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Tuesday, August 9th 2016 - 09:11 UTC

Pope Francis blesses massive dignity march in Buenos Aires against unemployment and recession

The rally, which happens every year in the name of San Cayetano, patron saint of workers and the unemployed, saw the iconic church swamped with people

Argentines with the support of the Catholic Church and a message from Pope Francis, on Sunday turned an annual religious celebration into a massive rally to protest growing unrest over unemployment, recession, inflation and a promised second half of the year rebound which remains absent.

Tuesday, August 9th 2016 - 08:51 UTC

China's foreign trade further declines in July: imports down by 12.5%

China is a crucial driver of the worldwide economy and the data is seen as a snapshot of the global outlook.

Chinese exports have seen a further decline in July, adding to concerns over the global economic outlook. Exports fell by 4.4% compared to a year earlier, which was a slight improvement over June's 4.8% drop but still worse than analysts had been expecting. And imports were also weaker than estimated, down by 12.5%.

Tuesday, August 9th 2016 - 08:24 UTC

Ban Ki-moon praises Argentina's commitment with the UN and cooperation with other countries

 “I count on Argentina’s support in the critical years ahead as we work together to achieve SDGs and provide peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet”

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon applauded on Monday Argentina's commitment and strong partnership with the UN and its cooperation with other countries. Ban Ki-moon arrived in Buenos Aires from Paraguay and previously from Brazil where he was part of the inauguration of the Rio Olympic Games.

Sunday, August 7th 2016 - 20:39 UTC

Venezuela claims “the triple alliance” want to storm the Mercosur presidency

“We are aware of the existence of economic forces operating in the dark who want an implosion of Mercosur” claimed Delcy Rodriguez

Venezuela announced it will not allow Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, “the triple alliance” to storm the Mercosur pro tempore presidency, which the government of president Nicolas Maduro is fully exercising. Caracas also claimed that economic forces operating in the dark are interested in a Mercosur “implosion”.

Sunday, August 7th 2016 - 17:56 UTC

Falklands' permission for new demining program this summer

Guy Marot, Program Manager for the Falkland Islands Demining Program Office, responsible for the latest demining efforts

The Falkland Islands Planning and Building Committee has granted permission to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to undertake clearance of land mines (a technical assessment) at various sites around the Falklands.

Sunday, August 7th 2016 - 17:47 UTC

“Independent Falkland Islands”, Di Tella's proposal to Rifkind in 1997

“What they wanted to propose was that the Falklands ... should cease to be a British colony but not become part of Argentina,” said Rifkind.

The Evening Standard has published a brief summary of the book, “Power and Pragmatism”, which collects the memoirs of former foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind, and there are some interesting passages referred to talks with Argentine officials about the future of the Falkland Islands.

Friday, August 5th 2016 - 21:18 UTC

Rio Games have an international counterterrorism office, a first for an Olympic event

Brazil has more than 85,000 military and police personnel deployed for the Games,  twice the number present for the London Olympics in 2012.

A lot of people are fretting about the safety of the Rio Olympic Games. Zika fears, the notoriously unsafe water in Guanabara Bay, an Olympic venue so filthy that some rowers and sailors are planning to wear protective gear and of course violent crime.

Friday, August 5th 2016 - 12:07 UTC

UK admits economy contraction and announces a bold package of stimulus measures

Bank of England also announced a program of cheap lending to banks to make sure they are financially able to in turn lend to people and businesses at low rates.

The Bank of England has unveiled a series of stimulus measures in the wake of Brexit, including its first interest rate cut since the global financial crisis (2009), as it tries to jumpstart an economy shocked by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

Thursday, August 4th 2016 - 23:08 UTC

“Double-lock” commitment for Gibraltar ensures UK minister for Europe

Picardo said that Sir Alan had come across “as instinctively pro-Gibraltar” and he was confident that there was a strong desire on his part to work with Gibraltar

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo has met with the new Minister for Europe, Sir Alan Duncan, in London, where he set out the concerns that Brexit has created in the Rock. Mr. Picardo also outlined the opportunities that could now be exploited as a result of a new relationship with the EU.

Thursday, August 4th 2016 - 22:59 UTC

FAO Price Index reports modest decline in July as grains and vegetable oils drop

July experienced a sharp drop in maize prices due to favorable weather conditions in the key growing regions of the United States

The international prices for major food commodities saw a modest decline in July, following five consecutive months of increases. The FAO Food Pice Index (FPI) averaged 161.9 points in July 2016, slipping 0.8 percent (1.3 points) below its level in June and 1.4 percent below its level of July 2015.

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