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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 22 January 2019

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Development: On 21 January, five attacks were recorded in Brazil’s north-eastern state of Ceará against public buildings and vehicles, including a school and a school bus, incidents which are being treated as part of the ongoing violent attacks organised by criminal gangs that have been plaguing the state since the start of the year...
* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released its latest World Economic Outlook Report in which it has slightly increased its 2019 economic growth projections for Brazil, going against the wider trend of an economic slow down in emerging and developing countries...
Development: On 21 January Argentina's President Mauricio Macri signed a decree of necessity and urgency (DNU) implementing an asset forfeiture law to empower prosecutors to confiscate the assets of people under investigation for serious crimes...
* Paraguay’s deputy industry & commerce minister, Luis Llamosas, has said that the government is considering imposing “licenses that would regulate the importation of foreign products”, due to the devaluation of the Argentine and Brazilian currencies...

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