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Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 19:44 UTC

Renewable energy keeps advancing despite a drop in overall investment

The falling cost of solar photovoltaic systems was partly responsible for a lesser sum of investment.

Renewable energy's share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year despite a 14% drop in investments to 214.4 billion dollars, according to a new report released on Monday and produced by the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 17:26 UTC

HMS Portland, first Royal Navy visit to Sao Tomé and Príncipe in 29 years

The vessel hosted a visit from PM Dr. Gabriel Costa and several ministers

HMS Portland on Atlantic patrol, became the first Royal Navy Ship to visit São Tomé and Príncipe in 29 years when she anchored off the islands for a two day visit. The last Royal Navy Ship to visit the former Portuguese colony was the survey vessel HMS Herald in 1985. Prior to that, the last recorded visit of a Royal Naval Warship was in 1889.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 07:29 UTC

IMF joins Argentine GDP linked bonds controversy involving potential payment of 3bn dollars

According to Minister Kicillof, with the new measurement methodology, but subject to future review, 2013 growth was 3%

The International Monetary Fund reported on Monday a steep deceleration of Argentina’s economic activity for 2014, in a context of “high uncertainty”, according to its latest World Economic Outlook released in Washington.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 07:19 UTC

President Higgins visit to UK consolidates reconciliation after decades of mistrust

The impressive display at Windsor Castle by the Queen to receive the Irish president

Queen Elizabeth II welcomed the Irish president to Britain on Tuesday for the first time since the republic became independent with a banquet also controversially attended by former IRA commander Martin Guinness.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 07:13 UTC

Lightning storms kill more than 60 cows in southern Chile

In one incident nine cows taken cover under a tree were killed and one blinded

Ranchers in southern Chile say a series of lightning strikes has killed more than 60 of their dairy cows, costing the cattle owners thousands of dollars. Torrential storms and lightning on Sunday spawned the strikes in south-central Chile.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 07:08 UTC

Gibraltar 'close to British hearts', but plenty of room for 'practical dialogue'

Ambassador Manley suggested UK, Spain, Gibraltar and Andalucia dialogue

UK Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley has told a Spanish newspaper that British people hold Gibraltar ‘close to their hearts’ and that delays at the border are politically motivated. He underscored Britain and Gibraltar’s desire to engage in “practical” dialogue toward better cross-border relations that would benefit communities on either side of the frontier fence.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 07:03 UTC

Algeciras mayor highlights 'English occupation' of Gibraltar and the Falklands

Landaluce participated of a twinning ceremony at the city of Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego during the 32nd anniversary of the Falklands war

The mayor of the Spanish town of Algeciras, Jose Ignacio Landaluce flew back this weekend from Argentina, where he had attended a twinning ceremony with Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego that sought to highlight the ‘English occupation’ of Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 06:52 UTC

Latest storms and rainy weather could cost Argentina 3 million tons of soybeans

Soy beans suffer more than corn in wet fields

Argentina's crop of soybeans and cereals, and the country's main source of hard currency is threatened by the last few days storms of pouring rainfall, flash floods and mud slides that have punished at least seven provinces. Argentina is one of the world's main suppliers of grains.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 06:48 UTC

Osborne launches with Mantega Brazil/UK 'economic and financial dialogue'

Besides Mantega the chancellor also met central bank president Tombini and will visit the Sao Paulo stock exchange on Wednesday

Finance minister Guido Mantega and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced on Tuesday in Sao Paulo the launching of the Brazil/UK Economic and Financial Dialogue to strengthen bilateral trade and cooperation, and investment in infrastrucutre, according to a joint release.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014 - 06:37 UTC

Chancellor welcomes insurer’s plans to boost Brazilian activity

Lloyd's, with headquarters in Rio do Janeiro, is Brazil second largest insurer with a 12% market share

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne welcomed the decision by insurer Hiscox to join the Lloyd’s Brazil reinsurance platform during his current trip to Brazil. This will allow Hiscox to grow its Brazilian business, enabling it to talk directly to potential customers and better understand the local market.

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