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LatinNews Daily - 13 October 2021

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On 12 October President Sebastián Piñera announced a state of emergency covering parts of Chile’s southern regions, the scene of ongoing violent protests by some groups within the Mapuche indigenous community...
Andean
On 12 October, dissident units of the disbanded Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrilla group were blamed for a series of attacks on authorities in recent days...
* Colombia’s President Iván Duque has announced that he secured over US$2.3bn in foreign investment during an 11-12 October visit to the US, in which he met with the directors of the investment banks Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, as well as the World Bank and the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Kristalina Georgieva...
Brazil
On 12 October, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro criticised Senator Davi Alcolumbre for failing to move forward with the necessary procedures for André Mendonça, the president’s nominee to fill a vacant spot on the supreme court (STF), to be appointed to the court.  ..
* The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released its latest World Economic Outlook report, in which it has revised down projections for Brazil’s GDP growth this year...
Central America & Caribbean
On 12 October a Cuban dissident group, Archipiélago, said that a planned peaceful march would go ahead on 15 November...
* Guatemala has signed an agreement with the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) that will unlock up to US$52.5m for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and increasing carbon sequestration – commonly known as REDD+...
Mexico
On 12 October Mexico’s Gremio Gasero Nacional (GGN) grouping of small private and independent liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distributors confirmed that an indefinite strike would continue...
* Mexico’s social security institute (IMSS) has released new figures which show that a record 174,094 formal jobs were created in September this year, an increase of 0.9% compared with August and the highest increase for the month of September since records began...
Southern Cone
* The Comisión de Enlace de Entidades Agropecuarias (CEEA), which groups Argentina’s four largest agricultural organisations, has released a statement criticising the government led by President Alberto Fernández for its decision to introduce barriers to the export of maize in a bid to guarantee domestic supply...

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