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Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 07:10 UTC

OAS deploys electoral observation mission for Guyana Sunday's election

The delegation, headed by the former Foreign Minister of Belize Lisa Shoman, is comprised of 23 observers from 13 countries

The Organization of American States has started the deployment of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States to the general and regional elections scheduled iin Guyana for Sunday May 11. This is the fifth time the OAS has observed elections in Guyana, following Missions in 1997, 2001, 2006 and 2011.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 06:55 UTC

Pope Francis will receive Cuba's Raul Castro on private visit next Sunday

“Raul Castro will be received in the morning for strictly private talks,” the spokesman said in a statement Tuesday.

Pope Francis and Cuban President Raul Castro will meet privately on Sunday at the Vatican, a spokesman said, four months before the pontiff's trip to the Caribbean island, his first as leader of the Catholic Church.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 17:50 UTC

China warms up to Taiwan and calls for future relations on an “equal basis”

The meeting between Xi and Chu, who was elected KMT chairman in January, comes at the tail-end of Chu's first visit as party leader to the Chinese mainland.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the chairman of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party (KMT) in Beijing on Monday for the highest-level meeting between the two sides since 2009.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 17:38 UTC

Brad Pitt invited to Ecuador to observe the 'pollution disaster” allegedly caused by Chevron

Correa asked his government to launch a worldwide Internet campaign aimed to warn the Hollywood A-list actor Brad Pitt that he is being “used” by Chevron

US cinema star Brad Pitt has been invited by the Ecuadorian government to observe the pollution in the country's Amazon region allegedly caused by Chevron. President Rafael Correa announced the invitation in his regular weekend report, saying that the oil giant is in preparation of spearheading a film with the movie star about an alleged case against the company.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 09:25 UTC

Chile asks World Court to throw out Bolivia's sea outlet claim: 'dispute has been settled'

“Bolivia is challenging the stability of borders and sovereign territory solemnly agreed in a peace treaty signed 111 years ago,” said Felipe Bulnes Serrano

Landlocked Bolivia went to the World Court on Monday, seeking to force Chile to negotiate the granting of a corridor of sovereign territory giving it access to the sea for its natural gas and mineral exports. Bolivia lost its coastal territory after being defeated by Chile in the 1880s War of the Pacific. Peru an ally of Bolivia also lost territory.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 09:01 UTC

Hung parliament and delicate coalition knitting forecasted for UK Thursday vote

“It's the start of a week when Britain will decide its future. By Friday you'll either have Ed Miliband or me as your prime minister,” Cameron said.

The Conservatives and Labor on Monday launched their final push to woo voters ahead of Britain's general election this week, as potential kingmaker parties made their pitch for power.

Tuesday, May 5th 2015 - 08:48 UTC

The princess has a name: Her Royal Highness Charlotte (Elizabeth Diana) of Cambridge

Her Royal Highness Charlotte (Elizabeth Diana) of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kensington Palace has said. The fourth in line to the throne will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. She was born on Saturday in the Lindo Wing of London's St Mary's Hospital weighing 8lbs 3oz (3.7kg).

Monday, May 4th 2015 - 20:12 UTC

St Helena airport on track: runway 70% completed; grooving and sealing begins

Aerial view over the Dry Gut fill, Taxiway and Apron that are also almost completed ( Pic Deon De Jager)

The government of the British Overseas Territory St Helena has given an update on the construction of the airport which is expected to become operational sometime in 2016, and which continues according to original plans.

Monday, May 4th 2015 - 06:30 UTC

Uruguay has the lowest corruption perception among Mercosur members

The country figures among the 21 countries with less corruption perception at global level, according to TI

Uruguay enjoys the lowest perception of corruption among Mercosur countries and also a privileged position at global level, according to the country's Transparency and Public Ethics Commission. The ranking was based on data from Transparency International and World Bank for the period extending from 2003 to 2014.

Monday, May 4th 2015 - 06:07 UTC

“Let Journalism Thrive”, says UN on Freedom of Expression Day

“Everyone must be free to seek, receive and impart knowledge and information on all media, online and offline” said the message from Ban Ki-moon

Freedom of expression and press freedom are critical to the successful implementation of good governance and human rights around the world, top United Nations officials declared today as they inaugurated the 2015 edition of World Press Freedom Day with a reminder that both freedoms were “essential” for the shaping of a new global sustainable development agenda.

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