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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 17 January 2019

From LatinNews Daily
Development: On 16 January, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro received Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri in Brasília, the first official visit of a foreign head of state since the new government took over on 1 January...
* The Brazilian government says it will appeal the European Union’s (EU) decision to curb its steel imports...
Development: On 16 January, the results of an opinion poll evaluating the performance of Uruguay’s government were released, highlighting Uruguayans’ increased dissatisfaction with the ruling Frente Amplio (FA) coalition...
* The Confederación Intercooperativa Agropecuaria Limitida (Coninagro), an Argentine agricultural producers' association, has calculated that the torrential rain and flooding that has hit Argentina’s central and north-western provinces in recent weeks will produce some US$2.2bn in economic losses to agricultural producers in the area...
From Latin American Security & Strategic Review
Home to Brazil’s most emblematic city, the eponymous Rio de Janeiro state has become illustrative of the country’s public security problem, after an uptick in violence and organised crime led then-president Michel Temer (2016-1 January 2019) to put state security under the federal responsibility of the armed forces in February last year...
The year did not get off to a positive start for the inhabitants of Ceará, a state in north-eastern Brazil which is suffering an ongoing wave of violence that began on 2 January...
The death of two indigenous Mapuche in Chile’s Southern La Araucanía Region has led to the resurfacing of social unrest in the area...

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