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Monday, May 18th 2015 - 04:32 UTC

Massive turnout in Guatemala demanding president Perez Molina steps down

Despite the rain, demonstrators in 13 cities across the Central American nation banged drums and blew whistles in the peaceful protests.

Thousands of Guatemalans took to the streets on Saturday, demanding the nation's President Otto Perez Molina leave office in the wake of a scandal that claimed his former Vice President Roxana Baldetti.

Monday, May 18th 2015 - 04:19 UTC

Notorious poacher 'Perlon' detained in Malaysia with 330 tons of illegal toothfish

Malaysian authorities say the originally Nigerian flagged vessel detained, the “Perlon”, had changed its name and flag several times. (Pic Colto)

New Zealand fishing company Sanford is welcoming news that a Nigerian registered vessel has been detained in Malaysia and 330 tons of toothfish confiscated from it. Sanford is one of only two New Zealand companies permitted to source toothfish from the Ross Sea fishery.

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 08:57 UTC

Ban Ki-moon calls for gender equality and children's rights in 'Day of Families' message

However discrimination against women and disregard for children’s rights remain built into family laws and Government policies, said Ban Ki-moon

The theme of this year’s International Day of Families, “Men in Charge?”, highlights the importance of gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families, said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his message.

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 08:41 UTC

Giant washed-up squid found on NZ beach displayed at Kaikoura aquarium

The mantle is more than 2 meters long, and the longest tentacle measures over five meters. The diameter of each eye was found to be around 19 centimeters.

A local aquarium in New Zealand reported that a giant washed-up squid has been found on a beach at South Bay in Kaikoura. Reportedly, a man—who was out with his dog for a stroll at the beach—accidentally stumbled upon the marine creature with long tentacles.

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 08:30 UTC

Falklands' geophysical oil exploration buoy ends up in SW Australia

Little is known as to how exactly the buoy – no bigger than a standard box trailer – became detached from its anchoring or how long it spent adrift at sea.

The hull bears the scars of a 10,483 kilometre journey from the Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic, through the Southern and Indian Oceans to the shores of Esperance in southern Western Australia, according to reports in the Australian media.

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 08:13 UTC

Polar Code does not adequately protect Antarctic environment from shipping, says ASOC

ASOC believes that an effective Polar Code should require vessels sailing in Antarctic waters to completely stop discharging raw sewage.

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition voiced its disappointment over the lack of any significant new provisions in Part II of the Polar Code that would adequately protect the Antarctic environment from shipping. The London-based UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday adopted Part II of the Polar Code concerning pollution prevention.

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 08:03 UTC

Opposition wins in Guyana defeating party in power for 23 years

David Granger and his Partnership for National Unity-Alliance for Change Coalition got nearly 207,000 votes in Monday’s ¬general elections.

A retired army general is poised to become Guyana’s new president after a multi-ethnic opposition ¬coalition defeated a party that has been in power for 23 years, officials said. Preliminary results show David Granger and his Partnership for National Unity-Alliance for Change Coalition got nearly 207,000 votes in Monday’s ¬general elections.

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 07:58 UTC

Congress upsets Rousseff: votes to boost pension benefits

Many lawmakers from allied parties, including from Rousseff’s own Workers’ Party, voted for the amendment, highlighting resistance to the austerity push

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff saw allies and members of her own Workers’ Party challenge her in Congress by voting in favor of boosting pension benefits.

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 07:46 UTC

Levy tries to convince investors in London that Brazil slowdown is temporary

Levy reiterated that the government is sticking to its primary surplus target of 1.2% of GDP, something the IMF said is crucial to regain investors’ confidence.

Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquim Levy said he expected the country’s economic slowdown to be temporary and that fiscal discipline remained central to ensuring the recovery as a commodity price boom waned. Addressing investors in London, Levy said fiscal discipline was needed to cushion the economy against the inflationary effects of the falling Real currency.

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