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Friday, August 15th 2014 - 02:21 UTC

Last minute decision saved Marina Silva from travelling with Campos

Marina's conservationist advocacy has earned the wrath of Brazil’s agribusiness, but she also appeals to conservative voters with her defense of family values

Environmental activist and politician Marina Silva could have been on the plane that crashed on Wednesday and killed presidential candidate Eduardo Campos and six other occupants.

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 02:18 UTC

WHO downplays panic: air travel is low-risk for Ebola transmission

”Unlike infections such as influenza or tuberculosis, Ebola is not airborne,” says Dr Isabelle Nuttall, Director of WHO Global Capacity Alert and Response.

The World Health Organization reiterated its position that the risk of transmission of Ebola virus disease during air travel remains low. “Unlike infections such as influenza or tuberculosis, Ebola is not airborne,” says Dr Isabelle Nuttall, Director of WHO Global Capacity Alert and Response. “It can only be transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids of a person who is sick with the disease.”

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 02:15 UTC

Unasur Montevideo summit planned for next week, suspended until October

At the summit Surinam will hand over the pro tempore presidency to Uruguay and Ernesto Samper is to be confirmed as next Secretary General

A planned presidential summit between the heads of state of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) has been suspended due to scheduling conflicts amongst member countries, according to the Uruguayan Foreign Ministry.

Thursday, August 14th 2014 - 14:48 UTC

Glasgow shipyard awarded contract for Royal Navy's offshore patrol vessels

Royal Navy’s current River Class vessels will be improved so that Merlin helicopters can operate

The offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), which will be used by the Royal Navy to undertake various tasks in support of UK interests both at home and abroad, will be built at BAE Systems’ shipyards in Glasgow.

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 22:12 UTC

Galicia closes a third of mussel polygons because of resurgent bio-toxic red tide

Mussel farms are a common sight along the Galician coast

The Xunta of Galicia in the northwest of Spain banned the extraction of mussels in 18 of the 55 floating nurseries of the autonomous region, that is to say, in 32% of the total capacity because of the presence of lipophilic biotoxin.

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 07:09 UTC

Brazil admits EU/Mercosur deal stalled because of European concerns about agriculture

“They are reluctant to open their markets for our agriculture, and we also have our own concerns about jeopardizing our industry”, said ambassador Mesquita

Brazil's agricultural competitiveness is a concern to countries and trade blocks negotiating agreements with Brazil, according to ambassador Paulo Estivallet de Mesquita, head of the Economics Department of the country's Ministry of Foreign Relations (MRE).

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 06:41 UTC

Philip Morris prepared to sue the UK over plain packaging of cigarettes

Australia and Uruguay are already being challenged by PM over similar situations.

Philip Morris International, the world's largest tobacco company, is prepared to sue the British government should it implement a law requiring plain packaging of cigarettes, a document showed.

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 06:29 UTC

First European Ebola infected dies; WHO approves unproven drugs for people at risk

 “A number of interventions have been through the laboratory and animal study phases of development,” it said in a statement issued by the WHO.

Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, 75, the first European infected by a strain of Ebola that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa, has died in hospital in Madrid, a spokeswoman for the city's health authorities said.

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 06:23 UTC

Spain celebrates as 'excellent' the latest EC fisheries TACs and quotas awarded

Minister Arias Cañete underlined the “grand bargain achieved by Spain” with  significant increases in fishing quotas in almost all resources of interest

The head of the Ministry of Food and Environment (Magrama), Miguel Arias Cañete, highlighted the ”excellent results achieved by Spain in negotiating total allowable catches (TACs) and quotas for 2014.”

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 05:52 UTC

Three Finnish icebreakers for Russia's oil and gas operations in the Arctic

The contract for the three 95 meters long vessels sums 380 million dollars and should be delivered by 2017

Finland-based Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has been contracted to build three icebreaking stand-by vessels for Russian shipping company Sovcomflot, for a total cost of 380 million dollars.

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