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Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 01:40 UTC

Qatar World Cup building sites working conditions again targeted: letters to the sponsors

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) leader Sharan Burrow said the work conditions in Qatar were “simply slavery”.

Fifa sponsors are being asked by a new campaign grouping to speak out about working conditions at the 2022 World Cup building sites in Qatar. The working and housing conditions of migrant construction workers have been heavily criticized.

Monday, May 18th 2015 - 05:17 UTC

FAO's agenda includes fighting illegal fishing in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

Organized by GFCM/FAO experts meeting in Morocco discussed measures to deter IUU fishing, including the use of vessel monitoring systems (VMS).

In a global context of fierce competition for fishery resources which are progressively being depleted as a consequence of overfishing, overexploitation and overcapacity, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing has become a growing concern, points out a FAO fisheries release.

Monday, May 18th 2015 - 04:19 UTC

Notorious poacher 'Perlon' detained in Malaysia with 330 tons of illegal toothfish

Malaysian authorities say the originally Nigerian flagged vessel detained, the “Perlon”, had changed its name and flag several times. (Pic Colto)

New Zealand fishing company Sanford is welcoming news that a Nigerian registered vessel has been detained in Malaysia and 330 tons of toothfish confiscated from it. Sanford is one of only two New Zealand companies permitted to source toothfish from the Ross Sea fishery.

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 08:57 UTC

Ban Ki-moon calls for gender equality and children's rights in 'Day of Families' message

However discrimination against women and disregard for children’s rights remain built into family laws and Government policies, said Ban Ki-moon

The theme of this year’s International Day of Families, “Men in Charge?”, highlights the importance of gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families, said United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in his message.

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 08:41 UTC

Giant washed-up squid found on NZ beach displayed at Kaikoura aquarium

The mantle is more than 2 meters long, and the longest tentacle measures over five meters. The diameter of each eye was found to be around 19 centimeters.

A local aquarium in New Zealand reported that a giant washed-up squid has been found on a beach at South Bay in Kaikoura. Reportedly, a man—who was out with his dog for a stroll at the beach—accidentally stumbled upon the marine creature with long tentacles.

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 08:30 UTC

Falklands' geophysical oil exploration buoy ends up in SW Australia

Little is known as to how exactly the buoy – no bigger than a standard box trailer – became detached from its anchoring or how long it spent adrift at sea.

The hull bears the scars of a 10,483 kilometre journey from the Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic, through the Southern and Indian Oceans to the shores of Esperance in southern Western Australia, according to reports in the Australian media.

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 07:46 UTC

Levy tries to convince investors in London that Brazil slowdown is temporary

Levy reiterated that the government is sticking to its primary surplus target of 1.2% of GDP, something the IMF said is crucial to regain investors’ confidence.

Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquim Levy said he expected the country’s economic slowdown to be temporary and that fiscal discipline remained central to ensuring the recovery as a commodity price boom waned. Addressing investors in London, Levy said fiscal discipline was needed to cushion the economy against the inflationary effects of the falling Real currency.

Friday, May 15th 2015 - 07:38 UTC

The project of a trans-continental railway, Atlantic to Pacific, with Chinese funds

The 10bn dollar mega project is expected to be formalized during a four-country Latin American tour by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Peru, Brazil and China are moving forward on a transcontinental railway that will cut across the continent, climb the Andes and connect port cities in the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

Friday, May 15th 2015 - 07:23 UTC

Brazil waiting for 50bn dollars of Chinese support to overhaul infrastructure

Chinese Premier Li arrives Tuesday in Brasilia on an official visit and will also visit former capital Rio. He then flies to Colombia, Peru and Chile

China will invest 50 billion dollars to help overhaul Brazil's aging infrastructure, the government announced on Thursday, ahead of an official visit by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang next week. Brazil has repeated that it was determined to overhaul its dilapidated roads, railways, airports and ports.

Thursday, May 14th 2015 - 08:45 UTC

Malvinas war veterans appeal abuses case to Inter American Human Rights Commission

The case before IHRC alleges 'denial of justice' following on Argentina's Supreme Court refusal to take the case because of time limit expiration

Malvinas war veterans have taken their Human rights abuse case against Argentine officers to the Inter American Human Rights Commission, IHRC, following on Argentina's Supreme Court decision rejecting the case because of time limit.

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