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LatinNews Daily - 19 July 2019

Main Briefing
On 18 July, Colombia’s constitutional court (CC) upheld its ruling banning the aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate to eradicate illegal coca plantations but said that it is up to the national narcotics council (CNE) to determine if this can be resumed under certain circumstances...
Andean
* The Chinese-owned mining firm Ecuacorriente has begun production at its large-scale mining project at the El Mirador copper mine, located in the Tundayme parish, Zamora Chinchipe province, near the Peruvian border...
Brazil
On 18 July, a joint police operation in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro city resulted in the seizure of 30 firearms and 8.5 tonnes (t) of drugs...
* President Jair Bolsonaro’s government has created a council which will accompany Brazil’s application process to become a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)...
Central America & Caribbean
On 18 July, the international press watchdog Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) expressed concern about the new criminal code in Honduras...
* Honduras’s President Juan Orlando Hernández has signed an agreement with the World Bank (WB) for a US$30m loan aimed at strengthening the social protection system in Honduras to directly benefit approximately 40,000 households living in extreme poverty in urban areas, whilst indirectly benefiting more than 200,000 families in rural parts of the country...
Mexico
On 18 July, Mexican authorities arrested retired Brigadier General Sócrates Alfredo Herrera Pegueros, a former head of security at the state-run oil company Pemex, on suspicion of oil theft and collusion with organised crime...
* Senior Vice President of creit rating firm Moody’s, Peter Speer, has said that the latest plan unveiled by the Mexican government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) does not affect Moody’s latest ratings of Pemex, which were recently downgraded with the outlook changing from 'stable' to 'negative' on 5 June...
Southern Cone
On 18 July, Argentina’s government reiterated its condemnation of all forms of terrorism during the commemoration of the 25 years of the bombing of Amia Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, one day after President Mauricio Macri emitted a decree creating a national terrorism registry. ..
* Chile’s tax authority (SII) has released new figures which show that the tax take was up 16.2% in the tax year to April 2019 compared with the same period the previous year, to reach US$16.4bn...

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