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Friday, February 5th 2016 - 07:54 UTC

Swiss Syngenta accepts takeover proposal by China Chemical: US$ 43bn cash

The deal could transform ChemChina into the world's largest supplier of crop-protection products.

Government-owned agrochemical firm China National Chemical announced this week an all-cash proposal to buy Swiss rival Syngenta for $43 billion in a deal expected to improve China's food production.

Friday, February 5th 2016 - 07:46 UTC

Brazil's 'corrupt' government hurting business and agriculture, says Agco CEO

Martin Richenhagen, chairman and CEO of Agco, manufacturer of Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra machinery, claimed “politicians right now don't listen”

Brazil's “corrupt” government is hurting the country's business sector, including in agriculture, the head of one of the world's biggest tractor-makers said. Martin Richenhagen, chairman and CEO of Agco, manufacturer of Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra machinery, claimed he tried, and failed, to persuade Brazil's government to speed up the payment of agriculture support programs used by farmers for funding equipment purchases.

Friday, February 5th 2016 - 07:41 UTC

Brazil: health workers can enter private properties to crush Zika breeding grounds

Brazilian law expert Luiz Flavio Gomes sees no reason for people to be distressed, as Rousseff's mandate would play a huge role in curbing the spread of Zika virus.

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff implemented a nationwide mandate this week allowing government health workers to enter private properties to crush Zika breeding grounds. Exterminators now have the right to inspect and disinfect households, even without the presence of its owners.

Friday, February 5th 2016 - 07:35 UTC

Argentina's main opposition force will attempt unity with party elections on May 8

“It’s important that the people don’t resign themselves to a lower quality of life,” said former Victory Front (FpV) presidential candidate Daniel Scioli

Argentina's main political force, Peronism, under the Justicialista party banner, announced that the party's elections will be held on 8 May, while the members of the electoral board set to oversee the election would be chosen during a meeting in Buenos Aires on February 24.

Friday, February 5th 2016 - 07:31 UTC

TPP Agreement bad for democracy, rights, public services and health, says ITUC

“The agreement threatens democracy, social and labour rights, and access to public services and medicines”, said Sharon Burrow, ITUC General Secretary

The ITUC has called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) a major setback for employment and workers’ rights prospects, and signaled the determination of unions in TPP countries to oppose it. After five years of secret negotiations, twelve Asia/Pacific-Rim Ministers signed the agreement today in Auckland, New Zealand, amid strong criticism from trade unions and other civil society organisations.

Friday, February 5th 2016 - 07:17 UTC

Lula da Silva included in criminal investigation involving bribes

Police Chief Oliveira Cajado dos Santos wrote the document into the investigation of ex president Lula

Brazil's federal police have included former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in an investigation into the possible use of bribes to influence the passage of legislation benefiting the auto sector, a court document showed on Thursday.

Friday, February 5th 2016 - 06:40 UTC

Argentine government creates registry to weed out hooligans from football

 Fans involved in violent instances in the past will be placed on a list that includes full names, DNI number, favoured teams and reason for the measures

The Argentine government officially unveiled the National Registry for Admission to Football Matches. The measure was announced by the Security Ministry, which released a statement saying they “needed the cooperation from the clubs affiliated with the Argentine Football Association (AFA), who will bring us the names of the people who are not allowed to attend soccer matches.”

Friday, February 5th 2016 - 06:27 UTC

Chilean government condemns vandalism by fans at Malvinas Memorial in Rosario

Ambassador Jose Antonio Viera-Galo received the director of the Flag Monument, Hernan Colautti and war veterans to whom he delivered the official letter

The Chilean ambassador in Buenos Aires met with Malvinas war veterans and the head of the National Monument to the Flag in the city of Rosario, and delivered an official letter condemning the violent actions and destruction by fans from the University of Chile football team against a Memorial to the Malvinas fallen.

Thursday, February 4th 2016 - 18:19 UTC

Toxic algae bloom in south Chile threatening salmon farms

Multiexports Food admitted having suffered “significant fish mortality” and blames the bloom to “unusual and extreme weather and oceanographic conditions”

Chilean aquaculture company Multiexports Food reported that due to the harmful algal bloom (HAB) recorded in various areas of the southern Regions X and XI of Chile, their production centers of Huyar and Lligua have suffered “significant fish mortality,” which has not been quantified yet.

Thursday, February 4th 2016 - 08:17 UTC

Magallanes region in south Chile could hold a treasure of unconventional tight gas

USGS provided a mean estimate of 8.27 trillion cubic feet of gas and 83 million barrels of natural gas liquids.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that the Glauconitica zone of Chile's southernmost Magallanes region holds nearly 8.3 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable, unconventional tight gas, or nearly double Chile's production of that fossil fuel over the past 70 years.

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