Stories for May 26th 2009
Oil prices climbed on Tuesday to a new six-month high as traders viewed a jump in US consumer confidence as a signal for an economic rebound and increased energy demand. The rise comes ahead of OPEC’s meeting later this week in Vienna.
President Barack Obama has nominated Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the country's Supreme Court. Ms Sotomayor, 54, who has now to be approved by a Senate vote, would be the first Hispanic to take the position.
Brazilian Central Bank President Henrique Meirelles said Tuesday that there are signs that the economy is recovering although he offered no specifics. Brazil’s economy expanded 5.1% in 2008 but government forecasts have been downgraded to 1% for 2009, and private estimates are even more pessimistic
Peruvian journalist Álvaro Vargas Llosa was briefly arrested for a few hours and his passport withheld by the authorities when he arrived this week at the Maiquetía's airport in Venezuela.
The UK Embassy in Buenos Aires has announced that UK and Argentine Government have decided to facilitate the initiative of the Commission of the Families of the Fallen to inaugurate the Memorial in Darwin Cemetery on the Falklands Islands.
According to the latest study on citizen security, families in the Talagante borough of the Santiago de Chile Metropolitan Region have the highest number of firearms for protection.
The last surviving operational Royal Navy warship which took part in the Falkland Islands conflict of 1982 retires from service tomorrow (Wednesday May 27).
The main impact for Latinamerica of the global financial crisis and economic slowdown has been the contraction of trade, so far in the range of 9 to 11%, revealed Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latinamerica and the Caribbean, Cepal.
The impact of climate change on the emergence and re-emergence of animal diseases has been confirmed in a worldwide study conducted by the World Organization for Animal Health, OIE. The announcement was done at the77th OIE General Assembly, Delegates of the 174 Member Countries and Territories as a warning to the International Community
Measures to promote the “attachment to farms” and discourage the exodus of peasants to the cities thus helping Cuba achieve self sufficiency in food production, was demanded in Sunday’s edition of the official newspaper from the Union of Communist Youths, Juventud Rebelde.