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Saturday, April 18th 2015 - 10:32 UTC

Making the Falklands safe: clearing mines from the 1982 conflict

“Danger, mines”, a fenced minefield in the area where the Bactec team is currently working

Falkland Islands former minefields that have been cleared by BACTEC International’s (*) deminers are, “cleared to a higher quality than the areas that are outside the fences,” assured Project Manager Julius Unsing, speaking to Penguin News this week.

Saturday, April 18th 2015 - 10:13 UTC

UK accuses Argentina of bullying the Falklands; it's time they begin acting 'responsibly'

“It is an outrageous piece of bullying and threatening against the Falkland Islanders’ perfect right to develop their own economic resources”, said Fallon

Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has accused Argentina of bullying after it announced on Friday in London that it was starting legal action against companies drilling for oil and gas near the Falkland Islands.

Saturday, April 18th 2015 - 09:20 UTC

Argentina again threatens Falklands' oil companies with legal actions, this time in London

Filmus, with Ambassador Alicia Castro and former UK ambassador in Argentina, John Hughes at Canning House

Argentina's Secretary of State for Malvinas Affairs, Daniel Filmus, defended Argentina´s sovereignty rights over the Falkland Islands in a speech he delivered in London condemning UK´s recent decision to increase its military presence in the South Atlantic, outlined the scope of the criminal lawsuit against oil companies 'illegally' operating in Falklands/Malvinas waters and warned of the environmental risks these activities entail.

Friday, April 17th 2015 - 22:35 UTC

Falklands says Argentina continues “to ignore out right to determine our future and develop our economy”

The Government of Argentina continues to ignore our inalienable right to determine our own future.

The Argentine government continues disrespectfully to ignore “our inalienable right to determine our own future” and “develop our economy”, said the elected government of the Falkland Islands in a release responding to Argentine determination to impede the Islands right to develop the hydrocarbons industry and claims about 'militarization' of the South Atlantic.

Friday, April 17th 2015 - 04:32 UTC

Pope Francis to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay next July

“Welcome Pope Francis! We will work with all our energy so that his visit, like that of John Paul II 30 years ago, will be unforgettable,” Correa said.

Pope Francis will make his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking Latin America in July, stopping in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, the Vatican said Thursday. The pope will kick off his trip in Ecuador on July 6, then travel to Bolivia on July 8 and wrap up his tour in Paraguay from July 10 to 12.

Friday, April 17th 2015 - 04:12 UTC

Malvinas Secretary Filmus to talk about Falklands and oil in London

Filmus and Ambassador Castro will be hosting the conference and media round this Friday in London

Argentina's Secretary for Malvinas Islands Affairs, Daniel Filmus will be giving a conference on Friday in London on the Falkland Islands sovereignty dispute with the UK and the current round of oil drilling offshore the Islands, in what Argentina considers its territory.

Friday, April 17th 2015 - 03:39 UTC

Mercosur must exhaust efforts to advance in trade talks with EU, insists Uruguay

“Many elements such as the free circulation of goods, services and persons is not working” and there is a distortion of the Mercosur founding treaty, said Cancela

Mercosur must exhaust efforts with determination to advance in trade negotiations with the European Union, said Uruguay's Deputy foreign minister Jose Luis Cancela confirming the country's commitment with the block, but also demanding 'sincerity' in addressing the challenges and agreeing on an international insertion strategy.

Friday, April 17th 2015 - 03:26 UTC

Former IMF director and Spanish minister detained accused of fraud

Magistrates are investigating alleged widespread misuse of company credit cards for personal expenses during Rato's tenure as chairman of bailed-out Bankia.

The former director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Spaniard Rodrigo Rato, has been detained by police in Madrid. Rato, who has also been Economy Minister during Spanish President José María Aznar’s administration, is accused of money laundering and fraud.

Friday, April 17th 2015 - 03:16 UTC

World Medical Association supports growing moves for plain tobacco packaging

Dr. Xavier Deau said the WMA strongly supports the proposal for plain packaging, and “deplored the legal moves being taken by the tobacco industry”

The World Medical Association has supported the increasing number of countries planning to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products, including Australia and France. This week it joined the Norwegian Medical Association in supporting proposals to introduce plain packaging in Norway.

Friday, April 17th 2015 - 03:08 UTC

Sir Simon steps down after five years as FCO Permanent Under-Secretary

Sir Simon, 56, joined the FCO in 1979 and specialized in Europe, international economic policy and Middle East. He served in Baghdad, Damascus, Paris and Brussels.

The Permanent Under-Secretary (PUS) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Simon Fraser, will step down after five years in the role and leave HM Diplomatic Service at the end of July 2015. He was appointed PUS, taking over from Sir Peter Ricketts, in August 2010.

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