Stories for February 2009

Friday, February 27th 2009 - 23:00 UTC

Falkland Islands: Weekly Penguin News Update

 MPs Brian Binley and Madeliene Moon with her husband Stephen

Headlines: Neighbours from hell' - Visiting MPs speak out about Argentina; Flying visit for Princess Royal; As Endurance prepares for a piggy-back home.

Friday, February 27th 2009 - 23:00 UTC

US troop pullout plan according Pte. Obama

Barack Obama, the US president, has announced that US combat forces will leave Iraq by August 2010.

Friday, February 27th 2009 - 23:00 UTC

Japan falls deeper into recession

Japan's economy is sinking deeper into recession, the country's finance minister has warned, as new figures show industrial production plunged a record 10 per cent in January.

Thursday, February 26th 2009 - 23:00 UTC

Survey of massive mountain range below Antarctic ice

Dr Fausto Ferraccioli

A massive yet enigmatic mountain range as big as the Alps lying deep beneath Antarctica's ice has been surveyed in detail for the first time. The expedition, one of the most ambitious and challenging during International Polar Year, has captured the first clear picture of the mysterious Gamburtsev sub-glacial mountains.

Thursday, February 26th 2009 - 23:00 UTC

Dengue spreading in South America; kills 19 in Bolivia

Uruguay is the only country of the region free of dengue

Bolivia suffering one of its worst dengue epidemics in decades reported 19 deaths of the more extreme variant haemorrhagic and 30.000 cases of the mild classic disease transmitted by mosquito bites.

Thursday, February 26th 2009 - 23:00 UTC

US Lower House passes bill easing travel to Cuba

The bill would allow Cuban-Americans to visit Cuba

The US House of Representatives passed on Wednesday a bill that should lead to the easing of restrictions on Cuban-Americans wanting to travel to Cuba. The provisions are part of a spending bill and must pass in the Senate - where it faces some opposition - before it becomes law.

Thursday, February 26th 2009 - 23:00 UTC

Milestone ruling for Malvinas war veterans victims of abuse

A replay of Argentine offices abuse of conscripts

Malvinas war veterans and human rights groups hailed a ruling from an Argentine federal magistrate who stated that acts of torture and abuse committed against Argentine soldiers by their officers during the 1982 South Atlantic conflict with Britain do not prescribe since they are “crimes against humanity” and “war crimes”.

Thursday, February 26th 2009 - 23:00 UTC

Suicides and traffic accidents main causes of death in Uruguay

According to a report by the United Nations Development Programme, suicides and accidents are the cause of the greatest number of violent deaths in Uruguay. Homicides came in third place.

Thursday, February 26th 2009 - 23:00 UTC

Argentina's January exports drop 36%; trade surplus 27%

Argentina's exports plunged 36% in January and the trade surplus shrank 27% compared to a year ago according to the latest figures released Wednesday by the country's Statistics Office, Indec.

Thursday, February 26th 2009 - 23:00 UTC

Samba school Salgueiro crowned Rio Carnival champs

Samba school Salgueiro was crowned champion of Rio's fiercely competitive Carnival parades on Wednesday, knocking off a powerhouse rival and overcoming a shooting that left three dead outside its headquarters just months ago.

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