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LatinNews Daily - 05 August 2019

Main Briefing
On 3 August, Honduras’s President Juan Orlando Hernández denied having used drug trafficking money to fund his 2013 electoral campaign...
Andean
On 3 August, General José Luis Palomino, police chief of the Colombian border city of Cúcuta, announced that his team was investigating if the Venezuelan national guard (GNB) had crossed the border into the Colombian department of Norte de Santander the previous afternoon...
* The Colombian and United Kingdom governments have agreed a Col$2bn (US$591,000) pilot project to combat illegal actions that contribute to the loss of forests and biodiversity in Colombia...
Brazil
On 2 August, Ricardo Galvão announced his departure as head of Brazil’s national institute for space research (Inpe) following his public disagreement with President Jair Bolsonaro over the reliability of the institute’s data on deforestation...
* Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras has announced record financial results for the second quarter of 2019, posting a net income of R$19bn (US$4.89bn) for Q2 2019...
Central America & Caribbean
* IDB Invest, part of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB), and Banistmo, Panama’s largest bank and a subsidiary of Grupo Bancolombia, have announced the issuance of a five-year US$50m 'gender bond', aimed exclusively at expanding access to financing for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) led by women...
Mexico
On 4 August, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard condemned a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, as an act of terror and indicated that Mexico will take diplomatic and legal action to hold the killer accountable and protect Mexican citizens in the US...
* Canadian government officials have congratulated Mexico on its work towards implementing labour reforms, as part of the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) reached in November 2018...
Southern Cone
On 2 August, German authorities announced that they had seized the nation’s largest-ever haul of drugs on a container ship that departed from Uruguay in early July bound for the Belgian port of Antwerp...
* Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera has called on the US and China to end their trade war, which he described as “damaging” not only to both powers, but also to global growth, strongly affecting “open and integrated economies such as Chile”...
Washington Watch
Brazil: From 29 July to 1 August, the US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross paid a visit to Brazil – the first visit to the country by a US Secretary of Commerce since 2011...

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