U.S. rejection plunges WTO leadership into uncertainty

By Emma Farge and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization’s bid to select a new leader was plunged into uncertainty on Wednesday after the United States rejected the Nigerian woman proposed as the global watchdog’s next director-general. Three WTO ambassadors, charged with finding a successor to Brazilian Roberto Azevedo, had decided that […]

Bolivian judge scraps arrest warrant against former leader Morales

By Daniel Ramos LA PAZ (Reuters) – A Bolivian judge annulled on Monday an arrest warrant for exiled former president Evo Morales, clearing the way for him to return to his home country without facing the risk of detention. Bolivian prosecutors in December of last year issued the warrant on allegations of sedition and terrorism […]

Chile embarks on path to new constitution after referendum

By Dave Sherwood SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chileans will begin the process of penning a new constitution on Monday following a landslide vote that saw millions of citizens in the world´s top copper producer vote in favor of rewriting its rulebook. More than 7.5 million of 14.97 eligible Chileans voted in a referendum on Sunday, the […]

U.S. lawmakers complain to Trump over Mexican energy policy

By Anthony Esposito MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – More than 40 U.S. lawmakers have written a letter to President Donald Trump expressing concern that the Mexican government is threatening U.S. energy companies’ investments and market access, as well as undermining a regional trade deal. The letter, dated Oct. 22 and seen by Reuters on Friday, argued […]

Biden presidency could cut slow path to resumed Iran, Venezuela oil exports

By Timothy Gardner, Marianna Parraga and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY/LONDON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s promised return to diplomacy with OPEC-members Iran and Venezuela could cut a path for a return of their oil exports should he win, but not before many months at least of verifications, talks and deal-making. The timing […]

Bolivia vote suggests pandemic may fuel populism in Latin America

By Marcelo Rochabrun and Cassandra Garrison LA PAZ/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – A landslide win by Bolivia’s socialist party at weekend elections may herald a year of dramatic shifts in Latin American politics as the painful economic impact of the pandemic discredits incumbents and fuels demand for change. Bolivia’s former economy minister Luis Arce won Sunday’s […]