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¡Felicidades! Ecuador on Your 202th Year of Independence

Today, all of Ecuador is celebrating and rejoicing its 202-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region and enslaved native populations. continue reading »

Colombian Indigenous Groups Selling Crafts Thanks to Unique UN Program

Sixty indigenous families in Colombia are selling handicrafts in the capital, Bogotá, to cater to an influx of fans attending the ongoing youth soccer World Cup tournament as part of a United Nations-backed initiative to alleviate poverty. continue reading »

20th Anniversary of ‘Martyrs’ of Peru Killings - On Path for Beatification

Today, August 9, 2011, marks the 20th anniversary of the martyrs of Peru killings. Twenty years ago on this date Fr. Michal Tomaszek and Fr. Zbigniew Strzalkowski, Franciscan friars were killed by "Sendero Luminoso"- The Shining Path terrorist organization. continue reading »

CRIME NEWS:  Brazil Students Given Food Mixed with Rat Poison

Brazilian authorities are investigating the claims of a school cook who confessed to mixing rat poison with the students daily mails. The cook came to the attention of authorities after 22 students and 16 teachers fell ill at the Pacheco Prates school and needed to be hospitalized. The Pacheco Prates school is located in the city of Porto Alegre located in southern Brazil. continue reading »

Chile Set to Boost and Diversify Its Fruit Exports

The Inter-American Development Bank today announced the approval of a $32 million loan to Chile’s Grupo Subsole, one of the largest locally owned fresh fruit companies and the country’s third largest table grape exporter. continue reading »

International Condemnation for Murders of Journalists in Mexico and Brazil

The United Nations agency tasked with defending and promoting press freedom condemned the murders of journalists in Mexico and Brazil, two Latin American countries where reporters have already been killed this year. Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) demanded the killers of both Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz in Mexico and Auro Ida in Brazil be brought to justice, and called for strong measures to curb violence against journalists. continue reading »

Brazil Refurbishes Hydroelectric Power Plants

In one of the largest energy-efficiency investments ever undertaken in Brazil, a public utility will use a $128 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to partly finance the rehabilitation and modernization of two large hydroelectric complexes in order to increase power production, lower maintenance costs and double the service life of the facilities. continue reading »

New Homes for Over 300 Street Children of Ecuador

Guayaquil is one of the most important cities in Ecuador, developed mainly on the right bank of the Guayas River, its population reaches 3 million and half. The Nigeria area, which is located on the island of Trinitaria, on the delta of the river, is one of the poorest and deprived areas of the city. continue reading »

UNESCO Names Colombia’s Coffee Triangle as World Heritage Site

Colombia’s beautiful Coffee Region, or properly deemed the Café Triangle, was initially nominated to become a UNESCO World Heritage site in January 2010. Colombia is excited to announce that on June 25th, 2011, the region was officially inaugurated into UNESCO’s prestigious list of World Heritage sites. continue reading »

First Ever Colombia-Brazil Investment Forum to Take Place, Santos, Lula & Others in Attendance

Prominent business and government personalities will take part in the First Colombia-Brazil Investment Forum on August 4 in Bogotá, Colombia. The event, sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will be inaugurated by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. continue reading »

First Ever Colombia-Brazil Investment Forum to Take Place, Santos, Lula & Others in Attendance

Prominent business and government personalities will take part in the First Colombia-Brazil Investment Forum on August 4 in Bogotá, Colombia. The event, sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will be inaugurated by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. continue reading »

Brazil Urged to Have Olympics & World Cup Leave “Positive Social Legacy”

The upcoming World Cup soccer tournament and Summer Olympics in Brazil should be harnessed to deliver a “positive social legacy” for the South American country and beyond, the United Nations envoy for sports and peace has said. continue reading »

Venezuela Now Has World’s Largest Oil Reserves Surpassing Saudi Arabia

According to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Counties (OPEC) Venezuela for the first time has surpassed Saudi Arabia as the richest oil nation in terms of reserves. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Colombia on Your 201th Year of Independence

Today, all of Colombia is celebrating and rejoicing its 201-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for over 300 years as it colonized the region and enslaved native populations. The fight for independence started in 1819 and was 14-years in the making; led by Simón Bolivar and Francisco de Paula Santander who liberated five countries from Spanish rule. continue reading »

Brazil-Argentine Nuclear Disarmament Agency Celebrates 20 Years

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC) for its 20 years of working for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. continue reading »

Peru’s Discloses Plans to Open ‘Uncontacted Tribes’ Land to Oil Companies

Peru’s Indian Affairs Department has revealed plans to open up uncontacted tribes’ reserves to oil companies – just days before the country’s new government takes office. continue reading »

Homemade, Bootleg Liquor Kills 21, Injures 103 in Ecuador

Authorities in the province of Los Rios, Ecuador are investigating the deaths of 21 people from homemade alcohol that appeared to be contaminated with methanol. continue reading »

Chilean Miners Sue Government for Negligence that Caused Mine Collapse

It has almost been one year when the San Jose mine in Chile collapsed on August 5t, 2010 trapping 33 miners 2,300 feet underground for 69 days. continue reading »

Hugo Chavez Arrives in Cuba for Chemo, Foregoes Treatment in Brazil, Cedes Some Powers to VP

On Friday the Brazil government was reporting that ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was heading to their country to receive treatment for his yet-to-be-identified cancer - those reports were in fact wrong. continue reading »

Paraguay to Conduct Housing & Population Census

Paraguay’s 2012 National Population and Housing Census will be carried out with the help of a $12.5 million financing package from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). continue reading »