Stories for December 17th 2010

Friday, December 17th 2010 - 07:09 UTC

Chile could be next country to recognize Palestine with borders prior to 1967

President Sebastian Piñera

The decisions by the governments of Brazil and Argentina last week to recognize an independent Palestinian state with borders prior to the 1967 Six Day War has prompted criticism from the United States and intense lobbying in Santiago de Chile.

Friday, December 17th 2010 - 07:05 UTC

Euro zone agrees (strict conditionality) bail out permanent mechanism

EU President Herman Van Rompuy: ‘whatever is required to protect the currency’

European Union leaders have agreed to set up a permanent mechanism to bail out any member state whose debt problems threaten the 16-nation Euro zone.

Friday, December 17th 2010 - 07:01 UTC

Asia’s emerging giants move closer; agree trade goal of 100 billion USD by 2015

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao: 2.5 billion shake hands

India and China agreed to raise the bilateral trade to 100 billion US dollars by 2015, step up investments and permit banks of other countries to open branches and representative offices.

Friday, December 17th 2010 - 06:56 UTC

WikiLeaks Assange free on bail and tagged moves to ten bedroom mansion

Ellingham Hall belongs to Vaughan Smith, London's Frontline journalists' club

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was granted bail Thursday by the High Court in London and will move from a prison cell in Wandsworth to a country retreat in Norfolk when he is released from custody.

Friday, December 17th 2010 - 06:45 UTC

Mercosur summit launches ambitious action plan to ensure customs union

Mercosur leaders meeting in Brazil launched a plan to adopt common trade, investment and immigration policies to help underpin unprecedented economic growth in the region.

Friday, December 17th 2010 - 06:42 UTC

Paraguayan industry calls Lula da Silva an “arrogant hypocrite”

Gustavo Volpe president of the Paraguayan Industrial Union

The Paraguayan Industrial Union, UIP, called Brazilian president Lula da Silva an “arrogant hypocrite” for making promises he never honoured, and attacked President Fernando Lugo for generating ‘overblown fantasy expectations’.

Friday, December 17th 2010 - 00:04 UTC

Lula da Silva named “Gays’ Father Christmas” because “you’re a good guy”

ABGLT president Toni dos Reis

Brazilian president Lula da Silva was named “Gays’ Father Christmas” by the country’s Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Travesties and Transsexuals (ABGLT) organization during a meeting of social groupings at the Planalto Palace (Government House) in Brasilia


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