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2006-07-07 19:05:08

By Javier Mozzo BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's government said on Friday it expected to sign a free trade agreement with the United States in early October after ironing out difficulties over agricultural goods in the text of the deal. Colombia's Trade Minister Jorge Humberto Botero said both governments smoothed out obstacles related to chicken thighs and legs, beef and sugar in a final text that respects all agreements reached when negotiations ended in February. "I have...

2006-07-07 17:47:41

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's government said on Friday it reached a "total agreement" with the United States on the text of the free trade deal it had concluded in February. The trade ministry said the governments had smoothed out final difficulties in the text of the bilateral deal related to the trade of chicken thighs and legs, beef and sugar. The ministry said the text respects all the agreements reached when negotiations ended last February. The free-trade agreement...

2006-07-05 19:21:49

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Peruvian President-elect Alan Garcia denied on Wednesday he is seeking a regional strategic alliance against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Garcia, who will assume the presidency on July 28, arrived in Bogota to meet for the first time Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe. Garcia has already visited Chile and Brazil and heads to Ecuador on Thursday. Some analysts say Garcia is pushing for a regional bloc with Brazil, Chile and Colombia to balance Chavez'...

2006-07-04 16:10:41

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Thousands of farmers, some holding pictures of Cuban Revolutionary hero Che Guevara, blocked highways and clashed with police on Tuesday to protest a U.S. trade deal that they say will ruin them financially. Police used tear gas to disperse rice growers who blocked roads and burned tires near Peru's border with Ecuador, while road blocks by farmers in southern Peru caused hundreds of buses and trucks to back up along the main regional highways. Hundreds of...

2006-06-28 21:03:58

By Marco Aquino LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Peru's Congress ratified a free-trade deal with the United States on Wednesday that the country's president promptly signed despite noisy street protests, clearing the way for its approval by U.S. lawmakers. Congress voted 79-14 for the accord, which was backed by businesses who say it will be a huge boost to Peru's export-driven economy and opposed by farmers who fear that U.S. imports will ruin their livelihoods. Six lawmakers abstained....

2006-06-14 20:00:44

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - At least 28 miners were killed when their bus plunged into a ravine as they traveled home from work at a silver mine in Peru, the mining company said on Wednesday. The accident happened late on Tuesday as the bus took about 45 workers back to their homes after they finished their shifts at the Uchucchacua mine in Lima province in west-central Peru, 14,760 feet above sea level in the Andes, the company that runs the mine said. "Twenty-eight workers have died and...

2006-06-12 21:51:25

By Alonso Soto QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Andean leaders meet this week in Ecuador to try to salvage their five-nation commerce bloc after disputes over U.S. free trade agreements revealed deep political divisions in the region. Tuesday's meeting in Quito comes after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a fierce critic of the U.S. government, abandoned the group, saying free trade deals that Colombia and Peru reached with Washington had scuttled the bloc known as the Andean Community....

2006-06-05 07:15:29

By Bernd Debusmann, Special Correspondent SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Jose Cespedes speaks with conviction: "This plan will do nothing to alleviate poverty in Bolivia. It is entirely political. It is designed as a form of colonialization. We will not allow that to happen." Cespedes, president of the powerful Agricultural Chamber of the East (CAO), was talking about the most explosive issue facing Bolivia today: Land reform in a country with a huge rich-poor divide, a culture of...

2006-05-30 08:45:00

By Bernd Debusmann, Special Correspondent SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - She is young, attractive, upper middle class and U.S.-educated. Until recently, she was close to Bolivian President Evo Morales. Now, Adriana Gil leads a rival party and her career goal is clear: "I want to be my country's first woman president." Her principal role model, she says, is the late Eva Peron. But she also admires former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, not for her politics but for her no-nonsense...

2006-05-28 18:52:55

By Angus MacSwan BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - President Alvaro Uribe, a key U.S. ally in Latin America, swept to a landslide victory in an election in Colombia on Sunday, rewarded by voters for turning around the security threat in a country bloodied by years of conflict and crime. The closest of Uribe's five challengers, Carlos Gaviria of the center-left Democratic Pole, conceded after official counts showed Uribe leading with more than 62 percent of the vote. "What we have to do...


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