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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.

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 08:05 UTC

IAATO 2015 convention starts today in Rotterdam - Falkland Islands Tourist Board Management in Attendance

 “The networking opportunities at IAATO conference build relationships” said Mr. Tony Mason

Tony Mason, Director, International Communications and Stephanie Middleton, Interim CEO of the Falkland Islands Tourist Board are in Rotterdam, Netherlands this week attending the IAATO conference where key issues affecting the region will be discussed.

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 05:38 UTC

Australia intercepts and boards the fishing vessel 'Perlon', from the IUU list

During the Perlon boarding, officers observed a significant quantity of frozen fish in storage, suspected to be toothfish, and to have been caught illegally.

Australia has intercepted in the Southern Ocean the fishing vessel Perlon, believed to have been operating under a false flag in defiance of international conventions, according to an official report from the Ministry of Immigration and Border Protection.

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 05:26 UTC

France leads world wine production and exports, with third largest area with vineyards

Spain has 1.02 million hectares of grapes; China now has the second-largest wine growing area with 799,000 hectares compared to France's 792,000 hectares

There was both good and bad news for France in this week’s annual report on the outlook of the wine industry by the International Organization of Wine and Vine (OIV).

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 05:20 UTC

Fitch cuts Japan's credit rating: high and rising level of government debt

“Japan’s main sovereign credit and rating weakness is the high and rising level of government debt,” Fitch said

Fitch cut its credit rating for heavily indebted Japan by one notch on Monday, saying it has not done enough to plug a budget gap left by its decision to delay the second stage of a sales tax hike.

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 05:13 UTC

China's oil giant Sinopec under investigation over corruption suspicions

China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection named Wang Tianpu, an oil industry veteran and president of Sinopec Group, in a statement

A senior executive at state energy firm China Sinopec Group is under investigation for suspected “serious disciplinary violations”. The China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) named Wang Tianpu, an oil industry veteran and president of Sinopec Group, in a statement on its website. Sinopec Group is the parent of Sinopec Corp, Asia's largest oil refiner.

Monday, April 27th 2015 - 21:57 UTC

WHO calls for renewed efforts in global vaccination targets for 2015

In 2013 nearly 22 million infants missed out on the required three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-containing vaccines (DTP3)

Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015 (24 -30 April), the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course.

Monday, April 27th 2015 - 21:41 UTC

In Finland the rich pay higher fines in accordance with their income

Reima Kuisla, a rich businessman in Finland was recently fined 58,000 dollars for traveling a modest, if illegal, 64 mph in a 50 mph zone.

Getting a speeding ticket is not a feel-good moment for anyone. But consider Reima Kuisla, a businessman in Finland. He was recently fined 58,000 dollars for traveling a modest, if illegal, 64 mph in a 50 mph zone.

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