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LatinNews Daily - 10 July 2019

Main Briefing
On 9 July, Colombia’s supreme court (CSJ) ordered the arrest of Seuxis Paucias Hernández Solarte (‘Jesús Santrich’), a national deputy and a former commander of the demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas...
Andean
* Colombia’s state-owned oil company Ecopetrol has reported a discovery of crude oil at its Boranda-2 station, located in the municipality of Rionegro, Santander department...
Brazil
On 9 July, a court in Brazil's Minas Gerais state convicted mining giant Vale for the damages caused by the deadly rupture of a tailings dam in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, in January this year...
* Brazil’s federal chamber of deputies has begun debating the pension reform proposal (PEC 6/19), with the expectation that it will be voted upon today (10 July) and pass the second round of voting in the chamber before the congressional recess begins on 18 July...
Central America & Caribbean
On 9 July, Eduardo Trejos, the head of Costa Rica’s intelligence agency (DIS), announced an investigation into the origins of a video circulating on social media in which a group of men dressed in camouflage make a call to take up arms against the government...
* The Honduran government led by President Juan Orlando Hernández has announced it will invest HL100m (US$4m) in a new agricultural development programme (PDAH) that will benefit 60,000 producers...
Mexico
On 9 July, Mexico’s finance minister Carlos Urzúa tendered his resignation...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released the latest figures for its national consumer price index (INPC), which show a monthly variation of 0.06% from May to June 2019...
Southern Cone
On 9 July, Chile's President Sebastián Piñera signed a decree which authorises the armed forces (FFAA) to collaborate with the police in efforts to combat drug trafficking on the country's borders...
* The Chilean government has released its quarterly report on public finances (IFP) for Q2 2019, in which it has revised growth projections for this year downwards to between 3% and 3.5% (previous projections stood at 3.5%)...

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