Stories for 2006

Sunday, December 31st 2006 - 20:00 UTC

Castro admits “slow recovery from surgery” in message

Cuban President Fidel Castro said in his New Year message on Saturday that he is recovering slowly from surgery and has been collaborating with doctors as “a disciplined patient”.

Sunday, December 31st 2006 - 20:00 UTC

Aussies usher '07 with Sydney fireworks

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbor Bridge in the annual display to celebrate the New Year in Sydney

Wind-swept revelers gathered around London's Big Ben to watch the fireworks, and thousands of Japanese climbed Mount Fuji and other peaks to watch the first sunrise of the New Year. But the Thai capital sent celebrants home after a series of evening bombs

Saturday, December 30th 2006 - 20:00 UTC

Saddam Hussein Is Executed

Saddam Hussein during his execution

Two years after U.S. forces in Iraq pulled him from the hole in which he was hiding near Tikrit, Saddam Hussein has been executed.

Saturday, December 30th 2006 - 20:00 UTC

British research robot to trawl depths of Antarctica

Professor Julian A. Dowdeswell, BA, MA, PhD

The mysteries of the Antarctic deep will be probed in mid January by a new robot vessel capable of plunging 6.5 kilometer down, reports the BBC. Isis, the UK's first deep-diving remotely operated vehicle (ROV), will be combing the sea-bed in the region in its inaugural science mission.

Saturday, December 30th 2006 - 20:00 UTC

Court ruling fairly reasonable, law experts say

While the government praised it as reinstating certainty, some savers saw it as the end of a nightmare and banks continue mum and mulling its possible implications, law experts said that the Supreme Court ruling that ordered banks on Wednesday to reimburse savers in pesos dollar deposits frozen during Argentina's 2001 economic debacle, was fairly reasonable.

Friday, December 29th 2006 - 20:00 UTC

Church influence and marriage, fading institutions in Chile

The importance of religion in people's lives has diminished and this has been most significant for Chile in the last sixteen years, according to the conclusions of a report from the Chilean chapter of Mori public opinion surveys.

Friday, December 29th 2006 - 20:00 UTC

1976 Falklands invasion warning

British officials predicted in 1976 that Argentina would invade the Falkland Islands, according to official documents

Friday, December 29th 2006 - 20:00 UTC

Latinamerica 2007: stability and the end of an era

Latin America enters 2007 with renewed political leadership and generally booming economic prospects but highly dependent on the current global bullish market for commodities.

Friday, December 29th 2006 - 20:00 UTC

South Africa's Standard Bank Argentine deal an attention call for competitors

The planned purchase by Standard Bank – South Africa's largest private bank by assets — of most of US' Bank of America Corp.'s BankBoston Argentina assets, marks the first large investment by a foreign player in the sector since Argentina's 2001-2002 economic meltdown, and an attention call for competitors, banking sources told MercoPress.

Friday, December 29th 2006 - 20:00 UTC

Saddam execution '6am Baghdad time'

Former President Saddam Hussein

A top Iraqi official says Saddam Hussein will be executed before 6am on Saturday, Baghdad time, 3am GMT.

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