The 2011/2012 cruise season in Buenos Aires officially opens next Wednesday with the arrival of the Norwegian flagged ‘Fram’. Until next May, 158 calls are expected in the port of Buenos Aires totalling 400.000 visitors which represents a 15% and 21% increase respectively over the previous season.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world’s first carbon-composite airliner, flew to Hong Kong from Tokyo carrying its first paying passengers this week.
British overweight teenagers in South Yorkshire could be fitted with gastric balloons, if a trial is approved. Sheffield Children's Hospital said it wanted to use the balloons to help 10 morbidly obese 13 to 18-year-olds lose weight. Those weighing between 14 and 20 stone (89kg-127kg) will be considered.
At the end of the current year Brazil’s GDP will rank sixth in the world and for the first time ahead of Britain’s GDP, according to the Sao Paulo media based on reports from IMF and private consultants.
The Unions of South of American Nations, Unasur, rejected British military presence in the Falklands/Malvinas Islands and again reiterated their full support for Argentina’s ‘legitimate claims’ in her dispute with the UK over the sovereignty of the South Atlantic islands.
President Barack Obama, seizing on a report that showed the US rich getting richer while the rest of the country struggled to get ahead, said that Republicans were thwarting a fairer approach.
Nations from the Ibero-American bloc reaffirmed the need for the resumption of Falklands/Malvinas sovereignty negotiations and called on the UK to avoid carrying out “one-sided” actions, such as exploiting resources and military action.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton congratulated President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (CFK) after her re-election and stressed on the importance of renewing their mutual commitment for a “strong and successful relationship.”
Chilean ambassador to Argentina Adolfo Zaldívar assured that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s re-election “allows for the strengthening of bilateral relations and a more profound integration between both countries.”
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was diagnosed with throat cancer, casting doubt on his political future in Latin America's largest economy.