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Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 07:37 UTC

Corruption network ever closer to Cristina Fernandez as associates are investigated

Lawmaker Eduardo “Wado” De Pedro has unaccounted travel expenses over US$ 300.000 as part of Cristina Fernandez presidential delegations

Argentina's Lower House member and former Secretary of ex president Cristina Fernandez, Eduardo “Wado” De Pedro is under prosecution investigation following claims he over billed travel expenses while overseas in 2015 as part of the presidential delegations.

Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 07:34 UTC

Maduro blames the “crazy right” for riots sparked by daily several/hours blackouts

“The crazy right wing doesn't understand that in hard times, a family has to band together,” Maduro blasted. “They're trying to create a violent situation.”

Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests on Wednesday as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts. In Caracas, hundreds of angry voters lined up to sign a petition beginning the process of recalling the deeply unpopular President Nicolas Maduro.

Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 07:27 UTC

Amnesty said killings in Rio's favelas have increased alarmingly ahead of Olympics

“Residents in many of Rio de Janeiro's favelas are living in terror after at least 11 people have been killed in police shootings since the beginning of the month”

Amnesty International said on Wednesday that residents of Olympic host Rio de Janeiro's slum favelas are “living in terror” after 11 people were killed in police shootings in the past month. The rights group said at least 307 people were killed by police in the city last year and called on Brazilian authorities to take action in the 100 days ahead of the start of the Rio Games on August 5.

Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 07:22 UTC

Fed leaves rates unchanged; expectations over an increase move to June

The Fed said labor market conditions have improved further since its interest rate decision in March, “even as growth in economic activity appears to have slowed.”

The U.S. Federal Reserve did what many expected on Wednesday as it left its key interest rate range unchanged. The central bank maintained its overnight lending rate for banks at a target range of between 0.25 and 0.50% where it has been since it was boosted from near zero back in December. Expectations now have moved to the two-day meeting on 14/15 June.

Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 07:11 UTC

Spain remains ungovernable: elections for new government on June 26

The King said Article 99 of Spain’s constitution would take effect, which calls for the dissolution of parliament and new elections if no government is formed

Spain will hold a repeat of national elections in June following the failure of a last-ditch effort by King Felipe VI to prod bickering Spanish politicians to form a new government. The King chose not to ask any candidates he interviewed this week to try to form a government and break a stalemate that has left Spain with a caretaker government in the wake of inconclusive elections in December.

Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 06:49 UTC

Foreign Secretary Hammond in Colombia to highlight UK's support for the peace process

Visiting Colombia for the first time as Foreign Secretary, Mr Hammond is on the first stop of a tour of Latin America that will include Cuba and Mexico.

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has arrived in Colombia to highlight the UK’s support for the country’s peace process and fight against narcotics during visits to Bogota and Cartagena.

Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 06:30 UTC

Chile is a 'natural partner' for London and the UK, said Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor is scheduled to meet with Chilean business leaders including the Minister of Economy Luis Cespedes and Central bank president Rodrigo Montes.

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Jeffrey Mountevans, is leading a business delegation to Chile focused on strengthening the UK’s relationship with Chile and ensure that London and the UK remain its partner of choice for financial and professional services.

Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 06:24 UTC

OAS will lead independent investigation into Belize-Guatemala border incident

Since the incident Guatemala has sent an estimated 3.000 elite troops to the border next to a long disputed area

The Organization of American States (OAS) will conduct, at the request of the governments of Belize and Guatemala, an independent investigation of the April 20 border incident that led to the death of the Guatemalan minor Julio Rene Alvarado Ruano and in which his father and brother were wounded.

Wednesday, April 27th 2016 - 11:03 UTC

Kuczynski leads opinion polls for the June 5 Peruvian presidential runoff

PPK is projected to win with 43% of the vote ahead of Fujimori's 39%, according to the latest Ipsos public opinion poll conducted between April 20 and 22.

Former World Bank economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski continues to hold his lead over conservative Keiko Fujimori ahead of the June 5 runoff presidential election. Kuczynski, also known by his initials PPK, is projected to win with 43% of the vote ahead of Fujimori's 39%, according to the latest Ipsos public opinion poll conducted between April 20 and 22.

Wednesday, April 27th 2016 - 10:51 UTC

In a strategic decision, Australia opts for French submarines, sinks Japanese bid

“The recommendation was unequivocal, the French offer represented the capabilities best able to meet Australia's unique needs,” Turnbull told reporters

France has beaten Japan and Germany to win a US$ 43 billion deal to build a fleet of 12 submarines for Australia, one of the world's most lucrative defense contracts, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday.

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