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Saturday, November 1st 2014 - 04:35 UTC

Swire, first Foreign Office minister to visit Cuban in almost ten years

“It has been too long since a UK Minister was in Cuba, but I’m very happy to rectify that”, said Mr. Swire (Pic AFP)

United Kingdom Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire has become the first UK Minister to visit Cuba in almost ten years. His three-day time in the country included meetings with senior government figures and others to discuss bilateral relations including trade and investment. He will also raise UK concerns about the human rights situation.

Saturday, November 1st 2014 - 04:22 UTC

Creation of Antarctica marine protected areas blocked by China and Russia

“Appalling attitude” from China and Russia ignoring majority of CCAMLR, said Mark Epstein, from Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC).

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has again failed to agree to protect key areas in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica at its annual meeting in Hobart due to blocking by China and Russia. The partners of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) said that this failure to reach consensus for the fourth time calls into question CCAMLR’s ability to deliver on its conservation commitments.

Saturday, November 1st 2014 - 04:08 UTC

BBC refuses to make apology about Top Gear row in Argentina

The controversial Porsche with the registration H982 FKL, which some suggested could refer to the UK/Argentina Falklands 1982 conflict

The BBC has refused to apologize to Argentina over a Top Gear special filmed in the country. The show's stars and crew had to abandon filming last month amid angry protests over a car number-plate that appeared to refer to the Falkland Islands War.

Friday, October 31st 2014 - 21:21 UTC

Argentina's holdout dispute spills into the White House: CFK sends letter to Obama questioning Ambassador Soderberg

In the letter CFK asks if Nancy Soderberg, “the person you have appointed as Chair of PIDB”, is also the Co-Chair of the American Task Force Argentina

In a harsh letter, released on Friday, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez urged US President Barack Obama to explain whether ”Nancy Soderberg, the person you have appointed as Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), which reports directly to the Government of the United States of America, is also the Co-Chair of the American Task Force Argentina (ATFA), an entity specifically created to attack and slander the Argentine Republic and its President.”

Friday, October 31st 2014 - 08:08 UTC

Chinese relief for Argentina: central banks activate currency-swap

The Central Bank of Argentina said the Yuan “is on a path to becoming one of the major global reserve currencies.”

The central banks of Argentina and China on Thursday activated a bilateral currency-swap agreement, which meant that the Argentine central bank received an initial tranche of Yuan equivalent to 814 million dollars.

Friday, October 31st 2014 - 06:38 UTC

Korea's largest shipbuilder announces record losses worse to come

Losses reflect increased costs run up in constructing ships like semi-submersibles and 50,000-ton refined oil product carriers.

South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd, the world's biggest shipbuilder, slid to a record quarterly loss of 1.8 billion dollars and warned it's heading for its worst-ever year as cost overruns mount up in new business lines it developed to counter a global glut of low-margin ship orders.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 21:49 UTC

Fifty one countries sign 'milestone' accord against tax evasion

The accord will end banking secrecy as it has been known for decades, the finance minister, Germany's Finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble

Fifty one nations on Wednesday signed what was hailed as a milestone in the fight against tax evasion, an agreement that commits them all to automatic exchange of tax information starting in 2017. The accord capped a two-day meeting of officials from most of the 123 nations that have joined the Global Forum, which evolved from an agreement by Germany and Britain two years ago to crack down on tax evasion and tax fraud.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 21:25 UTC

Sweden becomes first EU country to recognize the State of Palestine

“It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians’ right to self-determination”, said foreign minister Margot Wallstrom said in a statement

Sweden has recognized the State of Palestine, the country’s foreign minister has announced, making it the first European Union country to do so. The 130 other nations that already recognize a Palestinian State include Hungary, Slovakia and Poland although these three countries took this step before joining the EU.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 12:30 UTC

Top designer Tom Dixon launches the British Month 2014 in Chile

The Interdesign Store in Santiago hosted Dixon's most recent collection, 'Club'

One of the UK’s best-known designers, Tom Dixon, presented his most recent collection – entitled ‘Club’ - at an event held this last week at the Interdesign Store in Santiago, marking the launch of the British Month 2014 in Chile.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 09:16 UTC

Venezuela furious with Rajoy 'interventionism', recalls ambassador 'on consultation'

During a meeting in Madrid with Lopez' wife Lilian Tintori on 22 October, Rajoy said it was necessary to protect freedom of speech and the right to protest

Venezuela recalled its ambassador to Spain to protest “interventionist declarations” made by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the Venezuelan News Agency (AVN) said on Tuesday.

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