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LatinNews Daily - 14 June 2017

Main Briefing
Development: On 13 June, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined the policy objectives that the US government led by President Donald Trump has in its relations with Cuba...
Andean
Development: On 13 June, Venezuela’s attorney general, Luisa Ortega Díaz, escalated further her brinkmanship with the supreme court (TSJ)...
Peru: The national consumer protection agency (Indecopi) is investigating 131 oil and gas companies that operate in the country, along with 46 individuals, for allegedly participating in a price-fixing scheme...
Brazil
Development: On 13 June, the former governor of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state, Sérgio Cabral (2007-2014), was sentenced to 14 years and 2 months in prison...
* Brazil’s retail sales increased by 1% in April compared with the previous month, and by 1.9% over the same time last year according to a report by Brazil’s national statistics site (Igbe)...
Central America & Caribbean
Development: On 13 June, the international anti-corruption NGO Transparency International (TI) issued a statement in which it “welcomed the news” that Panama’s former president Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014) had finally been arrested in the US...
Caribbean..
Mexico
Development: On 13 June, the local authorities in Mexico’s western Michoacán state reported that the regional chief of the federal ministerial police, Enrique Rodríguez, had been murdered...
The state-owned oil firm, Pemex, has reported that conditions were now in place to safely restart operations at its Salina Cruz refinery located in the southern state of Oaxaca...
Southern Cone
Development: On 13 June, Chile’s former president, Sebastián Piñera (2010-2014), the current presidential frontrunner ahead of the 19 November general elections, unveiled a US$7.5bn plan to overhaul the country's public transport infrastructure...
Uruguay: The president of Uruguay’s leftist ruling Frente Amplio (FA) coalition, Javier Miranda, has revealed that the government led by President Tabaré Vázquez plans to increase the tax rate on imports and introduce a new tax on gambling activities to help finance its 2018 budget...

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