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LatinNews Daily - 12 August 2021

Main Briefing
On 11 August the US Treasury and Commerce Departments underscored the US government’s commitment to “supporting internet freedom” in Cuba...
Andean
On 11 August Peru’s attorney general’s office announced that it will launch an investigation into Guido Bellido, the prime minister, and Vladimir Cerrón, the leader of the far-left Perú Libre (PL), the ruling party, for alleged terrorism...
* The Andean Community (CAN) regional trade bloc comprising Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru has announced that a new migration statute that approved in May has come into full effect...
Brazil
On 11 August, Brazil’s senate gave final approval to a bill which would allow the federal government to temporarily waive patents on vaccines and medicines when faced with a public health emergency...
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released its latest figures on retail trade, which show that the volume of sales fell 1.7% between May and June this year...
Central America & Caribbean
* The Guatemalan exporters’ association (Agexport), a private sector lobby group, has raised its growth projections for the export sector for the year from 6.3% to 13%...
Mexico
On 11 August the attorney general’s office of Mexico's south-eastern state of Chiapas (FGE) reported the murder the previous day of indigenous prosecutor, Gregorio Pérez Gómez, in the municipality of San Cristóbal de las Casas...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released new figures for its monthly index of industrial activity (Imai), which show that industrial production rose by 10.5% in the first six months of 2021 compared with the same period last year...
Southern Cone
On 11 August hundreds of people protested in Chile’s northern Coquimbo Region against the awarding of an environmental licence to the ‘Dominga’ mining megaproject...
* Paraguay’s central bank (BCP) has released its latest figures for its monthly index of economic activity (Imaep), which grew 6.6% in June compared with June 2020...

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