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Saturday, May 28th 2016 - 05:53 UTC

Falklands claim and UN chief post bid', “not incompatible” for Argentine minister Malcorra

“What we have been saying regarding the Malvinas is what we have said since the day we took office ... and I see no incompatibility” between that and becoming secretary-general, Malcorra said

Argentina's foreign minister Susana Malcorra said on Friday she believes there's no conflict of interest between her bid to be the next U.N. secretary-general and her ministerial work including pressing Argentina's sovereignty claim over the disputed Falkland Islands.

Thursday, May 26th 2016 - 11:51 UTC

A debt agenda for G7 meeting in Japan

In the United States, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the federal government debt doubled over the past decade, from 36% of GDP to 74% of GDP.

By Martin Feldstein - On May 26-27, the heads of the Group of Seven leading industrial countries will gather in Japan to discuss common security and economic problems. A major common problem that deserves their attention is the unsustainable increase in the major developed countries’ national debt. Failure to address the explosion of government borrowing will have adverse effects on the global economy and on debt-burdened countries themselves.

Thursday, May 26th 2016 - 06:19 UTC

Falkland Islanders must be addressed ”as Argentines or foreigners living in (mainland) Argentina”

Macri believes sovereignty discussions on the Islands remain an exclusive dialogue with London, in the framework of the United Nations.

The Falkland Islands and Falkland Islanders must be addressed as if they were Argentines or foreigners living in mainland Argentina, which means a more “normal relation” with the Islands including extending healthcare services, education and even greater air connectivity, according to the latest column from Martin Dinatale, editor in chief of La Nacion who in a previous piece revealed the “humanitarian approach” the government of Mauricio Macri has in mind on the Falklands/Malvinas dispute.

Thursday, May 26th 2016 - 05:33 UTC

WTO chief warns UK would have to renegotiate membership if Brexit wins

Roberto Azevedo doubted claims made by supporters of Brexit that Britain would be able to access the European market through the WTO

Britain would face grueling negotiations to set the terms of its World Trade Organization membership if it decided to leave the European Union, the group's chief warned in Thursday's Financial Times.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 18:04 UTC

Cephalopods numbers have increased over the last six decades, says Adelaide university study

To investigate long-term trends in cephalopod abundance, the study’s authors compiled a global database of cephalopod catch rates from 1953 to 2013.

According to a new study published in the journal Current Biology, cephalopods’ numbers have increased in the world’s oceans over the past six decades. Cephalopods are a diverse group of highly developed mollusks that includes squid, cuttlefish, octopuses and nautiloids.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 08:52 UTC

Paris police raids Google's offices as part of a tax fraud investigation

About 100 tax fraud police, with 25 computer experts, swooped on Google's offices at 5.00am to investigate charges of aggravated tax fraud and money-laundering.

Paris police raided the headquarters of Google in France on Tuesday as part of an investigation into tax fraud that has been running since 2011. About 100 tax fraud police, including 25 computer experts, swooped on Google's offices at 5.00am to investigate charges of aggravated tax fraud and money-laundering.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 07:02 UTC

UK tremor: North Yorkshire approve fracking operations

 The vote triggered a fierce response from environmentalists who see fracking as a threat to local countryside and a deviation from UK climate-change promises.

The first fracking operation in the UK since 2011 earthquake scares has been approved by North Yorkshire councilors, stirring a fresh debate on the benefits and risks of the controversial gas extraction method. Councilors granted permission to UK firm Third Energy to use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at an existing drilling site near the village of Kirby Misperton.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 06:38 UTC

Container shipping “fragile”; third largest firm reports loss in first quarter, plans US$ 1bn in cost cuts

CMA CGM posted a net loss of US$100 million for the first quarter, compared with a US$406 million net profit in the same period of last year

France's CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, reported a first-quarter net loss and targeted US$1 billion in cost cuts to keep operating margins positive during the current market downturn. Weak freight rates in the past year have left many lines operating at a loss.

Tuesday, May 24th 2016 - 08:52 UTC

St Helena celebrates the new airport on her 514th discovery anniversary

Governor Lisa Phillips: The underlying question is will change bring with it progress?

2016 St Helena’s Day celebrations were this year held on Friday 20 May 2016, and were reckoned by all to be a great success. Once again organized by New Horizons and held in lower Jamestown, traditional activities and stalls were arranged in both the Mule Yard and along the Seafront area.

Tuesday, May 24th 2016 - 05:25 UTC

Francis resumes dialogue in the Vatican with the higherst authority of Sunni Islam

Al-Azhar froze meetings in 2011 after taking offence at some comments made by  Pope Benedict: “repetitive and negative statements” about Muslims.

Francis has met the grand imam of Cairo's al-Azhar mosque after a five-year pause in dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the mosque, the highest authority of Sunni Islam. Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb visited the Vatican en route to a Paris conference involving Muslims and Catholics.

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