Ministers of France Addresses Crisis in Guiana Paris, April 5 (Prensa Latina) France''s Council of Ministers tackles today the situation in Guiana, a French overseas department where tensions are mounting with the occupation of the Space Center as part of the strike that began more than a week ago. Opposition Tries to Hinder Political Dialogue in Paraguay Asunción, April 25 (Prensa Latina) The beginning of a dialogue to solve the political crisis in Paraguay summoned by President Horacio Cartes is set for today in this capital, although sectors of opposition could hinder it. Scientists Show Uncertainty on Future Development of El Niño Brna, Apr 5 (Prensa Latina) The predictions on the activity of meteorological phenomenon ''El Niño'' for the present year, are still uncertain, since it is not still known if it will develop at global, or at a local level, reported the World Weather Organization. Peruvian Regional Authorities Thank Cuban Medical Solidarity 04 de abril de 2017, 16:54Piura, Peru, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Authorities from the Peruvian region of Piura expressed their recognition to the solidary work of a Cuban medical brigade taking care of affected people by the floods in that territory of the north of Peru. Bolivia: OAS Should Be an Example of Respect to Institutionality 04 de abril de 2017, 16:49La Paz, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales said today that the Organization of American States (OAS) should be an example for its respect to institutionality. Official Report Ratifies Electoral Victory by Lenin Moreno 04 de abril de 2017, 16:44Quito, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Council of Ecuador (CNE) ratified Lenin Moreno as the winner of the second round of the presidential electins in Ecuador, with 51.16 percent of the votes. Senior Citizens' Priority at Cuban Health System Havana, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Alberto Fernandez, head of the Elderly Care Department at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), has recognized today the priority the Cuban health system has provided to the care of the elderly in the island . Different Electoral Alternative in Chile with Precandidate Santiago de Chile, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) A different electoral alternative in Chile is gaining ground with precandidate Beatriz Sanchez, journalist, for the Frente Amplio, a leftwing coalition. Bolivia to Denounce in Global Forums Institutional Coup in OAS La Paz, April 4 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s ambassador to the OAS, Diego Pary, announced the determination to denounce in international forums the institutional coup to the presidency of his country in the Permanent Council of the hemispheric body. Search of Missing Persons among Debris in Mocoa, Colombia, Continues Bogotá, April 4 (Prensa Latina) Survivors of one of the worst humanitarian tragedies in Colombia, Mocoa residents woke up again today in the mud and debris left by the avalanches, where they are still searching for missing relatives. Venezuelans Protest OAS Interference Caracas, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of militants from the United Socialist Party of Venezuela are leading a march today to reject OAS interference in the internal affairs of the South American nation and to support President Nicolás Maduro''s administration. Argentinean Trade Unions Ready for Massive National Strike Buenos Aires, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Argentina starts this week with marches and protests of teachers and the Confederacion General de Trabajadores (CGT), that will stage its first big national strike next Thursday. Venezuela Gives New Steps to Improve Economic Model Caracas, Apr 4 (PL) The Secretary of Foreign Trade and International Investment, Jesus Faría, announced that the Government of Venezuela will give new steps to accelerate the transit to a socialist economy. UN: Bolivia Asks for Release of Nationals Arrested in Chile 03 de abril de 2017, 17:19La Paz, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni asked today the United Nations Human Rights Council to mediate in the situation to release nationals imprisoned in Chile. At least 262 People Killed by Mudslides in Mocoa, Colombia 03 de abril de 2017, 17:18Bogota, April 3 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said today that at least 262 people died due to Saturday''s avalanches of mud and water in Mocoa, Putumayo department. French Govt. Rejects Rising Budget for Guiana 03 de abril de 2017, 16:13Paris, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) First Prime Minister of France Bernard Cazeneuve, reaffirmed today his willingness to response the French Guyanese strikers demands, but he rejected the possibility to rise to $2.5 billions Euros the budget for the measures. Bolivia Adjourned OAS Meeting on Venezuela 03 de abril de 2017, 16:12La Paz, April 3 (Prensa Latina) An Organization of American States (OAS) meeting on Venezuela was adjourned today by Bolivia because the respective call was not previously consulted and did not provide any information to the national delegation, which has been presided over the regional organism''s Permanent Council since last Saturday. Bolivia Counts on Help of China to Organize Sports Games 03 de abril de 2017, 15:17La Paz, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) A delegation of five experts from China arrived in Bolivia Monday to help in the arrangments for the ceremonies of inauguration and closing of the South American Sports Games in Cochabamba in 2018. Maduro Reaffirms Willingness to Do Justice for Peace 03 de abril de 2017, 15:15Caracas, April 3 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called upon the law imposition to those responsible for some acts which threaten people, in view of threats from right-wing sectors that committed themselves to violence. García Linera Confirms Fast Recovery of Bolivian President 03 de abril de 2017, 14:39La Paz, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Álvaro García Linera confirmed today a rapid recovery of President Evo Morales, who underwent surgery in Cuba for a small nodule on the left vocal cord. Colombian Guerrilla Ready to Help Mocoa Reconstruction 03 de abril de 2017, 13:51Bogota, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP commander Iván Márquez confirmed that members of that guerrilla group are ready to help in the reconstruction of the municipality of Mocoa, which is experiencing a humanitarian tragedy after Saturday''s mudslides. Guadeloupe to Host 5th Congress of Writers of the Caribbean 03 de abril de 2017, 13:50Basse-Terre, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) More than one hundred of English,Spanish and French-speaking authors will participate in the 5th Congress of Writers of the Caribbean, which will take place from April 5 to 9 in Guadeloupe, confirmed today the Organizing Committee. International Danzon Festival Miguel Failde in Memoriam,Ends in Cuba 03 de abril de 2017, 13:08Matanzas, Cuba, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) After four days, the II International Danzon Meeting Miguel Failde in Memoriam, held here, gave last night the Grand Prizes (GP) of dance and composition, during the final round accompanied by the music of the Aragon Orchestra. World Chefs Association Recognizes Merits of Cuban Cuisine Havana, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) The World Association of Chefs Societies (WorldChefs) has declared the island''s cuisine a World Intangible Heritage, spokesmen of the Federation of Culinary Associations of the Republic of Cuba (FACRC) reported today. French Gov't Continues Attempts to Control Crisis in French Guiana 03 de abril de 2017, 11:28Paris, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) New negotiations in Cayenne between Minister Ericka Bareigts and the demonstrators who keep paralyzed French Guiana mark today the French government''s attempts to try to control the crisis in that overseas department. Banned Access to Paraguayan Partliament Asunción, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Banned access to the venue of the Paraguayan Congress stands today due to the threat of imminent collapse of part of its structure, affected by a fire on Friday due tio the violent protests in this capital. Ecuador Opposition Loser Says He Will Challenge the Results Quito, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador''s opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso, who lost in the second round of elections, warned that he will challenge the results of the vote, which is now witnessing the victory of the candidate Lenin Moreno. President Santos Highlights Solidarity with Mocoa Victims 03 de abril de 2017, 10:04Bogota, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos highlighted the great solidarity expressed by several leaders of the region and the world, following the tragedy in Mocoa, Putumayo department, with more than 200 victims. Suitability of Staying in OAS Analyzed in Venezuela Caracas, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Political and academic circles are focusing today on analyzing the suitability of Venezuela staying as a member of the Organization of American States (OAS), due to that forum''s attacks on the Bolivarian Revolution. Lenin Moreno will Walk alongside Ecuadoreans Por Sinay Cespedes MorenoQuito, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Singing the verses written by Antonio Machado, with music by Joan Manuel Serrat: ''Walker there is no path, you make the path as you go'', Ecuadorean President-elect Lenin Moreno promised before thousands of people to keep the path of the Citizen''s Revolution. Rafael Correa Congrats Lenin Moreno, Rejects Violence after Elections 03 de abril de 2017, 08:55Quito, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) President Rafael Correa has congratulated Lenin Moreno, who won the electoral runoff, and rejected violent actions in several cities of the South American country after the polls closed. Lenin Moreno Is Ecuador's New President 03 de abril de 2017, 00:22Quito, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Lenin Moreno, candidate for the ruling PAIS Alliance and co-leader of the Citizens'' Revolution in Ecuador as Vice President of Rafael Correa, won Sunday the presidential ballotage and will be this country''s new president till 2021. Bolivian Gov't Plans to Generate 400,000 Jobs by 2020 La Paz, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian deputy minister of Employment, Civil Service and Cooperatives, Arturo Alessandri, informed that the government, through the Ministry of Labor, is preparing a plan to generate at least 400,000 jobs by 2020. Moreno Wins Electoral Run-Off; Will Be Ecuador's Next President 02 de abril de 2017, 22:25Quito, Abr 2 (Prensa Latina) Former Vice President Lenin Moreno, candidate for the ruling PAIS Allience, won the second round of elections this Sunday and will be Ecuador''s next president. Strikers Demand that FranceGrant Special Status for Guiana Paris, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) Representatives of the striking movement in Guiana demanded that France grant a special status that would guarantee greater autonomy for that French overseas department, which today hampers Paris''s claim to control the protest.Âá Youths Express Solidarity with Venezuela in Costa Rica San Jose, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) Participants in the Cultural Meeting for the Youth and Trade Union Unit of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, taking place in Costa Rica, expressed their solidarity with the Bolivarian government and the Venezuelan people. Second Round of Presidential Elections Goes Smoothly in Ecuador Quito, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) The second round of presidential elections being held throughout Ecuador and abroad goes smoothly, the president of the National Electoral Council (CNE), Juan Pablo Pozo, said today Venezuela: Opposition Lacks Arguments Por Luis BeatonCaracas, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) The opposition to the government of President Nicolas Maduro has lost followers despite its insistence on its destabilizing plans, expressed now with allegations of an alleged rupture of constitutional order in the country. Ecuadorians Elect Next President and Vice President Quito, Apr 2 (Prensa Latina) Ecuadorians are participating today in the second round of general elections to choose the president and the vice president who will rule the country from 2017 to 2021. Energy Minister Says Lithium Reserve is Bolivia´s Future La Paz, April 2 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Energy Rafael Alarcon said that Bolivia''s Lithium Reserve (YLB) will be the future for the nation and contribute to the industrialization of the world´s slightest metal as the new domestic economy takeoff. Argentine Professors Announce another National Strike Buenos Aires, April 2 (Prensa Latina) Argentine professors grouped around the Confederation of Education Workers (CTERA), who in last few weeks have been involved in violent outcries, announced a new national strike by April 5. General Attorney´s Office Investigates Violent Acts in Asuncion Asuncion, April 1 (Prensa Latina) A special team of the Attorney General´s Office of Paraguay is conducting some investigations on the violent events occurred from Friday to Saturday in Asuncion. Bolivia to Get Benefits from Andean Community Satellite La Paz, Apr 1 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia, now a member of the Andean Community (CAN) will be able to use the capacities of the SES-10 Satellite, which will offer commercial services for operators of telecommunication and broadcasting networks. Venezuela Is Today our New Cuba, Says Uruguayan Senator 31 de marzo de 2017, 18:19Montevideo, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Uruguayan Broad Front Senator Constanza Moreira condemned the campaign orchestrated against Venezuela and asserted that a statement against that country was today as a statement against Cuba 20 years ago. More than 150 Social Leaders Killed in Colombia in 14 Months 31 de marzo de 2017, 16:33Bogota, Colombia, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) The Colombian Ombudsman, Carlos Alfonso Negret, presented today a report on social leaders killed in the country in the last 14 months, which amounts to 156 violent deaths. Venezuela to Strengthen Productive Development 31 de marzo de 2017, 16:32Caracas, March 31 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami said that the Bolivarian government will work intensely to harness resources and strengthen the productive development in each local region. Ecuador in Favor of Dialogue to Solve Situation in Venezuela 31 de marzo de 2017, 16:20Quito, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian Government insisted today that negotiation was the mechanism to solve the current problems between the main Venezuelan political actors. Argentinean Government Increased Gas Fees 31 de marzo de 2017, 15:49Buenos Aires, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Argentine energy and mining minister, Juan José Aranguren announced today the gas tariffs that will increase around 30 or 40 percent more. Bolivia to Denounce Violation of Rights of Bolivian Citizens in Chil 31 de marzo de 2017, 15:48La Paz, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni announced that his country would denounce to the United Nations Human Rights Council the violation of the constitutional rights of this country''s citizens that remain detained in Chile. Colombian Guerrilla Plans to Hold Its Congress in July Bogota, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP commander Iván Márquez stressed today that the Colombian guerrilla will hold its next congress late in July or early August, when it plans to establish its political party. Colombian Ecopetrol Reported Discovery of New Crude Deposit Bogotá, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) The discovery of a new oil deposit in an exploration well located in the municipality of Rionegro, in the northern department of Santander, is highlighted today by the local media quoting the parastate Colombian company Ecopetrol. Inti Illimani celebrates in Chile 50 Years of Artistic Life By Fausto Triana Santiago de Chile, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) A magical evening, with nostalgic passages of cultural and political nature, allowed to celebrate 50 years of the musical career of the Chilean musical group Inti Illimani. Venezuela Rejects International Rightwing Interference Caracas, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) The government of Venezuela rejected te economic boycott and media campaign of international rightwing forces promoted by the United States Department of State against the sovereignty and democratic order of the South American nation. Unemployment in Brazil Hits Record High Brasilia, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Almost a year after taking control of Brazil with the promise of boosting the economy and generating jobs, Michel Temer's government faces today a record high unemployment rate, with 13.5 million unemployed persons. Colombian Guerrilla Continues Disarmament in Temporary Camps Bogotá, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Despite the delays in the adaptation of its temporary camps, the FARC-EP, along with the Colombian Government, continue today the procedures for the disarmament of that guerrilla, President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed. Bolivia Denounces Mistreatment to Journalists in Chile La Paz, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivian Press Workers'' Confederation has sent an official note to the UN today denouncing the mistreatment suffered by television journalists and those from other media from this country in Chile. Negotiations to Resolve Crisis in French Guiana Resumed Paris, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Negotiations to try to resolve the crisis in French Guiana continue today after French Minister of Overseas, Ericka Bareigts, presented her apologies to the people of that overseas department of France. Lenin Moreno Urges to a United Ecuador, with Work and Opportunities Quito, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) ''My proposal is clear: we want a united Ecuador, with work and opportunities, where we all feel included,'' said Lenin Moreno, candidate for the presidency by the government Allianza PAIS, at the close of its electoral campaign. Argentineans Prepare their Pockets as Gov't Plans Higher Gas Tariffs Buenos Aires, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Argentinean minister of Energy and Mining, Juan Jose Aranguren, announced today gas tariffs will go up between 30 or 40 percent. Cuban Medical Contingent Traveling to Assist Peruvian Victims Havana, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Brigade 23 of the International Contingent of Specialists in Disaster Situations and Severe Epidemics, Henry Reeve, left for Peru today to help those affected by the heavy rains in that country. Venezuelan Sectors Insist in the Dialogue before Right-wing Assault Caracas, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan sectors are insisting on dialogue as an alternative to the confrontation that seems to favor groups opposed to the government of constitutional president Nicolás Maduro. Bolivia to Denounce Chile´s Abuse on Journalists La Paz, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia will denounce at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights the recent violations of Bolivian journalists´ human rights in Chile, said minister of Communication Gisela Lopez. UK will Suffer Brexit´s Worst Consequences, Says German FM 30 de marzo de 2017, 17:38Berlin, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel said today that the United Kingdom will be the most damaged country for its exit from the European Union (EU) or Brexit, no matter how good are the agreements reached. Colombian Vice President Assumes Tasks for Peace and Security 30 de marzo de 2017, 16:23Bogota, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos assigned today to General (r) Oscar Naranjo the task of being in charge of national peace and security, during the ceremony in which the military officer was sworn in as vice president. Bolivia to Seek Strengthening Role by OAS Members 30 de marzo de 2017, 15:09La Paz, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) The representative for the Organization of American States (OAS), Diego Pary, said Bolivia would seek to strengthen the role of the member countries, after assuming on Saturday the presidency of the Permanent Council of that regional authority. Suspended Negotiations to Solve Crisis in Guyana 30 de marzo de 2017, 14:52Paris, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) The negotiation process between French ministers and demonstrators in Guyana, a France overseas department, were suspended after the latter refused to hold talks behind closed doors. Students Keep Seiged Main Peruvian University 30 de marzo de 2017, 14:19Lima, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) A protest against undue charges has paralyzed for the second day in a row the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, the main university in Peru, whose campus was taken by disgruntled students. Innovative Chilean Project to Produce Water from Air 30 de marzo de 2017, 13:26Santiago de Chile, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) Water crisis is one of the greatest challenges facing mankind towards the future, the starting point for an innovative Chilean project based on the production of the vital microparticle liquid from the air. Lawmaker Considers Loss of FA Majority in Uruguay a Strong Signal 30 de marzo de 2017, 12:15 Montevideo, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) Jose Carlos Mahia, president of the House of Deputies of Uruguay, has considered a very troubling signal the loss of the parliamentary majority of the ruling Broad Front (FA) Party. Early Voting for Inmates in Ecuador 30 de marzo de 2017, 10:41Quito, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) People deprived of freedom (PPL)in Ecuador develop an early vote in which they will elect the forthcoming president and Vice president of this South American country. Cuba Stresses Quality of Chilean Graduates By Reina Magdariaga Havana, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) I have appreciated in young people from my country who have graduated from this island the quality of the training of health professionals in Cuba, a Chilean delegate of the 3rd International Convention on Technology and Health said. Colombia General Ã'scar Naranjo Assumes as Vicepresident Elect Bogota, March 30 (Prensa Latina) Retired General Ã''scar Naranjo assumes today the vice presidency of Colombia, during a protocol ceremony in the Palace of Nariño, headed by President Juan Manuel Santos. Tense Day in Argentina, Labor Federations in General March Buenos Aires, March 30 (Prensa Latina) In a March that is almost over, marked here by strikes and protests, Argentina is experiencing a new day of mobilization with a general march convened by the labor federations CTA and Autonomous CTA. Bolivian President Travels to Cuba for Surgery La Paz, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) President Evo Morales has traveled to Cuba today to undergo surgery that will remove a small nodule from the left vocal cord. Brazilian Tourist Market Breaks a Records in Cuba Brasilia, March 30 (Prensa Latina) The visit of Brazilian travelers to Cuba is currently breaking an annual record with a 31%-126% growth, according to diplomatic sources. Venezuela Calls for Strengthening fight Crime in South America 29 de marzo de 2017, 17:48Caracas, March 29 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has proposed to establish an observatory to assess violence in South America, join efforts from all nations and effectively fight crime in the region. Professors Call for a March of the Torches in Buenos Aires 29 de marzo de 2017, 17:05Buenos Aires, March 29 (Prensa Latina) Some professors from Buenos Aires, amid a teaching strike, have called for a march of the torches. Approval of Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia Welcomed 29 de marzo de 2017, 16:31Bogota, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Colombian Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo described as great news for Colombia the approval in Congress of the reform bill that would create the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), the core of the agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People''s Army (FARC-EP). Uruguayan Govt. Approves Decree for the Benefit of the Disabled 29 de marzo de 2017, 15:55Montevideo, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) The Uruguayan government has approved a decree for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the training centers of the national public and private education system, in addition to libraries, an official source informed today. Bolivia: Outreageous Treatment to National Journalists in Chile 29 de marzo de 2017, 15:54La Paz, Mar 29 (PL) Bolivia considered the treatment started to a group of Bolivian journalists in Chile, who were interrogated and been forced to sign a document not to exercise their work in this nation officially, as outreagous. Venezuelan Vice President Urged to Create Digital Platform 29 de marzo de 2017, 15:52Caracas, March 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami urged the creation of an inclusive digital platform for the people to consciously fight the political battle by social and alternative media. Colombia Inaugurates Libraries Close to Guerrillas Camps Villavicencio, Colombia, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Two mobile libraries were open in the guerrilla temporary zones of Buenavista and La Cooperativa, where FARC-EP troops remain concentrated in pre-demobilization phase. Venezuela, European Union to Increase Trade Caracas, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s Minister for Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Jesus Faria, has said today that his country and the European Union will establish a technical commission to increase trade. Scientists Warn about New Right Wing's Policies in Argentina Por Harald NeuberBerlin, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Dozens of university experts in Latin America warned today, in a call published on the Internet, about the consequences of the neoliberal policies adopted by the government of President Mauricio Macri in Argentina. FARC-EP Affirms It Will Continue Defending Colombian Peace Process Bogotá, March 29 (Prensa Latina) FARC-EP leader Timoleón Jiménez said today that Colombian guerrillas will continue defending the peace process despite any setbacks and assured that together with the Government it will push for the implementation of the November pact. Cuba Highlights Venezuela's Victory at OAS Havana, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has hailed today Venezuela for defending the Latin American and Caribbean dignity, based on truth, reason and justice against the OAS and its Secretary General''s actions to undermine and topple the Bolivarian Revolution. Brazil Focused on Bolivian Bioceanic Train La Paz, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Brazil confirmed its participation in the project of the Integration Railway Bioceanic Corridor (CFBI) and as part of the project will be accompanying Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay in the monthly meetings to carry out the initiative. Public Transportation Drivers in Argentina to Join CGT Strike Buenos Aires, Mar 29 (Prensa Latina) Public Service drivers, including metro conductors, joined the strike the Confederacion General del Trabajo (CGT) has convened for April 6 in Argentina. President Calls to Increase Measures against Storm in Colombia 28 de marzo de 2017, 19:46Bogota, Mar 28 (Prensa Latina) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos called mayors and governors today to increase precautionary measures to counteract the effects of the current rainy season, which has caused the death of 12 people in few days. 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).