Friday, November 13th 2015 - 09:23 UTC

Mine disaster: Brazil fines BHP Billiton and Vale; expects companies to pay cleanup costs

Rousseff, who overflew the disaster area said the fines could be followed by penalties from other federal or state agencies.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has slapped preliminary fines worth 250 million Reais ($94 million) against a BHP Billiton-Value owned mine in Minas Gerais state where two dams burst, killing at least seven people.

Friday, November 13th 2015 - 08:19 UTC

FIFA says five candidates are eligible to stand in Feb. 26 election

Prince Ali Al Hussein, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Jérôme Champagne, Gianni Infantino and Tokyo Sexwale are the hopefules.

The contenders to replace Sepp Blatter as head of world football association FIFA are: Prince Ali Al Hussein, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Jérôme Champagne, Gianni Infantino and Tokyo Sexwale. Liberian FA president Musa Bility was dropped from the field after failing the check, while suspended UEFA boss Michel Platini will only be considered if he successfully appeals his 90-day ban. He would then be subject to an integrity check.

Friday, November 13th 2015 - 01:44 UTC

Armistice Day marked by UK services worldwide

Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Penny Mordaunt MP was among at the ceremony which recalls 11 November, 11:00 AM, Armistice

United Kingdom servicemen and women around the world have joined the nation in marking two minutes’ silence at 11:00 on Armistice Day, November 11. Armistice Day marks the moment - at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month when the First World War Armistice was signed more than 90 years ago in a railway carriage stationed in the Forest of Compiègne in Northern France.

Thursday, November 12th 2015 - 07:49 UTC

Argentina's purchase of Israeli fighter jets will be left to next government

Defence minister Agustín Rossi said that all the details of the contract for the purchase will be felt for the incoming government to decide

Argentine defence minister Agustin Rossi has announced that negotiations for new fighter jets are under way, but will be left to the next government to purchase. Rossi’s decision comes only a day after the Argentine government announced the purchase of Israeli manufactured Kfir fighters.

Wednesday, November 11th 2015 - 08:36 UTC

PM Cameron outlines UK's conditions to remain in the EU

Cameron has promised to put the issue to a referendum by the end of 2017, and his aides suggest that he might do so as early as next June.

Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday formally laid out Britain’s conditions for remaining in the European Union, seeking changes in his country’s relationship with Brussels that he is betting are substantial enough to win over a majority of British voters but modest enough for the rest of Europe to swallow.

Wednesday, November 11th 2015 - 06:34 UTC

Catalonia acting premier Mas rebuked by secession coalition partner

CUP leaders are refusing to support a figure like Mas whom they see as the embodiment of corruption and social cuts in Catalonia.

Catalan government’s partner in the secessionist drive, the small anti-capitalist CUP party, on Tuesday confirmed that its preferred candidate to head the region following the September 27 election is not acting premier Artur Mas.

Tuesday, November 10th 2015 - 09:31 UTC

Sofia and its variants, is the most popular baby name in the world

Name-statistics from 49 countries showed that Sophia, which means “wisdom” topped lists in nine countries, including Italy, Slovakia, Russia and Mexico.

A new study by naming expert Laura Wattenberg has found that Sophia, and its variants including Sofia, is the most popular baby name in the world. Wattenberg collected name statistics from 49 countries, and Sophia, which means “wisdom” topped lists in nine countries, including Italy, Slovakia, Russia and Mexico.

Tuesday, November 10th 2015 - 08:40 UTC

Global temperatures are 1.02C above 1850/1900 average, and climbing, warns UK Met Office

The new data is certain to add urgency to political negotiations in Paris later this month aimed at securing a new global climate treaty.

Global temperatures are set to rise more than one degree above pre-industrial levels according to the UK's Met Office. Figures from January to September this year are already 1.02C above the average between 1850 and 1900.

Tuesday, November 10th 2015 - 08:00 UTC

China imports drop for twelfth month running: 18.8% in October

Exports dropped 6.9% to $192.4bn, as foreign demand waned. That left China with its highest trade surplus on record at $61.6bn.

China saw imports drop for the twelfth month in a row in October giving further cause for concern over the Chinese economy. Imports by the world's biggest trader of goods fell 18.8% from a year earlier to $130.8bn, a slight improvement on September's 20.4% decline.

Tuesday, November 10th 2015 - 07:39 UTC

Oil megaprojects won't stay on the shelf for long

Oil majors are scrambling to cut costs, and large-scale projects with high costs and long time-horizons are not making the cut.

One casualty of the oil price downturn could be the megaproject. For years, as conventional oil reserves depleted and became increasingly hard to find, oil companies ventured into far-flung locales to find new sources of production.


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