Brazil will hold a 13th round of oil rights auctions in the first half of next year in a sale that will include new areas in the country's promising Eastern Margin offshore region, a senior mines and energy ministry official said this week.
United Nations officials hailed on Tuesday the progress made in reducing damage to the ozone layer and the vital role played by one of the most successful environmental treaties in history in phasing out ozone-depleting substances.
British Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans to refund the cost of up to 25,000 visas for Chinese tourists in an attempt to attract more visits to the UK. It was one of a series of measures announced at an economic summit in London, attended by Chinese vice premier Ma Kai.
HSBC Holdings will pay 550 million dollars to resolve a US regulator's claims that the British bank made false representations in selling mortgage bonds to the federal mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial crisis.
Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin to monitor climate change. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is expected to rise 325m from the ground.
Spanish banking giant Santander under its new executive chairperson Ana Botin announced on Monday the purchase of the remaining 25% of Banco Santander Brasil which it did not already own.
Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne has formally announced that he will stand against incumbent Sepp Blatter in next year's election for president of the world soccer body.
The White House weighed in carefully on the Scottish independence referendum, saying Washington would respect the outcome of the vote but would prefer the United Kingdom to remain strong, robust and united.
A leading Scottish business group has called for the country to unite to drive Scotland forward, whatever the result of the independence referendum. The Scottish Chambers of Commerce said the outcome would leave a substantial number of people disappointed.
Sixty years after her last visit the Chief Minister has called on Queen Elizabeth II to visit Gibraltar. He did so in a dramatic call during his National day speech. Fabian Picardo was flanked on stage by Gibraltar Government Ministers, Opposition MPs and a contingent of visiting British MPs and MEPs.