Stories for March 20th 2011

Sunday, March 20th 2011 - 08:20 UTC

Obama promises Brazil will be treated the same way as China and India

The future has arrived for Brazil, said the US President

Addressing the Brazilian Industry Federation, in Brasilia President Barack Obama emphasized the possibilities for partnership between the two countries mentioning trade, energy, infrastructure and education. The US leader said that “the future has arrived in Brazil” and promised the US would deal with the country in the same way it does with China and India.

Sunday, March 20th 2011 - 08:12 UTC

US/Brazil to advance trade and economic cooperation agreement

The two countries are leaders in bio-fuels production

Brazil and the United States agreed on Saturday to boost future cooperation on a range of key issues including trade and energy. The agreements were signed on the first day of US President Barack Obama's two-day visit to Brazil, where he met with Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff. They include TECA, a trade and economic cooperation agreement with a road map for future negotiations.

Sunday, March 20th 2011 - 08:04 UTC

Obama will be accompanied by 120 Secret Service agents in Santiago de Chile

Foreign Affairs minister Alfredo Moreno

United States Secret Service agents are collaborating with Chilean police to establish security measures for US President Barack Obama when he arrives in Santiago next Monday.

Sunday, March 20th 2011 - 07:59 UTC

Argentina and Australian group open ‘world’s largest’ lithium carbonate plant

The slat flats in the Atacama and Bolivia hold the largest proven reserves of lithium

Argentine authorities and from Australia’s mining group ADY Resources opened this week the ‘Salar del Rincon’ plant, the “largest in the world” for the production of lithium carbonate in the north of Argentina.

Sunday, March 20th 2011 - 07:43 UTC

Uruguay contracts 2D seismic survey in anticipation of second oil licensing round

The 2.400 tons R/V Reflect Aries seismic survey vessel

Singapore based Reflect Geophysical has been selected by Uruguay’s state oil company Ancap to carry out a 2D seismic survey in the country’s Punta del Este and Pelotas offshore basins.

Sunday, March 20th 2011 - 07:36 UTC

In spite of reform promises and repression, Mid East and north Africans take to the streets

It’s not only Libya. Turmoil and unrest is escalating in the rest of the Middle East and North Africa with violent repression and promises of reform as people take to the streets in growing numbers. Such is the case in Algeria, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

Sunday, March 20th 2011 - 07:31 UTC

Moyano suspends strike, threatens the press and says workers want to share power

The unions leader feels he’s a ‘king maker’ and wants reciprocity

The head of Argentina’s powerful CGT Labour Confederation Hugo Moyano suspended the national strike and demonstration that was going to be held on Monday, but warned the government that their aim is to take the workers to “power.”

Sunday, March 20th 2011 - 07:23 UTC

Obama praises Brazil but falls short of backing bid for UN Security Council

The two leaders toast for improved and deeper relations (Photo AP)

US President Barack Obama heralded Brazil's “extraordinary” rise on the world stage but stopped short of backing its bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Sunday, March 20th 2011 - 01:23 UTC

US, UK and France begin bombing Libyan military targets following UN resolution

The US, UK and France on Saturday began attacking Libya as enforcement of the UN-mandated no-fly zone gets under way. Pentagon officials say the US and the UK have fired more than 110 missiles.

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