Stories for 2013

Sunday, December 29th 2013 - 08:40 UTC

Falklands historic events commemorated by Atlantic Patrol HMS Richmond

Members of HMS Richmond during the parade

As part of her Atlantic Patrol Task (South) deployment, HMS Richmond has visited San Carlos Water, the scene of the amphibious landings during the Falklands War of 1982. The site is also the final resting place of HMS Antelope which was tragically lost on 23 May 1982.

Sunday, December 29th 2013 - 08:35 UTC

December inflation doubles in Brazil but at an annualized 5.51% remain on target

This year's inflation is below the 7.82% of 2012

Brazil's general price index, known as the IGP-M, more than doubled in December, posting a rise of 0.60% compared with a 0.29% increase in November, the Getulio Vargas Foundation said Friday.

Sunday, December 29th 2013 - 08:30 UTC

Brazil ups taxes on debit cards and travelers checks to contain outgoing tourism

Spending by Brazilians traveling overseas had widened the current account deficit

The Brazilian government said on Friday it will raise a tax on operations with debit cards and travelers checks made abroad, in a move that will raise the country's tax intake by 552 million Reais (234.65m dollars) per year.

Sunday, December 29th 2013 - 08:24 UTC

One for the White House: NSA program keeping phone call records is 'lawful'

Judge William Pauley: 'a counter punch' to terrorism

A federal judge ruled that a National Security Agency program that collects records of millions of Americans' phone calls is lawful, calling it a “counter-punch” to terrorism that does not violate Americans' privacy rights.

Friday, December 27th 2013 - 05:32 UTC

Uruguay's new Economy minister pledges continuity of current market friendly policies

Bergara (R) surrounded by powerful friends, Mujica and Astori

Uruguay will continue to consolidate its market friendly policies, pledged incoming Economy minister Mario Bergara, 48. on taking office on Thursday surrounded by President Jose Mujica and Vice president Danilo Astori. He replaced Fernando Lorenzo who was forced to resign following a major scandal involving the failure and shut down of the country's flag air carrier Pluna.

Friday, December 27th 2013 - 05:28 UTC

Blackouts continue in Argentina while government keeps threatening power distributors

Pickets in highways; protests in corners of the city was the mood of Buenos Aires with transport also in the verge of collapse

Blackouts continued in several neighborhoods of Argentina's metropolitan Buenos Aires area while protests increased including pickets in highways, attempts to set on fire power distributors offices or kidnap power companies' officers while the only resource from government has been to blame companies and threaten to take over utilities.

Friday, December 27th 2013 - 05:18 UTC

Australian cruise operators interested in developing Puerto Williams in Chile

Australian travel agents linked to the cruise industry visited Puerto Williams in the extreme south of Chile to check on the facilities, services and infrastructure with the purpose of planning cruise calls on a regular basis. Puerto Williams in located on Navarino island across from Ushuaia in Argentina.

Friday, December 27th 2013 - 05:13 UTC

Caught you!! Brazilian Senator returns cost of air trip to have a hair implant

Renan Calheiros, president of the Senate and one of the five most powerful persons in the country

The president of the Brazilian Senate, Renan Calheiros had decided to return the equivalent of public funds he used to fly on a Brazilian Air Force (FAB) aircraft from Brasilia to Recife, where he underwent a hair implant.

Friday, December 27th 2013 - 05:07 UTC

World Cup 2014: Brazil most expensive stadium has a leaking roof

The 500m dollars stadium comes with a five-year guarantee

Reports from stadium operators in Brazil have revealed that the most expensive of the 12 stadiums built or renovated for the 2014 FIFA World Cup has a leaking roof, less than eight months after it was finished.

Friday, December 27th 2013 - 05:01 UTC

UK Met Office will offer daily forecasts about the weather in space: solar storms the target

Gibbs: 'space weather is a relatively immature science but understanding is growing rapidly'

The United Kingdom Met Office is to begin offering daily forecasts about the weather in space. The 24 hour service will aim to help businesses and government departments by providing early warnings of solar storms that can disrupt satellites, radio communications and power grids. The first forecast is expected to be available next spring.

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