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Stories for August 3rd 2018

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 11:33 UTC

    Argentine judge is requesting Congress to strip Cristina Fernandez of parliamentary immunity

    Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has been ordered to appear before Bonadio on August 13 for questioning.

    Argentine Federal judge Claudio Bonadio will present a formal request to Congress to strip ex president and Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of her parliamentary immunity. Bonadio's move against CFK, for which she risks immediate arrest, is part of an investigation into an alleged giant bribery and corruption ring that spanned over a decade of the Kirchner couple's rule and involves high-profile businesspeople, politicians and magistrates.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 11:30 UTC

    Argentine Senate will vote on the abortion bill next Wednesday

    Pro-choice campaigners had hoped to modify the bill, in order to win the support of senators that remain undecided over how they will vote

    The Argentine Senate finally approved the text of a bill to legalize abortion that will be put to a vote on August 8 in the upper chamber. As approved by Congress' lower house Chamber of Deputies on June 14, the bill sent to the Senate decriminalizes abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and provides for conscientious objection for practitioners, but not for hospitals.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 10:03 UTC

    Gibraltar has detailed contingency plans for all levels of Brexit

    A busy day at the Gibraltar frontier with Spain

    The Government of Gibraltar has, since 2016, been preparing for all possible outcomes in relation to the departure of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar from the European Union. This is a perfectly sensible thing to do in view of the ongoing UK/EU discussions and the preparations for all eventualities announced by both sides.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 09:53 UTC

    British Armed Forces face consultation review of the Troubles

    Sir Nick said serving and former service personnel should face action for “genuine” wrongdoing, but groundless cases “will not happen on my watch”

    The new head of the armed forces says he will not allow British soldiers to be “chased” by people making “vexatious claims” about their conduct in the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Chief of the Defense Staff General Sir Nick Carter told the BBC serving and former service personnel should face action for “genuine” wrongdoing, but he vowed groundless cases “will not happen on my watch”.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 09:44 UTC

    Apple becomes the first company to hit a market cap of US$ 1 trillion

    Apple reached the trillion-dollar milestone just before noon, with share price of US$ 207.05, based on a recently adjusted outstanding share count of 4,829,926,000

    Apple hit a market cap of US$1 trillion on Thursday — and hung onto the record valuation at market close — as the iPhone maker became the first publicly traded U.S. company to reach US$1 trillion.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 09:38 UTC

    Colombia's kingmaker withdraws his Senate resignation letter

    Uribe, 66,(R) is a mentor of incoming President Ivan Duque (L), who won the June 17 election as the candidate for Uribe’s right-wing Democratic Center party.

    Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, accused of witness tampering and bribery, asked the Senate to ignore his resignation letter so that his case remains with the Supreme Court. Uribe, who was in office from 2002 to 2010 and mounted a military offensive against Marxist guerrillas, said on Monday he would resign his seat in the Senate to concentrate on his defense after the Supreme Court called on him to testify.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 09:32 UTC

    Brazil central bank keeps interest rates at an all-time low

    Brazil's central bank kept interest rates at an all-time low on Wednesday and downplayed a recent spike in inflation, suggesting no rate hikes in the immediate future. The effect of a nationwide truckers' strike on prices is likely to fade but will probably further slow a recovery in Latin America's top economy, the bank said, underscoring the outsized impact of the late-May protests.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 09:27 UTC

    Bank of England rate hike, but “policy needs to walk not run”, says Carney

    Carney said Brexit negotiations “are entering a critical period.” BoE forecasts are based on the assumption of “a relatively smooth transition” out of the EU

    The Bank of England announced a rate hike despite ongoing uncertainty over the future of the U.K. economy. The Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously for an increase in rates from 0.5 to 0.75% on the back of a strong labor market and credit growth.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 07:48 UTC

    Falklands contrasting opinions on the Sao Paulo air link consequences

    The Falkland Islands government preferred choice for a second commercial flight to the South American continent has met with contrasting opinions as to the practical and potential future consequences of the Sao Paulo destination.This was clearly expressed in the Letters chapter of the Penguin News. One of them comes from the FI Chamber of Commerce, and the second from the main importer of fresh produce to the Islands.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 07:24 UTC

    Falklands: Sao Paulo as second commercial flight draws strong local response

    Representatives from the tourism industry applauded the “significant milestone”

    The Falkland Island Government’s announcement of their preferred option for a second commercial flight between the Falklands and South America has been met with both applause and outrage, reports the latest edition of the Islands' weekly, Penguin News.