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Tuesday, April 15th 2014 - 06:27 UTC

Falklands' war: John Paul II feared Argentine defeat could lead to a left-wing pro-Soviet regime

John Paul II, first reigning Pope to visit the UK meets PM Margaret Thatcher when the war was on

The Daily Express Sunday's edition reveals in an exclusive piece by Marco Giannangeli, based on uncovered documents that Pope John Paul II tried to convince Margaret Thatcher to abandon the Falkland Islands at the height of the 1982 war with Argentina, fearing a collapse of the military regime could lead to a left-sing government, under influence of the Soviet Union.

Tuesday, April 15th 2014 - 06:09 UTC

China's foreign minister on a round of Latin America to prepare president Xi's visit

President Xi is scheduled to attend the BRICS summit in Brazil next July

China's Foreign minister Wang Yi will be travelling to Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil from 18 to 27 April. The round comes two months ahead of Chinese president Xi-Jinping visit to Brazil for the BRICS summit next July in the northeastern city of Fortaleza. BRICS stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Monday, April 14th 2014 - 15:52 UTC

FAO warns agriculture greenhouse emissions have doubled in 50 years

Emissions from crop and livestock grew 14% to 5,3 billion tons of carbon dioxide between 2001 and 2011

From farming to forestry and fisheries, agriculture greenhouse emissions have nearly doubled over the past 50 years and may increase by another 30% by 2050, according to new estimates from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

Monday, April 14th 2014 - 15:50 UTC

World trade expected to grow 4.7% this year and 5.3% in 2015, says WTO

WTO Director-General Azevêdo said. “It's clear that trade is going to improve as the world economy improves”.

World trade is expected to grow by a modest 4.7% in 2014 and at a slightly faster rate of 5.3% in 2015 World Trade Organization economists announced on Monday. The 4.7% forecast is more than double the 2.1% increase of last year, but remains below the 20-year average of 5.3%. For the past two years, growth has averaged only 2.2%.

Saturday, April 12th 2014 - 08:40 UTC

G20 give the US until year-end to ratify long delayed reforms to IMF

Some Republicans in Congress have complained the changes would cost too much at a time Washington was running big budget deficits

Finance chiefs from around the globe gave the United States until year-end to ratify long-delayed reforms to the International Monetary Fund and threatened to move forward without it if it fails to do so.

Saturday, April 12th 2014 - 08:29 UTC

Memorial unveiling to commemorate the Battle of the River Plate

Britain's National Memorial Arboretum

With consular representation from New Zealand and Uruguay, survivors of the first major naval battle of the Second World War will gather at Britain's National Memorial Arboretum to unveil a memorial commemorating the event. The Battle of the River Plate took place 75 years ago and less than a dozen veterans are still alive from this, the only episode of the war to take place in South America.

Saturday, April 12th 2014 - 08:21 UTC

Atlantic patrol HMS Portland busy in Angola and South Africa

Table Mountain provides an impressive background to HMS Portland’s berth on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

The Plymouth based frigate, HMS Portland currently deployed on South Atlantic tasking reached this week South Africa's Cape Town where she was involved in promoting Britain and in charity activities. Previously she made a short stop in the Angolan capital, Luanda to highlight UK’s relationship with Angola and provide training to Angolan Navy personnel.

Saturday, April 12th 2014 - 08:06 UTC

Peruvian president Humala honoured as “Statesman of the Year” in Canada

Humala meets Prime Minister Harper: 'Canada a strategic partner' for Peru

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala at the end of his three day visit to Canada was honoured in Toronto by the Canadian Council of the Americas with the “Statesman of the Year” annual award. On thanking the award President Humala said that Peru during this year is expected to expand over 5.5% while investment is set to increase by 8%.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 22:06 UTC

Greece returns strongly to the bond market with a 3-billion Euro issue at 4.95%

“Greece is leaving the bailout and the crisis behind,” deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos

Two years after it nearly crashed out of the Euro zone, Greece returned to the bond market this week with yield-hungry investors rushing to buy its debt in a 3-billion Euro deal that could mark the beginning of the end of its bailout. Athens offered a yield of just 4.95% to sell five-year bonds, the second lowest borrowing costs for a bailed-out Euro zone state returning to market.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 22:01 UTC

Olympic Committee top official sent to Rio to tackle delays in the 2016 Games

”We will do everything possible to make these Games a success” pledged IOC president Bach

The International Olympic Committee is sending its executive director Gilbert Felli to Brazil next week as part of a series of emergency measures to tackle the delays threatening the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. The announcement was made by IOC president Thomas Bach.

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