February 20, 2020 – Buenos Aires, Argentina, Latin America - Argentine bonds could take another hit on Thursday after the International Monetary Fund essentially gave the government a green light to restructure its bonds, marking the latest chapter in the once-wealthy country's long history of financial crises.
February 19, 2020 – Buenos Aires, Argentina, Latin America - Just a year ago, Añelo was a shale boom town with new condos and businesses springing up seemingly overnight to satisfy demand by major international energy firms flocking to Argentina to claim a piece of the Vaca Muerta shale play, believed to have massive potential as one of the world's largest reserves of unconventional oil and gas. Now the public housing development is one of many projects entwined with the fate of Vaca Muerta that have stalled amid uncertainty about the policies of new Peronist President Alberto Fernandez. Sources at energy companies said mixed signals by Fernandez have sparked fears he could reverse the business-friendly attitude of the former administration of Mauricio Macri by making multinational companies a lower priority, ratcheting up red tape, taxes and currency controls.
February 19, 2020 – Brasilia, Brazil, Latin America - Former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gives deposition to federal judge in Brasilia in investigation of a the so-called Zelotes graft case, involving a presidential decree that favored the auto assembly industry.
February 18, 2020 – Sao Paulo, Brazil, Latin America - An oil workers federation plans to appeal a decision by Brazil's labor court that declared a strike at state-run Petrobras PETR4.SA illegal and abusive, according to a video released by the federation on social media. Brazil's Superior Labor Court (TST) authorized Petrobras on Monday to take disciplinary action against workers and their unions, allowing for them to be fined up to 500,000 reais($115,058) per day if the strike continues. "We understand that this decision is unconstitutional and our lawyers across Brazil are, yes, looking for a way to question this monocratic ruling by minister Ives Gandra," Deyvid Bacelar, director at FUP, an umbrella union for workers in the oil sector, said in the video.
February 18, 2020 – Brasilia, Brazil, Latin America - Brazil's telecoms regulator Anatel preparing to auction 5G frequencies said any decision on the cyber risks of using Huawei technology will have to be decided by President Jair Bolsonaro's national security chief.
February 17, 2020 – Buenos Aires, Argentina, Latin America - Argentina's negotiations with its biggest creditor, the International Monetary Fund, go into their second week with uncertainty rising over the government's plan for renegotiating about $100 billion in loans and bonds while trying to pull Latin America's No. 3 economy out of recession.
February 14, 2020 – Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, North America - After the gruesome murder of a 25-year-old woman in Mexico’s capital, relatives of the victims lead a march in Mexico City's historic center to demand justice for her murder and more action against gender-based violence. This is the third of three protests in the same day demanding the government step up efforts to combat gender-based violence.
February 13, 2020 – New York City, United States, North America - Argentina's sovereign debt risk spread over safe-haven U.S. treasuries widened 128 basis points to 2,079 bps on Thursday, according to JP Morgan's Emerging Markets Bond Index-Plus, after a tough warning on restructuring from the economy minister.
February 10, 2020 – San Salvador, El Salvador, Latin America - Rights groups shocked by President Nayib Bukele's use of battle-equipped soldiers to barge into Congress on Sunday, in an escalating fight over resources for a crime-busting plan. With governments across Latin America putting the army back into the political mix, some observers see dangers for the region's young democracies.
February 10, 2020 – Buenos Aires, Argentina, Latin America - An Argentine second division match between Independiente Rivadavia and Atlanta was abandoned on Sunday after police said they were unable to guarantee safety as armed fans fought on the terraces.