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LatinNews Daily - 04 April 2019

Main Briefing
On 3 April, the talks ended between the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega and the opposition Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) aimed at finding a solution to the crisis stemming from the government’s crackdown on its opponents which began in April 2018...
Andean
On 3 April, the Russian embassy in Colombia issued a statement in which it said that it has never questioned the Colombian government’s sovereign right to define its own foreign policy and act accordingly on the international stage...
* The Andean community of nations (CAN) trade bloc, which comprises Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, has released new figures which show that total exports from CAN members reached US$119.31bn in 2018, up 11.4% on 2017...
Brazil
On 3 April, the secretary of the military police (PM) in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state, Colonel Rogério Figueredo, admitted that the armed forces’ federal intervention into the state’s public security last year had had little impact on crime reduction...
* Brazil’s agriculture ministry (Mapa) has announced that the Brazilian organic food market yielded R$4bn (US$1.03bn) in 2018, a result 20% higher than that registered in 2017, as reported by the Brazilian council for organic and sustainable production (Organis)...
Central America & Caribbean
* A Belizean judge has suspended a national referendum which was due to take place on 10 April on whether to agree to the territorial dispute between Guatemala and Belize being submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for adjudication...
Mexico
On 3 April, Mexico’s federal senate rejected for the second time the short list of candidates to fill the vacancies in the energy regulatory commission (CRE) submitted by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...
* In an interview with US political website Politico on 2 April, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), affirmed that the House will only consider backing the new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) after Mexico passes and implements the major labour law reforms required under the deal...
Southern Cone
On 3 April, indigenous Mapuche clashed with the Carabineros militarised police during a march in Chile’s southern city of Temuco, in the La Araucanía Region...
* Paraguay’s central bank (BCP) has released figures which show that inflation in March 2019 was 2.7% year-on-year...

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