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Mendoza, Argentina, July 21 (Prensa Latina) Under strict security measures, the city of Mendoza welcomes today six presidents, seven foreign ministers and delegates from 11 nations to attend the six-monthly MERCOSUR Summit.

Damascus, July 21 (Prensa Latina) Syrian army troops and allied militias are carrying out heavy offensives south of Raqqa, east of Homs and in areas near the Qalamun region, close to the Lebanese border, according to military sources.

México, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) New bidding for deep-water oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico is scheduled for January 31, announced here Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell.

Ottawa, Jul 21 (Prensa Latina) Canada''s New Democratic Party demands Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to explain before a federal committee the priorities of his government in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Lima, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The Peruvian Government declared today the state of emergency in a province and five districts in this country, after protests by teaches on strike, and established that the Armed Forces supported the police to keep peace.

Havana, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Although the situation with water in Cuba has slightly improved so far in July, the drought continues, a source of the sector reported today.

Caracas, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The National Electoral Council (CNE) and the Strategic Command of the National Boliviarian Armed Forces of Venezuela (FANB) evaluated their measures to guarantee the safety of the elections of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) on July 30.

Brasilia, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said today that he is obsessed with ruling again the country, to recover it and prove that it is possible to do so.

Mendoza, Argentina, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The People''s Summit began today in this city with total support to Venezuela against the attack by the political right in that country and a call to debate the current regional situation.

Caracas, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) Vandalistic groups linked to extreme-right wing opposition in Venezuela attacked the headquarters of Venezolana de Television (VTV) channel, located in Los Ruices, municipality of Sucre, state of Miranda, said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Panama, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) demanded that the Panamanian government have national sovereignty respected in the case of the extraterritorial sanctions taken by the United States on the newspapers La Estrella de Panama and El Siglo (GESE), it was reported today.