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Monday, August 18th 2014 - 07:30 UTC

Brazil: Marina Silva still unconfirmed, rattles chances of Rousseff and Neves

Silva’s candidacy, along with the name of her running mate, is expected to be announced after a party meeting scheduled for August 20, he said.

The Brazilian Socialist Party plans to launch environmentalist Marina Silva as its presidential candidate this week, replacing party leader Eduardo Campos who was killed in a plane clash, a senior party official said over the weekend.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 07:19 UTC

US Panama Canal workers recall and celebrate the century old feat

Built by the US in a 10-year construction effort after a failed French dig, the 77-km-long canal opened on Aug. 15 1914, becoming a vital global trade route.

The 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, hailed at the time as one of the world's great wonders, has inspired a celebration in central US state Florida to showcase the experience of the US canal workers behind the engineering feat.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 07:16 UTC

Mixed data from China, and doubts about the 7.5% growth target for 2014

China's central bank has also made more cash available for banks engaged in lending to agriculture-related businesses and small companies

China's latest industrial production and retail sales figures are higher in July from one year ago but the pace of expansion has slowed. Industrial production, a measures of output at factories, workshops and mines jumped 9% in July, compared to a 9.2% rise in June. Retail sales in July rose by 12.2%. But that's also below June's 12.4% spike.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 07:11 UTC

Strong sales of Jaguar and Land Rover help boost Tata profits

Tata Motors has reported a big jump in profits thanks to strong sales at its Jaguar Land Rover business. Net profits at India's biggest carmaker tripled to 53.98bn rupees (882m dollars) in the three months to the end of June, far more than analysts had expected. Revenue grew by almost 40%.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 07:04 UTC

Scientists create a carbon dioxide absorbing 'polymer sponge' that helps new energy sources

 “The key point is that this polymer is stable, it’s cheap and it adsorbs CO2 extremely well”, said Dr. Andrew Cooper of Liverpool University

Scientists have created a new sponge-type material that absorbs carbon dioxide, which is believed to play a key role in global warming. The polymer – a large molecule used in plastics – is thought to have the potential to bridge the gap between the use of fossil fuels and new energy sources such as hydrogen, and could be integrated into power plant smokestacks in the future.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 06:52 UTC

“Chile not proud of Falklands war support”, but “proud of peace treaty with Argentina”

 “Next 29 November we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed by the Argentina and Chile at the Vatican”

Defense minister Jorge Burgos said that most Chileans are not proud of the attitude of the Pinochet dictatorship when the Falklands/Malvinas war, but also admitted it happened at a very different and difficult moment in the relations between Chile and Argentina.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 06:35 UTC

Exodus: a million more Puerto Ricans on mainland US than in the island

“The island’s economic crisis may be driving thousands of Puerto Ricans to seek opportunities on the mainland, or to return there,” the report said

A new study has found that Puerto Rico has undergone such a dramatic population shift that there are now over a million more Puerto Ricans on the US mainland than on the US island territory. The Pew Research Center study showed that between 2010 and 2013, more people left Puerto Rico for mainland US than those who left in the 1980s or 1990s.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 06:17 UTC

Malvinas Museum incorporates San Martin letter referred to links with South Atlantic Islands

Minister of Culture Parodi and Daniel Filmus during the ceremony dedicated to the San Martin letter that mentions Patagones and Malvinas prisoners (Pic Telam)

The Malvinas Islands Museum in Argentina has incorporated a letter allegedly handwritten by Liberator General Jose de San Martin and dated August 1816, a month after Argentina formally declared independence (07/09/1816) in which he mentions having given instructions to liberate prisoners in Patagones (Patagonia) and Malvinas Islands so they can join the Andes army.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 06:13 UTC

First Kirchnerite governor crosses the line and joins opposition group

 Alberto Weretilneck: “I am being pushed out of the Victory Front by the expulsive attitude of the Río Negro PJ’s leaders”

The governor from the Argentine province of Rio Negro has decided to cross the line and join one of the leading opposition groups whose head is a strong presidential hopeful for October 2015. The move can be threatening to the government of President Cristina Fernandez if more disenchanted elected officials follow or their lawmakers also decide to cross the line and could jeopardize the government's majority in Congress.

Saturday, August 16th 2014 - 11:59 UTC

Brazil on the ledge of recession as activity drops sharply in June

World Cup football tournament shut down shops and factories across the country

Economic activity in Brazil dropped sharply in June as the World Cup football tournament shut down shops and factories across the country, adding to signs Latin America's largest economy slipped into recession.

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