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Monday, August 10th 2015 - 06:38 UTC

“Spain acting as an aggressor and not a European partner” with Gibraltar

MEP Ashley Fox said ”border problems like this are fast becoming an annual event and enough is enough”

Gibraltar’s Conservative MEP Ashley Fox is compiling a dossier of constituent complaints and experiences of crossing the border in and out of Gibraltar. Mr Fox will hand the dossier to the EU Commission and says it will show Spain is acting “as an aggressor and not a European partner”, according to a report from the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Monday, August 10th 2015 - 06:21 UTC

UK calls 'outrageous' and 'unlawful', Spanish incursions in Gibraltar waters

“It is completely unacceptable and unlawful under the international law of the sea to enter our waters without notifying us”, said minister Swire.

Spain has been accused of an “outrageous” and “unlawful” violation of British sovereignty after boats entered UK waters in Gibraltar on Sunday. Helicopters were also flown over a beach on the British territory as Spanish police chased criminals on the water, a move branded extremely dangerous by the Government of Gibraltar.

Monday, August 10th 2015 - 06:05 UTC

Scotland to ban growing genetically modified crops

Richard Lochhead said the Scottish government was not prepared to “gamble” with the future of the country's £14bn food and drink sector.

Scotland is to ban the growing of genetically modified crops, the country's rural affairs secretary has announced. Richard Lochhead said the Scottish government was not prepared to “gamble” with the future of the country's £14bn food and drink sector.

Monday, August 10th 2015 - 05:50 UTC

World Lion Day, Monday 10 August to celebrate the King of Beasts

Those who love these magnificent beasts will come together to celebrate World Lion Day, to bring awareness of the need to protect the legendary animals.

World Lion Day is to be remembered on Monday, August 10, and to celebrate this first campaign to protect the imposing animal many websites are dedicating amazing photos of the King of Beasts, as it is sometimes called.

Saturday, August 8th 2015 - 10:28 UTC

Shell planning to invest billions in Brazil, despite recent purchase of BG group

CEO Ben Van Beurden remains steadfast in his plans to buy BG, which will transform Shell into the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier.

Royal Dutch Shell is considering investing billions in Brazil, set to become a focal point after the planned acquisition of BG Group, even as it prepares to sell huge chunks of its business to pay for the $70bn deal.

Saturday, August 8th 2015 - 10:14 UTC

Germany rocked by debate on freedom of the press and government influence over the courts

Meister and Beckedahl published classified documents on Netzpolitik, saying German intelligence had plans to expand online surveillance to fight terrorism

Journalists have been accused of treason; a chief prosecutor fired; and we have witnessed the unedifying spectacle of government ministers scrambling to get out of the firing line after popular outrage. But the scandal rocking Germany's political establishment isn't about sleaze or corruption but rather whether a little-known website can publish documents already publicly discussed.

Saturday, August 8th 2015 - 09:44 UTC

FAO pressing countries to ratify agreement on illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing

FAO brokered in 2009 the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.

A growing number of countries are ratifying an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, fueling interest in how best to implement the instrument. Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is estimated to strip between $10 billion and $23 billion from the global economy, and their impacts undermine the way fish stocks are managed to make it a double concern around the world.

Saturday, August 8th 2015 - 09:31 UTC

Chile's inflation climbs 0.4% in July to an annualized 4.6%; Peso slides 11%

Chile which is heavily China-dependent with copper exports is suffering consequences of the slowdown in the world's second strongest economy.

Chile’s inflation rate rose to the highest this year in July as the Peso approaches its weakest level in more than a decade. Prices climbed 0.4% in the month, the National Statistics Institute said on its website Friday. Annual inflation accelerated to 4.6% from 4.4% the month before, while the central bank target is between 2% and 4%.

Saturday, August 8th 2015 - 08:54 UTC

Argentine embassy in US launches website on the struggle with 'vulture funds'

The website is called “All about the Argentine Debt Case”, and is divided in several sections.

The Argentine Embassy in the United States has launched a website to explain the conflict between Argentina and holdout investors commonly referred to as “vulture funds”. The website explains the origins of the conflict, its history, and provides documents and expert opinions on the subject. Its virtual library has until now over 200 documents and 100 independent sources.

Saturday, August 8th 2015 - 08:22 UTC

Bank of England keeps rates unchanged; little talk of rise because of China and Greece

The Bank said a collapsing stock market in China and continuing talks over Greece's debts mean the outlook for global growth was muted.

UK interest rates have been held at 0.5% again by the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). Members voted 8-1 to keep rates on hold - the first time for months the decision has not been unanimous, with Ian McCafferty voting for an increase.

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