Mexico’s government will present a bill today to boost tax collection without applying a sales levy on food or medicine, according to two people with direct knowledge of the proposal who asked not to be identified before the plan is announced.
Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas, a New York-based business organization, comments on the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Farnsworth, who also worked on Latin America issues at the U.S. State Department under President Bill Clinton, spoke in a telephone interview from Austin, Texas.
Mexican armed forces captured the head of the Zetas cartel, considered the nation’s most violent criminal gang, marking President Enrique Pena Nieto’s first major security achievement since taking office in December.
The Obama administration is setting out to help exporters get in on Brazil’s building boom even as it spars with the region’s biggest economy over high tariffs, rules favoring local companies and monetary policies.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is seeking treatment in Cuba to aid his recovery from cancer, seven weeks after winning re-election in a campaign in which he told voters he was “totally free” of the disease.
Ecuador President Rafael Correa is emerging from the shadow of Venezuelan mentor Hugo Chavez as his decision to grant asylum to WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange plunges relations with the U.S. to new lows.
Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela’s president after a week in which rising tensions with the opposition over the disputed April 14 vote undermined investor confidence in how the government will manage the world’s largest oil reserves.