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Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 21:26 UTC

Macri anticipates “mature, constructive relations with the US” and pledges to strengthen Mercosur

“You are at home,” Macri told Obama and underlined his “very important leadership” in terms of a “green agenda”

Argentine president Mauricio Macri at the beginning of the press conference Wednesday midday in Casa Rosada (Government House), highlighted the visit of Barack Obama's to Argentina and said “a stage of mature, intelligent and constructive relations is beginning.”

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 19:19 UTC

Doing business between Uruguay and United Kingdom

Ignacio de Paula, British Consul Katharine Felton, Gabriela Castro-Fontoura, Director of Sunny Sky Solutions and GBUA member, Florencia Malo

The Association of Graduates of British Universities (GBUA) together with the Association of Young Entrepreneurs (AJE Uruguay), organized a panel in which young Uruguayan entrepreneurs spoke about their experiences of doing business with the UK.

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 05:48 UTC

Panel of experts will name the new UK polar research vessel

The state-of-the-art £200m vessel will be launched in 2019 to replace Royal Research Ships (RRS) Ernest Shackleton and James Clark Ross.

The name of a new British polar research vessel will be chosen by a panel of experts, even if the public overwhelmingly votes to call it Boaty McBoatface. Lord West, ex-First Sea Lord, said he was rather proud “silly names” had been suggested but hoped none were chosen.

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 04:07 UTC

Falklands/Malvinas not included in Obama/Macri agenda, says Malcorra

Obama and family will be spending two days in Argentina, in Buenos Aires and in Bariloche. Macri will hold meetings in both cities

Argentine president Mauricio Macri will not bring up the issue of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands during his meetings with visiting president Barack Obama, much less request his mediation in the dispute, according to foreign minister Susana Malcorra.

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 02:14 UTC

Obama magic: from Cuba next to Castro, calls for an end to US embargo and for free and democratic elections

”Sí se puede” Obama told the Cuban people promising a new beginning and recalled his 2008 slogan, “Yes we can.”

Crowning a remarkable visit to Cuba, United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared an end to the “last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas” and openly urged the Cuban people to pursue a more democratic future for their nation 90 miles from Miami. He also sent a strong message to his critics back in the US.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 - 15:58 UTC

Unveiling China's power struggle: 'princeling' Xi pushing aside collective leadership

The “collective leadership” of recent decades has become a fiction, and Xi's personality cult is being vigorously promoted in the state-controlled media.

By Gwynne Dyer


Opening the National People's Congress in Beijing, Prime Minister Li Keqiang set China's growth target for the coming year at 6.5-7 per cent, the lowest in decades. Only two years ago, he said 7% was the lowest acceptable growth rate, but he has had to eat his words. He really isn't in charge of very much anymore.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 - 06:25 UTC

Petrobras losses in 4Q climb to US$ 10bn; more staff cuts expected

Once the crown jewel of Brazil's government, Petrobras' image quickly lost its luster amid mismanagement and corruption.

Brazil's state-run oil company, Petrobras, reported a record quarterly loss of $10.2 billion on Monday due to a large reduction in the value of some assets amid lower oil prices. Petrobras has been at the center of a sprawling corruption scandal that has ensnared some of Brazil's most powerful lawmakers and business executives.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 - 02:13 UTC

Obama scheduled to address the Cuban people on national television and meet dissidents

Hand on his heart, Obama stood in Revolution Square as a band played the American national anthem, stunning sounds in a country as Cuba

President Barack Obama in Havana has a busy agenda scheduled for Tuesday which includes a major speech that Cuban officials said would be carried on TV. Before departing for Argentina, Obama has planned to meet with political dissidents and attend a game between Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays and Cuba's beloved national team.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 - 01:40 UTC

Obama and Castro agree to disagree, but determined to advance in “a new day”

“This is a new day,” Obama said, standing alongside Castro after their meeting at Havana's Palace of the Revolution.

Cuban President Raul Castro directly challenged President Obama on the heels of their historic meeting in Havana on Monday to lift more restrictions on the island and return land used for the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay – as the visiting U.S. president, in turn, chided the Cuban government on democracy and human rights

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 - 01:35 UTC

“Give me the name of a political prisoner, he will be released before tonight” Castro challenges US reporter

“Please give me the name of a political prisoner,” Castro said repeatedly, with President Barack Obama standing by his side.

Cuban President Raúl Castro sparred with US reporters on Monday over Cuba’s human-rights record, saying at one point that it was not fair to ask about prisoners in general and at another point that he would release by the end of the day anyone named as a political prisoner by a reporter.

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