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Tuesday, October 21st 2014 - 02:10 UTC

Why Falklands are not extended the right to self determination: “shame on G24”

Luke Coffey is a Margaret Thatcher Fellow of the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy of the Heritage Foundation

Since 1961 the UN Committee of 24 has brought almost 750 million people out of a colonial status, based on their right of self-determination, but “what a shame it won’t extend this same right to another 2,500 people of the Falkland Islands”, said US born Luke Coffey, member of the Heritage Foundation and one time advisor to the UK Defense ministry.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 22:17 UTC

UK businesses export support plan represented £49.1 billion to the economy

Trade Minister Lord Livingston said that over the last 4 years, UKTI has more than doubled the number of companies it has helped.

The number of United Kingdom businesses receiving export support has increased by 50% in the last financial year, Trade Minister Lord Livingston announced on Monday. This translates into a total of 47,960 businesses in 2013 to 2014 which exported for the first time or found new markets through its extensive network of specialists in the UK and in British embassies around the world.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 22:07 UTC

Armagh cathedral convenes universal prayer for peace and dialogue among nations

Ambassador of Argentina Alicia Castro alongside Archbishop Eamon Martin

A mass in support of His Holiness Pope Francis’ Universal Prayer for Peace and Dialogue among Nations was held last Saturday in Armagh, North Ireland at St. Patrick's Catholic Cathedral led by Archbishop of All Ireland, Eamon Martin.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 21:56 UTC

AOA calls on CCAMLR to agree on marine protection of the Ross Sea and East Antarctica

A joint US-NZ proposal to designate a Ross Sea marine protected area (MPA) of 1.32 million km2 (with 1.25 million km2 as “no take”) is under consideration

As representatives of the 25 Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meet this week in Hobart, where they will decide the fate of two key protection proposals in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) (*) called on the member countries to honor their conservation commitments and finally agree to lasting and significant Southern Ocean protection.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 08:02 UTC

Catholic synod reveals deeps divisions on gays and divorce: strong conservative resistance

Pope Francis said the Church had “to respond courageously to whatever new challenges come our way” and warned about “hostile rigidity”

Pope Francis closed on Sunday an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to reach out to homosexuals and divorced people, saying the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 07:54 UTC

Cruise passenger suspected of possible contact with Ebola patient tested negative

The Carnival Magic docked in Galveston, after a week-long cruise that included being denied docking by Belize and Mexico

A Dallas hospital lab worker who spent much of a cruise holiday in isolation after possible exposure to Ebola has tested negative for the disease, and in Texas some of the dozens of people still being monitored were expected to be cleared by Monday.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 07:47 UTC

Switzerland and Argentina closer to deal on double taxation and sharing tax information

The agreement is in line with the applicable international standard for the exchange of information upon request instead of being automatic.

Switzerland took a step forward on implementing its double taxation agreement (DTA) with Argentina as the Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the deal and submitted it to parliament for approval. Meanwhile, in Argentina the agreement has already been passed by the Foreign Affairs and Budget Committees of the Lower House and was cleared for debate.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 07:30 UTC

WHO admits full-scale battle with tobacco industry, which appeals to 'devious channels'

Director-General Dr Chan said “the tobacco industry fights back, harder and through every possible channel, no matter how devious those channels and practices are.”

The sixth session of the Conference of the parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) concluded in Moscow. Several landmark decisions were adopted in the course of the six-day session, regarded as one of the most successful in the WHO FCTC’s history.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 07:15 UTC

China's leadership meets to crack down on 'abuse of power' and promote 'rule of the law'

The gathering is expected to take action against Zhou Yongkang, the powerful former domestic security tsar who fell to the anti-corruption campaign

Leaders of China's ruling Communist Party opened a highly-anticipated meeting Monday, as state media emphasized the need to tighten control over the country's legal system. Known as the Fourth Plenum, it brings together the party's 205-strong Central Committee and around 170 reserve members, along with officials from bodies including its much-feared internal watchdog, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

Sunday, October 19th 2014 - 07:59 UTC

Chile exports 154m dollars of mussels in eight months; Galicia still out of the market

Production and export of mussels in Chile increased slightly but income in dollars  climbed 5.9%

In the first eight months of the year, Jan-August, Chile exported 52,077 tons of mussels (Mytilus chilensis), a rise of 1.8%, compared to the same period a year ago. However in dollars the result was 154.3 million dollars, up 5.9% compared to the 145.7 million dollars of the eight months of 2013, reports InfoTrade. Meanwhile northeast Spain mussel farms continue ravaged by the red toxin algae.

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