Stories for January 2013

Thursday, January 31st 2013 - 20:50 UTC

Timerman rejects meeting Falklands representatives; only interested in ‘bilateral round’ with Hague

“There is no need for you to make appointments during my visit to London: our embassy is very efficient”

Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman turned down an invitation by his British counterpart William Hague to take part in a meeting in London with representatives of the Falklands/Malvinas Islands government, assuring that “the international community does not accept the involvement of a third party” in the sovereignty issue.

Thursday, January 31st 2013 - 14:06 UTC

Two Falklands’ lawmakers fly to London to meet with Argentine Foreign minister

MLA Dick Sawle fluent in Spanish and Falklands’ history

Two elected members of the Falkland Islands’ Legislative Assembly will be travelling to London this weekend to be available to take part in any discussions regarding the Islands when Argentine Foreign minister Hector Timerman meets with Foreign Secretary William Hague, according to a release from Gilbert House, Stanley.

Thursday, January 31st 2013 - 07:55 UTC

Argentines love for US dollar remains unbeatable, even as it approaches 8 Pesos

Tight government supply, demand from vacationers and edgy farmers have seen the parallel dollar increase 16% so far this month

Argentines wishing to spend vacations overseas, edgy farmers, strong demand from business and the government’s hoarding of hard currency are pushing the US dollar to new highs in Argentina, just a few cents away from the threshold 8 Pesos to the greenback, while in the official market trading is climbing closer to 5 Pesos.

Thursday, January 31st 2013 - 07:52 UTC

Petrobras raises gasoline and diesel prices, but markets say it’s insufficient

Brazil has sufficient oil but price manipulation has eroded Petrobras finances

Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras said in a market filing that it would increase refinery prices for gasoline and diesel by 6.6% and 5.4%, respectively, starting on January 31. However the market’s reaction was negative with the Bovespa stock exchange falling to a seven-week low.

Thursday, January 31st 2013 - 07:47 UTC

Argentina ‘irritated’ with Israel’s attitude towards accord with Iran to investigate 1994 bombing

“This is a sovereign act that doest not include the state of Israel”, said Timerman

Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman summoned on Wednesday Israeli ambassador to Argentina Dorit Shavit, and expressed the “surprise and irritation” of President Cristina Fernandez government after learning that Tel Aviv had demanded an explanation from Argentine ambassador to Israel with regards to the recent agreement between Argentina and Iran.

Thursday, January 31st 2013 - 07:37 UTC

FIFA 2014 World Cup presents ambassadors and unveils the official poster

“Let’s go for victory!” said Marta Suplicy, Brazilian Minister of Culture on presenting the official poster.

The newly appointed ambassadors of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday 30 January 2013, unveiled the tournament’s Official Poster at a media briefing in Rio de Janeiro. Four FIFA World Cup winners, Amarildo, Carlos Alberto Torres, Bebeto and Ronaldo, as well as women’s football star Marta, were invited by FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke to end the suspense and help unveil the design.

Thursday, January 31st 2013 - 07:32 UTC

Research confirms Canadian plane crash in Antarctica kills all three aboard

A Canadian flag pays homage to the dead crew { Photo By : Blaise Kuo Tiong, NSF}

A frustrating four-day search-and-rescue operation for a small plane that crashed in a remote part of Antarctica has come to an end with the location of the wreckage site and the confirmation that all three crew members perished in the crash.

Thursday, January 31st 2013 - 07:25 UTC

Dutch court has Shell ‘off the hook’ in four of five pollution claims in Nigeria

“We will appeal this ruling” Geert Ritsema, a spokesman for Milieudefensie

Royal Dutch Shell, Europe’s biggest oil company, isn’t liable in four out of five claims bought by Nigerian farmers for pollution, a Dutch court ruled. However the company’s local venture must pay compensation in one case.

Thursday, January 31st 2013 - 07:20 UTC

Argentina in the process of quitting from World Bank investment disputes centre

Eduardo Barcesat, chief legal advisor of the Argentine treasury: ICSID, “a tribunal of butchers”

Argentina says it plans to withdraw from the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, ICSID, a World Bank body designed to arbitrate between states and foreign investors.

Thursday, January 31st 2013 - 07:16 UTC

Canada and US agree on meat and livestock trade when animal disease outbreaks

Each country should only restrict trade within designated disease-control zones where the animal disease breaks out

Canada and the United States have agreed to maintain livestock and meat trade during animal disease outbreaks using a new system that targets trade bans more precisely by region, Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said this week.

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