Stories for November 13th 2012

Tuesday, November 13th 2012 - 23:07 UTC

Colombia/FARC peace talks delayed until Monday on “technical details”

President Santos office said “mechanisms for citizen participation” are under consideration

Peace talks between Colombia's government and FARC rebels scheduled to start in Cuba this week will be delayed until Monday so negotiators can work on “technical” details, both sides said on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 13th 2012 - 23:04 UTC

Brazil orange shipments to EU suspended after samples of black spot fungus found

Orange juice prices have tumbled 37% this year because of higher production in Florida

Orange shipments from Brazil to the European Union were suspended after EU officials found samples with black spot fungus, a Brazilian government official said.

Tuesday, November 13th 2012 - 23:00 UTC

US public opinion pessimistic about a political agreement on the ‘fiscal cliff’

Congressional leaders meet Friday to begin discussions with seven-week deadline

A majority of Americans expect the US to go over the fiscal cliff at the beginning of 2013 and would blame Republicans if that happened, according to a poll published Tuesday. On Friday Democrat and Republican congressional leaders are scheduled to begin discussions.

Tuesday, November 13th 2012 - 22:53 UTC

Argentines and Brazilians pay the most tax in Latam, says OECD

Furious Argentines banging pots to protest corruption, insecurity and taxes

Argentines and Brazilians pay the most tax in Latin America while Venezuelans pay the least, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), released on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 13th 2012 - 22:38 UTC

“Only a third of countries qualified for UN Human Rights Council”, claim advocate groups

Human Rights Watch's UN Director Bolopion criticized lack of competition in regional groupings

Human rights groups have criticized the election by the United Nations General Assembly of several countries with questionable rights' records to the UN Human Rights Council. Of the 18 countries elected Monday to the Geneva-based body, human rights advocates say only about a third are qualified.

Tuesday, November 13th 2012 - 21:19 UTC

PM Cameron and Foreign Secretary Hague pay tribute to Sir Rex Hunt

Sir Rex standing in from of Government House in Stanley

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague paid tribute to the former governor of the Falkland Islands Sir Rex Hunt who died at the age of 86 on Sunday.

Tuesday, November 13th 2012 - 20:51 UTC

Latam rapidly turning into middle class continent, says World Bank

Middle class is defined as anyone making 10 to 50 US dollars per day

A World Bank report released Tuesday found that Latin America and the Caribbean registered a 50% jump in the number of people joining the middle class during the last decade, which was called by economists an historic achievement for a region long exposed to wealth inequality.

Tuesday, November 13th 2012 - 03:58 UTC

Spanish banks suspend evictions for next two years for the most vulnerable

Finance minister De Guindos called for a bipartisan solution to the problem

Spanish banks are suspending evictions for the next two years for the most vulnerable people. An estimated 350,000 families have been evicted from their homes since Spain's property market crashed in 2008.

Tuesday, November 13th 2012 - 03:52 UTC

Ecuador’s President Correa runs for a third consecutive term next February

The populist president has 56% support according to opinion polls

Ecuador President Rafael Correa officially announced this weekend that he would run for a third term in February elections -- a contest in which he is expected to be the runaway favourite.

Tuesday, November 13th 2012 - 03:40 UTC

Brazil and Argentina sign ‘combined military operations’ agreement

Joint Staff chief General Jose Carlos de Nardi: ‘confidence building measures’

Brazil announced on Monday its first agreement on combined operations with Argentina which will allow the two countries forces to act jointly in catastrophe situations and peace missions.

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