Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 08:30 UTC

Norovirus outbreak on two cruise ships off the coasts of Mexico and California

One of the two most recent outbreaks took place on the Legend of the Seas while on a two-week cruise that ended on Tuesday.

Hundreds of Royal Caribbean passengers were stricken with acute gastrointestinal ailments, including vomiting and diarrhea, on two cruise ships off the coasts of Mexico and California earlier this week. The debilitating illness was identified as norovirus, outbreaks of which aren’t uncommon on cruise ships, especially during the winter season.

Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 08:12 UTC

Brazil questions Argentina's approach to China in military procurement

“I returned from Buenos Aires with assurances that Argentina gives leading priority to its association with Unasur”, said minister Jacques Wagner<br />

Brazil's minister of defense Jacques Wagner questioned Argentina's approach to China regarding military procurement, but discarded any conflict with Buenos Aires, since the country is a 'strategic and important partner' of Brazil. Apparently the issue was brought up by Jacques when he visited his counterpart Agustín Rossi in Buenos Aires last week.

Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 02:22 UTC

Falklands people's “democratic rights” will be upheld, pledges Tories' manifesto

PM Cameron at the presentation of the Conservative party's manifesto ahead of May 7 general election

With less than a month to UK's election the Conservative party released its manifesto which explicitly declares that a Tory government “will uphold the democratic rights of the people of Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands to remain British, for as long as that is their wish, and protect our Overseas Territories”.

Wednesday, April 15th 2015 - 08:57 UTC

St. Helena prepares for airport opening with boutique hotel and South African airline

A view of Jamestown which expects an economic boost once the airport begins receiving air traffic from South Africa and hopefully an influx of tourists

Two South African companies, Mantis in the hotel business and Comair airline, will be playing a vital role in developing St Helena's economy through increased communications and the tourist industry, once the international airport is opened next February, according to the latest news from the British Overseas Territory in mid South Atlantic.

Wednesday, April 15th 2015 - 08:19 UTC

Turkey warns Pope Francis not to repeat the 'mistake' of using 'genocide' for mass killings of Armenians

“Whenever politicians, religious functionaries assume the duties of historians, then delirium comes out, not fact”, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has condemned Pope Francis, warning him to not repeat the “mistake” of describing the mass killings of Ottoman Armenians as “genocide.”

Wednesday, April 15th 2015 - 08:01 UTC

An Apple iPad from Pope Francis fetched 30.500 dollars at auction in Uruguay

The iPad carries the inscription “His Holiness Francisco. Servizio Internet Vatican, March 2013,” with a certificate signed by the Pope's personal secretary

An Apple iPad which belonged to Pope Francis has fetched 30,500 dollars at auction, with proceeds going to a school in a poor neighborhood in Uruguay, the local auction house selling the item said.

Wednesday, April 15th 2015 - 07:28 UTC

Cuba to be removed from terror sponsors' list, announced President Obama

Obama ordered a review of Cuba’s status in December, as he and Raul Castro agreed to move toward normal relations.(Pic EFE)

The White House announced on Tuesday that President Obama intends to remove Cuba from the US government's list of nations that sponsor terrorism, eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations after decades of hostilities. The decision to remove Cuba from the list represents a crucial step in Obama’s effort to turn the page on a Cold War-era dispute.

Tuesday, April 14th 2015 - 22:39 UTC

UN extends to actor Daniel Craig “licence to save” as first advocate for elimination of landmines

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appoints actor Daniel Craig as the first UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Tuesday the designation of renowned actor Daniel Craig as the first UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards. In a brief ceremony held at UN Headquarters, the Secretary-General thanked Mr. Craig for his commitment to support the UN’s vision of a world free from the threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war.

Tuesday, April 14th 2015 - 18:35 UTC

China's exports/imports fall in March; trade surplus lowest in 13 years

Analysts said recent indicators showed further signs the slowdown is continuing. In US dollar terms, China's exports for the month fell 15%, while imports fell 12.7%.

China's monthly trade data shows exports fell in March from a year ago by 14.6% in Yuan terms, compared to expectations for a rise of more than 8%. Imports meanwhile fell 12.3% in Yuan terms compared to forecasts for a fall of more than 11%.

Tuesday, April 14th 2015 - 11:19 UTC

Germany's greatest post WWII writer and Nobel Prize winner dies at 87

For many he was the voice of a German generation that came of age in World War II and bore the burden of their parents' guilt for the atrocities of the Nazis.

German novelist Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning author of “The Tin Drum”, an epic treatment of the Nazi era, on Monday at the age of 87, his publishers said. A broad-shouldered man with a drooping mustache, Grass spurned the German tradition of keeping a cool intellectual distance, insisting that a writer's duty was to be at the frontline of moral and political debate.


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