Stories for January 23rd 2013

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013 - 23:58 UTC

EU wooing Latinamerica that is focused on China, now its leading trade partner

EC President Jose Manuel Barroso will try to convince ‘strategic ally’ Brazil in his best Portuguese

Several European leaders among which the president of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and the head of EU diplomacy Catherine Ashton are touring several Latinamerican countries with the purpose of strengthening relations with a region in full development but which lately has been increasingly focused on China.

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013 - 09:27 UTC

Climate change devouring Andean glaciers and source of fresh water for millions

The Andes rocky bottom exposed as glaciers retreat

Climate change has shrunk Andean glaciers between 30% and 50% since the 1970s and could melt many of them away altogether in coming years, according to a study published on Tuesday in the journal Cryosphere.

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013 - 09:21 UTC

Davos 2013 expects less crisis management and a more dynamic vision

Host Klaus Schwab called on delegates to turn the corner on the Euro zone debt woes

The world's political and business elite gather in the snow-covered resort of Davos from Wednesday, aiming to instil some confidence in the global economy amid tentative signs of recovery.

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013 - 09:15 UTC

West Indies doctor appointed new director for WHO Americas Region

Dr. Carissa Etienne: good health is rooted in equity, universality, solidarity and inclusiveness”

The World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board, currently holding its 132nd session in Geneva, has appointed Dr Carissa Etienne as the new Regional Director for WHO's Americas Region (WHO/AMRO), following her nomination by the Regional Committee for the Americas in September 2012.

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013 - 09:09 UTC

Prince Harry completes successful tour of duty as Apache pilot in Afghanistan

Captain Wales flew over a hundred missions and 2.500 hours operating from Camp Bastion

Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales in the British military, has departed Afghanistan with his squadron after a successful tour as an Apache pilot. He operated as part of the Joint Aviation Group which provides helicopter support to the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan forces operating throughout Regional Command (South West) in Helmand province.

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013 - 09:02 UTC

South Georgia implements additional measures to safeguard Marine Protected Area

Minister for the Overseas Territories Mark Simmonds supported the measures

The United Kingdom Minister for the Overseas Territories Mark Simmonds welcomed the announcement of a set of additional measures to safeguard the sustainable-use Marine Protected Area (MPA) around the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013 - 08:51 UTC

Republicans prepared to vote a four-month extension of US borrowing capacity

House speaker John Boehner referred to the provision as “no budget, no pay”

Republican leaders in the US House of Representatives have scheduled a vote on Wednesday on a nearly four-month extension of US borrowing capacity, but the bill does not specify a dollar amount.

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013 - 08:24 UTC

Piñera prepared to grant constitutional recognition to Chile’s indigenous groups

“Maximum urgency” is drafting the legislation pledged Piñera

Chilean President Sebastian Piñera pledged to work with “maximum urgency” on a bill that would grant constitutional recognition to the country's indigenous groups. Piñera also announced the creation of an indigenous peoples' council that fully represents “their history, traditions, culture” and via which “they could raise their strong and clear voice about their future.”

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013 - 08:10 UTC

FAO and UNEP launch campaign to reduce global food loss and waste

“Think-Eat-Save Reduce Your Food-print” is the name of the campaign

United Nation agencies launched Tuesday a campaign to reduce global food loss and waste, which currently amounts to 1.3 billion tons a year, more than four times what would be needed to solve the world’s hunger crisis.

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