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Stories for May 21st 2018

  • Monday, May 21st 2018 - 09:12 UTC

    Foreign Secretary honors Argentine fallen during the Falklands conflict in Buenos Aires

    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson lays a wreath at the ‘Monument to the Fallen’ in Buenos Aires, commemorating all those who died in the Falklands/Malvinas conflict

    British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Sunday laid a wreath to honor Argentine soldiers fallen while fighting the British in the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict. Johnson, who is in Buenos Aires for a Group of 20 meeting, visited the Monument of the Fallen Soldiers on Sunday along with Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie.

  • Monday, May 21st 2018 - 09:06 UTC

    Boris Johnson, first foreign secretary to visit Peru in fifty years

    Mr. Johnson joined Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra and other high level Peruvian officials on a visit to Iquitos, located in the Amazon.

    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson spent the first of his five-day visit to Latin America in Peru on Saturday 19 May. In the first visit of a British Foreign Secretary to Peru in over 50 years, Mr. Johnson joined Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra and other high level Peruvian officials on a visit to Iquitos, located in the Amazon.

  • Monday, May 21st 2018 - 09:02 UTC

    Lula's political “handy man” Dirceu, starts 31-year prison sentence for corruption

    Dirceu was jailed in Papuda, near Brasilia, and could next be transferred to the city of Curitiba, where the giant “Car Wash” anti-corruption operation is based

    Jose Dirceu, former chief of staff under ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, surrendered last Friday to start a nearly 31-year prison sentence for corruption, officials said. Dirceu lost an appeal against his conviction for money laundering, corruption and membership of a criminal group, at a court in Porto Alegre on Thursday.

  • Monday, May 21st 2018 - 08:52 UTC

    US/China trade war “on hold”; Beijing agrees to “substantially reduce” surplus

    After high-level talks in Washington, Beijing agreed in a joint statement with the U.S. to “substantially reduce” America's trade deficit with China

    The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world's two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America's massive trade deficit with Beijing. “We are putting the trade war on hold,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday.

  • Monday, May 21st 2018 - 08:42 UTC

    Nicaraguan truce on the cliff after claims police attacked and shot students

    In Managua, protesters carried Nicaraguan flags, banged pots and blew whistles to call on Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, to resign. (EFE/Bienvenido Velasco)

    Nicaraguans were back on the streets in their thousands on Sunday to protest what they called a government breach of a two-day truce agreed during Church-mediated peace talks. Students at a university in northeastern Managua claim police attacked them during a demonstration outside the campus on Saturday night in which four students were shot and injured.

  • Monday, May 21st 2018 - 08:33 UTC

    Maduro re-elected, but with massive abstention and other candidates call for fresh elections

    Venezuela’s election board, run by Maduro loyalists, said he took 5.8 million votes, versus 1.8 million for his closest challenger Henri Falcon, a former governor

    Venezuela’s populist leader Nicolas Maduro won a new six-year term on Sunday, but his main rivals disavowed the election alleging massive irregularities in a process critics decried as a farce propping up a dictatorship. Victory for the 55-year-old former bus driver, who replaced Hugo Chavez after his death from cancer in 2013, may trigger a new round of western sanctions against the populist government as it grapples with a ruinous economic crisis.

  • Monday, May 21st 2018 - 08:26 UTC

    UK and Spain discuss Brexit and Gibraltar in Madrid: “constructive meeting”

    “Mr Lidington reiterated that the UK is confident that by engaging in regular conversations with the Government of Gibraltar and our EU partners”

    Gibraltar was discussed in Madrid on Saturday during a wide-ranging meeting on Brexit between the UK’s Minister for the Cabinet Office, David Lidington, and Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alfonso Dastis. Speaking after the meeting, Mr Lidington expressed confidence that a constructive agreement would be reached on Gibraltar’s post-Brexit relations with Spain and the wider EU.

  • Monday, May 21st 2018 - 08:17 UTC

    Commons report: “Moscow's Gold: Russian Corruption in the UK”

    MP Tungendhat said ministers should investigate “gaps” in the sanctions regime which allows the Putin government to continue to raise funds in the City.

    The UK has been accused of turning a “blind eye” to Russia's “dirty money”, putting national security at risk. The House of Commons foreign affairs committee said London was being used to hide the “corrupt assets” of President Vladimir Putin and his allies.