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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 28 January 2019

From LatinNews Daily
On 27 January, Brazilian authorities confirmed that the number of casualties following a dam break on 25 January in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais state, had risen to 58, with 305 people still reported missing and 192 rescued...
* The Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) has released the latest figures for its consumer confidence index (ICC) which show that consumer confidence levels in Brazil have surged, reaching their highest level since February 2014...
On 25 January, a judge from a court in Collipulli town (Araucanía Region) issued precautionary measures against three former members of the Carabineros (militarised police) special operations unit (Gope), and their lawyer...
* Argentina’s agriculture minister, Luis Miguel Etchevehere, has signed a decree declaring a “state of emergency and/ or disaster” in the provinces of Chaco, Santa Fe, Corrientes, and Santiago del Estero – which have been most affected by floods that hit the coast, forcing the evacuation of over 6,000 people...
From Latin American Economy & Business
The end of the commodities boom in 2012-2013 triggered five years of slower growth in Latin America and prompted fears that poverty would once more increase...
December and January have seen a wide range of estimates, forecasts, and speculations about the economic outlook for Latin America in 2019...
The good news is that Argentina is on track to meet its fiscal deficit-reduction targets agreed with the IMF...
The São Paulo Bovespa stock index is one of the best performing in the world in 2019...
On Sunday 20 January President Jair Bolsonaro took a flight to Davos for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum...
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The new government has begun to reveal its ideas for tackling the most pressing problem weighing on Brazil’s public finances: pension reform...
Copper production and export earnings look set to increase this year, despite worries over China and the state of the global economy...
Until January 2018, Fleet Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira commanded the Brazilian Navy...

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