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Tuesday, February 17th 2015 - 05:49 UTC

Chilean city delegation visits UK to explore energy efficiency and new technologies

The Antofagasta delegation during their visit to UK

A Chilean delegation representing the city of Antofagasta visited the UK to explore energy efficiency best practices and new technologies. The visit was an essential component of the “Action Plan for the city of Antofagasta´s Sustainable Energy Strategy” project that the British Embassy Santiago is currently supporting through the Prosperity Fund.

Tuesday, February 17th 2015 - 05:27 UTC

Lord Prescott strongly supports the return of Chagossians to Diego Garcia

Lord Prescott says with the 50 year UK-US agreement on US military use of Diego Garcia ending in 2016, it is the perfect time for Chagossians to return home

British ex Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has made a powerful intervention in the campaign to grant Chagossians the right to return to their homeland, reports the UK Chagos Support Association.

Tuesday, February 17th 2015 - 05:13 UTC

Brazil and Argentina agree accords signed with China will not affect Mercosur

Vieira and his Argentine counterpart Timerman during the recent visit to Buenos Aires

Brazilian foreign minister Mauro Vieira discarded that the recent agreements reached by Argentina with China can interfere with Mercosur, while his Argentine counterpart Hector Timerman said that the package of accords with Beijing will “actually benefit Mercosur”.

Tuesday, February 17th 2015 - 05:09 UTC

Rolls-Royce allegedly caught in the Petrobras bribery scandal

Court documents show that Pedro Barusco, a Petrobras informants, received at least $200,000 in bribes from RR which makes gas turbines for Petrobras rigs

Rolls-Royce has said it does not “tolerate improper business” after the Financial Times reported that the firm had been accused of being caught up in a bribery scandal in Brazil. Ft reported allegations that the company paid bribes for a contract with Brazilian oil firm Petrobras.

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 09:06 UTC

Researchers propose high seas fishing ban and concentrate on coastal catches

The study examined global fish catch and landed value data to determine how much fish is caught in the high seas and how much is caught in coastal waters

Closing the high seas to commercial fishing could distribute fisheries income more equitably among the world's maritime nations, according to research from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 08:20 UTC

US icebreaker Polar Star rescues Australian longliner trapped in Antarctic ice

The 63-metre Antarctic Chieftain longliner damaged its propeller after hitting an iceberg and was stranded about 1,500 kilometres NE of McMurdo Sound

An Australian fishing vessel that was stranded in Antarctic ice for a week with a damaged propeller is expected to make its way to New Zealand under its own power.The 63-metre Antarctic Chieftain longliner damaged its propeller after hitting an iceberg and was stranded about 1,500 kilometres north-east of McMurdo Sound with 26 people on board.

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 08:17 UTC

Desperate struggle in New Zealand to save tens of stranded pilot whales

The stranding of 198 whales last Friday was one of the largest in recent years and prompted 80 workers and volunteers to help out.

About 140 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote stretch of New Zealand beach have died, but conservation workers and volunteers are hoping the remaining 60 or so will survive after they managed to get them refloated, an official said over the weekend.

Saturday, February 14th 2015 - 06:52 UTC

London court rules English law applies to Euro-denominated Argentine debt

A London court ruled on Friday that English law applies to a disputed case involving interest payments on Euro-denominated Argentine debt, making a payout more likely in spite of conflicting orders from a US court.

Saturday, February 14th 2015 - 06:34 UTC

Cruise industry leaders set course for annual global event March16/19

Cruise Shipping Miami's State of the Industry session, which sets the course of the cruise industry's premier annual event is scheduled for March 16/19 at the Miami Beach Convention Center and will feature the chief executives of the world's largest cruise companies in a wide-ranging discussion of the health and future of the global cruise business.

Saturday, February 14th 2015 - 06:23 UTC

Argentina's tax office demands HSBC Swiss branch repatriate of 3bn dollars in undeclared accounts

AFIP accused HSBC in November of helping more than 4,000 Argentine citizens and companies evade taxes by stashing their money in secret bank accounts.

HSBC’s Swiss branch must repatriate the 3 billion dollars deposited in the 4,040 undeclared accounts held by Argentine citizens and companies, Argentina's AFIP tax bureau chief Ricardo Echegaray announced.

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