Stories for June 2009

Tuesday, June 30th 2009 - 15:22 UTC

Honduran’s Zelaya president vows to return

Zelaya says he will be back

The Honduran president ousted by a military coup and forced into exile has said he will return home on Thursday. Speaking in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, late on Monday, Manuel Zelaya said: “I go to Tegucigalpa on Thursday. I'm the elected president, I will fulfil my four-year term.”

Tuesday, June 30th 2009 - 15:13 UTC

Mrs. Kirchner downplays defeat and asks for support from Congress

Opposition in Congress will play a crucial role in the next two years

Argentine president Cristina Kirchner downplayed the defeat suffered by government candidates in Sunday’s mid term elections and insisted the ruling coalition had won with 31.03% of the overall national vote, denied any cabinet changes and criticized political analysts for their interpretation of election results.

Tuesday, June 30th 2009 - 15:10 UTC

Improvements in Falklands’ public jetty in advance of cruise season

Works should be completed before the beginning of the tourist season.

In anticipation of the next cruise season the Falkland Islands Tourist Board is overseeing several infrastructure projects at the Stanley public jetty which should improve conditions making “visitor safety and comfort first”.

Tuesday, June 30th 2009 - 15:03 UTC

Uruguay reports first death of A/H1N1 virus influenza

The first death was a 60 year old woman which suffered from other complications.

Uruguay confirmed the first death of the A/H1N1 virus influenza and two more hospitalized cases, which have been described as in “critical situation”. The victim is a 60 year old woman who died in a government managed hospital on Monday

Tuesday, June 30th 2009 - 15:01 UTC

Top advisor and a banker leaving Lula da Silva administration

Meirelles has played a crucial role in reining in Brazilian inflation

Two officials from the Lula da Silva administration which have played crucial roles are expected to leave the government in the coming months. One of them is presidential advisor Roberto Mangabeira Unger who is returning to Harvard University, the other banker Henrique Meirelles who is planning to run for governor of the state of Goias.

Tuesday, June 30th 2009 - 14:56 UTC

Kirchner quits the presidency of the Peronist party

Governor Scioli takes over as caretaker president of the hegemonic party.

Argentine former President Néstor Kirchner announced Monday he had resigned the presidency of the Justicialista (Peronist) Party, in a message that was recorded in the Olivos presidential residency by the official news agency Telam and was aired by the local media.

Tuesday, June 30th 2009 - 06:47 UTC

Baroness Thatcher with her left arm in a sling, released from hospital

The former Prime Minister has suffered a number of health scares in recent years.

Baroness Thatcher has returned home from hospital more than two weeks after breaking her arm in a fall. The former Prime Minister, dressed in a pink cardigan, pink top and cream-coloured skirt, with her left arm apparently in a sling, waved at reporters and smiled on the doorstep of her central London home.

Tuesday, June 30th 2009 - 06:44 UTC

Royal family costs British taxpayer 69p per person

The total cost of the monarchy was £ 41,5 million in 2008/09

Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family cost the British taxpayer 69p per person last year - an increase of 3p, Buckingham Palace accounts have revealed. The total cost of keeping the monarchy increased by £1.5 million to £41.5 million during the 2008-09 financial year.

Tuesday, June 30th 2009 - 06:40 UTC

Brazil-China bilateral trade in Real and Yuan instead of US dollar

China has become Brazil’s main trade partner displacing the US

The Brazilian Central Bank announced it had reached an initial understanding with China for the gradual elimination of the US dollar in bilateral trade operations which in 2009 are estimated to reach 40 billion US dollars.

Tuesday, June 30th 2009 - 06:37 UTC

Mercosur will address inter-group trade restrictions in Paraguay

Uruguay’s main Mercosur and integration officer is confident that “differences will be solved”.

Mercosur Foreign Affairs and Economy ministers will be meeting Tuesday in Asuncion, Paraguay in the framework of the Common Market Group to discuss trade barriers and try to unwind several issues.

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