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Stories for March 14th 2018

  • Wednesday, March 14th 2018 - 16:28 UTC

    Nerve-gas poisoning: UK announces expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats

    Former spy Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, 33, remain critically ill in hospital. Detective Sgt Nick Bailey also fell ill responding to the incident

    The UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Salisbury, the PM says. Theresa May said the diplomats, who have a week to leave, were identified as “undeclared intelligence officers”. She also revoked an invitation to Russia's foreign minister, and said the Royal Family would not attend the Fifa World Cup later this year.

  • Wednesday, March 14th 2018 - 09:42 UTC

    Counter terror police looking into “unexplained” death of Russian exile in London

    The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that the man in his 60s had been found at a residential address in New Malden on Monday night.

    Counter-terror police are leading an investigation into the “unexplained” death of a man in London. He is believed to be Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov, who claimed political asylum in the UK after being convicted of fraud.

  • Wednesday, March 14th 2018 - 09:39 UTC

    Taoiseach Varadkar insists in an open “invisible” Ireland border

    Mr Varadkar was responding to questions about a controversial plan which could mean people crossing the border after Brexit would have to register in advance

    Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has dismissed claims that people crossing the Irish border would have to pre-register after Brexit. Speaking from the United States, where he is conducting a series of St Patrick’s Day engagements, the Taoiseach said: “No, it is not a solution that we envisage.”

  • Wednesday, March 14th 2018 - 09:37 UTC

    UK will come to regret its decision to leave the EU, says Juncker

    Addressing the European Parliament, Mr Juncker was cheered by Euro-skeptic MEPs as he noted the UK’s departure was due on March 29 2019.

    The UK will come to regret its decision to leave the European Union, Brussels’ top official has claimed. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said things “cannot remain as they are” for the UK in its relationship with the EU after leaving the bloc.

  • Wednesday, March 14th 2018 - 09:32 UTC

    CIA first woman chief an expert in “enhanced interrogation”

    Ms Haspel leadership positions include deputy director of the National Clandestine Service, and chief of staff for the director of the National Clandestine Service.

    Gina Haspel, 61, the newly nominated first-ever female director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is a career intelligence officer with more than 30 years' experience. Controversially, she ran a prison in Thailand where suspected al-Qaeda members were tortured by water-boarding in 2002.

  • Wednesday, March 14th 2018 - 09:27 UTC

    German industry want UK in a customs union after Brexit

    Joachim Lang, chief executive of the BDI said that for German companies, duty-free and quota-free trade in goods is the minimum requirement”

    German firms ideally want the UK to stay in a customs union after Brexit, a powerful German industry group says. BDI said it would prefer a deep form of integration between Britain and the EU after Brexit. It had previously said the integrity of the single market for remaining European Union member states should be a priority.

  • Wednesday, March 14th 2018 - 09:15 UTC

    Argentina central bank leaves basic rate unchanged to combat inflation

    The Central Bank confirmed its policy of supporting the Argentine Peso with occasional interventions in the money exchange market

    Argentina's central bank left the basic interest rate unchanged at 27.5%, a clear signal that inflation remains the main challenge of the country's monetary policy. The bank also revealed that last week it intervened in the local market with 400 million dollars to keep the US dollar in the range of 20/20,50 Pesos to the greenback.

  • Wednesday, March 14th 2018 - 09:12 UTC

    Brazil forecasts 87.28 million tons of corn and 113.02 million tons of soybeans

    For the first corn crop, Conab raised its projection to 25.12 million tons, from 24.75 million tons in February. It was 30.46 million tons in 2016-17.

    Brazil will harvest 87.28 million tons of corn in the 2017-18 season, federal government crop agency Conab said in a monthly report, down from 88 million tons in its February report. The 2016-17 harvest was 97.84 million tons.

  • Wednesday, March 14th 2018 - 09:09 UTC

    Temer makes informal visit to Supreme Tribunal chief at her residence

    The visit took place five days after Supreme Tribunal Justice Luís Roberto Barroso allowed police to investigate Temer’s financial records

    A controversial visit and meeting of two branches of government, on Saturday, was reported in the Brazilian media. In effect last Saturday afternoon president Michel Temer made a visit to the head of the Federal Supreme Tribunal Carmen Lucia at her residence, and “was not conducted as part of the President’s official schedule”.

  • Wednesday, March 14th 2018 - 09:04 UTC

    Argentines tourists flocked mainly to Brazil in January 2018

    Of the 377.000 overseas tourists, 32.5% travelled to Brazil, 15.1% to US and Canada, and 10.8% to Europe

    January is summer month in Argentina, equivalent to July in the northern hemisphere, and Argentines love to take to the beaches or travel overseas. This last January, according to the official stats office, Indec, the number of arrived tourists in Argentina increased 8.7% compared to a year ago, but Argentines tourists overseas jumped 20.5%., most probably on the back of a particularly strong Peso vis-a-vis the US dollar.

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