Stories for 2013

Thursday, November 21st 2013 - 06:52 UTC

Spain says strict controls at Gibraltar border will remain: “a fight against illegal items and contraband”

Mendez de Vigo alleges that volume of tobacco imports to Gibraltar means every resident should consume nine packs a day

Spain’s Minister for European Affairs Iñigo Méndez de Vigo has said Madrid will maintain strict controls at the border. Speaking with the media in Brussels the minister said that the European Commission had endorsed the action it has being taking as in line with EU norms.

Thursday, November 21st 2013 - 06:35 UTC

Pro-Malvinas militant groups told by winch workers to keep out of the port of Buenos Aires

Quebracho group sets alight tyres and other elements before leaving the picket area (Pic Clarin)

Pickets organized by the Argentine fundamentalist group Quebracho to protest the docking in the port of Buenos Aires of the Bahamas flagged cruise “Seabourn Quest” which includes the Falkland Islands in its route were displaced by the union of winch operators in conflict over pay, work conditions and official registry of their grouping.

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 - 22:38 UTC

Cristina Fernandez assets increase 20% to 8 million dollars in 2012

The president has 20 million Pesos y banks accounts and 13 million in real estate among which the luxurious Alto Calafate Hotel in Patagonia

Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s assets increased in a 20% whereas Vice-President Amado Boudou’s estate decreased by 3%, according to the affidavits released this week by the Justice Ministry’s Anti-Corruption Office.

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 - 21:15 UTC

Abstention won Chile's Sunday election, but it's also a vote: rejecting the political system

Chilean voters depositing their ballots, but an even greater number did not attend

Chileans went to the polls Sunday and chose to send Michelle Bachelet and Evelyn Matthei to a runoff election with 46.7% and 25% of the vote respectively, but abstention far outstripped them both — less than half the number of voters on the electoral roll cast a vote.

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 - 20:49 UTC

US consumer prices fell 0.1% in October and in the last twelve months was 1%

The Federal Reserve target is to keep inflation under 2%

US consumer prices fell 0.1% in October as petrol prices dropped, the US Labor Department has said. Petrol prices fell 2.9%, the biggest drop since April. The cost of new cars, clothes and healthcare also fell. The decrease meant that annual inflation in the 12 months to October was just 1%.

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 - 20:43 UTC

Bank of England enthusiastic about UK recovery, according to November minutes

David Kern, chief economist at Chambers of Commerce, said: “Businesses will be pleased with the unanimous decision to keep rates on hold” (Pic BBC)

The UK is in a sustained recovery and does not face major inflation risks, Bank of England policymakers have said. Minutes from the Monetary Policy Committee's November meeting showed the nine members all voted to leave interest rates at 0.5%.

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 - 20:38 UTC

Galicia companies involved in sales of undeclared fish catches: tax evasion close to 14 million Euros

The fraudulent operation involves at least 200 fishing vessels operating from Galicia

The first four ship owners summoned by the Court of Marin, Galicia, northwest Spain admitted to having incurred in fraudulent tax practices in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Pontevedra Criminal Crimes prosecutor accused the fishing vessel owners of fraud totaling 13.7 million Euros, from the sale of undeclared fish catches from the cooperative San Miguel de Marin

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 - 05:22 UTC

Cristina Fernandez most emblematic and faithful “K soldier” sent to Italy

Guillermo Moreno, had almost absolute powers to combat inflation but to no avail

On Tuesday, one day after resuming her Executive duties, Argentine president Cristina Fernandez accepted the resignation of the most emblematic of the Kirchner-couple bullying tactics, a true 'K soldier' who has been on the job since 2005 and was expected to step down with the lady in 2015.

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 - 05:16 UTC

U.S. and Europe talks advance towards liberalizing bilateral trade

US chief negotiator Dan Mullaney: “Nothing we do to reduce unnecessary regulatory barriers will undermine high standards on both sides on the Atlantic”

A week of trade talks in Brussels have taken the European Union and the United States a little closer to a deal to liberalize bilateral trade. EU officials say the trade relationship with the US is already the biggest in the world, worth more than 2bn Euros a day, but barriers remain, and removing them could make it even bigger. If it happens, the agreement would be huge, capable of changing the shape of global trade.

Wednesday, November 20th 2013 - 05:06 UTC

Brazil agriculture in state of emergency following infestations of Helicoverpa caterpillar

Helicoverpa is smaller than a human thumb, and with a knack for ploughing through soy, corn and cotton

Infestations of the Helicoverpa caterpillar in Brazil's grain belt prompted the agriculture ministry this week to declare a state of emergency in the leading soy state of Mato Grosso, highlighting the potential risk to large parts of the crop.

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