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LatinNews Daily - 16 August 2021

Main Briefing
On 15 August, the leading Venezuelan opposition figure, Freddy Guevara, was released from prison following the launch of negotiations in Mexico between the Nicolás Maduro government and the political opposition...
Andean
* Colombia’s President Iván Duque and Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso have inaugurated a highway that creates a new border crossing between the two countries, connecting the Colombian municipality of Tumaco, Nariño department, with the Ecuadorean city of Esmeraldas, Esmeraldas province...
Brazil
On 14 August, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said he would shortly be presenting impeachment requests against two supreme court (STF) judges, Luís Roberto Barroso and Alexandre de Moraes...
* Brazil’s central bank (BCB) has released the latest data on its monthly index of economic activity (IBC-Br), which saw a monthly positive variation of 1.14% in June, after contracting 0.43% in May...
Central America & Caribbean
On 14 August Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared a one-month national state of emergency...
* Honduras’ central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show the country’s exports totalled US$2.65bn in the first six months of the year, up 14.3% on the same period in 2020...
Mexico
On 13 August Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador lashed out against the “conservatives” who have raised concerns that the reopening of schools could exacerbate the country’s third wave of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections...
* Mexico’s economy ministry (SE) has released preliminary figures showing that the country attracted US$18.43bn in foreign direct investment (FDI) during the first six months of the year...
Southern Cone
On 13 August Uruguay’s President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou said that he and his Argentine counterpart, Alberto Fernández, had agreed to work together to solve the current differences they have over the Southern Common Market (Mercosur)...
* The Argentine government has increased the quota for the exportation of kosher beef to Israel by an additional 3,500 tonnes per month...
Washington Watch
Argentina/Brazil: On 9 August US Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Juan Gonzalez gave a press briefing in which he said that the US has a “willingness to work with Argentina” in helping the country reach a new deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)...

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