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Thursday, April 30th 2015 - 07:46 UTC

“Best brains of Gibraltar” will work together in a Consultative Council

“This is a seminal piece of legislation; I believe that the UK Privy Council model is a good one for us to follow in establishing such a body” said CM Picardo

The ‘best brains in Gibraltar’ will work together for the common good under plans for a proposed Gibraltar Consultative Council. The aim is to set up a permanent forum that will work along the same lines as the UK’s Privy Council, providing non-partisan advice to the Chief Minister of the day on issues of national importance, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Thursday, April 30th 2015 - 07:29 UTC

Beware: China announces plan to seven-fold increase Antarctic krill catches

“We will increase our investment in the Antarctic area in terms of krill fishing,” said Liu Shenli, from China National Agricultural Development Group

Conservation groups and scientists worry that China’s push to boost its harvest of krill -- a shrimp-like creature used for aquaculture feed and human supplements -- may leave Antarctica’s whales, seals and penguins struggling to survive. China’s leaders say they want a seven-fold increase in krill production, according to a recent report in the state-owned China Daily newspaper.

Wednesday, April 29th 2015 - 09:33 UTC

Kathmandu is estimated to have moved 3 meters to the south, because of Nepal tremor

An area of about 150 kilometers long and 50 km wide in a fault running underneath the Kathmandu valley, gave in after decades of pressure

The tremor which struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25, killing more than 5,500 people so far, may have caused a land area around the capital Kathmandu to budge by several meters, experts say. The estimate is about 3 meters southward, according to initial analysis of seismological data obtained from sound waves which travel through Earth after an earthquake, said University of Cambridge tectonics expert James Jackson.

Wednesday, April 29th 2015 - 08:40 UTC

“Being Argentine, they thought I would call myself Jesus II” and not Francis

President Correa met on Tuesday with the Pope and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

After meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican on Tuesday, the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, told his two million Twitter followers that the pontiff had spoken enthusiastically about his coming visit to the country and had even told him a self-deprecating joke about the Argentines.

Wednesday, April 29th 2015 - 08:24 UTC

Australia and Brazil angry at Indonesia for execution of drug-traffickers

“We respect Indonesia's sovereignty but we do deplore what's been done and this cannot be simply business as usual” said Australian PM Tony Abbott

An Indonesian firing squad executed eight convicted drug-traffickers from several countries on Tuesday, prompting Australia to recall its envoy to Jakarta and bringing an angry reaction from Brazil.

Wednesday, April 29th 2015 - 08:12 UTC

Falklands/Malvinas: Unasur message in support of Argentina's claims

The letter from Samper to Timerman is dated 5 April but was only released on Tuesday both in Quito and Argentina

Unasur and Argentina made public on Tuesday a letter dated last 5 April in which the regional group' Secretary General and former Colombian president Ernesto Samper, strongly supports Argentina's sovereignty claims over the Falklands/Malvinas and other South Atlantic Islands plus the adjoining maritime spaces.

Wednesday, April 29th 2015 - 08:07 UTC

The end of the BRICS

Brazil hasn’t even overtaken Britain by 2050, despite having three times as many people. And Russia's economy barely doubles in the next 35 years

By Gwynne Dyer - ”The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable”, said John Kenneth Galbraith, the wisest American economist of his generation. (“A paltry honor,” he would have murmured.)

Wednesday, April 29th 2015 - 01:58 UTC

Nisman case leads to Timerman indeclinable resignation from Argentine Jewish organizations

Timerman, himself a Jew, criticized their “obstructionist actions” aimed at hindering the investigation into the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack.

Argentine foreign minister Héctor Timerman submitted on Tuesday his “indeclinable” resignation as an affiliate of AMIA, the Argentine Israel organization that is at the center of an ongoing controversy since 1994, when it suffered Argentina's worst terrorist attack with the loss of 85 lives and over 300 injured in downtown Buenos Aires.

Wednesday, April 29th 2015 - 01:18 UTC

Falklands confident of its oil industry safety regime and environment protection commitment

Falklands' Mineral Resources Director, Stephen Luxton, said that precisely the high standards of safety helped to identify the problem with the BOP.

The Falkland Islands maintain strong regulatory oversight on all oil and gas operations and its offshore safety regime is based on the North Sea’s Safety Case regulatory structure, recognized as one of the highest standards in the world, said the Falklands' government in a release following concerns related to technical issues on the rig Eirik Raude, currently operating in the South Atlantic.

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 20:53 UTC

Pepsi changes artificial sweetener over consumer concerns about its safety

PepsiCo says its decision is a commercial one, responding to consumer preferences. Last year, sales in Diet Pepsi fell by more than 5% in the US.

A controversial artificial sweetener is being removed from Diet Pepsi in the US amid consumer concerns about its safety. Aspartame-free cans of the drink will go on sale from August in America, but not in Britain. However regulators in the UK and the US insist aspartame is still safe to use in soft drinks.

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