BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombian leftist guerrillas may have tried to assassinate rivals of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez and trained his supporters in urban warfare, an analysis of thousands of seized rebel documents showed on Tuesday.
The study of the files seized during a 2008 raid on a rebel camp inside Ecuador also showed that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) contributed some $400,000 to Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa’s election campaign.
BOGOTA, May 3 (Reuters) – Tussles over President Juan
Manuel Santos’ reform agenda, an ongoing guerrilla and drugs
war, peso appreciation and delicate ties with neighbors
Venezuela and Ecuador are key risks to watch in Colombia.
REFORMS AND ROYALTIES
Since coming to office in August, Santos has pushed an
ambitious set of reforms ranging from adjusting the management
of oil and mining royalties to overhauling the health system
and government finances. Already Colombia’s fiscal performance
during the global economic crisis and Santos’ promises to deal
with deficits prompted Standard and Poor’s to grant the country
investment grade, and other credit agencies will likely soon
BOGOTA, April 29 (Reuters) – Colombia’s central bank raised
its 2011 growth forecast on Friday and increased interest rates
for the third time this year but did not take any new measures
to curb the strength of the country’s currency.
Latin America’s fifth-biggest economy is among regional
economies such as Brazil, Chile and Peru that have raised
interest rates to fight inflation spurred by higher fuel and
CUETZALA DEL PROGRESO, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexican drug cartels greedy for new sources of revenue are targeting the country’s rich mines, pushing up companies’ security costs and prompting at least one project to be halted.
Vast mineral deposits have made Mexico the world’s top silver producer and a major source of gold and copper, and the potential riches are too attractive to walk away from, according to companies expected to invest more than $4 billion in the sector this year.
LA PATRONA, Mexico (Reuters) – Mexican drug gangs branching out into new criminal activity are earning a steady stream of cash from the mass kidnapping of migrants, making the already arduous journey to the United States even more lethal.
The trek across Mexico has long been dangerous for the hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants, mostly Central Americans, who try their luck each year, risking robbery, death from fast-moving freight trains or dehydration in the desert.
MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government lashed out at companies at the heart of last year’s Gulf oil spill on Monday, denying reports it had negotiated a deal with BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research)(BP.N: Quote, Profile, Research) to resume drilling.
The tough talk by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar highlights the Obama administration’s sensitivity towards letting BP — the biggest holder of deepwater acreage in the Gulf of Mexico — drill there again a year after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. interior secretary on Monday rejected reports that BP was striking a deal to resume deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico a year after the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
British media have said BP is in talks with Washington to restart drilling at existing fields following the blast on the Deepwater Horizon rig that ruptured the company’s underwater Macondo well, unleashing millions of barrels of oil.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Earthquake-prone Chile and Mexico are not shying away from nuclear power in the wake of Japan’s growing radiation crisis as both need to diversify the strained electric grids saddling industry with high costs.
Japan is living the world’s worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl after a 9.0 magnitude quake and tsunami crippled the country’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, releasing radiation 4,000 times the legal limit into the nearby sea.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican Energy Minister Jose Meade said on Friday current oil shortages caused by the crisis in Libya could be covered by other countries, easing pressure on prices.
Libya, an OPEC member and the world’s 17th-largest oil producer, is estimated to have lost more than three quarters of its crude output as a result of fighting between government and rebel troops, helping to push prices to a 2-1/2 year high.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Grupo Mexico said the proposed merger between its U.S. and Latin American mining units could go through by the end of this year, strengthening its hold on the world’s largest copper reserves.
Senior executives from the global copper miner also said demand for the red metal would get a boost when Japan starts rebuilding regions affected by the earthquake and ensuing tsunami and nuclear plant problems.