Thursday, April 24th 2014 - 02:25 UTC

Brazil sets the path for the future of a free, open and transparent internet

President Rousseff at the opening of the NETMundial conference in Sao Paulo

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said at the Wednesday opening of a gathering in Sao Paulo that no country can have “more weight than another” in governing cyberspace. Delegations from more than 85 countries are attending the NETMundial international conference which during two days will debate Internet issues and try to reach an agreement on a new oversight model.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 05:54 UTC

Madrid trying to block sale of rocks to Gibraltar, according to Spanish media

Allegedly García-Margallo has contacted suppliers in Portugal and Morocco

Spain’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs is urging Morocco and Portugal to block the sale of rocks to Gibraltar, according to the online publication El Confidencial. The website reported at the weekend that the ministry headed by Jose Manuel García-Margallo had initiated contacts with “friendly countries” in a bid to stop Gibraltar’s “expansionist” plans.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 05:47 UTC

UK Independent party EU election posters considered 'racist'

Immigration to the UK has become a central issue of the May elections campaign

United Kingdom's Independent Party, (UKIP), Britain's anti-EU party, launched its campaign for next month's European elections fending off accusations from rival lawmakers that its pre-election posters were racist.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 05:37 UTC

Brazil anticipates lower soy exports because of a weaker Chinese demand

Anyhow the export volume is expected to reach 43 million tons

Brazilian soy crushing association Abiove said on Tuesday the nation would export 43 million tons of soybeans from this season's nearly harvested crop, down from its forecast of 44 million tons a month earlier due to weaker Chinese demand.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 05:23 UTC

Internet governance to be debated at the Net Mundial conference in Brazil

The two day meeting in Sao Paulo will address the future of internet and cyber-spying

US Commerce Department's decision to ease its governance over the Internet and open it up to other countries will be the subject of much debate in Brazil starting Wednesday. Government representatives from around the world are heading to Sao Paulo for Net Mundial, a two-day meeting to discuss how the future of Internet governance will be handled.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 05:18 UTC

On Mother Earth Day, Ban Ki-moon calls for 'global transformation of attitude and practice'

Action on climate change presents multiple opportunities to “reset our relationship” with Mother Earth

On International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations is urging greater efforts to promote sustainable development and use of renewable energy sources, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing for worldwide changes in attitude and practice to curb the negative impact of human activity on the planet.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 05:06 UTC

Cruise Lines association highlights efforts to promote environmental performance

Many lines are using ecological, non-toxic, slick hull coatings that increase energy efficiency and reduce air emissions.

In commemoration of Earth Day, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) highlighted on Tuesday the extensive efforts of the cruise industry and CLIA member lines to preserve and protect the environment.

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014 - 07:17 UTC

Mercosur agrees on joint trade proposal to exchange with Europe, announces Mujica

“Believe it or not” it was achieved and in two months will be presented said the Uruguayan leader

“It took time and effort, but believe it or not” in less than two months time, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay will be presenting their joint tariff reduction proposal to Europe for discussions on an ambitious Mercosur/EU cooperation and trade agreement that has been on the table since 1999, said President Jose Mujica.

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014 - 06:45 UTC

US Supreme Court inclined to limit disclosure of Argentine non-US assets

Chief Justice Roberts Jr. said that request went too far, “how many jet fighters Argentina happens to have”

US Supreme Court justices seemed to indicate on Monday that creditors should be able to seek limited information about Argentina's non-US assets in a case stemming from long-running litigation over Argentina's obligations to hedge bond investors. The US administration of President Barack Obama sided with Argentina based on the foreign sovereignty immunity act.

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014 - 06:36 UTC

Queen's 88th birthday marked across the UK with traditional gun salutes

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun royal salute in Green Park, London

The Queen's 88th birthday on Monday has been marked across the UK with traditional gun salutes. A 41-gun royal salute was fired in Green Park in London and a 62 gun-salute from the Tower of London.


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