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Friday, August 28th 2015 - 07:22 UTC

Brazil/EU summit next year following exchange of proposals with Mercosur

Brazil and the EU agreed it would be better that the bilateral summit be held after the exchange of proposals, said EU representative Joao Gomes Cravinho.

Brazil and the European Union agreed to hold their annual summit during the first half of 2016, following the exchange of proposals for a wide ranging and cooperation trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur.

Friday, August 28th 2015 - 07:06 UTC

US economy 2Q performance changes the mood of markets

US economy growth overall was due to strong consumer and government spending, and higher exports, besides greater corporate investment.

Shares rise and oil prices jumped 9% after revised figures showed the US economy grew by far more than had been thought between April and June. The economy grew by an annualized rate of 3.7%, up from the first estimate of 2.3%. Growth of 0.6% in the first three months of the year was not revised.

Friday, August 28th 2015 - 06:50 UTC

US Treasury sanctions Farc members operating from Switzerland

The four men used a shop in Switzerland as a front for their activities, the US Treasury. It says the Farc still use drugs to fund their “ruthless operation”.

The US has announced sanctions against four alleged members of Colombia's Farc rebel group, accusing them of drug trafficking and money laundering. The four men used a shop in Switzerland as a front for their activities, the US treasury department said. It says the Farc still use drugs to fund their “ruthless operation”.

Friday, August 28th 2015 - 06:17 UTC

Argentine Catholic Church in the dock over snatching of babies during military dictatorship

Verbitsky accused former bishop Raul Primatesta of giving consent to military officials to drop off babies snatched from detainees in a Córdoba foster home.

High-ranking officials of the Argentine Catholic Church were implicated in the appropriation of babies from detainees who were held in Cordoba province’s La Perla clandestine concentration camp during the last military dictatorship, journalist and writer Horacio Verbitsky, the head of the CELS human rights group, testified.

Friday, August 28th 2015 - 06:01 UTC

Infancy poverty in Argentina extensive to 40% of children living in urban areas

“It is estimated that 40% of the children and teen-age population, 0 to 17 years in urban Argentina live in homes below the poverty line” says UCA report

Infancy poverty in Argentina includes 40% of all children in urban areas, while 9.5% are considered to be living in indigent conditions, according to the latest Social Debt Barometer, from the Argentina Catholic University, UCA.

Friday, August 28th 2015 - 05:32 UTC

Lula da Silva seems to have lost his invincible electoral allure, opinion polls show

In the event of a presidential dispute, Lula da Silva would be beaten by Aecio Neves in the runoff by 50% to 31%.

Former Brazilian president Lula da Silva, if he decided to run again in 2018 as his Workers Party insists, would lose the presidential contest against any of three potential candidates from the leading opposition party, PSDB, (Brazilian Social Democracy) according to a public opinion poll released this week.

Thursday, August 27th 2015 - 05:23 UTC

Scioli-Macri the most probable run-off in Argentina's presidential race

“Until a week ago, Scioli was up 2 points and Macri also 2 points. The difference remains, both are growing evenly”, explained Giacobbe.

The scenario of a runoff in Argentina's coming presidential election next October 'remains' strong, according to public opinion analyst Jorge Giacobbe. The two candidates who are expected to dispute a second round in November are the incumbent Daniel Scioli and conservative Mauricio Macri.

Thursday, August 27th 2015 - 05:04 UTC

Barcelona targets home rental websites to crack on 'uncontrolled' tourism

Colau wants rental websites to hand over information on the property owners. “Everybody must comply with the same game rules,” Colau told media

Barcelona's new mayor is picking a fight with home rental websites as she tries to crack down on uncontrolled tourism that she fears could drive out poor residents and spoil the Catalan capital's charm. Ada Colau is threatening to fine firms like Airbnb and Booking.com if they market apartments from tourists without a number showing that they are on the Catalan tourism register.

Thursday, August 27th 2015 - 04:53 UTC

Spain confident its Gibraltar tough policy is 'bearing fruit' and will continue

“We have taken measures that are bearing fruit and we are going to continue doing so” said García-Margallo.

The Spanish Government’s measures toward Gibraltar are ‘bearing fruit, Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel García-Margallo said in a weekend interview in which he vowed to maintain pressure on the Rock. Although the minister’s tough language on Gibraltar was nothing new, it was the second time within the space of a week that he had spoken out on the Rock.

Thursday, August 27th 2015 - 04:41 UTC

Dilma has an extra 12 days to show 'non-doctored' government accounts

TCU alleges Rousseff delayed 40 billion Reais in social payments to artificially bolster fiscal accounts

Brazil's highest accounting court gave another 15 days for President Dilma Rousseff to respond to accusations she doctored the government accounts last year to hide the deterioration of the country's finances.

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