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Saturday, November 28th 2015 - 08:10 UTC

Unasur calls on Maduro to launch thorough investigation into the killing of opposition politician

The brutal murder of opposition leader Luis Manuel Díaz, from Democratic Action party, threw Venezuela's polarized politics into even further turmoil (AFP)

An electoral mission of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), the body in charge of monitoring Venezuela’s upcoming elections on December 6, called on the authorities in Caracas to immediately launch a thorough investigation into the death of an opposition politician at a rally, barely two weeks before crucial parliamentary elections.

Saturday, November 28th 2015 - 07:17 UTC

Commonwealth summit opens in Malta; counter extremism top of the agenda

PM David Cameron has pledged to set up a Commonwealth unit to target the “scourge” of extremism.

Britain's Queen opened on Friday a two-day summit of leaders of the 53 Commonwealth nations in Malta. The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm), held every two years, will focus on climate change, with talks on security issues also expected.

Saturday, November 28th 2015 - 06:45 UTC

“Tsunami support” re-elects Gibraltar Chief minister Fabian Picardo

Picardo's centrist GSLP/Liberals alliance won 68% of the vote over the opposition Gibraltar Social Democrats (GSD), on turnout of 70% (Pic Jim Watt)

Gibraltar's incumbent Chief Minister Fabian Picardo thanked his supporters for their “tsunami of support” on Friday after he won a landslide victory in a general election.

Saturday, November 28th 2015 - 06:17 UTC

Falklands' right to self determination reaffirmed in UK's defense and security review

PM Cameron addressing Parliament announcing extra funds for defense equipment

The British government reaffirmed its support for the Falkland Islands and its right to self determination as part of the recently announced Strategic Defense and Security review 2015, which pledges an extra increase £12bn of spending on defense equipment - part of London's £178bn overall defense equipment and support budget during the next decade.

Saturday, November 28th 2015 - 05:32 UTC

Falklands/Malvinas link of future Argentine foreign minister

Susana Malcorra is also well known by Cristina Fernandez and they address each other in their first names

A Falklands/Malvinas link has emerged from the naming of Susana Malcorra as Argentine president-elect Mauricio Macri Foreign minister. According to reports in the Buenos Aires media, UN's Ban Ki-moon Secretary General cabinet chief is not the only outstanding Argentine national working for the UN in particularly sensitive issues such as Disarmament Affairs.

Friday, November 27th 2015 - 15:22 UTC

Oil jobs lost: 250.000 and counting, Texas likely to see massive layoffs soon

According to Graves & Co., oil and gas companies have laid off more than 250,000 workers around the world, a tally that will rise if prices remain so low

Crude oil just capped off a third straight week of declines, as WTI nears the $40 per barrel threshold. Goldman Sachs is once again raising the possibility of oil dipping into the $20s per barrel. That spells more pain for the energy sector. Many companies have already slashed spending and culled their payrolls, but the total number of job losses continues to climb.

Friday, November 27th 2015 - 12:04 UTC

Paris attacks: The terrorist strategy

The “Caliph” of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Bahdadi, first joined “Al-Qaeda in Iraq” and started fighting the U.S. occupation forces in Iraq in 2004.

By Gwynne Dyer - As always after a major terrorist attack on the West, the right question to ask after the slaughter in Paris is: what were the strategic aims behind the attack? This requires getting your head around the concept that terrorists have rational strategies, but once you have done that the motives behind the attacks are easy to figure out. It also becomes clear that the motives have changed.

Friday, November 27th 2015 - 11:22 UTC

Obama on the phone with Macri; interest in expanding trade and energy ties

US interested in improving commercial ties, and expand opportunities in the energy sector, the White House said of the conversation.

United States President Barack Obama congratulated Argentine president-elect Mauricio Macri on his victory in the runoff in a phone call, according to a brief release from the White House.

Friday, November 27th 2015 - 11:07 UTC

Australia's BHP denies UN report on 'toxic' mine spill from collapsed dam in Brazil

The in Minas Gerais state left 13 people dead, devastating several villages. The noxious river has trailed 500km from the mine into the Atlantic Ocean.

Australian mining giant BHP says mud spilled by the devastating collapse of a dam at a Brazilian mine is not toxic. On Thursday the UN said the dam burst at the Samarco mine unleashed a flood equivalent to “20,000 Olympic swimming pools of toxic mud”.

Friday, November 27th 2015 - 08:21 UTC

Maduro blames killing of opposition leader to score-settling among gangs

The event was also attended by Lilian Tintori, the wife of a jailed opposition leader and a high-profile critic of Maduro.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday the fatal shooting of an opposition leader appeared to be a gangland score-settling dismissing claim it was politically motivated ahead of elections. An attacker shot Luis Manuel Diaz dead on Wednesday evening in the central Guarico region at a campaign rally for the December 6 legislative elections, party officials said, ratcheting up fears that violence could erupt in the lead-up to the polls.


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