Stories for April 2003
The Chilean Fifth Army Division seated in Punta Arenas, last week destroyed a batch of 2,680 antipersonnel mines stored in powder magazines and in the coming days expects to complete the elimination of 71,000 of these lethal explosives.
The 1982 South Atlantic War between Argentina and Britain can now be fought all over again ? albeit as a war game called Operation Flashpoint ? Malvinas Campaign - on Internet.
As the famous American emigrant ship Charles Cooper finally falls apart in the Falklands Islands nearly 150 years since she first set sail, the story of this splendid vessel will not be forgotten, thanks to a timely book giving the first comprehensive account of her history ? her construction, travels and ultimate fate. She is now preserved in full splendour in print and in photographs, illustrating her years gracefully sailing the world's oceans and as a decaying but useful hulk in Stanley Harbour.
With over 82,000 security forces ensuring that today's presidential election in Argentina, the tightest in recent history, will develop normally and peacefully, caretaker president Eduardo Duhalde is preparing for the day after.
Plans by Aerolineas Argentinas to operate a twice weekly air service to the Falklands have been rejected by the Department of Transport in Britain. An application was made by the airline on 2 April, to open an air link between Buenos Aires, Rio Gallegos and the Islands. Had permission been granted the airline proposed to begin the service as early as next month.
Headlines: Custody for indecent offender; Action against SARS; Her Majesty's 77th birthday; Sudden death at MPA; Argentine election Sunday; Progress on second flight.
International Monetary Fund officials have openly supported Uruguay's economic program and the voluntary exchange program currently under consideration by creditors.
During February economic activity in Argentina increased 5,8% over a year ago and 1,8% over January according to the latest release from the National Census and Statistics Institute, INDEC. Similarly the first two months of 2003 showed a 5% recovery over the same period in 2002.
Alan Greenspan said he would accept a fifth term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, the world's most influential central bank. Mr. Greenspan's comments, in a short statement, follow President George W. Bush public recommendation that he stay on the job for a fifth term.
If the Argentine presidential election this coming Sunday is as contested as anticipated by opinion polls and a run off is needed May 18, it's not completely certain that caretaker president Eduardo Duhalde will be handing the presidential sash to his elected successor on May 25 as current legislation anticipates.