Stories for August 2012
Republicans formally nominated Mitt Romney to challenge President Barack Obama for the White House, kicking off their storm-delayed convention with a barrage of sharp attacks on Obama's economic leadership.
Federal public workers across Brazil are currently involved in what is one of the largest industrial disputes in the country's history, presenting a major challenge for President Dilma Rousseff.
Brazil's Supreme Court has approved the resumption of work on the controversial 13 billion dollars Belo Monte dam in the Amazon, which was stopped earlier this month after protests from indigenous groups.
Brazil appears to have the best long-term prospects among rising economic powers, thanks to its stable policy framework, ample natural resources and good relationship with its neighbours, former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Tuesday in a ringing endorsement of an economy that has struggled lately.
Brazil’s energy giant Petrobras said on Tuesday it will deploy the world’s first floating oil terminal capable of refueling tankers on the high seas.
Argentine president Cristina Fernandez is totally in agreement with a constitutional review opening the way for a third consecutive re-election, claimed the main opposition party president who anticipated political forces will rally to try and stop the initiative.
The Chilean Executive announced this week the new Intendente (governor) of the extreme south region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica. His name is Mauricio Peña y Lillo Correa and replaces Arturo Storaker who resigned to the post last 9 August.
US government sale of weapons soared by over three times in just one year - from 21.4 billion dollars in 2010 to 66.3 billion in 2011, the largest for a single year in the history of the US arms export program, according to a report by the US Congress Research Service.
The 24-year-old daughter of Cuban Vice President Marino Murillo, sometimes mentioned as a possible successor to ruler Raul Castro, defected earlier this month and is now living in Tampa, Florida, according to Miami’s El Nuevo Heraldo.
The Shallow Marine surveys Group, which normally operates around the Falkland Islands, completed what they described as a, “highly productive expedition,” to South Georgia earlier this year, exploring the sub-tidal and inter-tidal habitats along the island’s north coast.