Stories for August 28th 2012

Tuesday, August 28th 2012 - 06:46 UTC

Europe waiting for Mercosur to overcome ‘Paraguay situation’ and resume trade talks

De Gucht says EU prepared for a Mercosur with Venezuela, which adhered to free movement of goods and services in 2006

The European Commission remains “on hold” waiting for the evolution of events in Mercosur with the incorporation of Venezuela as full member and the suspension of Paraguay, before addressing a new round of association and trade negotiations.

Tuesday, August 28th 2012 - 06:36 UTC

Ecuador, boosted by Latam support ready to resume talks with UK on the Assange case

Minister Patiño, now “Super” Patiño ready to talk with the Foreign Office

Following the strong unanimous support from Latin America approved by OAS, Ecuador will resume talks with the UK over the future of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange currently holed in at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, announced on Monday the country’s Foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño.

Tuesday, August 28th 2012 - 06:24 UTC

OAS mission in Paraguay to follow electoral process and political conditions

OAS cabinet chief Hugo de Zela will hold a round of meetings with government and opposition officials

The OAS, Organization of American States, cabinet chief and head of political affairs are expected in Paraguay to continue with the organization’s mandate of establishing an electoral committee and helping with the process of strengthening democracy in the country.

Tuesday, August 28th 2012 - 06:09 UTC

Falklands donated three aircraft to WW1 effort, and the five Spitfires in WW2

A photograph is of the FE2d aircraft named Falkland, a two-seat Pusher aircraft operated as a fighter by the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War

A discovery by the Museum and National Trust has revealed that not only did the Falkland Islands donate Spitfires to the British war effort in World War II but also three aircraft to the Royal Flying Corps in 1914.

Tuesday, August 28th 2012 - 05:53 UTC

Peruvian prosecution insists former guerrilla leaders must pay compensations

Prosecutor Galindo, “one way or another we are going to collect that money”

The Peruvian anti-terrorist Attorney General Office said that civil compensation to the tune of 1.4 billion dollars with be collected from members of the guerrilla groups Shinning Path and the leaders of Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, MRTA.

Tuesday, August 28th 2012 - 05:35 UTC

An Argentine football club has its colours in the moon taken by Armstrong

Independiente, the “red devils” from Avellaneda, a team with a long tradition of victories and brilliant players

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died on Saturday at the age of 82, planted in the moon a pennant from the Argentine football team Independiente, something he personally revealed during a visit to Buenos Aires, recalls the club from one of the working neighbourhoods of the Argentine capital.

Tuesday, August 28th 2012 - 05:24 UTC

Cristina Fernandez calls of AFA teams to turn in lists with hooligans names

“There are mafias everywhere and we need to fight them all”, said the Argentine president

Argentine President Cristina Fernández urged football clubs affiliated to the AFA to “turn in to the authorities” their lists detailing the names of the hooligans attending matches on a regular basis in order to increase security outside the stadiums.

Tuesday, August 28th 2012 - 05:17 UTC

Colombian president confirms peace talks with FARC; first round Oslo in October

Santos has to be careful: the previous attempt with then president Pastrana was a complete failure

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has confirmed his government is holding exploratory talks with the country's largest rebel group, the FARC. In an address on state TV, Mr Santos said he was fulfilling his “duty to seek peace”. Media reports say a deal on further talks was reached in Cuba with the help of Venezuela and Norway.

Tuesday, August 28th 2012 - 05:11 UTC

Hurricane Isaac conditions festivity of Romney’s Republican Tampa convention

Romney’s proclamation could have to dispute news space with the tropical storm  (Photo AP)

Instead of opening with a bang as originally planned, Mitt Romney's Republican convention started with a whimper on Monday as party leaders staged a low-key session while Tropical Storm Isaac churned through the Gulf of Mexico.

Tuesday, August 28th 2012 - 04:58 UTC

Rapidly eroding ice cap and thickness makes the Arctic even more vulnerable

Arctic summer could become ice-free as soon as 2015/2016

Arctic has lost more sea ice this year than at any time since satellite records began in 1979, Nasa says. Scientists involved in the calculations say it is part of a fundamental change. What is more, sea ice normally reaches its low point in September so it is thought likely that this year's melt will continue to grow.


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