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Wednesday, March 18th 2015 - 07:57 UTC

Argentine jurist elected to head the UN Human Rights Committee

The HRC is a body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Salvioli has been a member since 2009

Argentine jurist Fabian Salvioli was unanimously elected on Tuesday to lead the UN Human Rights Committee. The 51-year-old lawyer will be presiding over the UN body for one year. Salvioli has been a member of the UN Human Rights Committee since 2009.

Wednesday, March 18th 2015 - 01:52 UTC

Hundreds of sea lion pups stranded in California as nursing mothers can’t find sufficient food

Scientists believe sea lions are suffering from a scarcity of natural prey which forces nursing mothers to venture farther out to sea, leaving their young behind for longer periods.

Animal rescue centers in California are being inundated with stranded, starving sea lion pups, raising the possibility that the facilities could soon be overwhelmed, the federal agency coordinating the rescue said.

Tuesday, March 17th 2015 - 08:06 UTC

Falklands’ HMS Conqueror which sank Belgrano to be exhibited at UK memorial centre

 HMS Conqueror contributed to the sinking of the Argentine cruiser, at the cost of 323 lives is due to be allocated in a commemoration to the 1982 British fleet

The first British nuclear submarine to fire at Argentine battle cruiser General Belgrano during the Falkland Islands conflict is to be exhibited at a memorial centre, the UK-based Sunday Express reported on Sunday. The HMS Conqueror — known for having contributed to sinking of the Argentine cruiser, at the cost of 323 lives — is due to be allocated in a commemoration to the British fleet used during 1982 South Atlantic conflict.

Tuesday, March 17th 2015 - 07:32 UTC

Prince Harry leaves armed forces after a decade of service including tours in Afghanistan

“The experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life. For that I will always be hugely grateful,” said Harry, calling it a “really tough decision”.

Britain's Prince Harry announced on Monday that he will leave the armed forces after a decade of service that included two tours of duty in Afghanistan. Queen Elizabeth's 30-year-old grandson, the fourth-in-line to the throne, said he would quit the military in June following a four-week secondment with the Australian Defense Force.

Monday, March 16th 2015 - 10:39 UTC

Israel newspaper questions Nisman’s accusations against Cristina Fernandez and Timerman

Nisman was “known among his colleagues for his close ties to Argentina’s intelligence services”, which “have been involved in every dirty operation you can imagine.”

Israeli newspaper Haaretz has published an article questioning the criminal accusation filed by late AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman against Argentine President Cristina Fernández and Foreign minister Hector Timerman, while asserting that the official's handling of the case was far from exemplary.

Monday, March 16th 2015 - 10:25 UTC

UK caught on the wrong side in a US/Beijing dispute over Chinese development bank

“There will be times when we take a different approach,” a spokesperson for Prime Minister David Cameron said about the rare rebuke from the US.

The US has expressed concern over the UK's bid to become a founding member of a Chinese-backed development bank. The UK is the first big Western economy to apply for membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) despite the fact that US has raised questions over the bank's commitment to international standards on governance.

Monday, March 16th 2015 - 10:16 UTC

EU also interested in close relations with Cuba; top European official expected in Havana

Ms. Moguerini is the highest-ranking EU official to visit Cuba in several years. Her visit on 23 and 24 March is being seen as another sign that Cuba is strengthening ties with the West.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has announced she will visit Cuba later this month. Ms Mogherini said Cuba was facing a very interesting period and the EU wanted to build on the momentum to “take the relationship forward”.

Sunday, March 15th 2015 - 02:19 UTC

The non humble fellow Argentines according to Pope Francis

“We Argentines are rather non humble, but rather vain and arrogant” confessed the Pope

Pope Francis during one of the several interviews motivated by his two years in the Vatican, also referred to his fellow citizens in Argentina, which he described as non humble and on the contrary rather vain and arrogant.

Friday, March 13th 2015 - 14:35 UTC

Iceland drops EU membership request; it had suspended the bid in 2013

Reykjavik has free trade arrangements with the bloc and is part of the Schengen visa-free travel zone.

The government of Iceland has announced it is no longer seeking EU membership for the North Atlantic state. Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson said he had already informed current EU president Latvia and the European Commission about the cabinet's move.

Friday, March 13th 2015 - 13:15 UTC

Scientists in China announce genetically engineered cows resistant to bovine TB

Researchers at the Ministry of Agriculture in Northwest A&F University, Yangling,  used hi-tech genetic technology to insert a mouse gene into Holstein-Friesian cattle.

Scientists in China have said they produced a herd of genetically engineered cows that are better able to ward off bovine TB infection. The long-term goal of the research is to avoid the need to cull livestock by breeding disease resistant cattle.

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