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  • BUENOS AIRES, Argentina— Argentina's most powerful unions brought thousands of people into the streets Friday to protest against high inflation and thousands of job cuts in the biggest demonstrations against President Mauricio Macri since he took office in December. Demonstrators waving blue and white Argentine flags flooded the main avenues of Buenos...

  • Shipments from Argentina will also battle for business against Brazil's sizable safrinha crop in the months ahead. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says corn planting in Argentina is expected to shoot to 4.2 million hectares in the 2016/ 17 season, compared to 3.2 million hectares in the 2015/ 16 crop year. The USDA's office in Argentina forecasts 2016/ 17 corn...

  • BRASILIA, April 28- Colombia's peso surged to nearly a six-month high on Thursday as Latin American currencies gained after weak U.S. GDP numbers added to expectations that the Federal Reserve will not quickly raise interest rates. Shares of Carlos Slim's America Movil tumbled 11.2 percent in its biggest one-day percentage drop in eight years, after it...

  • CARACAS, April 28- Venezuela's opposition-dominated Congress on Thursday ordered the dismissal of Food Minister Rodolfo Marco over chronic shortages of staple goods that have become the primary complaint about President Nicolas Maduro's government. "It cannot be that today in Venezuela, 3 million citizens eat less than twice a day, and the majority of them...

  • SANTIAGO, April 28- New home sales in Chilean capital city Santiago slid 41 percent in the first quarter of 2016, as buyers rushed to purchase houses and apartments last year before a change in tax law that would boost prices went into effect, industry group CChC said on Thursday. Sales of new apartments in greater Santiago fell 44.5 percent, while new house sales...

  • LONDON, April 28- Anglo American has agreed to sell its niobium and phosphates businesses in Brazil to China Molybdenum for $1.5 billion in cash, it said on Thursday, as it seeks to cut debt in a radical restructuring of the global mining group. Anglo American shares rose more than 8 percent, outperforming the sector as analysts said the price was higher than...

  • LIMA, April 28- Southern Copper Corp's net profit dropped 34.5 percent to $185.1 million, or $0.24 per share, in the first quarter on slumping metal prices, the company said Thursday. The Phoenix, Arizona- based company said it produced 24.8 percent more copper in the first quarter compared with the same quarter in 2015 thanks to its expansion at its Buenavista mine...

  • Venezuela’s economic problems hit a new peak this week as rolling blackouts and a two-day working week were introduced to alleviate an energy crisis.

  • Pedernales, one of Ecuador's worst-hit towns, two days after an earthquake hit the country.

    Ecuador has asked the IMF for aid after this month's massive earthquake killed hundreds of people and laid extra stress on the struggling economy.

  • THURSDAY, APRIL 28 MAKATI CITY, Philippines- Central Bank of Philippines Governor Amando Tetangco to attend a financial inclusion summit- 0100 GMT. PARIS- Czech National Bank board member Kamil Janacek to attend a Economic and Development Review committee meeting. PRAGUE- Czech Banking Association holds a press conference to update macroeconomic forecast-...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 27- Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state moved ahead with a plan to raise 1.84 billion reais in oil and gas taxes a year to help close a budget shortfall that has led to school and hospital closures and delayed salary and pension payments. Rio de Janeiro is responsible for two-thirds of Brazil's oil output and 40 percent of its natural gas.

  • MEXICO CITY— Latin America and the Caribbean will post an overall 0.5 percent economic contraction in 2016, the International Monetary Fund forecast in a report issued Wednesday, capping the region's worst two-year period since the 1982 debt crisis. The region will be weighed down this year by shrinking economies in Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina.

  • SAO PAULO, April 27- Brazil's Fibria SA expects Chinese wood pulp demand to recover this quarter, executives said on Wednesday after reporting weaker-than-expected earnings on soft sales there. At Tuesday's close, they had fallen nearly 40 percent in the last four months as a recent rebound for Brazil's currency and soft demand in China hurt one of last year's...

  • BUENOS AIRES, April 27- A third of Argentina's soy farms remain swamped after early April storms, with crop loss estimates at 5 million tonnes as harvesting starts in areas dry enough to support the 30- tonne carbines used to bring in the beans, experts said on Wednesday. The weather is improving, but big importers like China are already looking to the Midwest to...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Marina Villeneuve, a journalist who has used data and public records to hold officials and institutions accountable around the Northeast, has been appointed state government reporter in Maine for The Associated Press. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Karen Testa, AP's editor for the east region of the U.S., and William J. Kole, news...

  • BUENOS AIRES, April 27- Argentine President Mauricio Macri repeats the aim of his economic policies so often it has become a mantra: "zero poverty". "You can feel the blow," said Raul Costilla, 42, a father of three in a slum south of Buenos Aires, who is struggling to make ends meet amid soaring bus fares and natural gas prices. As a result, nearly 33 percent of Argentines now...

  • CARACAS/ MARACAIBO, April 27- Venezuela's opposition began a signature drive on Wednesday seeking a referendum to remove President Nicolas Maduro as sporadic looting and protests over the economic crisis were reported. In Venezuela's second city Maracaibo, in the oil-producing western state of Zulia, authorities reported at least 30 small protests on...

  • BRASILIA, April 27- Brazil's central bank is likely to keep interest rates on hold for the sixth straight time on Wednesday, in what could be the current board's last decision ahead of a possible change of government. If Vice President Michel Temer becomes president, the Copom, led by Alexandre Tombini since 2011, would be replaced in a bid to regain investor...

  • CARACAS, Venezuela— Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests Wednesday as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts. In Caracas, hundreds of angry voters lined up to sign a petition beginning the process of recalling the deeply unpopular...

  • BRASILIA, April 27- The Brazilian central bank will likely keep interest rates on hold for the sixth straight time on Wednesday, in what could be the last decision of its current board ahead of a possible change of government in the coming weeks. The Copom, led by Alexandre Tombini since 2011, would be replaced if Vice President Michel Temer takes over the...