Stories for July 8th 2011

Friday, July 8th 2011 - 21:14 UTC

Chilean justice reopens 1973 bombing of the Presidential palace

La Moneda under fire from a wing of Hawker Hunters

Retired Chilean Air Force head Fernando Matthei denied this week any knowledge of the identities of the pilots involved in the air strike that helped solidify the 1973 military coup d’etat and subsequent 17-year dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

Friday, July 8th 2011 - 20:25 UTC

Decanter magazine highlights Chile as “wine producing paradise”

Cono Sur one of the most diverse and competitive wines in the world

The latest issue of U.K.-based Decanter magazine focused on the growing wine culture in Chile, a country it deemed a “grape growing and wine producing paradise” due its geographical diversity.

Friday, July 8th 2011 - 16:17 UTC

RAF’s Nimrods with a long operational record, including Falklands flew for the last time

Nimrod R1 last operations were in support of Nato in Afghanistan and Libya

After 37 years of operational service the Royal Air Force Nimrod R1 was retired from service last month. The Nimrod R1 last operations were Herrick over Afghanistan and Ellamy in Libya in support of NATO forces.

Friday, July 8th 2011 - 15:25 UTC

Falkland Islands: 64,000 visitors this year predicts Tourist Board

 Cathedral Anglican Church in downtown Stanley with its whalebone arch to the right.

VISITOR arrivals in 2011 including inbound overnight tourists, cruise passengers and domestic tourists are expected to total almost 64,000, spending £6.85 million, according to the Falkland Islands Tourist Board forecast for the first quarter of 2011.

Friday, July 8th 2011 - 15:09 UTC

EU waiting for farm-impact assessment to advance in trade talks with Mercosur

Mercosur agriculture competitiveness remains as a controversial issue

The European Union and Mercosur concluded Friday in Brussels the sixth round of negotiations for a cooperation and trade agreement without any formal exchange of proposals but with the commitment to continue discussions.

Friday, July 8th 2011 - 15:05 UTC

Punta Arenas fans charter DAP plane to support Chile in match against Uruguay

DAP’s BAE will be flying the party to Mendoza

Early Friday morning a DAP aircraft with over fifty passengers left Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile, on a chartered flight for Santiago and then Mendoza, Argentina to be present at this evening’s Chile-Uruguay match for the Copa America.

Friday, July 8th 2011 - 06:00 UTC

Bank of England leaves rates on hold at record low 0.5%

Fears the UK economy recovery is still very fragile

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has kept UK interest rates on hold at a record low of 0.5%. Economists had expected no move in rates because the latest data has shown the UK economic recovery remains weak.

Friday, July 8th 2011 - 05:55 UTC

Unmanned aircraft patrol Bolivia/Brazil border to control drugs and smuggling

Drones should help in preventing drugs and arms reaching the gangs in favelas

Four Brazilian unmanned aircraft guided by remote control, Drones, will begin operating in August along the Bolivian border announced Felipe Caceres, Bolivian Social Defence Deputy Minister.

Friday, July 8th 2011 - 02:54 UTC

Brussels funds programs to promote consumption of EU agricultural produce

Dacian Ciolos: EU agricultural products is “unique in their quality and diversity”

The European Commission approved this week 26 programs in 13 Member States to provide information and promote agricultural products in the European Union. Total budget for the programs, which will run for between one and three years, is €75.1 million, of which the EU will contribute €37.6 million (50%).

Friday, July 8th 2011 - 02:48 UTC

Argentine economy, “a frying pan with boiling oil” says IMF top official

Nicolas Eyzaguirre anticipates a long period of high-price commodities and low priced US dollar

The head of the IMF Western Hemisphere Department Nicolas Eyzaguirre described the Argentine economy as “a frying pan with boiling oil”, in direct reference to a possible overheating as was recently warned by The Economist.

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