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Stories for May 20th 2016

  • Friday, May 20th 2016 - 18:20 UTC

    Shackleton Centenary Thanksgiving Service

    HR The Prince Royal, patrol of the UK Antartic Heritage Trust is met by Dean of Westminister The Very Reberend Dr. John Hall

    Tribute was paid to the courage and endurance of the Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton, and his men at a centenary service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in London on Friday, May 20th commemorating their survival in their Trans- Antarctic expedition.

  • Friday, May 20th 2016 - 16:37 UTC

    US supports Temer: “there has been a clear and undeniable respect for democratic institutions”

    US ambassador Michael Fitzpatrick intervened to reject the claim made by the Bolivian and Venezuelan representatives that the impeachment was a coup.

    United States ambassador before the Organization of American States, OAS, dismissed the notion that a coup is underway in Brazil and openly rejected concern voiced by other member states such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua

  • Friday, May 20th 2016 - 11:23 UTC

    Six presidents asked to testify of ex president Menem's son death in 1995

    Menem said he believes his son was killed by the Lebanon-based group Hezbollah, which prosecutors also suspect was behind two 1990s bombings in Buenos Aires.

    An Argentine court on Wednesday asked six former presidents to testify in the investigation into the 1995 death of the son of ex-president Carlos Menem. The court requested the testimony of Fernando de la Rúa, Ramón Puerta, Adolfo Rodríguez Saá, Eduardo Camaño, Eduardo Duhalde and Cristina Fernández. All followed Menem as presidents after his 1989-1999 rule.

  • Friday, May 20th 2016 - 11:16 UTC

    Brazil's economic interests will prevail over ideological goals, says new foreign minister

    “Diplomacy will return to transparently and firmly reflecting the legitimate values of Brazilian society and the interests of its economy” underlined Serra

    The foreign minister for Brazil's new government following the suspension of president Dilma Rousseff said that Brasilia will now pursue economic interests over ideological goals. Jose Serra, nominated by acting president Michel Temer in the wake of Rousseff's suspension for an impeachment trial, signaled that Brazil would no longer be part of the loose left/leaning alliance that exists across several Latin American countries.

  • Friday, May 20th 2016 - 11:05 UTC

    Petrobras new CEO is a former energy minister and chief of staff

    Parente served in a number of positions under President Cardoso. He was chief of staff from 1999 to 2003 and also minister of planning and of mines and energy.

    Former Brazilian energy minister Pedro Parente has been named by acting President Michel Temer as the new CEO of state-run oil giant Petrobras. Parente was picked Thursday to replace Aldemir Bendine, an appointee of now suspended President Dilma Rousseff. The new Petrobras CEO was working as chairman of Sao Paulo-based financial bourse BM&FBovespa.

  • Friday, May 20th 2016 - 10:57 UTC

    Temer promises to appoint women to the government “a little further ahead”

    “I told Temer that in the decision-making table of the ministries it is necessary to have a woman,” said lawmaker Josi Nunes

    Acting President Michel Temer promised on Thursday that he will at some point have women in his currently all white-male Cabinet. Federal lawmaker Josi Nunes told journalists in Brasilia that Temer pledged at a meeting with congresswomen that he would be bringing females into his government “a little further ahead.”

  • Friday, May 20th 2016 - 10:40 UTC

    India planning to swap medicines for Venezuelan crude oil to recoup losses of drugs sector

    India's drug-maker Hyderabad-based Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, said that it had to write off US$65 million related to losses in Venezuela in the fourth quarter.

    Indian drug companies could recoup some of the financial losses incurred as Venezuela struggles to make foreign-currency payments and the value of its currency plummets--by participating in a barter plan that would swap medicines for crude oil.

  • Friday, May 20th 2016 - 10:28 UTC

    Argentina expected to export 25% fewer soybeans because of the extensive floods

    The USDA maintained its export forecast of 11.4 million metric tons, however, despite skepticism from market watchers.

    Argentina could export up to 25% fewer soybeans this year than last, analysts said, after severe rains left many fields underwater, damaging oilseed quality. In April, floods inundated key farm areas of Argentina, the world's third-biggest exporter of raw soybeans, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to slash its forecast for soybean output to 56.5 million metric tons this year.

  • Friday, May 20th 2016 - 10:17 UTC

    Trump ahead of Hillary in new polls, but both candidates have record negatives

    The real-estate tycoon leads the former secretary of state, 42%- 37%, in a general-election presidential match-up, according to a Rasmussen poll released Thursday.

    Donald Trump has pulled ahead of Hillary Clinton in two new polls, as Republicans begin to coalesce around him while Bernie Sanders keeps hammering fellow Democrat Clinton. The real-estate tycoon leads the former secretary of state, 42% to 37%, in a general-election presidential match-up, according to a Rasmussen poll released Thursday.

  • Friday, May 20th 2016 - 10:05 UTC

    Macri in the threshold of a major political storm over a possible veto of a labor bill

     The veto of the bill is expected to be announced by Macri on Friday morning at a poultry complex which has received government support to ensure jobs.

    Argentine president Mauricio Macri is expected to veto a controversial labor bill which was approved early Thursday after a marathon session in the Lower House of Congress. The bill passed with 147 votes in favor, 3 votes against it and 88 abstentions includes the declaration of the employment emergency during 180 days and a double compensation in the event of layoffs, for a period of six months.

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