LatinNews Daily - 16 July 2021

Main Briefing
On 15 July US President Joe Biden said that his government is considering whether it can help restore public access to the internet in Cuba after this was restricted by the Cuban government as part of its efforts to quell the anti-government protests that have erupted on the island.... Read More
On 15 July, Colombia’s transitional justice court (JEP) charged 15 members of the military with the killing and enforced disappearance of 127 civilians who were framed as felled guerrillas.... Read More
* Peru’s national statistics institute (Inei) has published figures showing that national production increased by 47.8% in May compared with the same month last year, when production declined by 32.59% year-on-year on account of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.... Read More
On 15 July, the Fórum Brasileiro de Segurança Pública (FBSP), a local public security think-tank, released its annual report on violence in Brazil, which shows that violent deaths increased by 4% in 2020 compared with 2019, interrupting two consecutive years of falling homicides.... Read More
* The government of São Paulo state in Brazil has successfully held an auction for the concession to run and enhance 22 regional airports, collecting a total R$22.3m (US$4.36m) in the sale.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
* Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo has announced the appointment of a team of negotiators that will establish a dialogue with Minera Panamá, the local subsidiary of Canadian mining firm Frist Quantum Minerals (FQM), which operates Cobre Panamá, the country’s largest copper mine located in the Donoso district, Colón province.... Read More
On 15 July Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended his decision to create a new national customs authority and place it under the control of the armed forces. Analysis:... Read More
* The Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico’s state-owned electricity firm, has announced that it will invest US$1bn in modernising 14 of its hydroelectric power plants.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 15 July, the Coordinadora Arauco Malleco (CAM) radical Mapuche group published a statement in which it rejected the legitimacy of the recently elected constituent convention, on which 17 representatives from Chile’s indigenous peoples sit, including seven Mapuche.... Read More
* Argentina’s national statistics institute (Indec) has published the latest figures for the consumer price index (IPC), reporting monthly inflation of 3.2% in June.... Read More

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