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LatinNews Daily - 18 January 2019

Main Briefing
Development: On 17 January the Colombian police reported that 21 people had been killed and 68 others wounded after a car bomb exploded at the police academy in country’s capital, Bogotá...
Andean
* Óscar Barriga, the president of Bolivia’s state-run oil company Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), has announced that the contract for the purchase and sale of natural gas with Brazil will be extended up until 2023, providing the Bolivian state with a monthly income of some US$150m...
Brazil
Development: On 17 January, NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro’s approach to security represents a threat to public safety in the country...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the latest figures for the index of economic activity (IBC-Br), which show that GDP grew 0.29% month-on-month in November 2018...
Central America & Caribbean
Development: On 17 January Carlos Aguerri Hurtado, a justice in Nicaragua's supreme court (CSJ), resigned...
* A protest movement in Haiti’s Lascahobas town (Centre department) over electricity rationing and blackouts has turned violent...
Mexico
Development: On 17 January President Andrés Manuel López Obrador expressed his discontent with the constitutional reform approved by the federal lower chamber of congress establishing a national guard in Mexico...
* In a press conference Mexico’s public security minister Alfonso Durazo has said that, as part of the government’s plan to fight fuel theft, it had blocked the accounts of 13 companies which had franchises of the state-run oil firm Pemex and sold stolen fuel...
Southern Cone
Development: On 17 January, a fifth case of hantavirus was confirmed in the central Argentinian province of Buenos Aires according to local media reports...
* In a recent press conference, Chile’s mining minister, Baldo Prokuriça, and Jorge Cantallopts, the director of studies and public policies at the state copper commission (Cochilco), said that the government was expecting international prices of copper (Chile’s main export) to average US$3.05/lb this year, rising to US$3.08/lb in 2020...

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