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Friday, December 12th 2014 - 21:07 UTC

US/UK trained Brazil military in torture techniques; British were particularly sophisticated

The CNV says United States trained more than 300 military officers from Brazil at the notorious 'School of the Americas'

Officials from the United States and the United Kingdom spent years teaching members of the Brazilian military how to develop and improve their torture techniques during the country’s two-decade long dictatorship (1964/1985), it was confirmed this week by the National Truth Commission, CNV, report.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 10:33 UTC

UK and Chile collaboration in the use of advanced satellite-generated data

Mark Hampson, Chief Innovation Officer of Catapult, and Juan Pablo Gómez, Executive Director of CIREN.

The UK Satellite Applications Catapult Center, a British centre of innovation in the end use of satellite-generated data, had a very successful visit to Chile 26 November - 4 December. The Catapult delegation was made up of Mark Hampson, Chief Innovation Officer, David Livingstone, subject matter expert, Simon Agass, Senior Earth Observation Specialist and Wyn Cudlip, consultant.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 08:59 UTC

Plastic litter in oceans estimated in 269.000 tons, say US scientists

“There's much more plastic pollution out there than recent estimates suggest,” said Marcus Eriksen, research director for 5 Gyres Institute

Plastic pollution is pervasive in Earth's oceans: plastic shopping bags, bottles, toys, action figures, bottle caps, pacifiers, tooth brushes, boots, buckets, deodorant roller balls, umbrella handles, fishing gear, toilet seats and so much more.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 07:16 UTC

US Congress passes 1.1tn budget which funds government until 09/2015

John Boehner, the Republicans' House leader said: “Thank you and Merry Christmas.”

The US House of Representatives has passed a 1.1tn dollar budget hour before government was due to shut down at midnight on Thursday. The Republican measure passed by 219 votes to 206 after President Barack Obama had urged Democrats to support the measure.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 07:06 UTC

Brazil hikes soybean harvest estimate by 5.3m to 95.8 million tons

Total plantings were estimated at 31.7m hectares, some 370,000 hectares above the mid-point of the range that Conab had estimated

Brazil's commodities bureau, Conab hiked by 5.3 million tons to 95.8 million tons its forecast for the country's soybean crop, reversing the negative trend in harvest forecasts, citing the benefit from rains in some southern areas. The previous estimate for the crop to be harvested early next year was 90.5m tons.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 06:54 UTC

Record year for Falklands' fish catches

Pic M. Short

THIS year will be marked as one of the most successful years in the history of the Falkland Islands fishery with several record catches registered and the total catch of all species in Falkland waters this month reaching a record of 451,000 tonnes.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 06:43 UTC

Switzerland charges former HSBC analyst with industrial espionage

Herve Falciani gave prosecutors in France and Spain data on thousands of Swiss bank accounts.

Switzerland has charged a former computer analyst at HSBC's private bank in Geneva with industrial espionage and breaching the country's secrecy laws for passing confidential client data to foreign authorities.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 06:37 UTC

Miss Bumbum Indianara wants to give respect to the contest by recovering her 'virginity'

Indianara Carvalho, 22, won the bottom beauty contest Miss Bumbum 2014, beating favorite Claudia Alende, also known as the Brazilian 'Megan Fox'

A blonde Brazilian model who shot to fame after she won Miss Bumbum 2014 just as the Kim Kardashian pictures put big backsides back in fashion has had surgery to return her to being a virgin so she can once again enjoy her first time with “someone special”.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 06:16 UTC

Financial aid from Brazilian government for scandal-hit Petrobras

Petrobras plans to invest some 220 billion dollars over the next five years to develop offshore oil fields, but capital markets could be put off by the scandal

Brazil's government is wrapping up a financing plan for Petrobras aimed at ensuring the scandal-hit state-controlled oil giant can obtain the funding it needs for its massive investment program.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 06:03 UTC

Brazilian executives from leading companies formally charged for the Petrobras corruption scandal

“These people stole the pride of Brazilians,” Prosecutor-General Rodrigo Janot said at a news conference in the southern city of Curitiba

Brazilian prosecutors formally charged executives from six of the country's largest engineering firms with forming a cartel to funnel kickbacks from state-run oil firm Petrobras to the ruling political party and its allies.

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