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OIL: Continued Price Debacle Bodes Ill for Coming OPEC Meeting

Oil prices fell even faster this week, dampening hopes that next week's ministerial-level OPEC conference would be able to revert the downturn.

VENEZUELA: Crash of Oil Prices Freezes Economy, Heats Up Unrest

The crash of oil prices has frozen Venezuela's economy and heated up labour protests and social unrest, which in turn are nourishing the possibility of a vote against the political system in December.

ECONOMY: New Consensus Emerges from Social Debris

Economic theorists and social scientists in Latin America believe the "shock therapy" prescribed by the "Washington Consensus" economic model has failed, and a new prescription is needed - one that includes human and social capital as key ingredients.

HEALTH-LATIN AMERICA: AIDS Increasing Among Poor In Latin America

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HEALTH-LATIN AMERICA: AIDS Increasing Among Poor In Latin America

The AIDS virus in Latin America is increasingly affecting the poor, people in rural areas, heterosexuals and women, more so than other sectors of society, according to the United Nations.

RIGHTS-AMERICAS: Trinidad and Tobago Stands Up to OAS

Trinidad and Tobago withheld its approval of the annual report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in response to the Commission's decision to order that five stays of execution be issued.

AMERICAS: The Ball Is Now in Cuba’s Court, Says OAS

The 28th General Assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS) concluded in Caracas with a plan for a new, modernised system of inter-American institutions, suited to the needs of the 21st century.

AMERICAS: Mexico, US Face Off over Cuba and Operation White House

Mexico and the U.S. faced off over the question of renewed ties with Cuba and Operation White House - an undercover probe into money laundering - at the 28th General Assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Venezuela.

ENVIRONMENT BULLETIN-VENEZUELA: Endangered Species Seek Assistance at CITES Meeting

Endangered species ranging from snails to elephants are seeking refuge at a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting that got underway Monday in Venezuela.

POLITICS-CUBA: Helms-Burton Act Bruised but Unbowed

The agreement reached this month between the United States and the European Union (EU) to limit the extraterritorial reach of the Helms-Burton Act on Cuba dealt a blow to multilateral solutions of trade disputes.

ENVIRONMENT: Endangered Species Seek Assistance at CITES Meeting

Endangered species ranging from snails to elephants are seeking refuge at a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meeting that got underway Monday in Venezuela.

DEVELOPMENT BULLETIN-VENEZUELA: Military Cadets Take Course On Human Rights

Military cadets in Venezuela are taking a course on human rights thanks to an unprecedented initiative which has the support of several United Nations agencies.

DRUGS-VENEZUELA: The United States, an ‘Eagle Hunting Flies’

One of the Venezuelan banks accused by the United States of participating in laundering drug money likened the situation to an "eagle hunting flies."

RIGHTS-AMERICAS: Democracy Brings Change of Uniform for Impunity

Democracy has not brought the Americas a reduction in impunity when it comes to human rights violations. But the biggest violators no longer wear a military but a police uniform, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) warned Friday.

TRADE-AMERICAS: Asymmetric Trade Negotiation Get Underway

When 34 American leaders join to launch negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Sunday, they will initiate an enormously complex process marked by challenging asymmetries between the participants.

TRADE-AMERICAS: Andean Bloc a Power at Summit

The Andean Community heads toward the second Summit of the Americas in Santiago at the weekend riding high after securing special treatment in negotiations on the formation of a Free Trade Association of the Americas (FTAA).

POLITICS-LATIN AMERICA: Youths Air Views on Society

Latin American youth leaders, dispelling the notion that the youth of today had turned its back on politics, decided at a meeting last week the region was in desperate need of new actors, new ideas and new actions.

FINANCE-LATAM: Stock Exchanges Recovering, but Far From Euphoric

The seven leading stock exchanges of Latin America picked up strongly in March, when dealers handled 17.161 billion dollars-worth of business, good, but still a far cry from the euphoric 1997 levels.

ANDEAN COMMUNITY: Setting Out on a New Stage of Integration

This weekend's summit in Guayaquil will capitalise on the current period of smooth sailing towards integration in the Andean Community (CA), and allow the presidents to take on new objectives, after years of internal crises.

COMMODITIES: Accord on Cutbacks and OPEC Meeting Boost Oil Prices

Oil prices closed Friday 2.50 dollars higher than last week, a reaction to an agreement among leading oil-producing countries to cut production, which the members of OPEC will formalise at an extraordinary conference next Monday.

COMMODITIES-VENEZUELA: No Buyers for Aluminium Sector

The Venezuelan government suffered a major setback when it was forced to suspend the public auction of the aluminium sector scheduled for Wednesday.

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