Wednesday, December 10th 2014 - 07:33 UTC

Churchill sent troops to the Falklands in 1942 fearing a Japan-Argentina entente

“The Falklands are very well known and their loss would be a shock to the whole Empire,” wrote Churchill. “They would certainly have to be retaken.”

Winston Churchill dispatched 1,700 troops to the Falkland Islands in 1942 out of concern that the Japanese were planning to invade the territory and interfere with critical sea routes in the South Atlantic. In support of this plan Tokyo allegedly was prepared to hand control of the Falklands to Argentina, according to a piece in the Daily Telegraph, credited to Julian Ryall, from the Japanese capital.

Wednesday, December 10th 2014 - 01:54 UTC

OAS: “The fight against corruption does not rest solely on public authorities”

Secretary General Insulza said that ”we must jointly tackle this problem that affects us all and that we must all work together to solve.”

The Organization of American States (OAS), Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, celebrated International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9) calling on the international community to reaffirm their commitment to fight corruption and to “jointly tackle this problem that affects us all and that we must all work together to solve.”

Wednesday, December 10th 2014 - 00:46 UTC

United Nations urges “the dismantling of corruption's high walls”

The 2014 International Day theme, Breaking the Corruption Chain, is geared to in tackle a phenomenon “that strikes hardest at the poor”

The fight against corruption is a global concern requiring the broadest possible response to “dismantle its high walls”, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday, 9 December, in a message marking International Anti-Corruption Day (*).

Tuesday, December 9th 2014 - 23:42 UTC

Former Roma mayor accused of laundering 'suticases full of money' in Argentina

Alemanno, a right-wing politician, mayor of Rome between 2008 and June 2013 is currently under formal investigation for mafia association and corruption.

A mafia corruption investigation into alleged wrongdoing by the former mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, stretched all the way across the Atlantic to Argentina, following reports in the Italian media that the right-wing politician visited Patagonia three years ago, accompanied by his son, with “suitcases full” of undeclared money.

Tuesday, December 9th 2014 - 07:52 UTC

Wealth redistribution and inequality at its highest in OECD countries

“Countries that promote equal opportunity for all from an early age are those that will grow and prosper”, said OECD chief Gurría

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has found that the divide between the richest 10 percent and poorest 10 percent in many of the world's wealthiest countries - including Germany, US and UK - has been growing. In a report released Monday, OECD said that this, in turn, had caused growth to slow.

Tuesday, December 9th 2014 - 07:44 UTC

'Guantanamo inmates will be out in Montevideo streets after medical checkups'

Fernandez Huidobro said the six have no terrorist background or records of any kind, 'they are clean' according to the US government

“Once the medical checkups are over they'll be out of the Military Hospital and walking in the streets of Montevideo as any other refugee or immigrant” said Uruguayan Defense minister Eleuterio Fernadez Huidobro on Monday in reference to the Guantanamo inmates that arrived on Sunday morning.

Tuesday, December 9th 2014 - 07:38 UTC

World's main oilfield services provider drastically reducing size of marine seismic fleet

Oil and gas producers, Schlumberger's customers, have scaled back spending plans due to a 40% fall in oil prices over the past six months.

Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, said it was reducing the size of its marine seismic fleet to lower costs as it expects customers to cut exploration spending.

Monday, December 8th 2014 - 23:46 UTC

Reconciliation and commemoration: 100 years after the Battle of the Falklands German flags fly over Stanley

British and German flags on Victory Green

“With substantial losses at both the Battle of Coronel and the Battle of the Falklands, the annual remembrance events are an opportunity to reflect on the lives lost from both the British and German navies. It was decided early on that this commemorative approach, highlighting the tragic loss of life during both battles, should be echoed throughout events on this Centenary year”

Monday, December 8th 2014 - 23:25 UTC

Commemoration Service for Battles of Coronel and the Falklands at London's St Martin-in-the-Fields

All standards lowered for two minutes silence

The first two significant naval battles of the First World War were commemorated in London and the Falklands in parallel church services on the 8th December – a hundred years after these momentous events took place.

Monday, December 8th 2014 - 11:09 UTC

Ten months of 2014 the hottest on record; land surface temperature up 2 Celsius degrees

Any temperature increase above the 2 degree Celsius mark is “dangerous,” according to the non-binding international agreement on climate change

Despite the record early snowfall in parts of the United States in recent weeks, 2014 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record and according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, the first ten months of this year have been the hottest since record keeping began more than 130 years ago.


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