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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:26:00 UTC

Mexico overtakes Spain and now has the world's sixth deadliest Covid-19 outbreak

Deaths and cases in Mexico have increased steadily in recent weeks as Latin America has emerged as a hot spot for the pandemic Mexico's Covid-19 deaths rose by 741 to reach 28,510, leading the country to overtake Spain and have the world's sixth deadliest outbreak, according to data released by the Health Ministry on Wednesday night.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:19:00 UTC

Brazil coronavirus death toll climbs to over 60,000: southern states with the worse record

A total of 1,038 additional deaths were registered in the past 24 hours, taking the overall number of fatalities to 60,632, the ministry said Brazil surpassed 60,000 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health reported, citing a recent wave of contamination in southern and mid-western areas of the country.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 10:13:00 UTC

Food delivery drivers take to the streets in Sao Paulo to protest working conditions

The drivers seek better pay and improved health measures, with Brazil now a coronavirus epicenter and delivery workers facing exposure to the virus More than a thousand food delivery drivers on motorcycles gathered in São Paulo on Wednesday to protest their work conditions, set by Uber Technologies Inc and makers of other apps, as their services remain in high demand due to coronavirus lockdowns.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:07:00 UTC

Brazil restricts the entrance of foreigners for 30 days fearing the second wave of Covid-19 cases

Foreigners with permanent residence in Brazil or working authorization will be exempted from the decree, along with foreigners with Brazilian spouses or children Brazil's government will restrict the entrance of foreigners to the country for 30 days due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, it said in a decree late on Tuesday in its official gazette.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 08:56:00 UTC

Cyclone in south Brazil causes death, flooding, power cuts and disruption in major port operations

According to Rio Grande do Sul Civil defense the “bomb cyclone” caused 120km/hour winds in the mountain range of Santa Catarina. Windstorms and storms recorded this week in the south of Brazil caused deaths in Santa Catarina, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul leaving a trail of destruction in the three states of the region, with fallen trees and power posts, flooded homes, lack of energy and road blocks.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 08:12:00 UTC

Brazil's WhatsApp payment messaging service lifts antitrust ruling, but still faces central bank objections

“We are glad Cade acted quickly to lift its preventive restrictions on WhatsApp Payments,” a spokesperson for WhatsApp said in a statement. Brazilian antitrust watchdog Cade on Tuesday said it was revoking its previous decision suspending Facebook Inc’s recently launched WhatsApp payments messaging service in partnership with card processor Cielo SA.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 08:07:00 UTC

Integration bridge connecting Paraguay with Brazil in under construction

Building the bridge is costing US$84 million, but with 37km of connecting roads it comes with a price tag of over US$ 180 million Construction work is being carried out for the Puente de la Integracion bridge connecting Paraguay with Brazil. The bridge spans the Parana River and connects Presidente Franco in Paraguay with Foz de Iguazu in Brazil.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2020 08:02:00 UTC

Guyana Venezuela territorial dispute at the Court of Justice, but Caracas denies The Hague jurisdiction to rule

“In view of the current C19 pandemic, the court has opted for a mix of physical and virtual presences during the hearing,” ICJ President Abdulqawi Yusuf said The United Nations’ top court held its first virtual hearing on Tuesday, taking up a 120-year-old territorial dispute between Guyana and Venezuela. Guyana made its arguments as to why the International Court of Justice has jurisdiction in the border dispute, which calls into question the ownership of more than half of the ex British colony.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:34:00 UTC

Macron in a rally declares he opposes the trade agreement of EU with Mercosur

The decision follows the defeat of Macron in the municipal elections and the strong advance of the Greens. French president, Emmanuel Macron, declared his opposition to the free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and Mercosur. In addition, 265 civil society organizations were also mobilized against the agreement. The decision follows the defeat of Macron in the municipal elections and the strong advance of the Greens.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:14:00 UTC

Covid-19 collapse in working hours; ILO says situation of the Americas is particularly dire

ILO estimated that by the mid-year point, global working hours were down 14% compared to last December - equivalent to some 400 million full-time jobs. The coronavirus crisis has taken a much heavier toll on jobs than previously feared, the UN said Tuesday, warning that the situation in the Americas was particularly dire. In a fresh study, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimated that by the mid-year point, global working hours were down 14% compared to last December - equivalent to some 400 million full-time jobs.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:07:00 UTC

Colombian Senate approves trade agreement with the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom’s investment in Colombia reached US $1.099 billion in 2019 and represented 7.6% of the foreign capital that arrived in Colombia last year. A bilateral trade agreement between Colombia and the United Kingdom has passed in Colombia’s plenary senate session and now passes to the Andean nation’s lower house for approval.
The legislation seeks to maintain uninterrupted trade access, terms and conditions between Colombia and the UK that have existed under the Colombia – European Union agreement.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 08:36:00 UTC

Chinese May imports of Brazilian soybeans at their highest level in two years

Data from the Chinese Customs indicate that the country imported 8.86 million tons of Brazilian soybeans in May, the highest volume since May 2018 Beijing customs data indicates that Chinese soy imports from Brazil (now its largest supplier), reached its highest level in two years in May. China is the world’s largest importer of soy.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:21:00 UTC

Massive spill of raw sewage at Mexico's sun-kissed beach of Acapulco

State environmental authorities announced on Sunday that an investigation into the incident, which it said took place on Jun 25, has been launched The coastline of famed Mexican beach resort Acapulco was sullied late last week by a large discharge of raw sewage, the ugly scene captured in a viral video, which has prompted local authorities to promise an investigation and to fix its broken drainage system.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 18:04:00 UTC

Uruguay in the list of 14 countries to which the Europe Union opens its borders

Uruguay despite having an open border with south Brazil and several integrates towns has managed to keep the pandemic contained The European Union agreed on Tuesday to reopen its borders to 14 countries excluding the virus-stricken US, as the pandemic accelerated globally with more than 505,000 deaths worldwide. Of Latin America the only country included in the list is Uruguay.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 11:03:00 UTC

Argentine farmers accuse Kirchnerite goons of vandalizing silo bags

Attacks had been reported in a number of localities in Cordoba and Santa Fe provinces. Kirchnerites accuse farmers of speculating with grains and oil seeds Argentine farmer association CRA has expressed its concern over a recent wave of vandalism on silo bags that store grain and oilseeds on-farm.

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