Stories for September 2009

Thursday, October 1st 2009 - 05:35 UTC

Argentine Catholic Church says human rights are violated by extreme poverty

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio again blasted the Kirchner administration over poverty and social exclusion

Primate Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio blasted the Argentine government saying “the social debt violates all the rights of the citizens to develop a full and active life.” Argentina's leading bishop added that “human rights are not only violated by acts of terrorism, but also by extreme poverty”.

Thursday, October 1st 2009 - 05:33 UTC

The crisis is still here: IMF warns loan losses could rise forced by unemployment

Jose Vinals, head of the IMF monetary and capital markets division

The International Monetary Fund lowered its estimate for global write-downs for banks and other financial institutions to roughly 3.4 trillion US dollars but warned that loan losses could rise in the face of stubbornly high unemployment and associated delinquencies.

Thursday, October 1st 2009 - 05:22 UTC

Argentina creates new Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Food

Agriculture minister Julian Dominguez

Argentina has officially created the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Food, which previously worked as a secretariat of the Production Ministry. The decision of the Kirchner couple administration to raise the status of the Agriculture Secretariat to a ministry comes amid tensions with farming leaders who are protesting the government's farming policies.

Thursday, October 1st 2009 - 05:10 UTC

Peru’s Fujimori gets another 6 years prison now for bribes

The former president was credited with defeating the Shinning Path guerrillas

Peru’s Supreme Court convicted and sentenced former President Alberto Fujimori to six years in prison for wiretapping opponents and paying bribes to lawmakers and publishers during his rule from 1990 to 2000.

Thursday, October 1st 2009 - 05:07 UTC

Four million HIV positive people receiving life-saving treatment

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan

More than 4 million people in low-and middle-income countries were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the close of 2008, representing a 36% increase in one year and a ten-fold increase over five years, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Thursday, October 1st 2009 - 04:30 UTC

Zelaya denies Brazil was aware of his plans to return to Honduras

Zelaya had to come out in support of Lula da Silva

Ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya said that Brazilian president Lula da Silva did not know about his decision to return to Honduras and claimed that followers calling for his reinstatement have been viciously beaten up by police in Tegucigalpa, according to reports in the Brazilian press.

Thursday, October 1st 2009 - 03:54 UTC

Falkland Islands de-mining another step closer

Demining is planned to begin in four places next November

Two members of the De-mining Project Office (DPO) being set up by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to oversee de-mining in the Falklands this year, will arrive in the Islands on Thursday.

Wednesday, September 30th 2009 - 13:37 UTC

Falklands’ government “integral part” of discussions with Argentina

Andrea Clausen, Former Legislative Assembly Member

Even when Argentina ignores Falkland Islanders and the Islands’ elected government and privileges the United Kingdom, “we are always integral part to the three legged discussions” pointed out former member of the Legislative Assembly Andrea Clausen in an interview with the Argentine press.

Wednesday, September 30th 2009 - 13:31 UTC

Kirchners “surrendered” to the IMF, says leading Argentine economist

The ruling couple succumbed to the “evil of evils”

Argentina surrendered to the IMF during the last G20 summit having admitted that the international multilateral organization will be monitoring the country’s economic program during the next fiver years, said economist Jose Luis Espert.

Wednesday, September 30th 2009 - 13:28 UTC

Chile and Czech Republic work to restore Torres del Paine Park

Torres del Paine is one of Chile's most precious national parks.

Four years after a negligent Czech citizen, Jiri Smitak, accidentally started a huge fire in the world famous Torres Del Paine national park in far southern Chile, part of the destroyed area is being replanted in native forest trees.

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