Stories for June 2009
Lula, who is barred by the constitution from running for a third straight term in October 2010, said he would support likely Workers' Party candidate Dilma Rousseff if she won next year and would not seek to succeed her in 2014.
The impact of heavy tourist traffic on Easter Island - 3,500 kilometers from the Chilean coastline – prompted the EuroChile Business Foundation to introduce a new sustainability program aimed at alleviating the growing pressure on the island’s fragile ecosystem, while at the same time benefiting the local community and businesses.
Brazil’s Air Force and Navy called off permanently a search for bodies and wreckage from the Air France airplane that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, according to a statement posted on the Air Force’s Web site.
Argentina Sunday’s mid term elections results are not promising for the Kirchner ruling couple. Public opinion polls indicate that the “K” magic of the strong sustained recovery years is over, and the electorate does not agree with the aggressive confrontational style particularly of former president Nestor Kirchner, undoubtedly the “strong man” of Argentina and the “chief” of the hegemonic Peronist movement that has dominated the country’s politics for the last six decades.
The president of Honduras has continued to demand a referendum on the constitution while rejecting an order by the Supreme Court to reinstate the head of the military, who he had sacked for opposing the public vote.
President Fernando Lugo reiterated Friday that Paraguay did not yield and will not yield “energy sovereignty” claims for power generated from South America’s largest hydroelectric dam Itaipu which it shares with neighbouring Brazil.
One of Brazilian president Lula da Silva main allies in Congress could have to resign or be impeached according to the latest news from Brasilia. Former President Jose Sarney and currently president of the Senate, faces mounting accusations of corruption and nepotism.
Russian ambassador in Bolivia Leonid Golubev said Moscow would help Bolivia modernize its arms and military equipment, following on the credit agreement reached last February between presidents Diimitri Medvedev and Evo Morales.
Britain could experience a heat-wave next week, the Met Office and the Department of Health said on Friday. Temperatures could reach 32C (89.6F) in London on Monday and Tuesday, with other parts of the country also enjoying prolonged sunshine.
The Director General of the World Organization for Animal Health, OIE, Bernard Vallat called Friday on developed countries free of foot and mouth disease FMD, to help developing countries eradicate the disease.