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LatinNews Daily - 07 August 2019

Main Briefing
On 6 August, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said that the time for dialogue with de facto Venezuelan government led by Nicolás Maduro is over and that the international community needs to apply concerted pressure on Maduro to step aside and allow the staging of a new presidential election...
Andean
* The national federation of Colombian coffee producers (FCN) has reported that national coffee production was up 5.4% in the first seven months of the year, harvesting 8m 60-kilo bags, compared with 7.6m bags harvested between January and July 2018...
Brazil
On 7 August, in the early hours of the morning, Brazil’s federal chamber of deputies approved the pension reform proposal (PEC 6/19) with 370 votes to 124 in a second round of voting...
* Brazil’s national association of automotive manufacturers (Anfavea) has reported that vehicle production in July reached its highest levels for the month in six years, growing 14.2% compared with June and 8.4% compared with July 2018...
Central America & Caribbean
On 6 August, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Honduras’s capital, Tegucigalpa, calling for President Juan Orlando Hernández to step down...
* The Costa Rican tourism institute (ICT) has reported that a total of 1.73m tourists visited Costa Rica in the first half of 2019, up 3.9% on the same period the previous year...
Mexico
On 6 August, thieves successfully stole M$50m (US$2.56m) worth of valuables from the shop at Mexico’s national mint in Mexico City (CDMX)...
* Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has urged China and the US to prevent a trade war...
Southern Cone
On 6 August, Paraguay’s main opposition Partido Liberal Radical Auténtico (PLRA) presented an impeachment motion against President Mario Abdo Benítez, Vice President Hugo Velázquez, and Finance Minister Benigno López...
* Uruguay’s national statistics institute (INE) has released the latest figures for the consumer price index (IPC), which grew 0.76% month-on-month in July...

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