Stories for February 2006

Tuesday, February 28th 2006 - 21:00 UTC

Chilean President Says Leftists No Threat

Chilean President Ricardo Lagos said Monday that the wave of leftists rising to power across Latin America poses no threat to democracy and should not create tensions with the United States.

Tuesday, February 28th 2006 - 21:00 UTC

Growing number of US citizens want out of Iraq

A growing number of United States citizens disapprove of President George W Bush and are more pessimistic than ever about the situation in Iraq, according to a public opinion poll released by CBS Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 28th 2006 - 21:00 UTC

Financial Mail highlights Falklands “gold” future

The potential for gold exploration on land and drilling for oil and gas offshore in the Falkland Islands are highlighted in an article by Brendan Ryan published in the NZ Financial Mail under the heading, “There's gold in them far Islands”.

Tuesday, February 28th 2006 - 21:00 UTC

“John Cheek” case findings in Buenos Aires

The inquiry into the incident involving the Falklands' flagged trawler “John Cheek” allegedly illegally fishing in Argentina's EEZ and currently retained in Comodoro Rivadavia, was addressed Tuesday to Buenos Aires.

Tuesday, February 28th 2006 - 21:00 UTC

Chirac urges airline tickets tax to fight poverty

French President Jacques Chirac urged the international community to adopt an airline tax to bankroll programs to fight poverty and disease. Speaking at the start of the two-day Paris meeting, President Chirac said France planned to begin imposing the airline tax as of July.

Tuesday, February 28th 2006 - 21:00 UTC

Colombian electoral calendar remains unchanged

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe vowed Tuesday that “terrorist” leftist rebels who are gunning down civilians will not hinder March 12 legislative elections.

Tuesday, February 28th 2006 - 21:00 UTC

Giant Falklands' squid on display in London

An 8.62 meters giant squid caught off the Falkland Islands last April has gone on public display at the Natural History Museum in London. Researchers at the museum undertook a painstaking process to preserve the giant creature, which is now on display in a 9m long glass tank immersed in a mix of salt water and formalin.

Tuesday, February 28th 2006 - 21:00 UTC

Magallanes Region has its own Antarctic station

In a solemn ceremony this week in Punta Arenas, the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica Regional Council, CORE, was granted under concession for half a century the Chilean Antarctic base of “Arturo Prat”.

Tuesday, February 28th 2006 - 21:00 UTC

Unemployment in Chile drops to 7%

Unemployment in Chile dropped half a point to 7% in the November-January quarter compared to the same period a year ago according to the country's National Statistics Institute in Santiago.

Monday, February 27th 2006 - 21:00 UTC

Raising the Falklands' profile abroad

“THE Tourist Board are actively seeking new business for the Falkland Islands, and in a fiercely competitive international market, it is essential that the Falklands are visible and are putting ourselves in front of the key decision makers as often as possible, to keep our profile high and to promote the benefits of our premier destination”.

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