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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 01 February 2019

From LatinNews Daily
On 31 January, a few hundred people took part in protests across the country organised by Brazil’s association of indigenous peoples (Apib) in defence of indigenous rights...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (IBGE) has released the latest figures for unemployment, which show that the unemployment rate for October-December 2018 stood at 11.6%, a slight decrease on the previous quarter when unemployment reached 11.9%...
On 31 January, Paraguay’s attorney general Sandra Quiñonez refuted claims from the Honor Colorado faction of the ruling Asociación Nacional Repúblicana-Partido Colorado (ANR-PC) that its members are being politically persecuted by their in-party rivals, the Colorado Añetete faction...
* Chile’s national statistics institute (INE) has released new figures which show that the national unemployment rate in the last quarter of 2018 was 6.7%, up 0.3 percentage points on the same quarter in 2017...
From Latin American Weekly Report
Footage from rescue operations after a tailings dam collapsed on 25 January near Brumadinho, Minas Gerais state, shows a helicopter hovering above a sea of mud as firefighters attempt to pull victims out of the sludge...
Brazil’s federal congress returns from recess on 1 February...
On 27 January residents of La Rioja province kicked off a year in which there will be at least 15 electoral Sundays, and probably more...

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