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Friday, May 13th 2016 - 07:13 UTC

Brazil's third Sports minister since March with only 12 weeks to Rio Olympic Games

Temer on Thursday named an entirely new cabinet appointing Leonardo Picciani as Brazil's sports minister. The third sports minister since the end of March.

Brazil shuffled its sports leadership team again on Thursday, just 85 days before the games arrive in Rio de Janeiro. The announcement came after vice president Michel Temer took over as the new acting president amid deep political turmoil. The previous president Dilma Rousseff was forced to temporarily resign following a Congressional vote to begin an impeachment trial against her for breaking budgetary laws.

Friday, May 13th 2016 - 06:27 UTC

Uruguay says beef and ethanol are included in Mercosur/EU proposals, but with no volumes or time span

Nin Novoa said beef and methanol were not specified, in volume or time periods, for the moment given the sensitivity of the issues.

Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said on Thursday that all agriculture products are included in negotiations for a wide ranging trade and cooperation agreement between Mercosur and the European Union. The chief negotiator for Mercosur underlined that contrary to what was announced by some media, beef and ethanol are included in the proposals exchanged on Wednesday in Brussels between the two blocks.

Friday, May 13th 2016 - 05:42 UTC

Falklands' government prepared to explore potential cooperation with Argentina

Argentine minister of foreign affairs Susana Malcorra met in London with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Minister of State Hugo Swire

Britain reiterated interest in strengthening relations with Argentina in areas of mutual interest, but also underlined London's position regarding the Falkland Islands remains unchanged, while from Stanley, the Falklands' elected government expressed its willingness to explore a potential cooperation with the Argentine government.

Thursday, May 12th 2016 - 18:26 UTC

Rousseff vows to keep fighting the “coup” that pretends to ignore her 54 million votes

”I confess, I never imagined it would be necessary to fight against a coup in my country,” Rousseff said in a speech to the nation.

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called the impeachment a ‘coup’, the result of a fraudulent process that ignores the 54 million people who voted for her, but vowed to keep fighting hours after on early Thursday, the Senate voted in favor of her impeachment trial.

Thursday, May 12th 2016 - 17:37 UTC

Temer acting president of Brazil after a 55/22 Senate vote to impeach Rousseff

The impeachment process was supported by 55 Senators, which is one more than the two thirds, 54, needed to definitively remove Rousseff

After 20 hours of debate, a clear majority in the Brazilian Senate voted on early Thursday morning to suspend Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, an action that removes her temporarily from office and sees her replaced by interim vice-president Michel Temer during her impeachment trial, which in 180 days could see her successor become full president until January 2019.

Thursday, May 12th 2016 - 08:21 UTC

St. Helena airport certified, which brings opening day closer

St Helena’s first Aerodrome Certificate is valid until 9 November 2016, at which point the Airport will need to be re-certified.

British Overseas Territory St. Helena achieved a major milestone on Tuesday when Air Safety Support International (ASSI) issued an Aerodrome Certificate to brand new St Helena Airport - having been satisfied that the Airport infrastructure, aviation security measures and air traffic control service complies with international aviation safety and security standards. This follows a final inspection of the Airport by an ASSI team last month.

Thursday, May 12th 2016 - 04:42 UTC

EU and Mercosur exchanged market access offers; beef and ethanol excluded as 'sensitive' products

Negotiators, for EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and for Mercosur, Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa, made the exchange in Brussels

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and the Foreign Affairs Minister of Uruguay Rodolfo Nin Novoa, on Wednesday exchanged EU and Mercosur offers on access to their respective markets of goods, services and establishment and government procurement. However this first exchange excluded 'sensitive' items such as beef and ethanol, according to EU sources. The details of the documents exchanged were not made public.

Thursday, May 12th 2016 - 04:06 UTC

Malcorra/Hammond meet in London: Falklands and confidence building mechanisms in a long agenda

Malcorra is accompanied by Fulvio Pompeo, Secretary for Strategic Affairs from Argentina's presidency, and a very close advisor to president Mauricio Macri.

Argentina's foreign minister Susana Malcorra will be in London this Thursday to attend a global summit on combating corruption, and is expected to meet with her peer Philip Hammond, and probably address the Falklands issue, according to Argentine official sources. Malcorra is accompanied by Fulvio Pompeo, Secretary for Strategic Affairs from Argentina's presidency, and a very close advisor to president Mauricio Macri.

Wednesday, May 11th 2016 - 14:27 UTC

UK and Gibraltar recognized the vital importance of the EU referendum and the Remain vote

Hammond, the first foreign secretary to visit Gibraltar since 2009, spent a full day of talks in the Rock and met with Chief Minister Fabian Picardo

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo underlined on Wednesday the importance of remaining in a reformed European Union, stronger, safer and better off, both for the UK and Gibraltar. The joint statement comes ahead of the June 26 Brexit vote, which for Overseas Territories a 'Leave' victory could be 'catastrophic', according to statements from Gibraltar and Falklands' representatives

Wednesday, May 11th 2016 - 14:03 UTC

Panama Papers are becoming an additional challenge for President Macri

 Judge Casanello suspects a case of “malicious omission” and broadened the Macri accounts request to Uruguay, Brazil, UK and Ireland

Argentine Federal Judge Sebastian Casanello has sent legal requests to Uruguay, United Kingdom, Ireland, Panama and Brazil, and likewise ordered local financial institutions in the country to provide data on the Macri family accounts as part of an ongoing investigation of the Argentine president overseas assets in so called tax havens, which emerged from the latest release of Panama Papers by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

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