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Montevideo, November 21st 2018 - 04:15 UTC

Stories for 2018

  • Wednesday, October 31st 2018 - 09:04 UTC

    Argentine military cemetery in Falklands now has 102 identified gravestones

    The identification of Sbert is the result of the Humanitarian Project Plan agreed between Argentina, UK and Falklands, under Red Cross leadership

    Argentina's Human Rights Secretariat announced on Tuesday that the remains of another Argentine unknown combatant, buried in the Falkland Islands have been identified making him the 102nd successful case. Corporal Mateo Antonio Sbert, was born in the province of Buenos Aires in 1949, and fell on 31 May 1982, during the South Atlantic conflict, in combat against British commandos at Top Malo House. He belonged to the Engineers Corps and was a Geographic Service graduate.

  • Wednesday, October 31st 2018 - 09:01 UTC

    Several Army generals expected in Bolsonaro's cabinet to be announced next Monday

    The cabinet to be announced next Monday, will have “four or five generals”, according to the head of Mr Bolsonaro’s Social Liberal Party, Gustavo Bebianno.

    Brazil’s far-right president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, is likely to tap army generals and an ultra-free-market economist for key roles in his cabinet. The former army captain styles himself as an outsider, even though he has spent a long career in Congress, and has mostly sought prospective ministers with little political experience.

  • Wednesday, October 31st 2018 - 08:58 UTC

    Three seismic tremors in the Drake Passage felt in Tierra del Fuego

    Ushuaia, capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego

    Three seismic tremors were felt in Ushuaia, extreme south of Argentina, on Monday, with epicenter in the Drake Passage, according to Argentina and Chile seismology services. The incidents had no major impact in the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego or in nearby Puerto Williams in Chile.

  • Wednesday, October 31st 2018 - 08:55 UTC

    Kirchner family alleged front man in court on corruption charges

    Prosecution alleges Báez, a former bank cashier, created a business empire in Santa Cruz province with public works projects during the Kirchner presidencies

    The man accused of being the front-man for Argentina's former presidents Néstor and Cristina Kirchner in alleged widespread corruption schemes appeared in court on Tuesday to face charges of money laundering. Lázaro Báez is accused of participating in a money-laundering scheme known as “the K-money route.” It involves some US$60 million in alleged dirty cash.

  • Wednesday, October 31st 2018 - 08:52 UTC

    Beijing concerned a weaker Yuan could further trigger trade war with the U.S.

    Yuan drifted past 6.96 to the dollar, its weakest since May 2008. Breaking 7 could further undermine market confidence and potentially trigger fresh US accusations

    The Chinese Yuan weakened to a decade low on Tuesday on concerns over China's slowing economy and the US trade war, but Beijing was expected to prevent it breaking the psychologically important 7 Yuan per dollar barrier. The Yuan drifted past 6.96 to the dollar, hitting its weakest levels since May 2008.

  • Wednesday, October 31st 2018 - 08:49 UTC

    Foreign Office plans major embassy and staff expansion ahead of post-Brexit

    In comments ahead of a speech in London, Jeremy Hunt said Britain would form “an invisible chain linking the world's democracies”

    Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced on Tuesday announced a major expansion of Britain's diplomatic network around the world, five months before it leaves the European Union. For the first time, people from outside the civil service will be eligible to become ambassadors as the Foreign Office seeks to swell its numbers by almost 1,000.

  • Wednesday, October 31st 2018 - 08:46 UTC

    Powerball lottery US$ 688m tickets sold in Manhattan and a rural town in Iowa

    Jose Espinosa and his father own the West Harlem Deli, which lottery officials say sold a ticket that matched all six numbers for the fourth largest lottery prize in U.S.

    The co-owner of a Manhattan deli in New York, where someone purchased one of two Powerball tickets that hit the US$ 688 million jackpot said he likely sold the winning ticket, but he has no idea who won.

  • Wednesday, October 31st 2018 - 08:43 UTC

    Brazil's unemployment down to 11.9% in the third quarter

    Despite six straight months of decline, there are still 12.5 million people seeking work in Brazil, which is coming off the worst recession in its history in 2015-2016

    Brazil's unemployment rate fell for the sixth straight month in September, according to government data released on Tuesday, two days after far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro was elected president on a promise of sweeping change. The jobless rate -- measured in sliding three-month intervals -- was 11.9% for the period from July to September, down from 12.1% from June to August.

  • Wednesday, October 31st 2018 - 08:29 UTC

    People in UK dump some 295 billion pieces of plastic every year

    For a year Mr Webb stored all the plastic waste he threw in the bin, collecting up a total of 4,490 individual pieces of plastic

    People in the UK throw away around 295 billion pieces of plastic every year, much of which is single-use and cannot be recycled, a report suggests. Campaigner Daniel Webb has revealed the extent of the plastic waste an individual gets through in the UK, and how little of it is recycled in this country.

  • Wednesday, October 31st 2018 - 08:26 UTC

    Chile will reward families to have more children to counter falling birthrate and the aging population

    “The population is ageing rapidly” Piñera underlined and pledged his government would “ launch a project to increase the birth rate.”

    In an attempt to tackle the country's decreasing birthrate, President Sebastián Piñera has announced a new law designed to motivate Chileans to have more children. In recent years, Chile has witnessed a fall in the number of newborns arriving each year.