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LatinNews Daily - 18 August 2021

Main Briefing
On 17 August the US Department of State's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs tweeted that the Cuban government had “announced yet another censorship law in a clear post-protest attempt to silence the Cuban people” and urged Cuban authorities to “respect the clear will of the Cuban people to speak with their own voice”...
Andean
On 17 August, Peru’s foreign minister, Héctor Béjar, tendered his resignation after controversial remarks he made before assuming office came to light...
* Colombia’s national statistics department (Dane) has published the latest quarterly GDP figures, which show that in seasonally adjusted terms the country’s economy contracted by 2.4% in the second quarter of the year compared with the previous quarter...
Brazil
On 17 August, Brazil’s federal police (PF) arrested the Rio de Janeiro state secretary for prisons administration, Raphael Montenegro, on suspicion of him having brokered deals with the Comando Vermelho (CV) drug trafficking organisation (DTO)...
* Brazil’s national monetary council (CMN) has approved R$1.32bn (US$249m) in aid for the country’s coffee producers whose crops have been impacted by recent frosts...
Central America & Caribbean
* El Salvador’s central bank (BCR) has raised its GDP growth forecast for 2021 to 9%, up from 6% in its previous prediction in June...
Mexico
On 17 August President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that he currently does not see the need for booster doses of the vaccine against the coronavirus (Covid-19) to be applied in Mexico...
* Mexico’s communications & transport ministry (SCT) has presented its latest progress report on the new Metropolitan Airport System (SAM) for Mexico City, which integrates the expansion of the Toluca international airport, the Mexico City international airport (AICM), and the 'Felipe Ángeles' international airport (AIFA) which is currently under construction in Santa Lucía, Estado de México...
Southern Cone
On 17 August the Unión Industrial Paraguaya (UIP), a business lobby, filed a criminal complaint with Paraguay’s public prosecutor’s office, denouncing the ongoing blocking of roads around the country by protesting lorry drivers of being unconstitutional...
* Chile's state-owned copper miner, Codelco, has announced that a third trade union representing workers at its Andina mine, located some 80km northeast of Santiago, has gone on strike after rejecting a new collective contract agreement that the unions complain removes health benefits for new employees, as well as compensation related to years of service...

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