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Stories for August 2018

  • Friday, August 24th 2018 - 09:04 UTC

    Corruption scandal: Police searched homes of ex Argentine president Cristina Fernandez

    Police officers entered CFK's residence in the exclusive Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires as police vans and fire trucks surrounded the building

    Police accompanied by sniffer dogs searched the homes of Argentina's former president Cristina Kirchner on Thursday as the investigation intensified into the so-called “notebooks” corruption scandal that has rocked the country.

  • Friday, August 24th 2018 - 09:02 UTC

    Trump warns that any attempt to impeach him would crash the US economy

    “If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor,” Mr Trump told Fox News.

    US President Donald Trump has warned that any attempt to impeach him would result in the crash of the economy. The President made the claim as the White House struggled to manage the fallout from a plea deal Mr Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen made with prosecutors, and the conviction of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on financial charges.

  • Friday, August 24th 2018 - 08:55 UTC

    Uruguay players support FIFA's decision to take temporary control of AUF

    FIFA officials said it decided to appoint a ”normalization committee'' that will run the AUF until Feb. 28, 2019

    Several Uruguayan international players used their social media channels to share a letter in support to FIFA's decision to take temporary control of the country's soccer federation because of governance concerns. The letter, tweeted out by team stars such as Luis Suarez and Diego Godin, says it would bring “transparency, democracy and plurality” to the federation, known as the AUF.

  • Friday, August 24th 2018 - 08:50 UTC

    Argentina’s economy contracts in June for the third month running

    Manufacturing decreased 7.5%, while retail activity fell 8.4%. The construction sector also declined but slightly

    Argentina’s economy contracted 6.7% in June compared with the same month last year, and 1.3% compared with May, government statistics agency Indec said on Thursday. June was the third consecutive month of decline following 5.2% in May and 0.6% in April.

  • Friday, August 24th 2018 - 08:37 UTC

    Disaster contained: Brazilian court lifts ban on products containing glyphosate

    “If the decision is maintained, Brazil would be the first country to totally restrict the use of glyphosate,” the government said in the appeal filed on Wednesday

    A Brazilian court has lifted an injunction that had suspended registration in the country of products containing the agrochemical glyphosate, Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Thursday on his official Twitter account.

  • Friday, August 24th 2018 - 08:32 UTC

    African swine fever in China: fourth outbreak in a 2.000kms radius in three weeks

    Authorities have already culled more than 20,000 animals in an attempt to halt the spread of the highly contagious disease, which was first reported three weeks ago

    China which is home to the world’s largest pig herd, reported its fourth outbreak of the deadly African swine fever on Thursday, with more than 400 pigs infected as the disease entered a fourth province, fanning worries about its rapid spread. The infection killed 340 hogs on three farms in the coastal city of Wenzhou in eastern Zhejiang province, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement.

  • Friday, August 24th 2018 - 08:24 UTC

    Brazilian currency sliding to record lows ahead of October's election outcome

    Brazil's real  was on track for a more than 5% slide for the week on Thursday, having sold off more than 24% in the year so far

    The Brazilian currency Real fell to a 31-month low versus the U.S. dollar on Thursday on jitters ahead of the country’s October election. Jitters across emerging markets caused by a stronger U.S. dollar and exacerbated by the unfolding currency crisis in Turkey already took a toll on the Brazilian unit before this week.

  • Friday, August 24th 2018 - 08:16 UTC

    Monsanto glyphosate weed killer could cost Bayer billions in damage lawsuits

    Bayer said the number of outstanding cases had risen from 5,200 to 8,000. The company's shares are down 11% since it lost the case in a California court

    United States agro-chemicals company Monsanto is facing a surge in lawsuits that may cost its new owners, Bayer, billions in damages. Monsanto manufactures glyphosate-based weed killers which some believe are carcinogenic. Last month it lost a US$ 289m court case that alleged its products Roundup and RangerPro had led to a Californian man's terminal cancer.

  • Thursday, August 23rd 2018 - 09:13 UTC

    Argentine Senate unanimously approves raids on properties from ex president Cristina Fernandez

    Debate in the Senate was lively with Cristina Fernandez allies attacking Judge Bonadio, president Mauricio Macri, and his economic policies, and “big media”

    Argentina's Senators have approved a judge's request for authorities to carry out raids on properties owned by former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, as part of a case investigating widespread corruption. Cristina Fernandez is currently a senator and was one of the 67 lawmakers who voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

  • Thursday, August 23rd 2018 - 09:12 UTC

    The democratic challenge to dictatorships and xenophobia in Latin America

    The panel discussed the democratic clauses of the different institutional bodies in the continent against the erosion of the rule of law

    During the conference entitled “The democratic challenge to the autocracies of the 21st century in Latin America,” organized by the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) on Tuesday at the Senate of Uruguay, the Government of Venezuela was described as a “dictatorship” and it was exhorted that the democratic governments of the region, especially the Uruguayan government, not be indifferent or “accomplices” against today’s Latin America’s autocratic governments.