Tuesday Feb 27th: Latin America News Briefing, afternoon edition

The top ten stories on Latin America this afternoon

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Every morning and afternoon PanAm Post gives you a briefing on the most important news from the Americas.

These are the top stories this afternoon, 4:00 p.m. on Feb 27th:

1. Mexico Front-Runner Sends Mixed Signals on Private Oil Deals | Bloomberg

Just four months before Mexico’s presidential election, front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is keeping all options open regarding the country’s energy opening as a unified message on the topic continues to elude his top advisers.

2. Uber Raises Media Profile Ahead of Make-or-Break Brazil Vote | Bloomberg

Uber Technologies Inc. has stepped up lobbying efforts in Brazil ahead of a key Congress vote on legislation that could make or break its business model in one of its largest markets.

3. Colombia’s ‘fake’ peace in tatters | Al Jazeera

Since 2012, Santos’ government had been negotiating with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), an armed group that fought the Colombian state for over 50 years. In August 2016, negotiators announced a final agreement to end the conflict that had left 220,000 people dead and displaced millions. Last year, the rebel group relaunched as a political party, changing their logo of rifles for a red rose

4. Mexico annual oil output falls below 2 million barrels a day | TOPIX


5.Argentina central bank holds policy rate at 27.25 pct | Reuters

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Argentina’s central bank held its benchmark seven-day interbank lending rate at 27.25 percent on Tuesday, the monetary authority said in a statement, citing expectations February inflation would be higher than recent months.

6. Dancing Maduro Launches Venezuela Re-Election Bid | USNews

CARACAS (REUTERS) – Dancing in front of red-shirted supporters, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro formally signed up on Tuesday to run for re-election in an April vote opponents say is a farce that will consolidate his dictatorship.

7. Brazil called up the military to control violence in Rio de Janeiro. Since then, it’s only gotten worse

Just 10 days after Brazilian President Michel Temer signed a decree handing the military control of public security in Rio de Janeiro, notifications like these continue to fill the screens of smartphones across the surrounding state, informing those who have downloaded the Crossfire app (Fogo Cruzado in Portuguese) of when and where shootouts and gunshots are heard. Most live in Rio’s innumerable favelas, where police—and now military—operations have become an everyday occurrence.

8. Five Colombian soldiers killed in ‘ELN rebel ambush’ | BBC

A roadside bomb exploded as a convoy of soldiers was driving past in north-eastern Norte de Santander province.

9. Mexico police officers sought over three missing Italians | BBC

Mexican authorities are searching for three police officers in connection with the disappearance of three Italian men in the western state of Jalisco on 31 January.

10. Panamanian police handcuff a guard at the Trump hotel as standoff escalates | Washington Post

Panamanian police on Tuesday handcuffed a security guard working for President Trump’s hotel here, in the midst of a dispute in which the hotel’s majority owner has tried to fire the Trump Organization — and Trump employees have refused to leave.

These are the top stories this morining, 4:00 a.m. on Feb 27th:

1. 2 Texans rescued after being kidnapped in Mexico, held for ransom | The Dallas Morning News

The Texans, whose names were not released, traveled to Nuevo Leon on Feb. 17. They lost contact with their families in the U.S. the next day. On Feb. 19, their relatives started getting ransom demands, the Nuevo Leon prosecutors office said in a written statement.

2. Brazil prosecutor asks top court to prevent police chief interfering in Temer case | Reuters

Brazil’s top prosecutor on Monday requested the Supreme Court issue an order to prevent the head of the federal police from interfering in a criminal investigation that could result in new corruption charges against President Michel Temer.

3. MWC 2018: Telefónica aims to connect 100 million in Latin America | ComputerWeekly

At Mobile World Congress, telecoms operator Telefónica launches a new initiative to bring 100 million people in Latin America online by using mobile networking technology for the first time

4. 2 stowaways fall to their deaths from plane’s landing gear in Ecuador | CBSNews

Two presumed stowaways died Monday in Ecuador after they fell from the landing gear of a New York-bound plane. The airport in the coastal city of Guayaquil had to close for 90 minutes while the two bodies were removed from the runway.

5. Catholic Church Considers Married Priests to Ease Amazon Clergy Shortage | WSJ

He may get a second chance, as Catholic leaders in the vast Amazon basin consider whether the church should let married men become priests in certain cases

6. Brazil prosecutors decide to end plea deal with JBS ex-CEO | FT(paywall $)

Brazilian federal prosecutors on Monday terminated their plea bargain agreement with Wesley Batista, the scandal-plagued former chief executive of the world’s largest meatpacker, JBS

7. Argentina sub: ARA San Juan relatives to crowdfund new search | BBC News

Relatives of the 44 crew members of a lost Argentine submarine have begun raising funds to search for it privately. The navy called off its rescue mission for the ARA San Juan in December, two weeks after it went missing.

8. Mexicans wonder why their president thought a trip to see Trump was a good idea | Washington Post

What has surprised Mexicans is not that President Trump “lost his temper” in a telephone conversation with his Mexican counterpart, prompting President Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel a trip to Washington, but that Peña Nieto was even thinking about going in the first place.

9. Brazil military’s growing role in crime crackdown fuels fears among poo | TheGuardian

Amid questions over government involvement in an incident that left eight dead, some say things are only getting worse: ‘The people who should be protecting us are killing us’

10. El Salvador’s military not opening archives for missing kids | FoxNews

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – More than 25 years after the end of its civil war, families in El Salvador are still searching for an estimated 3,000 children who disappeared in the fighting.

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