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Stories for January 9th 2014

  • Thursday, January 9th 2014 - 19:00 UTC

    End of the golden age of antibiotics, which has become a 'truly global issue'

    Antibiotics have been around for less than a century but infectious agents are older than humanity and continually evolving

    The growing threat of antibiotic resistant organisms is once again in the spotlight. Prof Jeremy Farrar, the new head of Britain's biggest medical research charity the Wellcome Trust said it was a “truly global issue”. Prof. Farrar told BBC Radio 4's Today program that the golden age of antibiotics could come to an end unless action is taken.

  • Thursday, January 9th 2014 - 18:45 UTC

    Violence threatens to thwart Iraqi oil resurgence

    PM Nouri al-Maliki seems unable to hold the country together while the Al-Qaeda challenge expands

    By Nicholas Cunningham - A wave of violence has swept parts of Iraq at the start of 2014 as the central government fights back against Al-Qaeda aligned militants in Anbar Province. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) reportedly took control of Ramadi and Fallujah, bombing police headquarters and killing dozens.

  • Thursday, January 9th 2014 - 15:03 UTC

    Active online poll from “The Telegraph” shows Falklands should be under Argentine sovereignty

    Foreign Office aware of Filmus, but the Falkland Islands people voted to remain British by 99.8% in last March’s referendum

    According to an active online poll released in the British newspaper “The Daily Telegraph”, a clear majority, almost double, of the voters affirmed that the Falklands Islands should be under Argentina’s sovereignty. Almost half the majority of respondents rejected the idea and supported Britain, while the rest answered that the territory should be under “shared sovereignty.”

  • Thursday, January 9th 2014 - 07:09 UTC

    Argentine idea to move the capital to north of the country closer to Pacific basin

    Lawmaker Dominguez is behind the idea which he plans to promoted during 2015

    The president of the Lower House, and Victory Front lawmaker Julián Domínguez affirmed that Argentina's capital should be moved to the north. It is not the first time that this kind of project is presented: when Ricardo Alfonsín was president during the 80's, he proposed to transfer the nation’s capital to Viedma, a town located in the southern province of Río Negro.

  • Thursday, January 9th 2014 - 07:05 UTC

    Police acted lawfully when they shot a man whose death triggered London's 2011 rioting

    Mark Duggan's family told media they would not give up the case.

    British inquest found that police acted lawfully when they shot and killed a man whose death sparked a wave of rioting in 2011 in the worst civil unrest in the country in decades. Mark Duggan, 29, died after he was shot by police who suspected he was armed at the time.

  • Thursday, January 9th 2014 - 06:59 UTC

    Most Fed members agreed on December's stimulus reduction, indicate minutes

    Bernanke is stepping down next February first

    Federal Reserve members mostly agreed about a reduction in the central bank's stimulus efforts in December, meeting minutes released Wednesday reveal. The central bank announced a $10bn a month reduction in its bond buying program at the end of its December meeting.

  • Thursday, January 9th 2014 - 06:54 UTC

    Panama Canal expansion discussions stall; Italian company demands an extra 1bn

    “Impossible ... They are completely outside the contract and that's not going to happen,” said ACP Jorge Quijano.

    The Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, said on Wednesday it would be “impossible” to meet the demands of Italian builder Impregilo, which has called on the government agency to make an additional payment of up to 1 billion dollars to cover cost overruns affecting a project to expand the international waterway.

  • Thursday, January 9th 2014 - 06:43 UTC

    Exporters on high alert as strikes hit Chile’s ports once again

    Fruit Exporters Association President Ronald Bowen warned losses could reach 50 million dollars

    Stoppages spread across Chile as workers claim they are owed thousands of dollars in compensation agreed to in resolution to strikes last year. Fruit exports in Central Chile and copper shipments in the North have been stalled as workers from several major ports across the country have gone on strike, raising fears the export-oriented economy could see a repeat of last year's strikes which lasted three weeks and cost millions of dollars.

  • Thursday, January 9th 2014 - 06:35 UTC

    People living in Buenos Aires shanty towns increased 52% in ten years

    Some settlements have expanded their areas and most are growing upwards and are already in the fourth floor

    The number of people living in shanty towns or “misery villages” in Argentina and particularly in the capital Buenos Aires keeps increasing despite a decade of sustained growth at almost Chinese rates. According to data from the latest census of 2010, the number of people living in 'misery villages' in Buenos Aires was 163.587 compared to the 107.422 in 2001, with a 52% increase.

  • Thursday, January 9th 2014 - 06:23 UTC

    Increase in TB cases in Buenos Aires linked to sweat shops working conditions

     Most of the labor in sweat shops comes from Bolivia and Peru

    Tuberculosis cases in Buenos Aires City have increased 25% between 1985 and 2011 according to a paper presented by a Federal Attorney who links the surge to dreadful working conditions in many of the sweat-shops in the Argentine capital that employ cheap foreign labor.