Stories for January 2008
The leaders of Europe's biggest economies have called on financial institutions to improve transparency in all their activities. UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown met his French, German and Italian counterparts at Downing Street to discuss the recent global market turmoil. The leaders also called on the IMF and other bodies to monitor risks better.
Rising demand and diminishing fish stocks are leading to increasing corruption in the fishing industry, a recent study by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declares.
HMS Endurance has located the wreck of the cruise liner M/S Explorer, which sank in Antarctic waters last year, reported the Royal Navy ice patrol ship.
Inflation in Argentina allegedly reached 22% in 2007 according to a group of displaced experts from the country's Statistics and Census Institute, Indec which has been at the centre of an acrimonious and controversial dispute between the legally autonomous organization and the Kirchner administrations.
The Federal Reserve has cut interest rates for the second time in nine days in a further attempt to keep the United States economy from entering a recession. However a barrage of negative data on US growth, housing and employment seems to have watered the reaction from markets.
A health alert has been declared in Paraguay in a bid to stop a new outbreak of dengue fever. Health workers have detected some 150 suspected cases of the mosquito-borne disease so far this year. The virus disease seems on its way to becoming endemic in the heart of South Amererica.
The European Union will freeze all imports of Brazilian beef as from Thursday after Brazil failed to provide sufficient sanitary safety guarantees announced in Brussels EU Health and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Markos Kyprianou.
Chilean fish and aquaculture exports totaled 3.5 billion US dollars between January and November 2007, up 6.5% over the same period a year ago (3.3 billion) according to the latest data released the Fisheries Sub-secretariat (SUBPESCA).
China's largest metal trader announced this week it had received approval to take control of two Peruvian mines in an operation involving 453 million US dollars.
The five foreign hydrocarbons corporations operating in Ecuador said they are willing to overhaul their contracts with the government. President Rafael Correa who is seeking to increase control over the country's key sector said he wants oil firms to strike an agreement in 45 days.