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Montevideo, March 25th 2017 - 07:51 UTC


  • Wednesday, March 8th 2017 - 10:12 UTC

    Brazil's worst-ever recession continued during 2016, GDP drops 3.6%

    Investment fell 10.2% and consumption was down by 4.2% as joblessness hit a record high with 13 million people unemployed – 12.6% of the formal workforce.

    Brazil’s economic woes continue as the country’s worst-ever recession unexpectedly deepened at the end of last year. Gross domestic product contracted by 0.9% between October and December. For all of 2016 it dropped by 3.6%; almost as bad as in 2015 with a 3.8% slump. It was the eighth straight quarter of contraction.

  • Tuesday, March 7th 2017 - 07:36 UTC

    RAF Hercules en route to the Falklands, photographed at Porto Alegre airport

    The Hercules pictured at the Porto Alegre airport on 29 August 2016 and  published in the Brazilian daily Zero Hora

    A Royal Air Force Hercules was photographed at the Porto Alegre international airport in August last year when it called allegedly for refueling, en route to the Falkland/Malvinas islands, according to the Rio Grande do Sul main daily Zero Hora. The photo from Centeno Mendes, was published following Argentina's official concern to Brasilia regarding 18 RAF calls in Brazilian airports, in the last two years.

  • Monday, March 6th 2017 - 06:40 UTC

    New Brazilian minister wants closer Mercosur-Pacific Alliance relations

    “We have very important challenges ahead such as giving new life to Mercosur and bringing Mercosur closer to the Pacific Alliance” wrote Nunes

    Giving new life to Mercosur and closer links with the Pacific Alliance are the main challenges of his office said Aloysio Nunes, Brazil's new foreign minister. In as brief statement in Facebook the ex senator and chair of the foreign affair committee also insists that Mercosur must open to the world and reach more agreements with other countries and trade spaces.

  • Saturday, March 4th 2017 - 11:47 UTC

    “There are no secret flights” between Falklands and Brazil, says Ambassador Kent

    Ambassador Kent feels very close and identified with the wine producing province of Mendoza where he spent time learning Spanish before his appointment

    There are no secret flights between Falklands and Brazil, and any landings which have occurred are because of medical or mechanical emergencies, said UK ambassador in Argentina Mark Kent, in fluent Spanish, currently visiting the province of Mendoza on official business and for the grape harvest and wine festival.

  • Friday, March 3rd 2017 - 13:19 UTC

    Brazil investigating if RAF flights to the Falklands landed in the country

    Brazilian president Michel Temer only on Thursday announced he was naming Senator Aloysio Nunes as succesor of ex minister Jose Serra

    The Brazilian government announced it had opened an investigation among miltiary institutions regarding Royal Air Force landings in Brazilian airports, while making flights between Britain and the Falkland/Malvinas Islands.

  • Friday, March 3rd 2017 - 11:48 UTC

    New Brazilian foreign minister no fan of Trump, but sponsors free trade, Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance

    After Trump's victory in November, Nunes went on Twitter to call the real estate mogul “the worst” of the Republican Party, “uncontrollable” and “exaggerated.”

    Brazil's president has picked as his new foreign minister a man who has sharply criticized U.S. President Donald Trump. President Michel Temer named Sen. Aloysio Nunes to the post Thursday to replace Jose Serra. Serra resigned last week for medical reasons. The appointment doesn't require congressional approval. Both Nunes and Serra belong to the center PSDB party, senior member of the ruling coalition.

  • Thursday, March 2nd 2017 - 07:17 UTC

    Falklands/UK RAF air bridge called at Brazilian airports, claims Argentina

    According to Malvinas Desk archives during 2015, there were 12 similar flights by the RAF calling in Brazil and which were detected by the Argentine Air Force.

    At least six Royal Air Force flights linking UK with Falklands' MPA, during 2016, called at Brazilian airports, claimed the Argentine foreign ministry Malvinas Desk based on information supplied by the country's Air Traffic Control office.

  • Tuesday, February 28th 2017 - 18:18 UTC

    Brazil manufacturers set up “maquila” assembly plants in neighboring Paraguay

    Dark-blue electric scooters assembled by 20 workers at the Estrela factory, known as a “maquila”, will be shipped across the Paraguay border to Brazil

    When toymaker Estrela decided to move manufacturing capacity back to Latin America from China, it sank US$ 2 million into a new factory not in its native Brazil - the region's largest economy - but in its tiny southern neighbor Paraguay. The plant, which opened this month in the border town of Hernandarias, stands near a 4,500-hectare industrial park filled with Brazilian companies making everything from auto parts to clothing.

  • Sunday, February 26th 2017 - 09:19 UTC

    Argentine-Chilean Antarctic inspectors check BAS Rothera base

    The bi-national team at Rothera next to the aircraft used for the inspection tour

    A team or Argentine and Chilean experts have visited Czech and British bases in Antarctica as part of the routine inspection of environment and security operations, in the framework of the Antarctic Treaty. The Argentine foreign ministry reported that the inspections took place for the second consecutive year between 19 January and 25 February.

  • Friday, February 24th 2017 - 18:55 UTC

    Brazil central bank cuts interest rate hoping to overcome recession

    It was the fourth such cut in a row by the Central Bank, as Brazil's inflation falls but the economy shows few signs of recovering soon from two years of decline.

    Brazil cut its key interest rate further on Wednesday to try to prop Latin America's biggest economy out of its worst recession in a century. The country's central bank cut the benchmark rate by 0.75 percentage points to 12.25%, still one of the worlds highest.