Stories for February 2004

Sunday, February 29th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Mandarin replaces English as the main language

English worldwide as the main language is declining surpassed by Chinese, and in half a century Arabic, Hindu languages and Spanish will also be ahead, forecasts scientist David Graddol.

Sunday, February 29th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Group of 15 Summit close yesterday in Venezuela

The 12th summit of the Group of 15 developing nations drew to a close Saturday marred by the slaying of one person and the wounding of dozens in violent clashes between opponents of President Hugo Chavez and his National Guard.

Sunday, February 29th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

“Cheers” with Havana Club rum

Fidel Castro from Cuba figures among the list of ten richest world leaders according to the US business magazine Forbes.

Saturday, February 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

G-15 in Caracas marred by violent incidents

Two people were killed and dozens injured Friday afternoon in clashes between Venezuelan Army troops and opposition demonstrators trying to reach the seat of an international summit being held in Caracas.

Saturday, February 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

IMF praises Uruguay and postpones debt payments

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed this week the fourth review under the SDR 2.13 billion (US$3.2 billion) Stand-By Arrangement for Uruguay.

Saturday, February 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Darwin's “Beagle” found off Essex

Charles Darwin vessel “Beagle” with which the British expeditionary explored much of South America helping him to draft his masterpiece about the evolution of species was found off the coast of Essex in the south of England.

Saturday, February 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Present Argentine Government resembles Galtieri's dictatorship of 1982, says Councillor.

Members of the Falkland's Legislative Council have again roundly condemned, what they term, ' Argentina's current bullying and threatening' tactics.

Saturday, February 28th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Families Commission grateful to Islanders

A letter addressed to Falkland Islands Governor Howard Pearce arrived last Wednesday in BBC “Japan” the vessel that carried the blocks of the Argentine Memorial to be assembled in the Argentine Cemetery in Darwin.

Friday, February 27th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Argentine debt in G 15 agenda.

Argentine president Nestor Kirchner and a small delegation arrived Thursday evening in Caracas for the XIIth meeting of the G-15, where Argentina's dispute with its creditors and defaulted bondholders is expected to figure in the discussions.

Friday, February 27th 2004 - 21:00 UTC

Rammell praises “left wing” Chile and Brazil

Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell praised Chile and Brazil for implementing radical reforms in the framework of an orderly rule and international law, which is not necessarily happening in two other countries supposedly ruled by “left wing” governments, Argentina and Venezuela.

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