Stories for December 13th 2012

Thursday, December 13th 2012 - 23:39 UTC

Brazilians dissatisfied with Judges and Police, trusts Armed Forces and Catholic Church

Police forces on patrol in the shanty towns that surround all major Brazilian cities

A majority of the Brazilian population, 63% is dissatisfied with the performance of the police forces and 90% considers the justice system ‘too slow” according to a survey from the Getulio Vargas Foundation think-tank Law School, released this week.

Thursday, December 13th 2012 - 23:18 UTC

International tourism reaches a billion and the industry celebrates

In Buenos Aires, top officials receive Ivonne at the symbolic event in Ezeiza

One billion tourists have traveled the world in 2012, marking a new record for international tourism – a sector that accounts for one in every 12 jobs and 30% of the world’s services exports. On the symbolic arrival date of the one-billionth tourist, 13 December 2012, UNWTO revealed the actions tourists can take to ensure their trips benefit the people and places they visit, as voted by the public.

Thursday, December 13th 2012 - 22:57 UTC

Chavez in critical condition with three months to live, says Venezuelan doctor

Dr Jose Rafael Marquina says he strongly suggested having treatment in the US and not in Cuba because they lack experience in his kind of cancer

Venezuelan doctor Jose Rafael Marquina, who is based in the US and is known for his accurate prognoses on President Hugo Chavez’s health, told a local Florida radio that the Venezuelan leader Chavez has “between two and three months to live”.

Thursday, December 13th 2012 - 22:43 UTC

Royal Navy shows the flag in Gibraltar waters; 197 Spanish unlawful incursions this year

HMS Sutherland and a Merlin helicopter make a routine maritime security patrol (Photo: MoD)

A Royal Navy warship used a routine logistical visit to Gibraltar on Wednesday to patrol British waters around the Rock. The highly unusual move came a day after an incursion by a Spanish Navy vessel and against the background of diplomatic tension between the UK and Spain over the waters row.

Thursday, December 13th 2012 - 07:23 UTC

Rousseff warns austerity measures alone are not sufficient to address economic crises

The Brazilian president addressing the influential Medef in Paris

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff criticized in Paris policies that are limited to austerity when facing crises because they are not effective in economic terms and only generate ‘more recession and unemployment”.

Thursday, December 13th 2012 - 07:20 UTC

UK reaffirms commitment to trilateral dialogue on Gibraltar, despite Spain

Minister García-Margallo repeated that London and Madrid would discuss Gibraltar waters row on bilateral

The British Government reaffirmed its commitment to trilateral dialogue, despite claims from Spain that London and Madrid would discuss the waters row on bilateral terms leaving Gibraltar aside. A spokesman for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office said trilateral dialogue was the only acceptable mechanism for “formal” talks about Gibraltar.

Thursday, December 13th 2012 - 07:15 UTC

Spanish navy patrol challenges Gibraltar and the Foreign Office

SPS Tamogago spent two hours in Gibraltar waters

A Spanish warship made a two-hour incursion into Gibraltar waters on Monday evening, in a defiant response to Britain’s warnings to stay away. The incursion came just hours after the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, told the House of Commons that Britain would take “a grave view” of any violation of British sovereignty in Gibraltar waters.

Thursday, December 13th 2012 - 07:12 UTC

Panama files dispute before WTO against Argentina’s trade restrictions

The imports non automatic licences and ‘balanced’ imports with exports are the main complaint

Panama filed a dispute against Argentina at the World Trade Organization on Wednesday alleging the government of President Cristina Fernandez had broken WTO rules by discriminating against imports of goods and services.

Thursday, December 13th 2012 - 07:09 UTC

IDB 6bn loan to reduce development disparities in Argentine Northern provinces

The program also includes Greater Buenos Aires extended poverty pockets

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a credit program for Argentina of 6 billion dollars until 2015, destined to works in the region known as Norte Grande, and Greater Buenos Aires, the Economy Ministry stated in a communiqué.

Thursday, December 13th 2012 - 07:04 UTC

US court ruling against Argentina threatens Greek Collective Action Clause

“Argentina vs NML Capital” revives the threat that such holdouts will stall future debt restructurings.

A legal clause that is the key to smoothing future debt restructurings could be undermined by a US court ruling that Argentina must pay creditors holding its defaulted debt.


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