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LatinNews Daily - 19 September 2019

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On 18 September Argentina’s Confederación de Trabajadores de la Educación (Ctera) teachers’ union called for a 24-hour national strike to demand that the provincial and national governments find a solution to the social discontent in the southern Chubut province...
Andean
On 18 September, international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced a “pattern of serious police abuse” in Venezuela, particularly extrajudicial executions committed by the police special action force (Faes) in poor communities. ..
* A local private sector lobby, Instituto Boliviano de Comercio Exterior (IBCE), has released a report which found that Bolivia’s exports totalled US$4.97bn in the first seven months of 2019, down 6% on the same period in 2018...
Brazil
On 18 September, a police operation in the Complexo do Alemão favela complex in the north zone of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro city reportedly left four to six people dead and one police officer seriously injured...
* The monetary policy committee (Copom) of Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has cut its benchmark interest rate (Selic) by half a percentage point to 5.5%...
Central America & Caribbean
On 18 September Guatemala’s interior minister Enrique Degenhart said the discovery of three laboratories to process coca suggests the country is now a cocaine producer rather than just a transit country...
* Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) has announced that Russia and the Dominican Republic (DR) have signed a memorandum of bilateral cooperation in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy – the first of its kind between the two countries...
Mexico
On 18 September, Karla Irasema Quintana Osuna, the president of the Mexican national people search commission (CNB), a government body, stated that Mexico is experiencing a national “crisis” in its forensic system and in its high number of disappearances...
* Mexico’s energy minister Rocío Nahle has announced that a fourth electrical energy auction is likely in the foreseeable future, although did not provide a precise timeframe, adding that this would be dependent on the growth of the country’s transmission network...
Southern Cone
* Uruguay’s central bank (BCU) has released a report stating that the country’s GDP grew by 0.1% in the second quarter of 2019 year-on-year, and 0.3% compared with the previous quarter...

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