Stories for March 2006

Wednesday, March 1st 2006 - 21:00 UTC

Uruguay bans smoking in enclosed public places

Uruguay has become the first country in South America and fifth in the world to ban smoking in enclosed public places.

Wednesday, March 1st 2006 - 21:00 UTC

UK calls for a refocusing of IMF

The International Monetary Fund needs to refocus its goals in order to reflect the changing world economy, said British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown.

Wednesday, March 1st 2006 - 21:00 UTC

EU funds for de-mining operations in Magallanes

The European Union awarded funds to Chile for mine-clearance operations in the extreme south of the country, announced Chile's Defence minister Jaime Ravinet during the launching of similar operations in the northeast of the country, next to the Argentine border and close to Bolivia.

Wednesday, March 1st 2006 - 21:00 UTC

New Foreign Office Permanent Under Secretary

Following a civil service-wide competition for the post of Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Peter Ricketts has been appointed in succession to Sir Michael Jay, who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service in July.

Wednesday, March 1st 2006 - 21:00 UTC

High rates and weak US dollar plunged Brazil's growth

The poor showing of Brazilian agriculture, higher interest rates and a cheaper US dollar had a direct impact in the performance of the Brazilian economy in 2005, which expanded (2.3%) at less than half the 2004 rate, 4.9%.

Wednesday, March 1st 2006 - 21:00 UTC

Fuel prices make LAN profits drop 10.3% in 2005

High fuel prices had a direct impact in Chile's flag carrier Lan profits in 2005 which reached 146 million US dollars, a 10.3% drop compared to 2004.

Wednesday, March 1st 2006 - 21:00 UTC

Games team is ready for Melbourne

THE Falklands Commonwealth Games Team starts heading to Melbourne next weekend. Most of the team will leave on March 4 while shooter Saul Pitaluga heads to Australia from the UK a week later.

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