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Tuesday, March 10th 2015 - 00:14 UTC

Young Falkland Islanders attend Commonwealth Day events in London

Kalon Jaffray and Jessica McPhee will be given a tour of the Houses of Parliament, and attend the Commonwealth Day Observance at Westminster Abbey.

Young Falkland Islands students studying in the United Kingdom, Kalon Jaffray and Jessica McPhee will be attending the Commonwealth Day events in London, which this year emphasize on the youth of the Commonwealth under the title of ”A Young Commonwealth”.

Monday, March 9th 2015 - 23:32 UTC

St Elena's airport will receive its first airplane test landing next July

A few years ago the British government decided to build an international airport, a calling point for air bridges to the south.(Pic. St. Helena online)

The very first airplane landing on St Helena’s new airport is due to take place in July, seven months before the target date for its completion. St Elena is situated in the middle of the Atlantic, and besides being a volcanic island is world famous since Napoleon was kept under arrest by the British until his death.

Monday, March 9th 2015 - 11:45 UTC

February's FAO Food Price Index at is lowest value since early 2010

Prices of wheat, coarse grains and rice were all lower, but the decline was most pronounced for wheat, reflecting improvement in wheat production prospects

The FAO Food Price Index averaged 179. 4 points in February 2015, down 1.8 points (1.0 percent) from its January value and 29 points (14.0 percent) below its level in February 2014. Prices of cereals, meat and, especially, sugar, dipped last month, while they remained steady in the case of oils and rebounded sharply in the case of dairy products. The index has been on a declining path since April 2014 and has now reached its lowest value since July 2010.

Monday, March 9th 2015 - 08:07 UTC

Transparency International claims BOT are used to launder 'corrupt' money

New research showed 36,342 London properties covering 2.25 square miles were held by hidden companies registered in ‘offshore havens’, the organization said.

British territories including Gibraltar are being used by criminals and foreign officials to launder ‘corrupt’ money through the purchase of up market UK properties, according to the respected anti-corruption organization Transparency International.

Monday, March 9th 2015 - 07:39 UTC

Colombia and FARC agree to clear minefields; 11.000 people killed in 15 years

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL-CMC) ranked Colombia second behind Afghanistan for highest number of children killed or wounded by landmines

Colombian government and Marxist oriented guerrillas jointly announced an agreement to remove landmines and other explosives from the battlefield in a sign of progress in their two-year-old peace talks being held in Cuba.

Saturday, March 7th 2015 - 08:22 UTC

Several cups of coffee a day help combat clogged arteries, say Korean scientists

Coffee contains the stimulant caffeine, as well as numerous other compounds, but it's not clear if these might cause good or harm to the body.

Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries - a known risk factor for heart disease - Korean researchers believe. They studied more than 25,000 male and female employees who underwent routine health checks at their workplace.

Friday, March 6th 2015 - 18:25 UTC

ECB stimuli bond-purchase to begin next Monday, announces Dragui

“We will on 9 March 2015 start purchasing euro-dominated public sector securities in the secondary market”, Draghi announced in Nicosia.

Following a meeting of the European Central Bank's rate-setting Governing Council in Cyprus on Thursday, ECB president Mario Draghi said the bank would start buying sovereign bonds from Euro zone countries on Monday next week.

Friday, March 6th 2015 - 18:21 UTC

China lowers 2015 growth estimate to 7%; in 2014 expansion was the slowest in 24 years

The economic growth target for 2015 was delivered by Premier Li Keqiang to the third session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC).

Shares in China fell after the country's government set its official growth target at 7% for this year. The rate is lower than last year's target of 7.5%, which China missed after it grew at the slowest pace in 24 years. The Shanghai Composite closed down 1% at 3,248.48, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng ended 1.1% lower at 24,193.04.

Friday, March 6th 2015 - 11:58 UTC

One of the mightiest of WW2 battleships discovered 70 years after it was sunk

Musashi and its sister vessel, Yamato, were two of the largest battleships ever built. US warplanes sank the Musashi on 24 Oct 1944 at the Battle of Leyte Gulf

American billionaire Paul Allen has announced the discovery of the famous World War Two Japanese battleship, the Musashi, more than 70 years after it was sunk by US forces. Mr, Allen said the vessel was found by his private exploration team. It was at a depth of more than 1km on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines.

Friday, March 6th 2015 - 07:52 UTC

South Atlantic Air-bridge to the Falklands restricted to certain nationalities

“The MOD has reviewed its practices regarding access to its operational defense establishments, such as RAF Brize Norton”

The South Atlantic Air-bridge linking RAF Brize Norton in the UK with the Falkland Islands will no longer fly nationals from a list of countries and although no specific reasons were given, the release underlines that the “Ministry of Defense places the greatest importance on the security of its people, facilities and operations”.

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