Monday, May 16th 2016 - 07:06 UTC

FIFA appoints a woman from Senegal first secretary general

Samoura, 54, spent 21 years working for the United Nations and will start at football's governing body in June.

FIFA has appointed Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura from Senegal as the federation's first female secretary general. She succeeds former FIFA No.2 Jerome Valcke, who was recently banned from football for 12 years for a series of ethics violations.

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 06:01 UTC

Brazil's Jewish community supports Temer; hopeful of normalization of relations with Israel

Temer was born in Sao Paulo, is Catholic and the son of Maronite Lebanese immigrants from Btaaboura, Koura district, neighboring Tripoli in north Lebanon

The elevation of a centrist vice president, Michel Temer, as Brazil’s president amid the impeachment process of Dilma Rousseff is expected to result in a less strained relationship between Brazil and Israel, as well as its Jewish community, Jewish leaders in Sao Paulo said.

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 05:34 UTC

Hammond's Gibraltar visit triggered several hostility actions from Spain

Foreign Secretary Hammond was not allowed to overfly Spain when the one day trip to Gibraltar

Britain's Foreign Secretary's arrival and departure flights into Gibraltar last week were not allowed to overfly Spanish territory and flew over Portugal instead. This was one of several hostility incidents of Spanish officials towards London. The overfly ban was confirmed to Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation by the Convent (Governor's residence in the Rock).

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 05:20 UTC

Malcorra's UN potential nomination sets off speculation about several names to replace her

Malcorra faces major hurdles: Ban Ki-moon's successor should now come from Eastern Europe and the Security Council, where she could meet a UK veto

Argentina's foreign minister Susana Malcorra manifest intention of becoming the first woman Secretary General of the United Nations, which has the support from president Mauricio Macri administration has set out domestic and international speculation.

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 10:54 UTC

Vatican denies Francis intends to introduce a diaconal ordination for women

Pope Francis accepted a proposal that he establish a commission to study the role of New Testament deaconesses and the possibility of women serving as deacons today.

Pope Francis “did not say he intends to introduce a diaconal ordination for women,” and he certainly did not speak about the ordination of women priests, the Vatican spokesman said.

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 08:55 UTC

US$ 2 trillion lost to bribery and corruption every year, (2% of global GDP), claims IMF

 Christine Lagarde said direct economic costs of corruption are clear, but indirect costs may be even worse “leading to low growth and greater income inequality.”

Bribery and corruption cost the world economy as much as US$2 trillion every year, money that instead could be used to fight poverty, create jobs, and protect the environment. A new report by the International Monetary Fund says the money lost to corruption every year is 2% of the global GDP.

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 08:34 UTC

Sixth consecutive Chile Day in London; Bachelet/Cameron discuss closer political and cooperation links

Bachelet-Cameron talks focused on a number of topics, including trade and investment, as well as science and innovation as drivers of economic growth.

The UK was proud to host the sixth consecutive Chile Day in London, as a major international showcase for Chile’s financial market. The event is attended by business leaders from both Chile and the UK, and this year President Bachelet made a very special appearance during her two-day visit including meeting PM David Cameron at 10 Downing Street.

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 07:46 UTC

HMS Kent in London: Battle of Jutland centenary commemorations

HMS Kent is the fourteenth of the Royal Navy’s sixteen Type 23 Frigates. She was launched by her sponsor, Her Royal Highness Prince Alexandra, on 27th May 1998.

HMS Kent is visiting London this weekend on her way to take part in the Battle of Jutland centenary commemorations, in which she will play a central role. This year marks 100 years since the Battle of Jutland, the greatest sea battle of the 20th Century.

Friday, May 13th 2016 - 16:44 UTC

IAATO celebrates 25th anniversary with record number or participants; Bob Simpson reappointed

“There was a great sense of unity and achievement in the room when the meeting closed”, said Bob Simpson, Chair of IAATO’s Executive Committee.

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has concluded its 25th anniversary meeting in Newport, Rhode Island, USA with a record number of participating members. Sixty-nine members attended, agreeing on changes to membership structure and outcomes that strengthen the association’s ability to achieve its mission of promoting the practice of safe, environmentally responsible travel to the Antarctic.

Friday, May 13th 2016 - 11:43 UTC

Bank of England warns about Brexit dangers, and triggers major controversy

Carney said the Bank must assess the implications of the UK's EU membership and has a duty to report evidence-based judgments to Parliament and to the public.

The Bank of England has given its starkest warning yet that a UK vote to leave the EU could hit the economy. Mark Carney, the Bank's governor, warned that the risks of leaving “could possibly include a technical recession”.


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