Stories for March 2008

Monday, March 31st 2008 - 21:00 UTC

British Airways £4.5 billion Chaos Terminal in Heathrow

British Airways' passengers are this morning waking up to news that 54 flights at Heathrow's Terminal Five have been cancelled, with the airline admitting it could not predict when the crisis would end.

Monday, March 31st 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Environmentalist call for curb on Antarctic shipping

The stricken M/S Explorer sank off the Antarctic coast  last November

Environmental campaigners are calling for greater restrictions on shipping around Antarctica in order to prevent damage to its unique ecosystems.

Monday, March 31st 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Confusion and threats in Argentine farmers' conflict

Estimated losses caused by the lockout at about U$D 750

Argentine farmers and government representatives are set to meet again this Monday for another round of talks in spite of a resumption of road blocks and threats of use of public force to clear the way for trucks loaded with perishable goods.

Monday, March 31st 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Falkland Islands Draft Constitution by end of April?

AN updated Falklands Constitution should be ready in draft form by then end of April providing islands councillors and the British Minister for Overseas Territories, Meg Munn, can agree on a number of outstanding issues.

Monday, March 31st 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Army joins dengue epidemic combat in Rio do Janeiro

Fumigation to avoid the 1.4 case of Dengue per minute

Brazilian Armed Forces joined on Monday the fight against dengue fever in Rio do Janeiro Monday setting up three field hospitals to combat an epidemic that has caused 54 deaths in 2008 and has surged to 1.4 new cases each minute.

Monday, March 31st 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Young Combatants Day in Chile leaves one dead, 232 arrests

Carabineros clashed and arrested dozens of young protesters

A young man was killed early Sunday morning during the violent protest commemorating Young Combatants Day. The victim, identified as 24 year old René Palma, was shot and killed by a group of hooded protestors who, according to local news, thought he was a police infiltrator.

Monday, March 31st 2008 - 21:00 UTC

WTO rules against EU import ban of beef with hormones

The World Trade Organization on Monday backed United States and Canadian arguments against the European Union's import ban on beef treated with hormones.

Monday, March 31st 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Growing fears for the life of FARC hostage Betancourt

Ingrid Betancourt hostage of the FARC

Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt hostage of the FARC guerrilla group since 2002 is again chained following an aborted attempt to escape. The French-Colombian national also desperately needs a blood transfusion because of the several ills she's suffering report the Bogotá and Caracas press.

Monday, March 31st 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Raul ends “tourist apartheid”; opens hotels to Cubans

Cubans with foreign cash allowed into top Hotels

Cuba has opened as of Monday luxury hotels and resorts to all Cubans, ending a ban long described in the island as “tourist apartheid”. This is the latest is a series of decision to lift bans and regulations on goods and services which anyhow most Cubans can't afford.

Sunday, March 30th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Lights out in climate change event

Sydney was the first major city to begin “Earth Hour”, when at 2000 (0900 GMT), lights went out on landmarks like the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.


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