Stories for May 2011

Tuesday, May 31st 2011 - 22:57 UTC

Cristina Fernandez plans to launch re-election bid June 23, says close associate

The Argentine president is currently in Rome for the 150th Italian reunification celebrations<br />
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Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner may announce her bid to run for re-election at a rally on June 23, according to ruling-party lawmaker and close associate of the head of state, Carlos Kunkel.

Tuesday, May 31st 2011 - 22:55 UTC

Mercosur and EU admit internal problems are delaying trade negotiations

President Lugo and EC president Barroso admit difficulties<br />
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The European Union and Mercosur admit they have internal problems that are delaying discussions, and results, for a broad association and cooperation accord that contemplates a trade agreement questioned by strong interests from both sides.

Tuesday, May 31st 2011 - 22:52 UTC

Top-tier sponsors Coca Cola, Visa pressure FIFA to undertake sweeping reforms

President Sepp Blatter's faces unopposed re-election Wednesday<br />

Top-tier sponsors Visa Inc and Emirates Airlines added to pressure on FIFA to undertake sweeping reform, as England urged the postponement of President Sepp Blatter's unopposed re-election.

Tuesday, May 31st 2011 - 22:51 UTC

WHO scientists suggest cell phones be classified as “possibly carcinogenic”

About 5 billion mobile phones are currently in use worldwide.<br />

A working group of 31 scientists from 14 countries meeting at the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said a review of all the available scientific evidence suggested cell phone use should be classified as “possibly carcinogenic”.

Tuesday, May 31st 2011 - 22:49 UTC

Gibraltar takes self determination case to Spain’s toughest audience

The ABC feature includes a two page interview with Chief Minister Peter Caruana <br />

Gibraltar Government has taken the argument for Gibraltar and its finance centre to the toughest audience in Spain - the ABC newspaper readers.

Tuesday, May 31st 2011 - 22:47 UTC

Brazil and Paraguay with record crops of soy beans and export volumes

Argentina’s crop was disappointing because of weather conditions <br />

Mercosur members Brazil and Paraguay harvested unprecedented soy crops this year while Argentina’s results are disappointing limiting its exports, according to the latest report form Hamburg based Oil World.

Tuesday, May 31st 2011 - 22:46 UTC

Brazil approves system to elect representatives for Mercosur parliament

The Mercosur Parliament operates from Montevideo <br />

The Brazilian congress passed the rules for the election by political parties of Mercosur parliament representatives, which beginning 2014 are to be chosen by popular vote.

Tuesday, May 31st 2011 - 22:44 UTC

Falklands stamp release features the unique but endangered Southern sea lion

The set of stamps released for sale this week <br />

The Southern sea lion (Otaria flavescens) features in the latest Falkland Islands stamp release, which became available for sale this week.

Tuesday, May 31st 2011 - 08:43 UTC

Uruguay and Brazil pledge full support for Mercosur and Unasur

The two leaders at the Ministry of Foreign Affaire

Uruguay and Brazil pledged Monday to continue strengthening the bilateral relation and regional integration through Mercosur and Unasur, after presidents Jose Mujica and Dilma Rousseff delegations signed fifteen cooperation agreements in Montevideo.

Tuesday, May 31st 2011 - 08:35 UTC

Lagarde pledges in Brazil to give emerging economies more clout in the IMF

The French Finance minister Lagarde is on a world tour in support for her candidacy

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde pledged to push reforms to give Brazil and other emerging economies more influence at the International Monetary Fund as she kicked off a worldwide tour to win support for her candidacy to lead the global lender.

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