Stories for August 22nd 2012
Following the first-ever detection of African swine fever (ASF)in Ukraine, the United Nations is warning that while control measures appear to have temporarily halted the disease's spread, it has established a firm foothold in the Caucasus and poses an ongoing risk to neighbouring areas.
Less than a year ago an Ecuadorean judge denied a request to extradite Aliaksandr Barankov to Belarus, the former Soviet bloc nation whose president has been nicknamed Europe's last dictator, reports the US and European media.
The gap is widening between the rich and poor in much of Latin America which is the world’s most economically unequal and its most urbanized region, the UN said Tuesday. The richest 20% of the population now earn on average nearly 20 times more than the 20% poorest, a study by the UN Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) found.
Brazil might be the leading economy in Latin America and has had a significant performance in reducing poverty in recent years, but it still remains among the countries with he highest inequality in the region together with Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia, points out the UN-Habitar report.
Argentine consumers’ inflation expectations for the next twelve months reached a record of 39.8% climbing for the third month running, according to the latest release from the University of Torcuato Di Tella.
Argentine lawmaker and close counsellor of President Cristina Fernandez Carlos Kunkel rejected on Tuesday the idea that the ‘Kichnerite era’ could end if President Cristina Fernández is not re-elected in 2015 presidential elections as has been suggested by some of her followers and the opposition.