Stories for December 2004

Friday, December 31st 2004 - 20:00 UTC

Punta Arenas in tsunami early warning net.

Punta Arenas is basically free from the impact of tsunamis and sea quakes according to Chilean authorities from the country's early warning system that extends all along the country's coast in coordination with international organizations.

Friday, December 31st 2004 - 20:00 UTC

No doubts about our sovereignty the Prime Minister tells Falkland Islanders.

”We will continue to discuss with Argentina issues of mutual concern and benefit to your community, building on recent meetings over shared fish stocks, the Continental Shelf and de-mining, but let me assure you, there is no lessening in our commitment to your security, sovereignty or right to self-determination.

Friday, December 31st 2004 - 20:00 UTC

Argentine police looking for owner of club where 180 died

Argentine police were looking Friday for the owner of a “deathtrap” nightclub where 180 people died in this city's worst-ever fire, while authorities declared three days of mourning during which no New Year's festivities or music will be allowed on municipal property.

Thursday, December 30th 2004 - 20:00 UTC

Latinamericans, second migrant workers in Japan.

Latinamericans are no longer the largest group of immigrant workers in Japan, revealed Tokyo authorities.

Thursday, December 30th 2004 - 20:00 UTC

Spain legalizes 800,000 immigrants

Spain's Socialist government has put the final touches on a project to legalize the residence and employment here of an estimated 800,000 undocumented immigrants

Thursday, December 30th 2004 - 20:00 UTC

Strong Real threatens Brazil's export growth.

Brazil exports soared 30% this year compared to 2003 but economists warn that a weak dollar is threatening the current rate of expansion. The Brazilian currency, Real, as have the euro and the yen have been consistently appreciating against the weakening US dollar.

Thursday, December 30th 2004 - 20:00 UTC

Punta Arenas/Santiago with 1.230 daily seats

From a virtually monopoly situation Punta Arenas this high season has three airlines competing in the Santiago round trip market with a total daily supply of 1.230 seats.

Thursday, December 30th 2004 - 20:00 UTC

Mercosur: “Uncertain future”

“Mercosur has problems, it's not working as it should and its future in uncertain”, said Danilo Astori, Uruguay's future Finance Minister who takes office next March.

Thursday, December 30th 2004 - 20:00 UTC

Gibraltar's Governor praises Spain's “courage”

Gibraltar Governor Sir Francis Richards has acknowledged Spain's “courage” in entering into a new forum of dialogue involving the British Overseas Territory and has also criticised those in Spain seeking to return to past values and times.

Thursday, December 30th 2004 - 20:00 UTC

Driller in search of Falklands oil riches.

THE biggest-ever hunt for oil in the Falkland Islands is getting under way, as a London-listed start-up launches a bid to transform the British territory into a hotbed for energy giants.

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