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LatinNews Daily - 10 June 2019

Main Briefing
On 7 June, the US and Mexican governments issued a joint declaration announcing that they had reached a new agreement over reducing illegal migration across the Mexico-US border and that, as a result, the US would desist from imposing tariffs on Mexican imports as had been threatened by President Donald Trump...
Andean
On 8 June, the border checkpoints between Venezuela’s Táchira state and Colombia were reopened to pedestrian access, on the orders of Venezuela’s de facto President Nicolás Maduro.  ..
* Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has inaugurated the US$149m 'San José II' hydroelectric plant in Colomi municipality, Cochabamba department, according to Bolivia’s official state news agency Abi.  The plant, which follows the opening of 'San José I' plant in January 2018, will provide an additional 69 megawatts (MW) to the national interconnected system (SIN), bringing the total domestic energy supply to 2,300MW...
Brazil
On 9 June, online news publication The Intercept Brasil published a three-part feature based on leaked documents in which it reveals “serious ethical violations and legally prohibited collaboration between the judge and prosecutors” of the 'Lava Jato' corruption investigation taskforce...
* Brazil’s foreign minister Ernesto Araújo met with his Uruguayan counterpart Rodolfo Nin Novoa in Brasília...
Central America & Caribbean
On 9 June, at least two people were killed in protests held in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince and other parts of the country calling for President Jovenel Moïse to resign...
* Nicaragua’s central bank (BCN) has released new figures on funds received from official external cooperation in 2018 which totalled US$1.04bn, up 5% on the previous year...
Mexico
* A Mexican federal judge has ordered the suspension of the construction of the Santa Lucía airport project, located in Zumpango municipality, Estado de México (Edomex)...
Southern Cone
On 9 June, Argentina staged four provincial elections with incumbent governors re-elected in each case...
* Chile’s central bank (BCCh) has slashed the benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points to 2.5% citing global trade tensions, and in particular the trade dispute between the US and China...
Washington Watch
Argentina: On 3 June, Argentina’s state-owned oil firm, YPF, filed a supplemental brief with the US Supreme Court in relation ot the YPF v Petersen Energia Inversora SAU case that the Supreme Court is expected to rule on later this month...

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