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LatinNews Daily - 28 October 2021

Main Briefing
On 27 October Brazil’s federal Attorney General Augusto Aras was presented with the final report of a senate-led commission of parliamentary inquiry (CPI), which has concluded that the government led by President Jair Bolsonaro was deliberately remiss in its response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and recommends that the president and 77 other individuals be prosecuted for their actions...
Andean
On 28 October protesters lifted roadblocks around the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru’s Apurímac region, after the mining company MMG agreed to begin paying royalties to the local community from January...
* The World Bank (WB) has released a report detailing the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on inequality in Colombia, warning that inequality has been both deepened and entrenched since March 2020...
Brazil
* Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures on unemployment, which show that the unemployment rate in the rolling quarter ending in August has fallen to 13.2%...
Central America & Caribbean
On 27 October the presidents of Honduras and Nicaragua, Juan Orlando Hernández and Daniel Ortega, signed an agreement on “maritime limits in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean”, including the Gulf of Fonseca, a Pacific coast area jointly administered by Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador...
* Cuba’s economy & planning minister Alejandro Gil has said that the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and US economic sanctions had caused the country to lose over 13% of its GDP over the last two years...
Mexico
On 27 October, the NGO Mexicanos contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad (MCCI) and Quinto Elemento Lab, a group of Mexican investigative journalists, reported that millions more than originally believed was paid in bribes by Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht to Mexican officials...
* Mexico’s national statistics institute (Inegi) has released its latest foreign trade figures which show that the country recorded a US$2.4bn trade deficit in September...
Southern Cone
On 27 October, Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández toughened his public stance on negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), saying that no deal had yet been done because Argentina would not “kneel” to the Fund’s demands...
* Argentina’s economy ministry has announced that it has successfully placed Ar$218.78bn (US$2.195bn) in treasury bonds on the domestic market...

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