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Stories for November 14th 2016

  • Monday, November 14th 2016 - 08:54 UTC

    Lousteau to leave Washington before Trump's inauguration

    Argentine ambassador to Washington Martín Lousteau needs to leave his job before Donald Trump's inauguration

    The move is seen as a token of exchange following the Argentine government's open decision to support Hillary Clinton. Martín Losteau, who was also economy minister under Cristina Fernandez, ran for Mayor of Buenos Aires last year and lost to the Macrist candidate Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, wants to race again in 2019.

  • Monday, November 14th 2016 - 08:48 UTC

    Supermoon, the closest since 1948, and won't be repeated until 2034

    The moon travels in an oval-shaped orbit around Earth, but on average, the natural satellite is about 384,400 kilometers away, according to NASA.

    This month's bright supermoon — the closest full moon in 68 years — is expected to light up the sky early Monday morning, NASA has reported. Every year, scientists and sky watchers welcome the supermoon, which is the closest full moon of the year. But this year, the supermoon is receiving extraordinary attention.

  • Monday, November 14th 2016 - 08:43 UTC

    Colombia and FARC announce modified peace accord

    “It is a better agreement,” said Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who last month won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the war.

    Colombia's government and its largest rebel group announced a new, modified peace accord Saturday, after voters rejected an earlier deal in a referendum. The government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) - a Marxist guerrilla group - said in a joint statement they had incorporated proposals from various groups in the new deal.

  • Monday, November 14th 2016 - 08:36 UTC

    Chile connects Latin America's largest solar plant to the national grid

    The El Romero Solar plant in Chile features 776,000 photovoltaic modules.

    Spanish clean energy company Acciona Energía has connected the 246MW El Romero solar plant in Atacama desert, Chile to the county’s Interconnected Central System (SIC), becoming Latin America's largest. The US$343m El Romero Solar plant features 776,000 polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic modules, spread across 280ha area in the municipality of Vallenar, 645km north of the Santiago.

  • Monday, November 14th 2016 - 08:04 UTC

    Kirchner years “downed” more aircraft than the 1982 Falklands conflict

    ”We have to recover the military capacity of the country. In the Malvinas war, Argentina lost 70 aircraft and in the last ten years of Kirchnerism, because of lack of maintenance and investment, 100 p

    The dismal state of the Argentine armed forces was revealed by Defense minister Julio Martínez who claimed that the ten/twelve Kirchner years “downed” more Air Force aircraft than those lost during the South Atlantic conflict in 1982.

  • Monday, November 14th 2016 - 07:54 UTC

    Petrobras cleans balance sheet and posts unexpected third quarter loss

    Despite losses, operational and cash flow trends improved, said Chief Financial Officer Ivan Monteiro said.

    Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petrobras posted an unexpected third-quarter loss after drastically reducing the value of oil fields and other assets amid a severe downsizing and weak oil prices. Petrobras lost a net 16.458 billion reais (US$4.9 billion) last quarter, five times more than a year earlier. Despite that, operational and cash flow trends improved and, without an impairment, profit could have totaled 600 million Reais, Chief Financial Officer Ivan Monteiro said.

  • Monday, November 14th 2016 - 07:45 UTC

    Falklands' government first quarter surplus jumps to £6.407 million

    The bulk of companies paying significant corporation tax for 2015 were in the fishing industry (Pic N.Bonner)

    The Falkland Islands government numbers are looking brighter than forecasted: for the first three months of the financial year (July –September), the government is showing an actual surplus of £6.407 million, compared to a estimated surplus of £2.211 million.

  • Monday, November 14th 2016 - 07:31 UTC

    Argentina looks forward to a good relation with president Trump, who is no longer “candidate Trump”

    “We have an excellent relation with the government of Obama and will have a good relation with the administration of Mr. Trump”, anticipated Peña

    Argentina has an excellent relation with the Obama administration and this will be the case with a government led by Trump, pointed out Argentina's cabinet secretary Marcos Peña adding that the first signals from the elected president are positive since he is moderating his electoral campaign speech.

  • Monday, November 14th 2016 - 07:06 UTC

    Hundreds of aftershocks follow major earthquake and tsunami in New Zealand; thousands flee to high ground

    “It was the most significant shock I can remember in Wellington,” Prime Minister John Key told reporters at a dawn news conference

    A strong new earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 rattled New Zealand's South Island on Monday, hours after a more powerful quake killed at least two people, damaged roads and buildings and sent thousands fleeing to higher ground. Emergency response teams were already flying by helicopter to the region at the epicenter of the original 7.8 magnitude quake, which struck just after midnight some 91 km northeast of Christchurch in the South Island, amid reports of injuries and collapsed buildings.