Stories for January 10th 2013

Thursday, January 10th 2013 - 18:56 UTC

FAO food price index finished the turbulent 2012 down 7% compared to 2011

Sugars, dairy products and oils on average decreased the most

The United Nations reported on Thursday that food prices fell for the third month in a row in December last year, balancing out sharp increases registered earlier in 2012, which had previously sparked fears of a food crisis.

Thursday, January 10th 2013 - 12:57 UTC

Venezuelan opposition leader accepts high court ruling but tells government ‘back to work’

Capriles said he was disappointed with the Tribunal ruling because there should be no partisan interests in such delicate matters

Opposition leader Enrique Capriles accepted Venezuela’s high court sentence endorsing the postponement of President Hugo Chavez inauguration on Thursday and the ruling that the cancer-stricken leader and his administration remained in office, since “as president re-elect there is no interruption of performance of duties”.

Thursday, January 10th 2013 - 11:56 UTC

In a highly political speech CFK appealed to the motherland and blasted hedge funds

Cristina Fernandez cheers the militant Kirchnerite organizations

President Cristina Fernandez (CFK) as expected made the welcoming ceremony for the Argentine frigate ARA Libertad (retained in Ghana for 78 days) into a ‘sovereignty and dignity’ political rally including the support of 20.000 militants, mostly bused in by political organizations, in which she blasted hedge funds, ‘global social predators’ and warned that through extortion and force nobody is going to obtain anything from Argentina.

Thursday, January 10th 2013 - 04:06 UTC

Cristina Fernandez targets UK ‘threats’ to keep escalating the Falklands’ dispute

The Argentine president remembers the Falklands dispute in her first 2013 speech (Photo Telam)

Argentine president Cristina Kirchner targeted the UK for “threatening” to come “to militarize and invade our Malvinas Islands” following the announcement that an additional 150 British soldiers are been sent to the Falklands and PM David Cameron recent warnings on support of the Islands.

Thursday, January 10th 2013 - 04:03 UTC

Brazilian hacker publishes sensitive personal data on politicians convicted for corruption

Jose Dirceu was the cabinet chief of President Lula da Silva in his first mandate

A hacker in Brazil has published sensitive personal data of politicians convicted during a major corruption trial known as the “Mensalao”. Jose Genoino, Jose Dirceu and Delubio Soares have had address, phone numbers, emails and other details exposed.

Thursday, January 10th 2013 - 03:54 UTC

Brazilian corporations fearful of Venezuelan situation despite Brasilia support for Maduro

FIESP president Rubens Barbosa recalls Venezuela is now a full member of Mercosur

Brazilian corporations with strong interests in Venezuela have expressed concern about the future of the country and its impact on Mercosur if the political transition, because of President Hugo Chavez health condition, does not follow the constitutional process

Thursday, January 10th 2013 - 03:35 UTC

How the Americas can secure much needed ‘game-changing’ global expansion in higher education

Mulder, following on the steps of MIT with the OpenCourseWareConsortium

By Anka Mulder - Over the next decade, it is estimated by the World Economic Forum (WEF) that the global economy will need to create some 600 million new jobs to preserve social cohesion, and ensure sustainable growth. In the midst of ongoing economic fragility across much of the world, this poses a monumental challenge, and will thus be one of the topics discussed at WEF annual meeting in Davos later this month.

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