// // //

South America

United Nations, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The special representative of the UN Secretary General in Colombia, Carlos Ruiz, highlighted this Friday the security challenges persisting in that nation, where many killings and threats to social leaders are reported.

Santiago de Chile, July 19 (Prensa Latina) As one of the last desperate shots of a ruthless economic war against Cuba, the Chilean politician Hugo Gutierrez described the activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.

Brasilia, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) A regional court rejected a request by the defense attorneys for former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva to fire two judges involved in the investigation into the Atibaia case, judicial sources confirmed on Friday.

La Paz, July 19 (Latin Press) Bolivia has reached important agreements with major powers such as Russia, China, India and Germany regarding the industrialization of lithium and hydrocarbons, launching it into the international arena, said economic analyst Miguel Angel Marañon.

Bogota, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Some 500 youths from several countries are mobilizing as of today to defend peace in Colombia, nearly three years after the signing of the agreement between the former guerrilla FARC-EP and the State.

Moscow, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) Russia has denounced US blackmail attempts in humanitarian issues so as to try to obtain political concessions from the legitimate government of Venezuela.

La Paz, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The governments of Bolivia and Argentina signed an agreement on Friday to make free medical care available for Bolivians in the neighboring country and vice versa.

Lima, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) With the promotion of fraternity and other sports values, the Pan-American Games, Lima 2019, will have a content of commitment to the environment and the defense of childhood, organizers stated on Friday.

Caracas, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Ministerial Meeting of the Coordination Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is putting the finishing touches on the meeting of foreign ministers, which will take place in this capital on July 20 and 21.

Moscow, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Ministry on Friday confirmed that the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, will make a Latin American tour that will take him to Cuba, Surinam and Brazil, where he will participate in the meeting of the Brics group.

Caracas, Jul 19 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government has rebuffed as interventionist statements made by US Vice President Mike Pence against relations Caracas maintain with Iran.