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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Brazil & Southern Cone - 6 February 2019

From LatinNews Daily
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...
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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