Thursday, July 16, 2015
* Peru: A new U.N. report found that Peru’s 2014 coca harvest decreased by 14% to 67 square miles, which represents the lowest level since 1998.
* Latin America: Mexico City became the first Latin American city to regulate Uber, while Brazil's antitrust watchdog agency will advocate in favor of the controversial app-based ride sharing service.
* Cuba: Frank-Walter Steinmeier will become the first German foreign minister to visit Cuba in 25 years amid a push to improve bilateral political and economic ties.
* Brazil: UANL Tigres lost in first leg of their Copa Libertadores semifinal matchup against Brazilian club Internacional though Hugo Ayala tallied a valuable away goal for the Mexican side.
YouTube Source – teleSUR English
Online Sources – The Globe and Mail, Andina, Reuters, Deutsche Welle, ESPN FC
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
* Argentina: Argentina’s River Plate gained a 2-0 advantage over Guarani of Paraguay in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores and, hence, took a solid step forward in its quest to win its first Libertadores crown since 1996.
* Venezuela: Authorities barred prominent opposition activist and ex-legislator María Corina Machado from public office in a move that could prevent her from running in this December’s local elections.
* Brazil: The offices of Fernando Collor de Mello, the Brazilian ex-president who resigned in 1992 amid a major corruption probe, were raided by investigators looking into the Petrobras kickback scandal.
* Mexico: The opening of Mexico’s oil industry after 77 years of control by PEMEX starts today with the auction of fourteen offshore blocks.
YouTube Source – FootballMania
Online Sources – SBS, Reuters, Deutsche Welle, Bloomberg
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
* Brazil: A new UNICEF report found that the number of homicides of Brazilians under the age of 19 has doubled over the past 25 years to about 28 teens and children each day.
* Puerto Rico: Puerto Rican officials met with creditors in order to seek a restructuring plan for the commonwealth’s $72 billion debt and days before a $93 million bond payment is due.
* Mexico: Popular Mexican musician, actor and songwriter Joan Sebastian passed away on Monday at the age of 64 from cancer.
* Cuba: Could the improving diplomatic ties between Cuba and the U.S. soon lead to an end to the “wet-foot-dry-foot” policy for Cuban migrants?
YouTube Source – CCTV America (UNICEF have criticized a proposed constitutional amendment in Brazil to reduce the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16).
Online Sources – Latin American Herald Tribune, Bloomberg, The Latin Americanist, Billboard, Fox News Latino