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LatinNews Daily - 23 May 2019

Main Briefing
On 22 May teachers, doctors and students staged protests in Honduras’s capital Tegucigalpa...
Andean
On 22 May the Americas director of human rights NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), José Miguel Vivanco, warned the Colombian army against retaliating against any of its officers that provided confidential information to US daily The New York Times (NYT)...
* Ecuador’s economy & finance minister Richard Martínez has hailed the fact that two months after Ecuador put in a request, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) Development Centre has accepted it as a member...
Brazil
On 22 May, Brazil’s national civil aviation agency (Anac) authorised Spanish group Globalia, owner of airline Air Europa, to operate domestic flights in the country...
* Brazil’s finance secretary, Waldery Rodrigues, has presented the government’s latest official GDP growth projections for 2019 as part of the economy ministry’s second bimester report on primary revenue and expenditures...
Central America & Caribbean
* The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$40m loan to Panama, complemented by a local contribution of US$3m to implement a programme on financial inclusion and indigenous entrepreneurship in the country's 12 indigenous regions...
Mexico
On 22 May international human rights NGO Amnesty International (AI) warned that the package of secondary legislation necessary for the creation of Mexico’s national guard (GN) goes counter to international law and undermines human rights...
* President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said that state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) should meet its production target of averaging 2.48m barrels per day (bpd) during 2024 and would close the year with 2.65m bpd per day...
Southern Cone
On 22 May, Uruguay’s umbrella trade union Plenario Intersindical de Trabajadores-Convención Nacional de Trabajadores (Pit-Cnt) staged a partial strike, marching through the capital Montevideo in solidarity with gas sector workers, specifically employees of MontevideoGas...
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has released new figures which show Argentina’s GDP contracted by 6.8% in March 2019 year-on-year...

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