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  • Mexico expels North Korean ambassador over nuclear tests

    NORTH KOREA, 2017/09/08 The Mexican government on Thursday said it had declared the North Korean ambassador to Mexico persona non grata in turmoil at the country’s nuclear tests, an unusually firm step that moved it closely into line with Washington. In a statement, the government said it had given Kim Hyong Gil 72 hours to leave Mexico in order to express its “absolute rejection” of North Korea’s recent nuclear activity, describing it as a grave threat to the region and the world.
  • Ex-minister accuses former Brazil President Lula of accepting bribes

    BRAZIL, 2017/09/08 The former finance minister under Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday accused the ex-president of receiving bribes from contractor Odebrecht [ODBES.UL], adding to a inventory of corruption accusations that threaten Lula’s ability to run for president in 2018. Lawyers for the former finance minister, Antonio Palocci, said he told prosecutors that Lula accepted Odebrecht’s purchase of land for an institute in his name, a country home in Sao Paulo national and 300 million reais ($97 million) to be used next he left office. A representative for Lula said in a statement that Palocci, who was arrested a year ago in a corruption investigation, was lying and making accusations without evidence to fasten a favorable transaction with prosecutors to reduce his sentence.
  • Venezuelan vote data casts doubt on turnout at Sunday poll

    VENEZUELA, 2017/08/03 Only 3.7 million people had voted by 5.30 p.m. in Venezuela's controversial Constitutional Assembly election on Sunday, according to internal electoral council data reviewed by Reuters, casting doubt on the 8.1 million people authorities said had voted that day. The election of the legislative super-body has been decried by critics as illegitimate and designed to give the unpopular government of President Nicolas Maduro powers to rewrite the constitution and sideline the opposition-led congress.
  • Venezuelan election turnout figures manipulated by one million votes

    VENEZUELA, 2017/08/03 Turnout figures in Venezuela's Constitutional Assembly election were manipulated up by least 1 million votes, Smartmatic, a company which has worked with Venezuela since 2004 on its voting system, said on Wednesday. "We know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a National Constituent Assembly was manipulated," Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica said at a news briefing in London.
  • Brazil, Argentina prosecutors say governments interfering in Odebrecht probe

    ARGENTINA, 2017/08/02 The top prosecutors of Brazil and Argentina are accusing their governments of interfering in the creation of a joint anti-corruption task force to investigate bribes by the Odebrecht engineering group so that politicians, a lot of of whom are under investigation, can themselves control the exchange of evidence. Brazil's Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot said on Tuesday the two nations had agreed in June to set up a task force to allow the rapid and simultaneous investigation of bribes paid by Odebrecht, but the joint effort has not taken off.
  • Fernando Straface Secretary General of the City of Buenos Aires

    ARGENTINA, 2017/05/28 Once regarded as the majority beautiful city in the world during Argentina’s turn-of-the-20th century heyday, Buenos Aires’s international identity vied with the world’s best. While the ensuing economic instability for the country over the second half of the century left the city in relative decline, it today seeks a return to the elite group of world cities. This initiative however is not based on restoring the city to its former glory, but on capitalizing on its new identity formed by its most precious resource: its human talent. This talent goes beyond the city’s heavily regarded performing arts scene, but in the technology, design, and television production industries. These hotbeds of human talent have led the city to produce four out of Latin America’s five unicorn companies – those which have made over US$1 billion. Numerous of these unicorn CEOs have discussed their symbiotic relationship between their firms and the city, as the latter is the one that produces the human talent and good business environment that the former needs.
  • Ontario says 'unprecedented' interprovincial trade proposals ready for PM, premiers

    CANADA, 2016/07/11
  • Trump says Britain should leave EU

    UNITED STATES, 2016/06/20 Donald Trump told Britons on Sunday he supported Brexit, repeating just days before the vote on June 23 that he thinks the UK would be better off outside the European Union. As the campaign to decide Britain’s EU membership restarted next a three-day hiatus following the killing of lawmaker Jo Cox, Trump, the presumptive Republican US presidential candidate, said in a newspaper interview he was backing an “out” vote.
  • Barranquilla drives diversification efforts through industrial zone and port investments

    COLOMBIA, 2016/03/16 The city of Barranquilla’s strategic location, talented labor pool, industrial parks and world-class port make it a top destination for investors
  • Guayaquil's Dramatic Transformation A model for economic progress

    ECUADOR, 2015/12/02 During his 15 years in power, Mayor Jaime Nebot has overseen the unprecedented social transformation, urban regeneration, and economic development of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s most populated city and home to the country’s busiest port. His enduring popularity serves as a testament to the successful realization of his vision of the city as a model for urban renewal Located in the Guayas province, Guayaquil’s position in the south-western section of Ecuador, by the Guayas River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean, means it is home to one of the busiest ports in Latin America and the Caribbean. Tourism, business, and agriculture are as well accountable for the city’s residents and companies. Nicknamed “the pearl of the Pacific,” Guayaquil is the major and most populated city in Ecuador, eclipsing even Quito, the country’s capital. While the city’s vibe is exhaustively modern, Guayaquil has a long history. Founded in 1534, it spent almost 300 years under Spanish control, until the city’s army overthrew the Spanish forces and declared independence the October 9, 1820 before it went on to help other cities declare their independence as well. Guayaquil’s pride in its role continues today, and the city’s flag flies as much as the national flag.