Stories for December 4th 2012

Tuesday, December 4th 2012 - 20:36 UTC

Gibraltar’s Picardo meets UK minister to discuss controversial Spanish legislation

Minister Lidington and CM Picardo held discussions in London

Gibraltar Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo held a meeting on Monday with UK Minister for Europe David Lidington in which they discussed their concerns over Spain’s purporting to pass legislation banning land reclamation and the offshore storage of fuel in Gibraltar waters.

Tuesday, December 4th 2012 - 19:47 UTC

Aberdeen oil firm secures exploration licences on Iceland continental shelf

Faroe Petroleum licences include seven blocks inside the Arctic Circle

Aberdeen oil firm Faroe Petroleum has secured provisional exploration licences in the Dreki area on the Icelandic Continental Shelf. The company said the licences were “extensive”, encompassing seven blocks located inside the Arctic Circle to the north east of Iceland.

Tuesday, December 4th 2012 - 19:31 UTC

Falklands’ lawmakers at BOT meeting with UK ministers in London

Minister for the Overseas Territories, Mark Simmonds opened the event. (Photo: FCO)

The Joint Ministerial Council met for the first time on Tuesday bringing together political leaders from the Overseas Territories and UK Ministers to work together on several issues including strengthening economies and the environment.The Falklands government is represented by members of the Legislative Assembly Jan Cheek and Sharon Halford.

Tuesday, December 4th 2012 - 19:26 UTC

Bill to end British throne discrimination against women and Roman Catholics

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

All Commonwealth realms have agreed to press ahead with a bill ending discrimination against women in the succession to the British throne. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the government would now introduce the Succession to the Crown Bill in the House of Commons as soon as possible.It means the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will become monarch, whether a boy or a girl.

Tuesday, December 4th 2012 - 18:42 UTC

Spain’s jobless almost 5 million and no prospects of a rebound in near future

President Rajoy trying to be optimistic

Spain's jobless grew to a new record in November, official data showed Tuesday. The number of people registered as unemployed grew by 74.296 or 1.5% to 4.91 million in November from the previous month, the Labour Ministry said on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 4th 2012 - 18:34 UTC

OAS envoy open support for Paraguayan president Franco and electoral process

Paraguayan president Franco meets Nobel Peace Arias

The head of the Organization of Americas States, OAS electoral observers’ mission said that Federico Franco was the legitimate democratic president of Paraguay committed to holding transparent elections next April, elections which nobody in the world questions.

Tuesday, December 4th 2012 - 16:24 UTC

Punished by inflation a third of Argentines with difficulties to face monthly payments

Massive demonstration in Buenos Aires to protest corruption and inflation

A third of Argentines have difficulties to face monthly costs because of inflation and lagging salaries, and 11% admit to “many difficulties” according to the latest Poliarquía public opinion poll released this week.

Tuesday, December 4th 2012 - 16:19 UTC

For Spain’s Santander bank Brazil is number one and ‘absolute preference’

Botin proud of the Santander Universidades program

Emilio Botin chairman of Santander Bank, the leading financial institution in Spain and among the top largest in the European Union said in Sao Paulo that Brazil is the “number one country in Latin America” and the absolute preference of his institution.

Tuesday, December 4th 2012 - 16:10 UTC

Mexico strikes largest on land light oil deposit in a decade

Excellent news for Peña Nieto

Mexico’s government oil and gas giant Pemex confirmed the discovery of a crude reserve which could hold over 500 million barrels, and described as the largest on land strike in the last decade.

Tuesday, December 4th 2012 - 16:03 UTC

January 10, a decisive date for the Venezuelan political situation

Nelson Bocaranda, considered the most reliable journalist and columnist in Venezuela

As we approach January 10, or even before New Year, the big news will be if a re-elected president but physically handicapped and sick is capable of taking the oath for another six years for which he was re-elected last 7 October, says Nelson Bocaranda, probably the best informed journalist in Venezuela whose reports have sustainedly proven right.

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