Stories for January 28th 2013

Monday, January 28th 2013 - 20:13 UTC

An Argentine queen for the House of Orange; Beatrix steps down April 30

Queen Beatrix with Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima

Dutch Queen Beatrix, who turns 75, announced she was abdicating in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, who will become king on April 30. Willem-Alexander, 45, is married to Argentine born Princess Maxima Zorreguieta and has three young children.

Monday, January 28th 2013 - 19:56 UTC

US team extracts samples from sub-glacial Antarctica lake 800 metres in deep ice

The special equipment used to drill to obtain samples from the waters and sediments of subglacial Lake Whillans

In a first-of-its-kind feat of science and engineering, a US National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully drilled through 800 meters of Antarctic ice to reach a sub-glacial lake and retrieve water and sediment samples that have been isolated from direct contact with the atmosphere for many thousands of years.

Monday, January 28th 2013 - 19:00 UTC

“Fortress Falklands” Spanish version of G. Bound latest book launched in Uruguay

The cover of ‘Fortaleza Falklands’ contains ‘a few surprises’ for the Argentines

“Fortress Falklands, life under siege in Britain’s last outpost”, Graham Bound’s newest book on the subject of the Falkland Islands has been published in Spanish in Uruguay, allowing Argentines to, “learn a thing or two that might surprise them,” Graham told Penguin News this week.

Monday, January 28th 2013 - 17:59 UTC

Argentine Jewish community blast agreement on ‘truth commission” with Iran

What was left of the AMIA building bombing in 1994

Argentine Jewish community organizations, DAIA and AMIA strongly rejected on Monday the government of President Cristina Fernandez decision to sign an agreement with Iran for the naming of a special ‘truth’ commission referred to the 1994 attack to a Jewish organization in Buenos Aires which left 85 dead and hundreds injured.

Monday, January 28th 2013 - 16:57 UTC

Falklands’ Battle century commemoration includes an invitation to the German Navy

The monument in Stanley which remembers the battle

A committee has been formed to organize the commemoration of the Battles of Coronel and the Falklands in 1914, two decisive events of the First World War which although occurred in the Southern hemisphere had a full impact in the European conflict.Last week some twenty people met in the Parish Hall of the Falkalnds' capital, Stanley to address the issue under the chairmanship of Phyl Rendell.

Monday, January 28th 2013 - 06:45 UTC

Merkel invites Latam to invest in EU: “we’re open” but pls dump protectionism

The most powerful woman in Europe next to Mexico Peña Nieto and host Sebastian Pilñera

Leaders from the European Union and the Community of Latinamerican and Caribbean States concluded on Sunday a two-day summit with pledges of boosting bilateral trade and while few concrete details were released, the two economic blocs expressed a clear wish for stronger ties.

Monday, January 28th 2013 - 06:27 UTC

Cristina Fernandez delaying Mercosur/EU discussions for a free trade agreement

The Argentine president addressing the summit

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez downplayed immediate discussions for the trade and cooperation agreement between EU and Mercosur arguing that the South American block should elaborate and discuss new proposals to be presented to the Europe Union on the last quarter of this year.

Monday, January 28th 2013 - 06:08 UTC

Cuba takes CELAC chair on Monday; expectations regarding Havana’s proposals

Cuban president Raul Castro next to his Chilean host Conservative Sebastian Piñera

The first summit of the Community of Latinamerican and Caribbean States, CELAC, the brain child of president Hugo Chavez, paid tribute to the Venezuelan leader who is recovering from cancer surgery in Havana, Cuba, the country that on Monday will be receiving the group’s chair from Chile.

Monday, January 28th 2013 - 06:02 UTC

Hedge funds insist in New York court Argentina must pay defaulted bonds

Argentina must make its presentation at the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals on February 27

Hedge fund investors who refused to join two sovereign debt restructurings by Argentina urged a US court in New York to force the country to pay them.

Monday, January 28th 2013 - 05:50 UTC

Santiago Declaration with no explicit reference to the Falklands’ dispute

Leaders and representatives from EU and CELAC during the summit

The final document of the EU/CELAC summit in Chile which gathered representatives from 61 countries made a strong commitment to promote trade and investment between the two blocks as well as combat protectionism, but there was no explicit mention to the Falklands’ dispute with Argentina.

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