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Stories for January 17th 2018

  • Wednesday, January 17th 2018 - 22:37 UTC

    Falklands' lawmaker in Guyana to discuss self determination and border controversies

    MLA Hansen, left, with Minister of State Joseph Harmon, center, and British High Commissioner to Guyana, Mr. Gregory Quinn.

    Falkland Islands lawmaker MLA Ian Hansen made on Wednesday a courtesy call on Guyana's Minister of State Joseph Harmon at his office in the Ministry of Presidency, in Georgetown, the country's capital.

  • Wednesday, January 17th 2018 - 16:52 UTC

    It's World Penguin Day!

    In case you didn't know, this Saturday, 20th January, is World Penguin Day! What better way to celebrate it than start planning your own Falkland Islands adventure. Penguins...well we've got plenty, but that's not all the Falklands is about. It's a bird watcher's paradise. It is fabulous for walking, exploring, photography, fishing, and immersing yourself in island life. And perhaps as much as anything else, it's the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of, well, the rest of the world!

  • Wednesday, January 17th 2018 - 10:44 UTC

    Oscar Pérez case repercussions: the operation was “State terrorism”

    The former prosecutor protected by the Colombian government, Luisa Ortega Díaz, described the case as extrajudicial execution

    After a day of speculation and uncertainty in Venezuela, the interior minister, Néstor Reverol confirmed the death of Oscar Pérez, who, according to the minister, “attacked our officials” when the authorities were preparing to negotiate the surrender of the rebels, which the same Oscar Perez denied minutes before dying in several videos published on his social networks. The minister also reported that the Venezuelan opposition provided information for the location of the former insurgent police and part of the La Resistencia group at the dialogue table in the Dominican Republic.

  • Wednesday, January 17th 2018 - 10:18 UTC

    Pope Francis held a private meeting with victims of sex abuse by priests

    “No one else was present. Only the pope and the victims,” spokesman Greg Burke said. “This was so they could speak of their suffering to Pope Francis”

    Pope Francis publicly expressed “pain and shame” on Tuesday over the rape and molestation of children by priests in Chile and later listened, prayed and cried at a private meeting with victims. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the meeting took place in the Vatican embassy in Santiago.

  • Wednesday, January 17th 2018 - 10:14 UTC

    Conservatives urge “unity of purpose” ahead of EU Withdrawal Bill third reading

    The draft legislation has been the subject of highly-charged debate in Commons, facing hundreds of wording change attempts and suffering one government defeat

    The Conservatives have urged MPs to show a “unity of purpose” and back their Brexit legislation in a key vote. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill gets its third reading in the House of Commons later before heading to the Lords.

  • Wednesday, January 17th 2018 - 10:12 UTC

    Wales will take steps to protect its interests, unless changes are made to EU Withdrawal bill

    Carwyn Jones said Wales would refuse consent to EU (Withdrawal) Bill as it stood. A continuity bill to protect Welsh interests will be unveiled by the end of January

    First Minister Carwyn Jones has said he will take steps to protect Welsh powers after Brexit if UK ministers do not change their EU withdrawal bill. He claimed the way Theresa May planned to bring powers back from Brussels was a “fundamental assault” on devolution.

  • Wednesday, January 17th 2018 - 09:32 UTC

    Hard times in Cuba: electricity and fuel cuts, slashed imports and payments to suppliers delayed

    Cuba’s foreign currency earnings have fallen by billions of dollars since global prices for oil and other commodities crashed in 2014.

    Cuba has not provided a detailed breakdown of key economic activity in its annual statistical abstract for the first time this century, leaving would-be investors more in the dark than usual about the cenrtralized-run economy.

  • Wednesday, January 17th 2018 - 09:29 UTC

    Brazilian stocks at an all time high, as optimism grows recession is over

    Demand for Brazilian assets has been underpinned by expectations that stronger economic growth lifts corporate earnings in 2018.

    Brazilian stocks on Tuesday edged up to an all-time high as optimism over the nation's economic prospects kept an early-year rally alive. The benchmark Bovespa stock index rose 0.3% to 79,951, nearing the 80,000 milestone for the first-time ever.

  • Wednesday, January 17th 2018 - 09:25 UTC

    Europe tells UK that “our hearts are still open”, and hopes London will listen

    Juncker told EU parliament: “President Tusk also made some comments on Brexit, he said that our door remains open. I hope that will be heard clearly in London.”

    Europe’s top two bureaucrats believe the UK could still yet change its mind on Brexit. Donald Tusk, the European Council president, said “our hearts are still open” to “our British friends” to remain in the bloc. And quoting the UK Brexit secretary, he added: “Wasn’t it David Davis himself who said ‘if a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy’? We here on the continent haven’t had a change of heart – our hearts are still open to you.”

  • Wednesday, January 17th 2018 - 09:23 UTC

    Minus 67 Celsisus in Russia'a Yakuta region, 5.300 kilometers east of Moscow

    A teenager selfie with her eyebrows frozen. Although even with minus 40 Celsius, schools are open in Yakutia, minus 67 was a bit too much

    Even thermometers can't keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia's remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas on Tuesday. In Yakutia, a region of 1 million people about 5,300 kilometers east of Moscow, students routinely go to school even in minus 40 degrees. But school was canceled on Tuesday throughout the region and police ordered parents to keep their children inside.

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