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South America

Brazil, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) Environment Minister Ricardo Salles stated Tuesday that the Brazilian Government has reached a consensus to keep the country in the Paris Agreement, as part of the UN Framework Convention.

Brasilia, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree that will make more flexible the possession of firearms, one of his main campaign promises.

Quito, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) Authorities of the government of Ecuador assured on Monday that the country recovered 13.5 million dollars from illicit acts of the Brazilian company Odebrecht, for which it is investigated.

La Paz, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) More than 2.1 million people benefited in Bolivia from ''Mi Agua'' and ''Mi Riego'' (My Water and My Irrigation) programs since 2011, the director of the National Fund of Productive and Social Investment, Vladimir Sanchez, said.

Caracas, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela has denounced on Monday the continuous campaign of a group of governments of the region with the aim of setting in motion a destabilizing plot against the legitimate democratic government of this South American nation.

Havana, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuba''s Foreign Ministry expressed on Monday its confidence in Bolivia''s work to revitalize the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC, in Spanish) by assuming its pro tempore presidency.

Bogota, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) Colombia''s President Ivan Duque announced Monday his government together with Chile are working on creating a sub-regional body to replace UNASUR (Union of South American Nations), with the goal, among others, of leading a campaign against Venezuela.

La Paz, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) Over 2,000 doctors affiliated to the Doctors Confederation of Bolivia marched on Monday along the central streets of the capital, supporting the immediate implementation of the Unique Health System (UHS).

Caracas, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela''s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) ratified Monday Nicolas Maduro as President of the Republic and Commander in Chief of the Bolivarian National Armed Force for the 2019-2025 term.

La Paz, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia plans to drill 17 new natural gas wells in Chuquisaca, Tarija, Santa Cruz, Pando, Beni and La Paz departments in 2019, with a gas potential of at least 13 trillion cubic feet (TCF), Luis Alberto Sanchez, Hydrocarbons Minister announced Monday.

San Salvador, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) El Salvador hands over on Monday the pro tempore presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to Bolivia, aimed at revitalizing the struggle for regional integration.