Stories for December 2011

Saturday, December 31st 2011 - 18:50 UTC

The grueling three-country Dakar Rally takes off from Mar del Plata to Lima

The vehicles lined up in the Argentine sea resort of Mar del Plata

The 33 edition of the Dakar Rally got off to a symbolic start on Saturday ahead of a 15-day race that will take 466 registered competitors from Argentina through Chile to a finish in Lima, Peru.

Saturday, December 31st 2011 - 18:43 UTC

A Malvinas war veteran dies in an attempt to cross to the Falklands in a kayak

Alejandro Daniel Carranza was an experienced kayaker who managed to collect 30.000 dollars from sponsors for the expedition

A Malvinas war veteran drowned in an attempt to reach the Falkland Islands in a kayak from Ushuaia while his companion was rescued by an Argentine Navy patrol and is in hospital in a state of chock, reported the Buenos Aires press in the last day of 2011.

Saturday, December 31st 2011 - 18:28 UTC

“Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy year!”

Nouriel Roubini

By Nouriel Roubini (*) - The outlook for the global economy in 2012 is clear, but it isn’t pretty: recession in Europe, anemic growth at best in the United States, and a sharp slowdown in China and in most emerging-market economies.

Saturday, December 31st 2011 - 03:32 UTC

More than 100 journalists killed in 2011; call on the UN for protection action

Pakistan, Iraq and Mexico the deadliest cases (Photo AFP)

More than 100 journalists or other media staffs were killed in 2011, up from last year's toll, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said, calling on UN Secretary General Bank Ki-moon to act to help protect the profession.

Saturday, December 31st 2011 - 03:26 UTC

UK awards 46 offshore hydrocarbons exploratory licences in controversial areas

Energy minister Charles Hendry said oil and gas contribut3es 2% to UK’s GDP

UK government has awarded 46 new offshore exploratory drilling licences to firms, including Shell and Centrica, looking for oil and gas. The awards were initially held back due to environmental concerns.

Saturday, December 31st 2011 - 03:18 UTC

Thatcher was warned about risks of Navy cuts a year before the Falklands conflict

First Sea Lord Admiral Henry Leach was later decisive in convincing Thatcher to send the Task Force to recover the Falklands

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was warned about the risks in slashing Britain's navy, a year before the 1982 Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands, secret files released Friday showed.

Friday, December 30th 2011 - 21:55 UTC

Cristina Fernandez in Patagonia for New Year; Wednesday surgery

Vice-President Boudou will act as caretaker president for at least three weeks

Argentine President Cristina Fernández left on Friday for Santa Cruz province to her home in El Calafate to spend the New Year celebrations with her son Máximo, daughter Florencia and other family members. Next Wednesday she is scheduled to undergo thyroid cancer surgery.

Friday, December 30th 2011 - 21:51 UTC

How the Gibraltar naval dockyard was saved from the axe back in 1981

Foreign Secretary Peter Carrington feared a major constitutional crisis

British ministers feared the closure of Gibraltar’s naval dockyard would throw the local budget into “chronic deficit” and precipitate a “constitutional crisis” according to newly-released files, some of which were published by the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Friday, December 30th 2011 - 21:45 UTC

Business as usual says North Korea regime; calls Seoul politicians ‘foolish puppets’

Kim Jong-un has been named the supreme commander of North Korea

North Korea sounded on Friday a bellicose note in its first communication with the outside world since the death of leader Kim Jong-il, saying its confrontational stance against South Korea would not change and labelling its opponents “foolish.”

Friday, December 30th 2011 - 21:39 UTC

New Spanish government announces draconian measures to balance the budget

Deputy PM Soraya Saenz Santamaria headed the table that made the announcements

Spain's new government revealed on Friday that the public deficit for 2011 would come in at 8% of GDP, well above a target of 6%, and announced income and property tax hikes and a civil servant wage freeze in response.


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