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LatinNews Daily - 19 July 2019

On 18 July, Colombia’s constitutional court (CC) upheld its ruling banning the aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate to eradicate illegal coca plantations but said that it is up to the national narcotics council (CNE) to determine if this can be resumed under certain circumstances.

LatinNews Daily - 17 July 2019

On 16 July, the Uruguayan government announced that it had reached an agreement with Brazil’s state-owned oil firm Petrobras under which the firm will be allowed to cancel its concessions on natural gas distribution in the country in exchange for the termination of all the legal disputes between the firm and its local unions.

LatinNews Daily - 16 July 2019

On 15 July, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard condemned the imposition by the US of more restrictions on the eligibility for asylum requests, and he insisted that Mexico will not agree to becoming a ‘third safe country’ for asylum seekers.

LatinNews Daily - 15 July 2019

On 14 July Guatemala’s constitutional court (CC) blocked President Jimmy Morales from signing a ‘safe third country’ migration deal with the US.

LatinNews Daily - 12 July 2019

On 11 July Guatemala’s defence ministry (Mindef) announced it would heed the recommendation from the comptroller general’s office (CGC) and not proceed with the purchase of two Pampa III military planes from Argentina’s state-run aircraft manufacturing company Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (Fadea) for US$28m.

LatinNews Daily - 11 July 2019

On 10 July, Brazil’s federal chamber of deputies approved the base text of a pension reform proposal with 379 votes to 131.

LatinNews Daily - 10 July 2019

On 9 July, Colombia’s supreme court (CSJ) ordered the arrest of Seuxis Paucias Hernández Solarte (‘Jesús Santrich’), a national deputy and a former commander of the demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc) guerrillas.

LatinNews Daily - 09 July 2019

On 8 July, the US Department of Commerce announced that it is to impose countervailing duties (CVDs) on Mexican and Chinese fabricated structural steel imports.

LatinNews Daily - 08 July 2019

On 5 July, Acción Ciudadana, the local branch of international anti-corruption NGO Transparency International (TI), presented a request for Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales and Defence Minister Luis Miguel Ralda to be stripped of their immunity from prosecution to face legal action for possible fraud.

LatinNews Daily - 05 July 2019

On 4 July, El Salvador’s 84-member unicameral national legislature approved changes to the budget which reassigns US$30.98m to security, including supporting the armed forces (FAES) in undertaking citizen security tasks.

LatinNews Daily - 04 July 2019

Panama’s new president, Laurentino Cortizo, held his first cabinet on 3 July.

LatinNews Daily - 03 July 2019

On 2 July, Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo brushed away concerns about France’s reluctance to ratify the trade deal reached between the European Union (EU) and the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) last week.

LatinNews Daily - 02 July 2019

On 1 July Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado announced he would set up dialogue tables, with the Ombudsman’s office and the Catholic Church to act as guarantors.

LatinNews Daily - 01 July 2019

On 28 June, Argentina’s foreign minister, Jorge Faurie, announced that the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) and the European Union (EU) have reached an agreement over a bilateral trade deal.