Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 12:13 UTC

“Harmony of the Seas” tragic accident during a security drill in Marseille

The accident happened when one of the ship's life boats with five people on board became detached during a “simple security drill” while a stopover in Marseille.

One person has been killed and four others left seriously injured in Marseille after an accident on board the Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest cruise liner. The fatal accident comes just three months after the cruise liner hit the high seas for its much-hyped inaugural voyage. The victim was from the Philippines and was aged 42-years-old. The other victims were three Filipinos and an Indian man.

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 10:53 UTC

Falklands open to establish further air links with third countries plus two additional stops per month in Argentina

Currently there is a weekly flight linking Punta Arenas in Chile with the Falklands, which stops once a month, one in each direction, in Rio Gallegos

The chapter on the South Atlantic establishes that the 1989 formula on sovereignty of the Falklands will not be affected and that the appropriate measures will be taken to remove all obstacles limiting the economic growth and sustainable development of the Islands

Wednesday, September 14th 2016 - 10:31 UTC

UK/Argentina Joint Communiqué – 13 September 2016

With cabinet chief Marco Peña at Government House

The Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Alan Duncan, visited Argentina on 12 and 13 September. The principal reason for the visit was to enhance bilateral consultations with the Argentine Foreign Ministry and attend the Business and Investment Forum organised by the Argentine Government.

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.


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