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Monday, January 19th 2015 - 06:02 UTC

Rousseff 'dismayed' with Indonesia for execution of Brazilian; ambassador recalled

Archer, the first Brazilian to be executed in another country, was shot “at 3:31 p.m. Brazilian time, after spending a little more than 11 years behind bars”.

President Dilma Rousseff expressed Saturday her “dismay” and “indignation” after learning of the execution of Brazilian Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira in Indonesia and recalled her country's ambassador to Jakarta for consultations.

Saturday, January 17th 2015 - 09:20 UTC

Cristina Fernandez first twit reaction to 'Iran plot' claim; Nisman to Congress next week

“AMIA: once again, (there is) no justice nor truth,” President Cristina Fernández wrote in her Twitter account.

Argentine President Cristina Fernández made her first public statement since AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused her of allegedly covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 attack that left 85 dead and 300 injured. Nisman is scheduled to visit congress next week invited by opposition lawmakers to reveal further details of the alleged plot.

Saturday, January 17th 2015 - 08:17 UTC

UK visa applications in Uruguay will be decided in Bogotá

The announcement becomes effective January 26

As of 26 January 2015, applications for visas for the United Kingdom made in Uruguay will be decided in Bogota. United Kingdom Visas and Immigration, which has the responsibility for issuing UK visas overseas, is introducing a change to its network as part of a broader change program.

Saturday, January 17th 2015 - 08:10 UTC

Last year was the hottest on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880

“Climate change is perhaps the major challenge of our generation,” said Michael H. Freilich, director of Earth sciences at NASA

Last year was the hottest on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, scientists reported on Friday, underscoring warnings about the risks of runaway greenhouse gas emissions and undermining claims by climate change contrarians that global warming had somehow stopped.

Saturday, January 17th 2015 - 08:03 UTC

Argentina downplays WTO adverse ruling and considers possible negotiations with litigants

Capitanich considered “possible to establish bilateral negotiation criteria with the complaining countries, US, Japan and the EU, 'but in a context analysis'

The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against Argentina triggers “no immediate modification” of the country’s trade administration, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich pointed out adding a “comprehensive and detailed analysis of the ruling’s terms” is needed.

Friday, January 16th 2015 - 07:10 UTC

Timerman accuses Nisman of 'investigating the president clandestinely'

“Instead of investigating suspects, Nisman is determined to investigate the President clandestinely,” claimed Timerman from Government House

Argentina's government called a leading prosecutor a 'despicable liar' on Thursday for accusing President Cristina Fernandez of secretly negotiating with Iran to avoid punishing those responsible for the country's worst terrorist attack, and insisted the whole thing was a 'media show'.

Friday, January 16th 2015 - 06:37 UTC

Pope Francis: “You can't make a toy out of the religions of others”

”It is true that you must not react violently, but although we are good friends if (he) says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch, it's normal”.

Pope Francis, speaking of last week's deadly attacks by Islamist militants in Paris, has defended freedom of expression, but said it was wrong to provoke others by insulting their religion and that one could “expect” a reaction to such abuse.

Friday, January 16th 2015 - 06:24 UTC

Hollande admits Muslims are “the first victims of fanaticism, fundamentalism and intolerance”.

French Muslims have reported dozens of attacks on mosques since Islamist gunmen targeted satirical journal Charlie Hebdo last week

President Francois Hollande assured Muslims in France and abroad that his country respected them and their religion but would not compromise its commitment to freedom and democracy.

Friday, January 16th 2015 - 06:15 UTC

In a surprise move Swiss central bank abandons Euro peg: frank soars 30%

Watchmaker Swatch saw its share price slump 15%. Swatch chief executive Nick Hayek called the decision “a tsunami” for Switzerland's economy.

The Swiss franc soared as much as 30% in chaotic trade after the central bank abandoned the cap on the currency's value against the Euro. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) said the cap, introduced in September 2011, was no longer justified. It also cut a key interest rate from -0.25% to -0.75%, raising the amount investors pay to hold Swiss deposits.

Friday, January 16th 2015 - 06:10 UTC

US, EU and Japan win case at WTO against Argentine import restrictions

“It will not have an immediate practical impact on the system and administration of commerce or trade dynamics” said Commerce Secretary Costa

The World Trade Organization on Thursday rejected Argentina’s bid to overturn a ruling in favour of the United States, the European Union and Japan against the Buenos Aires licensing rules used to restrict imports.

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