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Montevideo, December 4th 2016 - 20:22 UTC

International

  • Thursday, November 24th 2016 - 16:13 UTC

    Foreign Office tells Trump there's “no vacancy for the job of UK ambassador in Washington”

    “We have first rate ambassador in Washington,” Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who campaigned for Brexit, told the British parliament.

    Britain dismissed U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's unprecedented expression of support for Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage to be made British ambassador to Washington, saying pointedly that there is no vacancy for the job. Trump, who after his election victory met Farage before any EU leaders, said on Twitter that “many people” would like to see the former metals trader turned politician as Britain's ambassador.

  • Thursday, November 24th 2016 - 13:49 UTC

    Trump not believed to dare start tariffs war out of fear of WTO fines

    The World Trade Organization might impose penalties should Trump make do of his promises against China

    Zhang Xiangchen, China's deputy international trade representative, said his country would defend its rights under World Trade Organization tariff rules should Trump uphold his campaign threats to levy punitive duties on China-made goods, which, according to an Auxtralian expert, is “very unlikely” to happen.

  • Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 - 17:06 UTC

    Post-election rally pushes Wall Street to new records: Dow Jones above 19.000

    Dow Jones industrial average was up 67.18 points, 0.35%, to 19,023.87; S&P 500 gained 4.76 points, 0.22%, to 2,202.94 and Nasdaq, 0.33%, to 5,386.35.

    United States stocks extended their post-U.S. election rally Tuesday with moderate gains that pushed the Dow above 19,000 for the first time and the three major indexes to record closing levels for a second straight day. The S&P 500 ended above 2,200, led by gains in telecommunications, up 2.1%, and consumer discretionary up 1.2%. The small-cap Russell 2000 index also set another record-high close.

  • Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 - 16:39 UTC

    Argentina and UK to work jointly in scientific research and exchange of experts

    “We're proposing the names of some world known Argentine researchers as members of the Royal Society”, said Barañao

    Argentina and the United Kingdom will sign this Wednesday an accord by which the two countries scientific societies will be working jointly in research projects and promoting an active exchange of scientists, as part of the recent joint statement signed last September, revealed Science and Technology minister José Lino Barañao currently in London.

  • Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 - 15:35 UTC

    TPP without the US would be “meaningless” says Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

    Abe spoke after attending a weekend meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Peru at which some said they might try to modify the 12-nation TPP pact

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would be “meaningless” without US participation, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said as United States President-elect Donald Trump announced he planned to quit the pact. PM Abe’s comment on Monday (Tuesday morning) came shortly before the Mr Trump released a short video about his plans for his administration, including an intention to have the US drop out of the TPP pact.

  • Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 - 15:31 UTC

    Buckingham Palace to undergo US$ 455m renovation: not all taxpayers pleased to pay the bill

    The Palace defended the renovations as money wisely spent because of the tourists it attracts, including half a million people who tour the mansion each summer.

    Buckingham Palace will undergo a ten-year US$ 455 million renovation process set to begin in April and needed to prevent potentially catastrophic building failure. It will replace decades-old wiring, radiators and lead pipes that currently put the 775-room palace at risk for fire, flood and other dangers. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, who turned 90 in April, will stay in residence during the makeover.

  • Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 - 15:16 UTC

    Argentina's tax amnesty program “rescues” US$ 21.9bn including US$ 7.2bn in cash

    The total amount declared so far in the tax amnesty has already exceeded the US$20 billion that Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay said earlier this year

    Argentines have so far declared US$21.9 billion in previously hidden assets in the country's tax amnesty program meant to help jump-start the economy, Alberto Abad, director of the AFIP tax collection agency, said on Tuesday. That included US$7.2 billion in cash deposits, Abad said.

  • Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 - 15:03 UTC

    Petrobras case connections in Geneva targeted by Swiss prosecution

    Mariano Marcondes Ferraz, member of the Trafigura board, was detained on October 26 by Brazilian authorities as he prepared to board a flight to London.

    The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has opened criminal proceedings against a former senior executive at the Geneva-based commodity trader Trafigura. The case is reportedly linked to corruption involving the Brazilian state-run oil company Petrobras.

  • Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 - 15:02 UTC

    British government sells 721m Lloyds shares; stake down to 8%

    ”Selling our shares in Lloyds Banking Group and making sure that we get back all the cash taxpayers... is one of my top priorities as chancellor,” said Hammond.

    The British government has taken advantage of recent share price strength and sold 721m Lloyds Banking Group shares. The share sale reduces the government’s stake in the lender to just under 8%. In total, the taxpayer owns a cool 5.7bn shares in Lloyds.

  • Wednesday, November 23rd 2016 - 11:41 UTC

    Uruguay ratifies OAS convention for human rights protection of the elderly

    The Permanent Representative of Uruguay, Hugo Cayrús, recalled that the legislature of his country ratified the Convention in September.

    Uruguay became the first member state of the Organization of American States (OAS) to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Inter-American Convention on the Protection of the Human Rights of Elderly Persons. The Permanent Representative of Uruguay, Hugo Cayrús, recalled that the legislature of his country ratified the Convention in September.