Stories for April 2012

Monday, April 30th 2012 - 23:54 UTC

Chavez signs labour bill and leaves for Cuba to continue radiation treatment

This is the Venezuelan president sixth trip to Cuba for medical treatment

Clutching a crucifix and holding back tears, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez on Monday appeared live on television for the first time in 17 days, saying he was counting on Christ for help as he returns to Cuba for more cancer treatment.

Monday, April 30th 2012 - 12:06 UTC

University anniversary focus on Falklands

The Conference at Kent University at Canterbury (Photo by Peter Pepper)

The remarkable recovery of the Falklands Islands from the 1982 invasion and the Islanders’ impressive achievements since have been given valuable publicity at a three-day conference at Kent University in the United Kingdom marking the 30th anniversary. It was attended by a distinguished group of academics, military commanders, journalists, and three former governors, Alan Huckle, David Tatham and Howard Pearce.

Monday, April 30th 2012 - 09:21 UTC

Obama jokes about Romney, Congress and Secret Service at press dinner

The US president at the black-tie dinner (Photo/Mike Theiler WHCA)

President Barack Obama poked fun at his likely presidential rival Mitt Romney and Republican opponents in Congress, including a dig at Romney's treatment of a pet dog, at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Monday, April 30th 2012 - 09:17 UTC

Hollande anticipates victory over Sarkozy-Merkel and their strict austerity plan

The French Socialist candidate has promised a pro-growth, pro-jobs plan similar to the US approach to the recession (Photo AFP)

Socialist candidate Francois Hollande has claimed his campaign for the French presidency has forced German chancellor Angela Merkel to shift her thinking and accept the need for new measures to boost economic growth.

Monday, April 30th 2012 - 07:42 UTC

Argentine Air Force never recovered its Malvinas war operational capacity

However the training of military pilots is fulfilled normally, said Brigadier Eduardo La Torre (Photo: La Voz del Interior)

Top Argentine Air Force officers admitted that since the Malvinas war the force never recovered its operational capacity, but in spite of the shortcomings and budget cuts the new generations of military pilots are completing their training and flying hours ‘normally’ even when the press reported to the contrary.

Monday, April 30th 2012 - 07:25 UTC

Preparing the ground for Maximo Kirchner to occupy the front stage

 Maximo increasingly playing a political role sponsored by mother Cristina

The idea of having another Kirchner running for office has emerged strongly following last Friday’s mass rally in support of President Cristina Fernandez and her policy of expropriating Argentina’s leading corporation, YPF.

Monday, April 30th 2012 - 07:19 UTC

Ultra-Kirchnerites launch debate on President Cristina Fernandez re-re-election

Argentina “follows strong leaders” and CFK “should remain in the helm”

A movement has resurfaced in Argentina with the idea of promoting the perpetuation of President Cristina Fernandez in power through a constitutional reform, an initiative launched before but which at that time was downplayed by the re-elected president.

Monday, April 30th 2012 - 07:15 UTC

Japanese deep-sea drilling vessel sets new record at 7.740 metres

The Chikyu was drilling for the fault zone of the 2011 devastating earthquake

Japanese maritime research agency announced that its deep-sea scientific drilling vessel has reached a point at 7,740 meters below the ocean surface, setting the world's record for such drilling.

Monday, April 30th 2012 - 07:12 UTC

India to complain Argentine trade restrictions, but ‘bilaterally’

Bilateral trade is not significant but there is great potential which India wants to develop

India has decided to raise its concerns over Argentina's recent import restrictions bilaterally, instead of joining the US and European Union who have taken the country to the World Trade Organization, reports the Economic Times from India.

Monday, April 30th 2012 - 04:11 UTC

New YPF management says gas supply is guaranteed, in spite of Repsol

Argentina accused Repsol of cancelling ten shipments of natural gas

The current managers of YPF accused Spain’s Repsol of deliberately delaying or ignoring contracts to supply Argentina with liquid natural gas, following the seizure of a majority stake in the company belonging to the Spanish corporation.

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