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LatinNews Daily - 14 July 2021

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On 13 July Cuba’s interior ministry confirmed that a man died the previous day during a protest against the government led by President Miguel Díaz-Canel in the municipality of Arroyo Naranjo, on the outskirts of Havana...
Andean
On 13 July, the International Contact Group on Venezuela (ICG) issued a statement calling for “urgent and good faith” efforts to negotiate a solution to Venezuela's political crisis in the wake of roundly condemned arrests of government critics. ..
* Colombia’s finance minister, José Manuel Restrepo, has unveiled a new tax reform bill, after the government’s previous attempt to reform the tax system was withdrawn in May in the face of massive protests...
Brazil
On 13 July, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro formalised the nomination of André Mendonça to fill a vacancy on the country’s supreme court (STF), following the compulsory retirement a day earlier of Justice Marco Aurélio Mello...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures on the services sector, which grew 1.2% in May compared with April...
Central America & Caribbean
* Honduran think-tank, Foro Social de la Deuda Externa de Honduras (Fosdeh), has warned that the poverty rate in Honduras could rise from 70% of the population to 75% in 2021 due to the economic impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, among other factors...
Mexico
On 13 July Mexico’s deputy health minister and official in charge of leading the government's coronavirus (Covid-19) response, Hugo López-Gatell, confirmed that Mexico was four weeks into a third wave of its local Covid-19 epidemic...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures showing that the national industrial production increased 0.1% in May compared with April...
Southern Cone
On 13 July Argentina’s economy ministry issued a statement saying that the negotiating team led by Minister Martín Guzmán has “progressed” in its discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over the renegotiation of the country’s debt to the organisation...
*Argentina’s minister of productive development, Matías Kulfas, has announced the launch of the government’s ‘Plan de Desarrollo Productivo Verde’, a green development plan that involves the investment of Ar$10bn (US$104m) in over 3,500 Argentine businesses across different sectors...

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