LatinNews Daily - 23 May 2023

Main Briefing
On 22 May Colombia’s government announced the suspension of a ceasefire with the Estado Mayor Central (EMC), the largest grouping of dissident units of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrilla group, in response to the killing of four minors in Putumayo department.... Read More
* A Venezuelan think tank, Centro de Documentación y Análisis Social (Cendas), has calculated that the price of the basic basket of food products now costs more than 80 times the monthly minimum wage.... Read More
On 22 May a Brazilian appeals court (TRF-4) dismissed Eduardo Appio, a judge critical of methods used in previous iterations of the highly-politicised ‘Lava Jato’ corruption probe, for allegedly breaching disciplinary norms in relation to efforts to crack down on previous investigators.... Read More
* Brazil’s agriculture ministry has declared a nationwide state of emergency after eight cases of the H5N1 strain of bird flu (avian influenza) was detected in wild birds in recent days.... Read More
Central America & Caribbean
On 22 May Honduras’s national police (PNH) reported that a local criminal gang, ‘Los Capitalinos’, had been dismantled, among over 1,000 police operations carried out over the 20-21 May weekend.... Read More
* Honduras’s central bank (BCH) has released new figures which show that the country’s exports in the first three months of the year totalled US$2.82bn, down 6.6% on the same period in 2022 – a drop mainly due to a 10.0% fall in maquila exports.... Read More
On 22 May US officials requested an investigation into alleged labour rights infringements at Mexico’s San Luis Potosí plant of US-firm Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Co, invoking the “rapid response mechanism” (RRM) under the US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) free trade agreement.... Read More
* The governor of Mexico’s Nuevo León state, Samuel García, has announced that the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Quanta Computer, which is known for manufacturing parts for Tesla vehicles, plans to invest US$1bn in expanding its operations in the state.... Read More
Southern Cone
On 22 May the deputy foreign ministers of Chile and Peru declared the bilateral migrant crisis on the shared border between the two countries to be over after holding a meeting in Lima.... Read More
* Argentina’s central bank (BCRA) has introduced a new Ar$2,000 banknote into circulation.... Read More

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