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Monday, May 4th 2015 - 20:12 UTC

St Helena airport on track: runway 70% completed; grooving and sealing begins

Aerial view over the Dry Gut fill, Taxiway and Apron that are also almost completed ( Pic Deon De Jager)

The government of the British Overseas Territory St Helena has given an update on the construction of the airport which is expected to become operational sometime in 2016, and which continues according to original plans.

Monday, May 4th 2015 - 06:30 UTC

Uruguay has the lowest corruption perception among Mercosur members

The country figures among the 21 countries with less corruption perception at global level, according to TI

Uruguay enjoys the lowest perception of corruption among Mercosur countries and also a privileged position at global level, according to the country's Transparency and Public Ethics Commission. The ranking was based on data from Transparency International and World Bank for the period extending from 2003 to 2014.

Monday, May 4th 2015 - 06:07 UTC

“Let Journalism Thrive”, says UN on Freedom of Expression Day

“Everyone must be free to seek, receive and impart knowledge and information on all media, online and offline” said the message from Ban Ki-moon

Freedom of expression and press freedom are critical to the successful implementation of good governance and human rights around the world, top United Nations officials declared today as they inaugurated the 2015 edition of World Press Freedom Day with a reminder that both freedoms were “essential” for the shaping of a new global sustainable development agenda.

Monday, May 4th 2015 - 05:26 UTC

Royal family and grandparents visit the new princess at Kensington Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduced their daughter to the world, as they left hospital to take her home to Kensington Palace.

British royal family members visited on Sunday the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's new baby daughter at Kensington Palace with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall spent more than an hour with their new granddaughter. The Duchess of Cambridge's parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, and her sister Pippa also met the princess.

Monday, May 4th 2015 - 05:19 UTC

Falklands/Malvinas claim: “Argentina following on Ghandi's teachings”

“We have learned from Gandhi that in the end people will get what is theirs and get what they want despite the amount of time it may take,” said Daniel Filmus

Argentina is following on Mahatma Gandhi's teachings or ahimsa (truth, love and fraternity) that brought independence to India, to claim the Falklands/Malvinas and other South Atlantic islands, said Daniel Filmus, head of the Malvinas Issues Desk in the Argentine foreign ministry during his latest incursion this time in Ethiopia.

Sunday, May 3rd 2015 - 11:47 UTC

Founding member resigns from Spanish anti-establishment party 'Podemos'

“My party is the most decent there is but ... sometimes we appear to be like those that we want to substitute,” Monedero told Radiocable.com.

One of the founder members of Podemos, the one-year-old leftist party that has up-ended Spanish politics, has resigned in a surprise move that questions its strategy just as opinion polls show it may have peaked.

Saturday, May 2nd 2015 - 10:46 UTC

“World closer than ever to wipe out polio, but no victory declaration yet”

Latest global data show just 23 polio cases reported so far in 2015. That compares to a year-to-date total of 54 cases worldwide in 2014

The world is closer than ever to being able to wipe out polio, international experts said, with zero cases of the crippling disease recorded across all of Africa this year and fewer than 25 globally.

Friday, May 1st 2015 - 07:06 UTC

Chilean universities establish closer links with their UK counterparts

The Newton-Picarte fund for science and innovation with a contribution of £12m from the UK, aims to support the economic development of Chile

A group of the main Chilean universities travelled to the United Kingdom on an invitation from UK Universities, with the purpose of deepening links and greater opportunities for collaboration in areas such as research and innovation. This was a follow up mission to the 12 British universities that visited Chile last year to establish links with their counterparts.

Friday, May 1st 2015 - 06:22 UTC

Euro zone scrapes out of deflation in April; unemployment remains above 11%

Energy prices in the Euro zone fell by 5.8% in April - a slightly slower pace than the 6% decline recorded in March.

Consumer prices in the Euro zone scraped out of deflation in April after four months, official data has shown, boosting hopes of economic recovery in Europe. The inflation rate in the 19 nations that use the Euro stood at 0% in April, up from a rate of -0.1% in March. Eurostat said that low energy costs were continuing to cut living costs.

Thursday, April 30th 2015 - 10:08 UTC

Only 34 countries with plans to fight threat of antibiotic resistance, says WHO

“This is the single greatest challenge in infectious diseases today,” said Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's assistant director-general for health security

Only 34 countries have national plans to fight the global threat of antibiotic resistance, meaning few are prepared to tackle “superbug” infections which put even basic healthcare at risk, the WHO has said. In a survey of government plans to tackle the issue, the World Health Organization said only a quarter of the 133 countries that responded were addressing the problem.

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