<a href="http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2015/07/on-cuban-embassy-news-marco-rubio-restates-vow-to-oppose-ambassador-.html">On Cuban embassy news, Marco Rubio restates vow to oppose ambassador</a>

On Cuban embassy news, Marco Rubio restates vow to oppose ambassador

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a key voice opposing the United States’ opening to Cuba, reacted to the news that the two nations are set to establish their embassies by repeating his vow to oppose one of the next steps in the thawing process — the confirmation of an ambassador to the island nation — until certain conditions are met. …

 

Sen. Menendez on U.S.–Cuba Embassy Announcement

Sen. Menendez on U.S.–Cuba Embassy Announcement

Newark, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued the following statement in reaction to the latest announcements by the Obama administration regarding the U.S.–Cuba relationship, including the opening of embassies:

“Today’s announcement cannot be considered normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States if it fails to speak to key issues such as whether all U.S. diplomats will be restricted from moving freely throughout the island, if the U.S. government will be limited in the number of diplomats assigned ...  

<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-30/here-s-what-latin-america-s-sharp-slowdown-means-for-the-u-s-">Here’s What Latin America’s Sharp Slowdown Means for the U.S.</a>

Here’s What Latin America’s Sharp Slowdown Means for the U.S.

By David Biller

Growth in most of Latin America and the Caribbean is coming to a screeching halt, dragged down by Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela. …

 

<a href="LINK"> Oposición pica adelante y se reúne con senador Bob Corker antes que el Gobierno</a>

Oposición pica adelante y se reúne con senador Bob Corker antes que el Gobierno

Por José Gregorio Martínez

Pasada la página del decreto de Estados Unidos contra siete funcionarios del Gobierno venezolano, el presidente Nicolás Maduro apuesta por seguir los pasos de Raúl Castro, tendiendo puentes con Washington. …

 

<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-senator-visit-venezuela-amid-diplomatic-detente-32137304">Cuba and FARC, and their Sinister Presence in Venezuela</a>

Cuba and FARC, and their Sinister Presence in Venezuela

By Jerry Brewer

Cuba maintains one of its largest intelligence networks in Venezuela (and in Mexico). The late President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela preferred direct access to Cuba’s security service, as indicated by cables that were released and sent from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas to the State Department.  …

 

<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-senator-visit-venezuela-amid-diplomatic-detente-32137304">US Senator on Visit to Venezuela Amid Diplomatic Detente</a>

US Senator on Visit to Venezuela Amid Diplomatic Detente

By FABIOLA SANCHEZ

The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is making a surprise visit to Venezuela amid a U.S. effort to reduce tensions with the South American nation. …

 

<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-33343365">Honduras corruption probe widens as lawmaker is held</a>

Honduras corruption probe widens as lawmaker is held

The supreme court in Honduras has ordered the arrest on Tuesday of the vice-president of Congress, Lena Gutierrez, over a corruption scandal. …

 

<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/us-cuba-reach-deal-reopen-embassies-source-215730745.html">Obama to unveil deal with Cuba to reopen embassies</a>

Obama to unveil deal with Cuba to reopen embassies

By Andrew Beatty and Aldo Gamboa

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama will unveil Wednesday a breakthrough deal with Cuba to reopen embassies in Washington and Havana, officials said, in a major step toward ending decades of Cold war enmity. …

 

 

<a href="http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/cuba-es/article25958215.html">Obama se dispone a anunciar restablecimiento de relaciones diplomáticas con Cuba</a>

Obama se dispone a anunciar restablecimiento de relaciones diplomáticas con Cuba

El presidente estadounidense, Barack Obama, anunciará este miércoles el restablecimiento de las relaciones diplomáticas con Cuba, rotas hace 54 años, lo que constituirá uno de los gestos más importantes de su mandato en política exterior. …

 

<a href="http://eluniversal.com/internacional/150630/ordenan-captura-de-vicepresidenta-del-parlamento-de-honduras">Ordenan captura de vicepresidenta del Parlamento de Honduras</a>

Ordenan captura de vicepresidenta del Parlamento de Honduras

Tegucigalpa.-  El presidente de la Corte Suprema de Justicia, Jorge Rivera Avilés, anuncio hoy martes que ordenó la captura de la vicepresidenta del Parlamento, Lena Gutiérrez, junto a varios miembros de su familia que son acusados de fraude, delitos contra la salud pública y falsificación de documentos públicos. …

 

<a href="http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/venezuela-es/article25858747.html">Congresista estadounidense llega a Caracas para el proceso de acercamiento</a>

Congresista estadounidense llega a Caracas para el proceso de acercamiento

Por Fabiola Sánchez

El presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado de Estados Unidos, Bob Corker, inició una visita a la capital venezolana para reunirse con representantes de distintos sectores del país en medio del proceso de acercamiento que se viene dando entre Caracas y Washington luego de la crisis que enfrentaron hace tres meses. …

 

<a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/30/us-usa-brazil-statement-idUSKCN0PA25620150630">Obama, Rousseff turn page on spy spat, work on trade, travel</a>

Obama, Rousseff turn page on spy spat, work on trade, travel

BY ROBERTA RAMPTON

President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff used a White House visit on Tuesday to turn the page on a spying scandal that had damaged bilateral relations and said they want to work to bolster economic ties. …

 

 

El Senador Corker llega a Venezuela

El Senador Corker llega a Venezuela

 Por Roger F. Noriega

El presidente del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, Robert Corker, a iniciado una visita a Venezuela en medio de una crisis política y económica que se ha agravado por revelaciones de investigaciones en contra de altos funcionarios del régimen del presidente Nicolás Maduro. La visita de Corker ha generado expectativas por parte de miembros de la oposición democrática venezolana y para un pueblo que está harto de la apatía regional y de concesiones que fortalecen al ...  

Mr. Corker Goes to Caracas

Mr. Corker Goes to Caracas

By Roger F. Noriega

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) has begun a visit to Venezuela, amidst an economic and political crisis that is compounded by alleged drug trafficking by senior members of the regime of President Nicolás Maduro. Corker’s visit has raised hopes among members of the Venezuelan democratic opposition, who believe their plight has been ignored for too long by their US and Latin American neighbors.

In accepting the invitation from opposition members to ...  

Brazil’s President Rousseff in Washington amidst trouble back home

Brazil’s President Rousseff in Washington amidst trouble back home

By Roger F. Noriega

President Obama welcomes his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff to Washington in the wake of bad news back home, wrought by statist policies that have smothered the country’s potential: projected inflation of 9% and a forecast economic recession of about -1.5% this year. Rousseff also is facing a political crisis generating doubts about her ability to govern, mere months into her second four-year term. Her approval rating in a recent poll was at 10%, and her allies in an unruly Congress are bucking ...  

<a href="http://panampost.com/belen-marty/2015/06/29/multinationals-pack-their-bags-as-violence-surges-in-guerrero-mexico/">Multinationals Pack Their Bags as Violence Surges in Guerrero, Mexico</a>

Multinationals Pack Their Bags as Violence Surges in Guerrero, Mexico

By Belén Marty

Rampant violence in the Mexican state of Guerrero is taking its toll, as everyday more and more companies are packing it up and taking their business elsewhere. …

 

<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/brazils-petrobras-slashes-5-year-investment-budget-1435583727">Brazil’s Petrobras Slashes Five-Year Investment Budget</a>

Brazil’s Petrobras Slashes Five-Year Investment Budget

By Paul Kiernan

RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazilian state-run oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA said Monday it plans to slash investment 37% over the next five years in what analysts see as an urgent effort to reduce debt and recover investor confidence amid a corruption scandal. …

 

<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/29/colombia-farc-rebels-bomb-oil-pipeline">Farc rebels bomb new section of Colombian oil pipeline</a>

Farc rebels bomb new section of Colombian oil pipeline

Colombia’s Farc guerrillas bombed a new section of an oil pipeline on Monday, even as cleanup teams struggled to contain a massive oil spill that the government said may be the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history. …

 

<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/29/dilma-rousseff-puts-spying-spat-aside-seeks-econom/">Dilma Rousseff puts spying spat aside, seeks economic aid for Brazil on U.S. visit</a>

Dilma Rousseff puts spying spat aside, seeks economic aid for Brazil on U.S. visit

By Denise Chrispim Marin

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Two years after she canceled a state visit to Washington in a pique over revelations of U.S. spying on her office, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff no doubt will be glad to visit President Obama at the White House this week — if only to escape her mounting problems back home. …

 

 

<a href="http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/venezuela-es/article25798000.html">Chavismo podría liberar presos políticos para congraciarse con EEUU</a>

Chavismo podría liberar presos políticos para congraciarse con EEUU

Por Antonio Maria Delgado

El régimen bolivariano de Venezuela ha emprendido un proceso de acercamiento con Estados Unidos y contempla anunciar una serie de concesiones para tratar de congraciarse con Washington, incluyendo la liberación de algunos presos políticos, incluyendo a Leopoldo López. …

 

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