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Tuesday, November 11th 2014 - 07:12 UTC

”Ageing well”, says WHO: in 2020 over 60 will outnumber children under 5

“Deep and fundamental reforms of health and social care systems will be required,” says Dr John Beard, Director of the Department of Ageing

A major new Series on health and ageing, published in “The Lancet”, warns that unless health systems find effective strategies to address the problems faced by an ageing world population, the growing burden of chronic disease will greatly affect the quality of life of older people.

Tuesday, November 11th 2014 - 04:38 UTC

Released documents: Reagan's apologies to Thatcher over the invasion of Grenada

US troops were sent to Grenada in 1983 to topple the Marxist regime. While US forces were still in action, Reagan phoned Thatcher to explain the action he had taken.

A recorded conversation between an apologetic Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher over the invasion of Grenada has been published for the first time. Baroness Thatcher was angered that she was not consulted before the US invaded a Commonwealth state.

Tuesday, November 11th 2014 - 04:34 UTC

Minister Swire underlines business opportunities for UK companies in Paraguay

Swire recalled British engineers helped transform Paraguay into one of the leading industrial powers in the region: railways, shipyards, a foundry and an arsenal.

UK Minister for Latin America, Hugo Swire, spoke of the growing presence of UK in Latin America and more specifically on the expanding links with Paraguay. Minister Swire said UK was determined to deepen its commercial ties with a rising Latin America and described Paraguay as a perfect trade and investment partner for UK, particularly since British oil industry has struck oil in the Chaco region.

Monday, November 10th 2014 - 19:56 UTC

Hong Kong-Shanghai stock exchanges link will allow trading across the border

The tie up is seen as a key milestone in the capital market liberalization of China - the world's second largest economy

Regulators have approved a long-awaited plan to connect the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges. The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect will allow investors to trade across the border for the first time and is set to begin on 17 November.

Monday, November 10th 2014 - 19:28 UTC

FAO's food price index remains stable in October: 'very good for importing countries'

The ongoing slight decline in the index is “very good for food importing countries,” FAO senior economist Concepción Calpe said in an interview. The shifts come as FAO raised its forecast for a record

FAO's monthly food price index was stable in October, as sugar and vegetable oil prices rose to offset declines in dairy and meat prices. The Food Price Index dipped to 192.3, technically, its seventh consecutive monthly decline, but a marginal 0.2% drop from the revised September figure.

Monday, November 10th 2014 - 09:08 UTC

“Nothing and no one can stand in the way of freedom” says Berlin mayor

“We're the happiest people in the world and we're thrilled that you brought the Berlin Wall down 25 years ago,” Berlin's Mayor Klaus Wowereit said

More than a million Germans and people from around the world celebrated on Sunday the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the event that more than any other marked the end of the Cold War.

Monday, November 10th 2014 - 08:54 UTC

Cable & Wireless acquires major Caribbean telecoms company

C&W now doubles in size and increases its Caribbean and Central American footprint with the addition of Columbus’ 700,000 residential customers in the region.

Columbus International Inc., the fiber-based telecoms company which operates in the Caribbean as Flow, has been acquired by LIME parent company, Cable & Wireless Communications Plc. (CWC), in a 3bn dollars buyout deal announced last Friday.

Monday, November 10th 2014 - 08:49 UTC

Scotiabank plans to shut 120 branches in Mexico and the Caribbean

“In some of these (Caribbean) countries, we are just over-branched and we have to size it to the realities of these economies,” said Scotiabank CEO Brian Porter.

Canada’s Scotiabank has announced plans to shut or shrink 120 branches, largely in Mexico and the Caribbean, in a bid to save CAN$120 million (One Canadian dollar =US$0.87 cents) annually. The bank said it would close down 35 of its 200 branches in the Caribbean and would sever 1, 500 full-time employees, including 500 from its international operations.

Monday, November 10th 2014 - 07:43 UTC

Over two million Catalans vote in the “consultation of citizens” challenging Madrid

“We have earned the right to a referendum,” Mas told cheering supporters. “Once again Catalonia has shown that it wants to rule itself.”

Millions of Catalans voted on Sunday in a symbolic referendum on independence from Spain that supporters hope will propel the issue further despite opposition from Madrid.

Monday, November 10th 2014 - 07:28 UTC

US Congress members support for Gibraltar's self determination

“I am grateful for the support that members of the US Congress have shown for Gibraltar”, said Minister Lidington

British Government is working with the US Congress in order to bolster support for Gibraltar’s right to remain under British sovereignty.

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