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Thursday, September 29th 2016 - 20:08 UTC

London dismisses bilateral dialogue over Gibraltar; “UK's position on sovereignty remains unchanged”

In the letter, García-Margallo said Brexit would have implications for Gibraltar and made clear his desire for urgent bilateral dialogue with the UK.

Britain has dismissed a formal Spanish request for bilateral dialogue over Gibraltar, the Gibraltar Chronicle has published. A letter from acting Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo was handed to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by a senior official from the Spanish embassy in London on September 20.

Thursday, September 29th 2016 - 12:33 UTC

Catalonia challenges Madrid and will hold an independence referendum next year

Carles Puigdemont told Parliament “We will look for an agreement (with Madrid) until the very end, we will at every moment work with the will to hold a referendum”

Catalonia is to hold a referendum on independence in a year’s time in a move that will infuriate Madrid but which should also return power to the pro-indy campaign in the regional assembly. President Carles Puigdemont told the Catalan Parliament yesterday: “We will look for an agreement (with central government) until the very end, we will at every moment work with the will to hold a referendum in agreement with the state.

Thursday, September 29th 2016 - 12:18 UTC

Labour fully backs Gibraltar's self determination, says shadow foreign secretary

Speaking at a Labour Party Conference reception, Ms Thornberry said that after a 96% vote to remain, the people of Gibraltar have demonstrated they want to stay in EU

Britain's Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry has said the Labour Party fully backs the Self Determination of the People of Gibraltar, and the Rock must continue to enjoy the benefits from its membership of the EU.

Thursday, September 29th 2016 - 10:31 UTC

Falklands' sovereignty talks, end objective of non binding joint statement, Argentine congress is told

Foradori said a joint statement is a non binding roadmap and in the event of any agreements with the UK they will merit full and active participation of Congress

The 13th September joint statement between Argentina and the UK is a new bilateral convergence of common interests and the possibility, in the framework of a new dialogue and cooperation, of sovereignty discussions resumption on the Malvinas, South Georgia, South Sandwich islands and adjoining maritime spaces question, Argentine Deputy foreign minister Carlos Foradori told the Lower House Foreign Affairs committee during a summons on Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 28th 2016 - 12:26 UTC

Iran-Saudi Arabia can't agree on limiting oil supply: “maybe in November”

“The gap between OPEC countries is narrowing. I don't expect that an agreement will come out of the consultations tomorrow,” Saudi minister Khalid al-Falih said

Iran rejected on Tuesday an offer from Saudi Arabia to limit its oil output in exchange for Riyadh cutting supply, dashing market hopes the two major OPEC producers would find a compromise this week to help ease a global glut of crude.

Wednesday, September 28th 2016 - 11:29 UTC

North Ireland politicians win right to challenge Brexit based on Good Friday Agreement

McCord contends Brexit will inflict damage on NI peace process and is concerned that money from the EU, which goes towards victims may be discontinued.

A cross party group of politicians in Northern Ireland have won the right to mount a legal challenge over Brexit. They argue the Good Friday Agreement and peace process means there must be a Parliamentary vote if Northern Ireland is to leave the EU.

Wednesday, September 28th 2016 - 10:04 UTC

Global trade set to grow at its slowest pace since 2009 financial crisis warns WTO

WTO said that global trade was now estimated to expand by just 1.7% this year, compared to its April projection of 2.8%.

The World Trade Organization Tuesday lowered its global trade forecast, warning that anti-globalization rhetoric and Brexit were pushing trade growth to its slowest pace since the financial crisis. The warning comes as talks on a landmark free trade deal between the European Union and the United States faces stiff opposition and Britain’s EU exit causes jitters.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 08:17 UTC

Accessible Tourism, theme of World Tourism Day 2016

“All of the world’s citizens have the right to experience the incredible diversity this planet has to offer” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

Tourism for all: people with disabilities, senior citizens and families travelling with small children, and sooner or later all citizens will appreciate the advantages of universal accessibility. This is why UNWTO has chosen to celebrate World Tourism Day 2016 on the theme of accessible tourism. Official celebrations will take place on 27 September in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 08:07 UTC

Deutsche bank in danger zone: shares down 50% this year and sliding

Focus, which cited “government circles”, said the government had made it clear that Deutsche Bank will not receive any bail out

Shares in Deutsche Bank were down sharply after a report that the German government won’t intervene with U.S. officials who are pressing the bank to pay US$14 billion to settle an investigation into its sales of mortgage-backed securities. The bank’s shares closed down 7.5% at 10.55 Euros on Monday after the Friday report from Focus magazine.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 06:31 UTC

Guterres remains top choice to succeed Ban Ki-moon; Malcorra ranked fourth

Guterres, ex Portuguses prime minister picked up 12 votes of encouragement, two “discourage” votes and one “no opinion”, the same result as the previous vote.

Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres maintained his lead in the race to become the next UN secretary-general following a fifth straw poll by the Security Council on Monday, diplomats said. Argentina's Susana Malcorra came in fourth and the best placed woman for the job.

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