Monday, August 24th 2015 - 10:16 UTC

HMS Lancaster, RFA Gold Rover and South African units in naval exercise

HMS Lancaster and RFA Gold Rover received a warm welcome from South African frigate Spioenkop and patrol vessels Galashewe and Isaac Dyobha

Three South African Navy ships have joined two British Royal Navy vessels and welcomed them to Simon’s Town. The frigate HMS Lancaster and Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker, Gold Rover, on Atlantic Patrol Tasking have both spent 19 days travelling 4,000 miles across the cold South Atlantic, calling at the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

Monday, August 24th 2015 - 09:56 UTC

Chinese shares fall sharply on Monday; IMF says it's a “necessary adjustment”

Beijing announced plans to let state pension funds invest in the market. Funds will be allowed to invest up to 30% of net assets in domestically-listed shares.

Chinese shares continued their sharp fall on Monday as concerns over the country's slowing growth and volatile markets sparked panic among traders. The mainland benchmark index, the Shanghai Composite, fell sharply by 8.4% to 3,211.75 points, extending last week's losses.

Monday, August 24th 2015 - 09:35 UTC

Mafia boss funeral of “King of Rome” reveals close links with city officials

Banners outside the San Giovanni Bosco church on the city's outskirts described him as the “King of Rome”.

The funeral of an alleged mafia boss in Rome has sparked anger after a lavish cortege with black-plumed horses, petals dropped from a helicopter and the theme tune from The Godfather. Italian politicians denounced the ostentatious send-off for Vittorio Casamonica, 65.

Monday, August 24th 2015 - 08:54 UTC

Pope Francis and the Malvinas

Francis’s generosity of word and openness has also made him an easy target for those who want to try and use his global popularity to push a particular cause

By Jimmy Burns - The snapped moment of encounter projected fast and globally on the world wide web has become as much as a characteristic of the Francis papacy, as his twitter account @pontifex. This is a papacy with a charismatic personality and instinctive communicator at its helm. It is also a papacy advised by media specialists and diplomats that know something about the opportunity offered by the digital age to spread a message with an impact that would have inconceivable just a few years ago.

Saturday, August 22nd 2015 - 08:16 UTC

World markets plunge on fears of a China-led global slowdown

The S&P slumped 5.8% for the week, its biggest weekly percentage decline since September 2011.

The S&P 500 suffered its biggest daily percentage drop in nearly four years and the Dow confirmed it had entered into correction territory as fears of a China-led global slowdown rattled investors around the world.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 11:35 UTC

Royal Navy's third Astute Class attack submarine ready for sea trials

Artful can circumnavigate the world submerged, manufacturing the crew’s oxygen and fresh water from seawater as they go.

Artful, the third of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Astute Class attack submarines, has arrived at her Scottish base port from where she will carry out sea trials before entering service later this year, the U.K. Ministry of Defense announced.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 07:49 UTC

Merkel calls for a free trade accord between the Europe Union and Mercosur

“We could broaden our trade. We need reliable investment conditions”, said Merkel as she pressed for better access to Brazilian markets

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed Brazil's government on Thursday to further open its markets to foreign companies, and said she saw an opportunity to reach a free-trade deal between the European Union and the Mercosur trade bloc. Merkel is on a two-day visit to Brazil with a large delegation of government officials and representatives from German companies.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 06:34 UTC

Shanghai Composite's 'virus' reaches Western markets

After falling more than 3% on Thursday, China's Shanghai Composite index was down 0.4% at 3,649.07. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index dropped 1.8%

Asian stocks saw sharp falls on Friday as mounting concerns over China's slowing economy continued to affect global markets. It follows big falls in US and European markets on Thursday, with the Dow Jones dropping more than 2%.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 06:05 UTC

“What purpose has the past four years of insults toward Gibraltar served?”

Salvador de la Encina, PSOE MP for Cádiz province, described as “absolutely unfortunate and inappropriate” statements by García-Margallo on Gibraltar

Spain’s Foreign Minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, came under flak from the opposition PSOE for his ‘frivolous and inappropriate’ comments about Gibraltar, which were dubbed ‘Francoist’ by one Socialist politician, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 05:54 UTC

Malvinas pic controversy: “Francis spoke with his low tone but strong voice”

“With his low tone but strong voice he only asked for the United Kingdom and Argentina to sit to dialogue,” said cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez

Despite the controversy generated by Wednesday picture which showed Pope Francis holding a banner calling for dialogue between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, and later a spokesperson's dismissal of the significance of the incidence, the best definition of what really happened seems to have come from Argentina's cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez in his daily media conference, “the pontiff”, he said, spoke with his “low tone but strong voice”.


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