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Stories for April 19th 2018

  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 22:24 UTC

    Miguel Díaz-Canel becomes the new president of Cuba: there is no chance of a Trojan horse

    The parliament ratified the former vice president with 99.83% of the votes. HO/AFP

    Miguel Díaz-Canel has been ratified on Thursday by the National Assembly of Cuba as the new president of the Council of State, the country's first leader in practice. The parliament ratified the former vice president with 99.83% of the votes of the deputies present. Diaz-Canel replaces the General Raúl Castro, who retires from power after 12 years at the head of the country. However, the new president clarified that Raúl Castro “will lead the most important decisions” for the country.

  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 19:16 UTC

    International coffee house and Mexican partner open first store in Montevideo

    Ricardo Rico, Starbucks general manager for Latin America;  Natalia Lapaz, manager of the Montevideo Shopping store; Pablo Jaratz, Starbucks Uruguay General Manager and Pablo de los Heros, head of Als

    Starbucks has opened with great success its first store in Uruguay at the Montevideo Shopping mall in the capital city Montevideo. The store has a unique design and offers a wide range of Starbucks beverages and food, including Starbucks 100% arabica coffees from Latin America and around the world.

  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 18:17 UTC

    UK unions up in arms over MOD plan to invite foreign companies to build RFA ships

    Shipbuilding companies in Germany, Italy, Holland, Poland, South Korea and Spain attended a recent Ministry of Defense industry day on the order

    Overseas shipyards including some in Spain are “eyeing up” a £1 billion order for three new Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships, a UK union claims. The GMB said the UK Government should reverse a decision to put the contract out to international tender later this month.

  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 18:15 UTC

    US/China trade war reaches Midwest sorghum with tariffs of 178.6%

    Last year, Chinese buyers purchased more than 90% of the 245 million bushels of sorghum America exported.

    United States sorghum farmers fear they will lose their largest export market if China follows through with a tariff on their crop. China imposed preliminary anti-dumping tariffs of 178.6% on U.S. sorghum this week as part of its ongoing trade dispute with the U.S.

  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 18:08 UTC

    UK inflation in March falls to 2.5%, lowest rate in twelve months

    Despite the inflation fall, economists still expect the Bank of England to raise interest rates in May.

    UK consumer price inflation fell in March to 2.5%, the lowest rate in a year, according to the Office for National Statistics. It fell from 2.7% in February after prices for women's clothing rose at a slower pace than last year. The data appears to show that the squeeze on UK households may be coming to an end as wages rise.

  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 11:43 UTC

    Facebook asking UK users to allow facial recognition technology

    Users will have the opportunity to select an “accept and continue” option to automatically agree to Facebook’s settings

    Facebook has begun asking users in the UK to allow the platform to use facial recognition technology to identify them in photos and videos. The technology has been used in most parts of the world for six years, but was initially removed in the EU in 2012 following protests from regulators and privacy advocates.

  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 10:32 UTC

    G7 foreign ministers' statement on the Salisbury attack

    “We fully support all efforts made by the US, UK and France to degrade the Assad regime’s ability to use chemical weapons and to deter any future use”

    We, the G7 foreign ministers, of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the attack that took place against Sergei and Yulia Skripal, using a nerve agent in Salisbury, United Kingdom, on March 4, 2018. A British police officer and numerous civilians were exposed in the attack and required hospital treatment, and the lives of many more innocent British civilians have been threatened. We express our deepest sympathies to them all and our admiration and support for the UK emergency services for their courageous response.

  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 10:12 UTC

    G7 leaders: statement on chemical weapons use in Syria and Salisbury attack

    Use of chemical weapons is a breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention and constitutes a threat to international peace and security

    The G7 leaders have united in condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria and support recent actions by the US, UK and France to degrade and deter further use. Likewise G7 foreign ministers condemned the nerve agent attack and share the UK's assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation was responsible.

  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 10:07 UTC

    President Macri recognized as first World Leader for Travel & Tourism

    Macri's clear message of Argentina being ‘open for business’ has benefited tourism enormously, underlined Gloria Guevara Manzo, WTTC president and CEO

    President Mauricio Macri of Argentina was recognized by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) at its first World Leader for Travel & Tourism. The recognition was announced at the opening ceremony of the 2018 WTTC Global Summit which is taking place on 18 and 19 April in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Thursday, April 19th 2018 - 10:06 UTC

    Starbucks “embarrassed” by accusations of racial profiling in US cafes

    Howard Schultz's comments came after Starbucks announced it will close US stores on 29 May for company-wide “racial bias training”.

    Starbucks' executive chairman has said he is “embarrassed” by the recent accusations of racial profiling in the company's US cafes. Howard Schultz's comments came after Starbucks announced it will close US stores on 29 May for company-wide “racial bias training”.

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