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Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 10:12 UTC

UK/Argentina begin new dialogue and agree on areas of mutual interest including the South Atlantic

FCO Minister Alan Duncan said that the UK and Argentina are building a positive relationship based on areas where “we so clearly agree”.

The British Government and the Government of Argentina have agreed to an improved relationship through closer co-operation on areas of mutual interest, including on trade, security and the South Atlantic. A UK-Argentine joint statement has been agreed and released on Tuesday 13 September, following a series of high level meetings in Buenos Aires with Sir Alan Duncan - the first Foreign Office Minister to visit Argentina since 2009.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 19:56 UTC

Brazil launches ambitious program to auction off oil, power and infrastructure concessions

Temer's administration is selling assets and pushing for unpopular austerity reforms to prop fiscal accounts that has cost Brazil its investment-grade rating.

Brazil on Tuesday launched a multibillion-dollar plan to auction off oil, power rights and infrastructure concessions, in an attempt by the new government to bolster private investment in a moribund economy. The government will sell operating licenses for airports in the cities of Porto Alegre, Salvador, Florianopolis and Fortaleza by the first quarter of 2017. It also plans to sell rights to operate federal roads in the center-west and south regions later next year.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 10:44 UTC

First OAS Electoral Observation Mission to the US next November 8

Laura Chinchilla, the first woman president of Costa Rica, held office from 2010 to 2014. In 2015 she headed the OAS mission to Mexican federal elections.

The former president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, will head the first Electoral Observation Mission that the OAS will deploy to the United States and that will observe the upcoming November 8 elections.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 10:28 UTC

Controversy in Westminster over the surface fleet and the Type 26 frigates

Defense Secretary Fallon told MPs he would not sign the contract until “absolutely persuaded that it is in the best interests and value for money for the taxpayer”.

British MP Julian Lewis, who chairs the Commons defense committee, claimed contractors BAE Systems were ready to start work on the multi-billion pound Ministry of Defense's new Type 26 frigates, known as global combat ships. The project has already been cut from 13 to eight new ships, while a target to start cutting steel in May has been delayed indefinitely.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 10:17 UTC

More than 230 cruise ships will pass through the Panama Canal this 2016/17 season

Cruise ship Coral Princess is slated to transit the Panama Canal on a voyage from Los Angeles, to the U.S. East Coast on October 4, 2016

Cruise ship Coral Princess is slated to transit the Panama Canal on a voyage from Los Angeles, Calif., to the U.S. East Coast on October 4, 2016, officially kicking off the canal’s 2016-2017 cruise season, which according to the Panama Canal Authority will see more than 230 cruise ships pass through the Panama Canal.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 09:55 UTC

“If beef is not included”, there won't be no Mercosur-EU trade agreement, warns Uruguay

Nin Novoa said that among the goods to be negotiates is beef, which is one of the main products because, “if it does not include beef, there won't be any agreement”

“If beef is not included, there won't be any agreement”, said Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa in anticipation of next week's meeting of European Union and Mercosur coordinators to adjust the list of goods and services the two blocks will formally exchange in mid October, the first formal meeting of its kind in fourteen years.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 07:08 UTC

Ex PM Cameron “after a long and hard thought” resigns as a Member of Parliament

Cameron opposed the so-called “Brexit,” and campaigned for Britain to remain in the E.U. He informed Prime Minister May of his decision Monday afternoon.

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Monday that he is stepping down as a member of Parliament, just months after leaving 10 Downing Street. Cameron, a member of the Conservative Party, stepped down as prime minister in July after the United Kingdom voted in a June referendum to leave the European Union, saying the country needed new leadership.

Monday, September 12th 2016 - 06:52 UTC

Gibraltar celebrates National Day defiantly:“if Brexit means Brexit, then British means British”

 “If anyone thinks that we are going to sell our homeland for access to Europe, they don’t know the Gibraltarians,” said CM Picardo

Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo sent a firm message on Saturday, 10 September, the Rock's National Day, which was accompanied by strong support messages from the UK and a visiting delegation of MPs from all parties in Westminster

Monday, September 12th 2016 - 06:33 UTC

Trade, investments and Falklands in Sir Alan Duncan's agenda in Buenos Aires

Sir Alan Duncan will also be at the opening of a business and investment conference which will be attended by a delegation of forty top British companies

UK Foreign Office minister of state for the Americas and the Falkland Islands, Sir Alan Duncan begins this Monday a full agenda of activities in Buenos Aires with the purpose of promoting business, investments and normalizing bilateral relations, after more than a decade of distant when not frozen links under the Kirchner couple administrations. The Falkland Islands issue is also expected to be addressed but with “a constructive spirit”.

Sunday, September 11th 2016 - 16:40 UTC

Brazil's ex attorney general claims he was fired for trying to deepen Petrobras corruption case

“The government wants to smother the Car Wash probe. It is very worried,” Medina Osorio was quoted as saying by Veja.

Brazil's new government is trying to stifle a corruption investigation targeting politicians and major parties, the former attorney general said in a magazine interview a day after being replaced by President Michel Temer. The former official, Fabio Medina Osorio, told weekly magazine Veja that he was fired because he tried to deepen the so-called “Car Wash” corruption probe into the country's oil company Petrobras.

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