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LatinNews Daily - 14 March 2019

Main Briefing
On 13 March the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega and the Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) opposition grouping announced the resumption of talks aimed at finding a solution to the political crisis which began mid-April 2018, stemming from the government’s deadly crackdown on its opponents...
Andean
On 13 March, hundreds of Colombians mobilised across the country to demonstrate their support for a law regulating the transitional justice system (JEP), part of the peace accord reached between the government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrilla group in 2016...
* According to Venezuela’s national federation of cattle ranchers (FNGV) the power blackout affecting the country, which began on 7 March and still persists in some areas of the country, have cost the productive sector over US$5m in losses...
Brazil
On 13 March, two young men opened fire in a secondary school in Brazil’s greater São Paulo metropolitan area, killing eight people and injuring at least 11 before committing suicide...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released figures which show that month-on-month industrial production fell by 0.8% in January 2019...
Central America & Caribbean
* The constitutional chamber (SC) of El Salvador’s supreme court (CSJ) has temporarily suspended the cancellation of El Salvador’s free trade agreement (FTA) with Taiwan, accepting an injunction from El Salvador’s sugar association which argued that the move jeopardised the industry’s property rights and legal security, among other things...
Mexico
On 13 March a group of local human rights organisations called for the Mexican authorities to open a new investigation into the potential involvement of the army in the September 2014 disappearance of 43 trainee teachers in the town of Iguala, Guerrero state...
* The Mexican government has announced new measures to guarantee the supply of medicines...
Southern Cone
On 13 March the former president of Uruguay’s central bank (BCU) and a current presidential pre-candidate for the leftist ruling Frente Amplio (FA) coalition, Mario Bergara, said that the challenging international economic scenario has been negatively impacting Uruguay’s economic growth in recent years...
* Argentina’s treasury minister, Nicolás Dujovne, has said that Argentina’s economic recession has bottomed out, that economic activity is picking up, and that the national inflation rate will start to come down in April...

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