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Stories for April 2018

  • Wednesday, April 25th 2018 - 08:15 UTC

    Brazil's Lula gives his party the green light to find a new presidential candidate

    “I want you to feel totally free to take whatever decision you need because 2018 is an important year for the PT, for the left and for democracy,” wrote Lula da Silva

    Brazil's ex-president Lula, who is imprisoned for corruption, on Tuesday gave his Workers' Party (PT) the green light to find a new candidate for the October presidential election in which he remains the frontrunner. “I want you to feel totally free to take whatever decision you need because 2018 is an important year for the PT, for the left and for democracy,” wrote Lula da Silva in a letter to the party leadership.

  • Wednesday, April 25th 2018 - 02:07 UTC

    English Language Day at the UN

    The date traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare

    English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April, the date traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare. The Day is the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information, establishing language days for each of the Organization's six official languages.

  • Tuesday, April 24th 2018 - 23:21 UTC

    Falklands: “Commercial and cultural office” in Stanley to promote Argentina, suggests ex diplomat

    Jorge Lidio Viñuela during a visit to the Falkland Islands, pictured at an iconic signboard at the entrance of Stanley

    The Falklands population is crucial for any solution to the Argentine claim over the Islands given their overwhelming support from British public opinion (and political system), and its full integration with the 53-nation Commonwealth, according to Argentine ex diplomat Jorge Lidio Viñuela, considered an expert and militant on the issue of South Atlantic insular claims.

  • Tuesday, April 24th 2018 - 08:50 UTC

    Some 15 Brazilian presidential hopefuls have 160 cases in court, according to Folha de Sao Paulo

    This group is led by Lula who was sentenced to 12 years in jail; president Temer is accused two cases and targeted by two ongoing investigations

    At least 15 of the 20 candidates who might run for president of Brazil in the October elections are targeted in more than 160 cases in courts throughout the country. Cases range from investigations in the Lava Jato operation to traffic offenses, and while in some cases would-be candidates are still only under investigation, in others they are either accused, or defendants, or have been sentenced – one of them was even arrested: former president Lula da Silva (PT), who is currently leading the poles.

  • Tuesday, April 24th 2018 - 08:42 UTC

    Brazil poised for historic oil boom

    A range of analyst and oil company estimates put the breakeven price for pre-salt fields at less than US$ 40 per barrel compared to US$ 45 seven years ago.

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    After being caught up in major corruption scandals and suffering from what some have claimed was its worst economic downturn in 100-years, Brazil has pulled itself back from the brink. The economy commenced growing again in 2017 with gross domestic product (GDP) expanding by 1 percent and 2018 GDP growth forecast by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be 2.3%.

  • Tuesday, April 24th 2018 - 08:39 UTC

    London mayor calls on voters to try and halt a hard Brexit with a massive turnout in local elections

    We need to send the Tory Government a clear message that we don’t want their extreme and irresponsible approach to Brexit, appealed mayor Sadiq Khan

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the capital’s 1.1 million EU nationals to turn out in force at next week’s local elections to try to halt a hard Brexit. Speaking ahead of campaigning in south London with Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, Mr Khan said the Windrush scandal showed the Tories’ “divisive” stance on immigration.

  • Tuesday, April 24th 2018 - 08:36 UTC

    On St George's Day, William and Kate show to the world their newborn son

    The Duchess of Cambridge with her newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. John Stillwell/PA Wire

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge showed their newborn son off to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing. Proud parents William and Kate introduced the baby prince of Cambridge – their third child – to the hundreds of cameras gathered in front of the private maternity unit in Paddington, London.

  • Tuesday, April 24th 2018 - 08:31 UTC

    Japanese manufacturers insist on a single market for its UK investments

    Japan’s ambassador to the UK Koji Tsuruoka, said Japanese firms are watching negotiations and will want to continue to be located in the single market

    Britain will not get a Brexit deal better than the current single market, Japan’s ambassador to the UK has said. Koji Tsuruoka, who took up the role just over a fortnight before the referendum in June 2016, said Japanese firms are watching negotiations and will want to continue to be located in the single market after next March.

  • Tuesday, April 24th 2018 - 08:15 UTC

    First ever genital transplant performed at John Hopkins University in Maryland

    The team of 11 surgeons performed the transplant over 14 hours on 26 March. Dr WP Andrew Lee, is head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins

    A team of US doctors has successfully carried out the world's first total transplant of a penis and scrotum. Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, performed the operation on a soldier who had been wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan.

  • Tuesday, April 24th 2018 - 08:00 UTC

    Crucial week for Theresa May who insists that “we are leaving the customs union”

    Following a defeat in the House of Lords over the customs union vote after Brexit, the Prime Minister and her team are reported to be having a rethink.

    British Prime Minister Theresa May could bow to Parliamentary pressure to keep Britain in a customs union with the European Union after Brexit. Following a defeat in the House of Lords and reports that a number of Tory MPs will vote in favor of membership in the Commons, the Prime Minister and her team are reported to be having a rethink.