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Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 07:33 UTC

Chinese PM in Brasilia; Beijing prepared to invest 100bn in transport and energy

PM Li Keqiang will be meeting with President Rousseff Tuesday in Brasilia and sign a raft of agreements before flying to Rio do Janeiro  (Pic Xinhua)

China's Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Brasilia on Monday to sign agreements on infrastructure, energy and aviation that experts say could reach 100 billion dollars. The South American tour also includes Colombia, Peru and Chile and aims to restructure China's resource-driven trade with Latin American countries by including more value-added products.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 07:05 UTC

Falklands celebrates 30th Anniversary of Mount Pleasant Airport opening

 HRH Prince Andrew at the official opening of the airport in 1985.

”The Falkland Islands airport emerges from rock and peat-bog” said The Times in its 11 May edition, the day before the official opening of Mount Pleasant Airport in 1985, thirty years ago last week.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 02:23 UTC

Independent John Bercow re-elected unopposed as Speaker of the Commons

Bercow told MPs that he would be the “champion of backbenchers” and ensure the Commons remained at “the heart of our democratic system”.

John Bercow has been re-elected unopposed as Speaker of Britain's House of Commons as MPs returned to Parliament for the first time after the election. The choice of the next Speaker was the first act of the new Parliament before newly elected MPs are sworn in.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 02:16 UTC

UK commends Guyana's elections and pledges support for President Granger

UK welcomes successful conclusion of Guyana’s elections “and I congratulate David Granger on his election as president of Guyana” said Minister Duddridge.

The United Kingdom congratulated Guyana for last week's general election and promised to continue working with the new government of David Granger to build on the strong and long-standing relationship between the two countries.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 01:53 UTC

Monsanto hits back with global campaign: “food is more than just a meal, it's love”

“Discover Monsanto” campaign calls on consumers to “be part of the conversation” and ask about company’s GE seeds and key herbicide products.

As the seed and chemical maker Monsanto woos Swiss agrochemicals firm Syngenta, the US company is also is trying to win over consumers in key international markets, rolling out social media and marketing campaigns.

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.

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