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Chile has one of the worlds’ best vaccination rates. Covid is surging there anyway

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A health worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19, to a man at the Medalla Milagrosa Church in Valparaiso, Chile, on April 6, 2021. JAVIER TORRES | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — Chile’s vaccination campaign against......

Ecuador shuns socialism with Lasso’s surprise election

Reuters
By Brian Ellsworth, Alexandra Valencia (Reuters) – Ecuadorean banker Guillermo Lasso unexpectedly won the nation’s presidency on promises to revive an economy battered by coronavirus as his rival’s vows of a return to socialist largesse failed to win over a skeptical electorate. Lasso took 52% of the vote in the......

Leftist candidate Pedro Castillo leading Peruvian elections: first official count

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LIMA (Reuters) – Leftist candidate Pedro Castillo is leading in the Peruvian presidential election with 15.8% of votes, according to a first official release of results with 11.4% of votes counted. Castillo was followed by liberal economist Hernando de Soto with 14.48% of the vote, followed by ultra-right candidate Rafael......

Brazil’s Petrobras, government agree on rules for potential Sepia, Atapu sale

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FILE PHOTO: The Petrobras logo is seen in front of the company’s headquarters in Sao Paulo April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/File Photo RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The board of Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras has approved an agreement with the government regarding the compensation that must be paid to......

Peru braces for ‘most fragmented election in history’ as pandemic grips

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LIMA (Reuters) – Peru will vote for a new president on Sunday in a wide-open election framed by a deadly surge in coronavirus cases, and under the long shadow of a constitutional crisis last year that saw the Andean nation go through three leaders in a week. FILE PHOTO: People......

CORRECTED-Brazilians withdraw record $5 bln from bank savings in first quarter

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(In first paragraph corrects dollar amount to $629 million not billion) BRASILIA, April 7 (Reuters) – Brazilian savings accounts shrank by 3.5 billion reais ($629 million) in March, figures showed on Wednesday, bringing net withdrawals in the first three months of the year to a quarterly record of 27.5 billion......

Brazil cenbank would need big inflation outlook shift to change ‘partial normalization’ stance

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BRASILIA (Reuters) -Brazil’s central bank will continue with its “partial normalization” of monetary policy unless it sees signs of inflation and inflation expectations rising significantly, central bank President Roberto Campos Neto said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s Central Bank President Roberto Campos Neto attends a news conference, amid the coronavirus......

Argentina benefiting from higher world food prices – IMF economist

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WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) – Argentina is benefitting from higher world food prices since that is one of its main exports, although the country’s government is still working to stabilize the economy, Gita Gopinath, the IMF’s chief economist said on Tuesday. The IMF lifted its forecast for growth in Latin......

Brazil registers 2,922 new COVID-19 deaths

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SAO PAULO, April 2 (Reuters) – Brazil on Friday registered 2,922 new COVID-19 deaths, the health ministry said, as the Latin American nation grapples with the worst of the pandemic so far and the world’s highest daily death tolls. Cases rose by 70,238 to 12,910,082. Deaths now total 328,206. (Reporting......

Brazil faces “very serious situation” in pandemic: WHO

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FILE PHOTO: Elderly people wait in line to receive a dose of the Sinovac’s CoronaVac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, during a vaccination day for 65-year-old and older citizens in Duque de Caxias near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil March 29, 2021. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes GENEVA (Reuters) – A number of states in......

Brazil sees record 3,869 COVID-19 deaths, health ministry says

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By Reuters Staff 1 Min Read RIO DE JANEIRO, March 31 (Reuters) – Brazil on Wednesday reported a daily record of 3,869 new COVID-19 deaths, with 90,638 new coronavirus cases in the prior 24 hours, the health ministry said. (Reporting by Pedro Fonseca Editing by Chris Reese) Our Standards: The......

NFL: League owners approve 17-game regular season

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FILE PHOTO: Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo (Reuters) – The National Football League (NFL) said on Tuesday its owners had approved a plan to expand the regular......

Argentine leftist group protests AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine maker amid delays

Reuters
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An Argentine far-left workers group protested on Monday outside local vaccine market mAbxience, which is producing the Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 drug for the region, criticizing delays to doses being available in the country. Around 50-100 people, organized by the Workers’ Left Front-Unity alliance, protested with banners......

Brazil foreign minister submits resignation, source says

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FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo attends a news conference at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano Machado BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo has tendered his resignation, a government source told Reuters on Monday. The source requested anonymity as the information is......

Venezuela accuses Facebook of ‘digital totalitarianism’ for suspending Maduro

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CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s government on Sunday accused Facebook Inc of “digital totalitarianism” after it froze President Nicolas Maduro’s page for 30 days for violating policies against spreading misinformation about COVID-19. Facebook told Reuters this weekend it had also taken down a video in which Maduro promoted Carvativir, a Venezuelan-made......

Panama to impose temporary ban on travelers from South America

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker measures the temperatures of travelers at the Tocumen International Airport during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Panama City, Panama October 16, 2020. Picture taken October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Erick Marciscano/File Photo PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Panama’s government said on Saturday it would from next week......

Colombia accuses FARC dissidents over car bomb attack

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BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia on Saturday accused FARC dissidents of detonating a car bomb in the town of Corinto in the country’s Cauca province, which left 43 people injured, including 11 public officials, and caused material damages. The attack, which took place on Friday, was condemned by the government and......

Brazil sees record 3,650 new COVID-19 deaths, health ministry says

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Gravediggers wearing protective suits prepare for the first night burial as spotlights illuminate the graves at Vila Formosa cemetery, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil saw a record 3,650 new COVID-19 deaths, the Health Ministry......

Brazil March industrial confidence at seven-month low, hammered by COVID

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FILE PHOTO: Employees fill boxes with ethanol-based hand sanitizers in AGE do Brasil factory, hired by brewing Ambev to produce hand sanitizers to donate to public hospitals during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vinhedo, Brazil, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian industrial confidence fell in March......

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