Stories for May 2003

Monday, May 5th 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Kidnappers have released F Macri.

Kidnappers have released at 5am today unharmed the 19-year-old daughter of an Italo-Argentine construction magnate after they collected $800,000 in ransom, Argentine police reported.

Sunday, May 4th 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Paraguayan elected president pressed to take office.

Paraguayan leaders of the ruling party and the opposition have requested elected president Nicanor Duarte to advance the taking office date and replace outgoing caretaker president Luis González Macchi, who's described as the “negligent president”.

Sunday, May 4th 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Chilean tourism industry recovering.

After two successive negative summer seasons the number of tourists visiting Chile during the first quarter of 2003 increased 2,7% over the same period in 2002 according to the latest release from the Chilean National Tourism Service. The increase represented a 5% expansion in income equivalent to 20 million US dollars.

Saturday, May 3rd 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Menem names his potential Cabinet.

Economy, Carlos Melconián; Foreign Relations, Jorge Castro; Defence, Pablo Rojo; Education, Juan Tobías; Health, Alejandro Matera; Interior... could it be Adolfo Rodríguez Saá?

Saturday, May 3rd 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Argentina floods kill 16; 100,000 evacuated.

The worst flooding to hit Argentina's farming heartland in memory has killed 16 people and forced 100,000 from their homes -- with some evacuees taking shelter in cemetery crypts -- officials said on Friday.

Friday, May 2nd 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Daughter of Argentine tycoon kidnapped

Florencia Macri, 19, the youngest daughter of Argentine industrial magnate Franco Macri, was kidnapped here by abductors demanding $1.5 million in ransom, police officials said Thursday.

Friday, May 2nd 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Penguin News Update

Headlines: Ross Road residents give 'thumbs up' for No Parking; Prison sentence for sex offender; Three ships aground in South Georgia - Falklands ship included.

Friday, May 2nd 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Second Fishing Trawler Still “Aground”.

Desperate efforts are being made off the remote Island of South Georgia to save the Falklands registered fishing vessel, 'Lyn' (1,034 gross registered tonnes) which was driven onto rocks, at the entrance to Moraine Fjord, during hurricane force winds late on Wednesday night.

Thursday, May 1st 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Orthodox Lula pushed reforms.

After a stern warning to the most radical Congressional members of his own party, Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva personally delivered in Congress two reform bills that are crucial for his administration and the long term financial stability of Brazil.

Thursday, May 1st 2003 - 21:00 UTC

Fisheries News.

Headlines:
Canners join call for EU to lift fishmeal ban; Chile invests in Patagonian grenadier plan; Strict SARS controls with Asian crews; EUR 42 million to improve Galicia ports; Namibia cuts hake quota; Chubut Fisheries Director-general resigns; Galicia, world leading turbo producer; EU reins in fishing subsidies; New research into red tide in Chile;

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