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Saturday, September 20th 2014 - 07:05 UTC

Samond resigns, but is convinced “Scotland can still emerge as the real winner.”

“I am immensely proud of the campaign that Yes Scotland fought and particularly of the 1.6 million voters who rallied to that cause.”

Alex Salmond is to step down as Scottish first minister after voters rejected independence. He will also resign as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which he has led for a total of 20 years.

Saturday, September 20th 2014 - 07:02 UTC

No end to fraud cases involving Cristina Fernandez vice-president Boudou

With Cristina in the Vatican and later in the week in New York, Boudou is formally Argentina's president

Argentina's controversial Vice-President Amado Boudou received yet another judicial headache on the same day as he took over the role of the country's interim head of the Executive as President Cristina Fernández travelled to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis this Saturday.

Saturday, September 20th 2014 - 00:04 UTC

Why China's insatiable appetite for coal has likely peaked

“We will resolutely declare war against pollution as we declared war against poverty,” Premier Li Keqiang said in March.

A recent report from Greenpeace found that China's coal consumption declined in the first half of this year and new Chinese government data suggests that the country's coal imports have dropped. Estimates indicate that by the end of the year, China's coal imports could be 8 percent below 2013 levels.

Friday, September 19th 2014 - 07:28 UTC

EU hopeful the free trade accord with Mercosur will be reached next year

“We expect the Mercosur proposal on tariffs reduction will be on terms agreed back in 2010” said Fernandez Trigo

Once the EU and Mercosur exchange their proposals for a free trade agreement, negotiations will 'move fast' and the deal should be closed sometime in 2015, according to EU ambassador in Montevideo, Juan Fernandez Trigo. But he also pointed out that he expected Mercosur proposal to be in accordance with terms established in 2010.

Friday, September 19th 2014 - 07:19 UTC

Brazilian 2013/14 grains and oilseeds crop reached a record 195.46 million tons

The soybean output was confirmed at 86.12 million tons, a new record, with 31.6 million hectares planted

The Brazilian production of grains in 2013/2014 has reached 195.46 million tons, according to the country’s National Supply Company, Conab. The number is a 3.6% (6.8 million tons) increase compared to the previous season.

Friday, September 19th 2014 - 07:09 UTC

South Atlantic whale sanctuary rejected at the IWC meeting

Whales basking along the Uruguayan coast

The world's whaling watchdog rejected a bid to expand protection in the South Atlantic. The issue were put to a vote on the closing day of the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) 65th meeting in Slovenia.

Friday, September 19th 2014 - 06:58 UTC

Tougher scrutiny of Japanese bids to kill whales for “scientific research”

The New Zealand resolution drew heavily on findings by the ICJ that nations wishing to engage in whale research must show why killing is justified.

Nations agreed on measures Thursday to toughen scrutiny of future Japanese bids to kill whales in the name of scientific research, which critics say is a cover for commercial hunts.

Friday, September 19th 2014 - 06:53 UTC

Top marks for South Georgia Patagonian toothfish fishery

“South Georgia is a unique environment and the GSGSSI will continue in its efforts to improve all aspects of the fishery,” said GSGSSI Fisheries Collins.

The South Georgia Patagonian toothfish fishery renewed its five-yearly Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the third consecutive time. The fishery, which was first MSC certified in 2004, received an average score of 96 out of 100 in the latest assessment, said the government of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI).

Friday, September 19th 2014 - 06:44 UTC

Global tourist numbers grew 4.6% in first half of 2014, according to WTO

“Tourism is consolidating the positive performance of recent years, providing development and economic opportunities worldwide,” said Taleb Rifai.

International tourist numbers grew 4.6% in the first half of 2014, boosted by strong growth in the Americas, Asia and parts of Europe, the World Tourism Organization said this week.

Friday, September 19th 2014 - 06:31 UTC

Argentine participation in London’s prestigious “100%design” fair

“Our goal is to support and promote the burgeoning design industry in Argentina, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises”, said Castro

The creativity and uniqueness of Argentine design are on show at the 100%design fair thanks to the support of the Argentine Embassy, which has its own stand at what is considered one of the most prestigious contemporary design events worldwide.

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