Stories for December 6th 2012

Thursday, December 6th 2012 - 23:29 UTC

EU, US and Japan ask WTO to rule on Argentine imports’ restrictions

A WTO panel will listen to complaints on 17 December

The European Union, the US and Japan have jointly asked the World Trade Organization to rule in a protracted trade dispute with Argentina. They criticize what they believe are unfair import restrictions and protectionism.

Thursday, December 6th 2012 - 22:52 UTC

Terrible Thursday for Buenos Aires: toxic gas cloud scare and flash floods

Residents with handkerchiefs cover mouth and nostrils for protection

Terrible Thursday for the city of Buenos Aires: toxic gas scare in the morning with almost panic situations and flooding mid afternoon by the same rains that helped clear the cloud hovering over residents with sore throats and irritated eyes.

Thursday, December 6th 2012 - 21:44 UTC

Mercosur (as Unasur) ratifies the suspension of Paraguay until at least April

Patriota and Timerman (L) announce the decision

Mercosur Foreign ministers announced in Brasilia on Thursday that the suspension of Paraguay from the group stands at least until the coming presidential election on April 2013.

Thursday, December 6th 2012 - 21:26 UTC

Gibraltar will be competing in UEFA 2013 Euro Futsal and U17 and U19

A vote on GFA will be taken at the UEFA congress in London next May

The Union of European Football Associations, UEFA, has included Gibraltar in the Futsal qualifiers for the Euro 2013 Cup to be played in France next month and in the U17 and U19 tournaments to be disputed beginning next autumn. This is considered a remarkable step for Gibraltar’s football on the Uefa/GFA ‘road map’

Thursday, December 6th 2012 - 21:22 UTC

Falklands’ lawmaker Jan Cheek meets PM Cameron at 10 Downing Street

British Overseas Territories’ leaders were invited for tea by PM Cameron (Photo: FCO)

Leaders of British Overseas Territories, including Falkland Islands Member of Legislative Assembly Jan Cheek met with the British Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, December 6th 2012 - 21:09 UTC

FOGL ends drilling program in south Falklands; begins further seismic surveying

The Leiv Eiriksson rig will soon be back on its way to Norway

Falklands Oil & Gas (FOGL) announced Thursday it had abandoned its Scotia exploration well in the south basin after disappointing results, thus completing its 2012 two-well drilling (Loligo and Scotia) program in the Falkland Islands.

Thursday, December 6th 2012 - 07:57 UTC

Brazil anticipates Mercosur summit will confirm Paraguay’s suspension stands

The Brazilian diplomat and oracle Ferreira Simoes

Paraguay must continue suspended from Mercosur following the group’s presidential summit on Friday, anticipated the head of the Latin American desk from the Brazilian Foreign ministry, Antonio Jose Ferreira Simoes.

Thursday, December 6th 2012 - 07:49 UTC

Latam needs structural reforms and equality to consolidate as economic power

Great advances in the last decades but also many reforms pending to end poverty and grant equal opportunities to all

Economics and finance experts said Latin American must address structural reforms as part of the essential process to consolidate as an economic power and look after the Asian market.

Thursday, December 6th 2012 - 07:45 UTC

Brazil says President Chavez attendance to Mercosur summit is “uncertain”

Mercosur summit attention is now focused on concerns about the Venezuelan president health condition

The presence of President Hugo Chavez at Friday’s Mercosur summit is “uncertain” reported the official Brazilian news agency on Wednesday adding that the organizers are waiting for a confirmation of his trip to Brasilia.

Thursday, December 6th 2012 - 07:36 UTC

Spectacular Brasilia becomes the legacy of master architect Niemeyer

The great artist passed away at the age of 104. Until he fell sick a month ago he was working on a new project

Oscar Niemeyer, a towering patriarch of modern architecture who shaped the look of modern Brazil and whose inventive, curved designs left their mark on cities worldwide, died late Wednesday. He was 104.

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