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LatinNews Daily - 06 February 2019

Main Briefing
On 5 February, a local Nicaraguan human rights group, Comisión Permanente de Derechos Humanos (CPDH), called for Nicaragua’s national police (PNN) chief, Francisco Díaz, to face trial in response to his admission that undercover PNN officers had infiltrated the protests against President Daniel Ortega...
Andean
On 5 February, Venezuelan opposition national deputy, Franklyn Duarte, claimed that members of Venezuela’s armed forces (FANB) were blocking the entry of international humanitarian aid packages into Venezuela at the Tienditas international bridge that connects Venezuela to Colombia...
* According to a report by Ecuador’s federation of exporters (Fedexpor), Ecuador’s exports totalled over US$44bn in 2018, up 16% on 2017. The report, however, shows that Ecuador closed 2018 with a trade deficit of US$508m...
Brazil
Early on 6 February, the Brazilian government led by President Jair Bolsonaro announced that it would not be dismissing Tourism Minister Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, of Bolsonaro’s Partido Social Liberal (PSL), after he was accused of corruption by local daily Folha de São Paulo...
* Brazil’s foreign and economy ministries have issued a joint statement noting that the country will continue seeking compensation from the European Union (EU) for any damages caused by the EU’s decision to impose a 25% import tax on steel imports...
Central America & Caribbean
* Panama has become the 76th signatory of the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on the Exchange of Country-by-Country Reports (CbC MCAA)...
Mexico
On 5 February, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced a new anti-crime plan to target 17 areas of the country where criminal activity is heavily concentrated...
* Mexico’s communications & transport minister, Javier Jiménez Espriú, has said that the federal budget for the sector for the next six years will be higher than M$600bn (US$31bn), underlining that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took office in December 2018, has “a very clear idea of stimulating participation” from the private sector...
Southern Cone
On 5 February, Chile's President Sebastián Piñera decreed a ‘state of catastrophe’ in the southern regions of La Araucanía, Bío Bío, and Los Ríos as a result of the forest fires that are devastating those areas...
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released new figures which show that the national index of industrial production for manufacturing was down 14.7% in December 2018 compared with the same month the previous year...

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