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Stories for July 20th 2017

  • Thursday, July 20th 2017 - 23:46 UTC

    Following days of leaks and 'backbiting', Theresa May calls for responsibility from the cabinet

    “There is a need to show strength and unity as a country and that starts around the cabinet table,” the Prime Minister told ministers.

    Britain's embattled Prime Minister Theresa May has urged senior ministers to come together and keep the details of their meetings private in an effort to halt the leaks emanating from government officials. May made the plea Tuesday after a week in which British media has been awash with stories quoting unnamed cabinet sources as well as constant speculation over her leadership.

  • Thursday, July 20th 2017 - 21:19 UTC

    Ecuador steps down from OPEC's agreement to cut output: need of fiscal funds

    ”There’s a need for funds for the fiscal treasury, hence we’ve taken the decision to gradually increase output,” Perez said, according to Bloomberg.

    Ecuador will not honor the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) agreement to cut oil output, Ecuador’s Oil Minister Carlos Perez said this week. The country, one of OPEC’s 14 member countries, is rethinking its commitment to drop oil production to 522,000 barrels a day.

  • Thursday, July 20th 2017 - 20:51 UTC

    Argentina posts a primary fiscal deficit of 1.5% of GDP

    Dujovne said there was “no doubt” that Argentina would meet its annual goal this year. He pointed to a 32% increase in government revenue in the first half

    Argentina posted a primary fiscal deficit of 144 billion pesos (US$8.4 billion), or 1.5% of GDP in the first half of 2017, Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne said on Wednesday, beating the government target for a gap of 2% of GDP. The primary fiscal deficit was 103 billion pesos in the second quarter, compared with 41 billion pesos in the first quarter.

  • Thursday, July 20th 2017 - 20:43 UTC

    Chile closer to legalizing abortion in special cases

    President Michelle Bachelet supports the measure and has said she would sign the law, but opposition said they would appeal it before the Constitutional Tribunal

    Chilean lawmakers took a major step toward legalizing abortion in some cases on Wednesday, a dramatic development in one of Latin America’s most traditionally conservative countries. In a marathon session lasting well past midnight, the Senate voted to allow abortions when a mother’s life is in danger, when the fetus is not viable, and in cases of rape.

  • Thursday, July 20th 2017 - 17:04 UTC

    England targeting a “smoke-free generation” by 2022

    The plan is to cut smoking rates among adults to 12% or under by 2022, from 15.5% at present. Smoking among 15-year-olds should also drop from 8% to 3%

    England can become “smoke free”, ministers have said, as they announced plans to cut the number of smokers. Unveiling its new Tobacco Control Plan, the UK Government set out a range of targets aimed at adult smokers, teenagers and pregnant women.

  • Thursday, July 20th 2017 - 16:13 UTC

    The Frigate “Libertad” arrives at Southampton next week

    Frigate ARA Libertad will be calling  Southampton, on July 26th.

    On 26th July the Frigate ARA Libertad will arrive at Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Terminal, Eastern Docks, Berth 38, in Southampton, where the Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom R. Carlos Sersale di Cerisano will welcome the crew of 27 officers, 187 non-commissioned officers and 61 training officers. In her role as Ambassador of the seas, the vessel carries a message of peace, friendship and a will to build bridges with the world.

  • Thursday, July 20th 2017 - 09:54 UTC

    Top oil companies plan to invest US$ 1.15bn in Patagonia's shale formation

    BP’s Pan American Energy, Total Austral, Wintershall Energía, and YPF are committing the investment over the next five years to drill more than 60 wells

    BP unit and subsidiaries of France’s Total and Germany’s Wintershall have signed an investment agreement with Argentina’s state-run oil company YPF to jointly invest US$1.15 billion in the Vaca Muerta shale formation in Argentina.

  • Thursday, July 20th 2017 - 09:45 UTC

    “Dump Falklands and Tierra del Fuego, they are too expensive”, says Argentine top banker

    Central bank deputy governor Lucas Lach suggested the Falklands and the whole of Tierra del Fuego to the English: “so we can get rid of this expensive appendix”

    Another member of Argentine President Mauricio Macri administration is in trouble over statements referred to the Falkland Islands, which were actually unearthed from years back, but in election time strange things tend to happen and social networks picked up the outburst of such major 'sin'.

  • Thursday, July 20th 2017 - 09:29 UTC

    UK ex top diplomat warns of “disastrous consequences” of Brexit

    Lord Kerr, UK’s ex permanent representative at EU from 1990-95, said that when he drafted Article 50, he thought it would only ever be used by a dictatorial regime

    The author of the European Union’s Article 50 has issued a call for Brexit to be halted, warning that its “disastrous consequences” are becoming clearer every day. Lord Kerr of Kinlochard was among more than 60 prominent figures in Scotland who signed a joint letter warning that Brexit has seriously damaged the UK’s international reputation and calling for a “UK-wide debate about calling a halt to the process”.

  • Thursday, July 20th 2017 - 09:14 UTC

    France's Macron overtakes UK in the league table of global “soft power”

    The future of the UK’s “soft power” will depend on whether Brexit results in the creation of a “global Britain”, as the UK Government hopes

    The election of Emmanuel Macron as president has helped propel France to the top of a league table of global “soft power”, while Britain’s score has decreased partly as a result of Brexit. But despite losing points for government stability, enterprise and favorability measured in worldwide polls, the UK hung on to second slot, thanks to the US tumbling from first to third following the election of Donald Trump.

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