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LatinNews Daily - 30 September 2021

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On 29 September Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso announced that 116 inmates had been killed in the country’s worst ever prison massacre, which took place the previous day at the Penitenciaría del Litoral prison in Guayaquil city (Guayas province)...
Andean
* The administrative council (CAL) in Ecuador’s legislative assembly has returned President Guillermo Lasso’s tax and labour reform bill, determining that it is unconstitutional and should not be submitted for a plenary vote...
Brazil
On 29 September, an appellate judge in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro suspended a decree issued by the mayor of the eponymous state capital, Eduardo Paes, requiring individuals to show proof of vaccination against the coronavirus (Covid-19) to enter certain establishments and venues...
* Brazil’s labour & social security ministry has released the latest figures from the employment registry (Novo Caged) which show that a net 372,265 jobs were created in the formal sector in August...
Central America & Caribbean
On 29 September the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas met Haiti’s ambassador to the US Bocchit Edmond to discuss efforts to “work toward safe, orderly, and humane management of migration in the region.”..
* El Salvador’s central bank (BCR) has released new figures which show the country’s GDP grew 24.5% in the second quarter of 2021 year-on-year, largely due to the low base of comparison due to measures taken to stop the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in 2020...
Mexico
On 29 September Jesús Ramírez Cuevas, Mexico’s presidential spokesperson, rejected accusations that the government led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is persecuting scientists, after it sought to arrest 31 scientists and academics on corruption charges which have been widely criticised as excessive. ..
* Mexican financial technology (fintech) firm Konfio has announced that it had reached a valuation of US$1.3bn, becoming Mexico’s fourth ‘unicorn’ – a tech start-up valued at over US$1bn...
Southern Cone
On 29 September Uruguay’s President Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou tweeted his support for four officials accused by the left-wing opposition coalition Frente Amplio (FA) of wrongdoing in the award of a 50-year concession to operate the port of Montevideo...
* Argentina's agriculture, cattle & fishing minister Julián Domínguez has confirmed that as of 4 October, Argentina’s cattle farmers would be allowed to freely export beef to China...

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