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Monday, May 30th 2016 - 09:36 UTC

Suspended Rousseff claims tapes reveal her impeachment is meant to stop the Petrobras corruption probe

Rousseff told Folha de S. Paulo the revelation of the recordings gives her hope of returning to office.

Suspended President Dilma Rousseff said in an interview published Sunday that leaked audio recordings of men backing her impeachment show the effort to oust her is meant to stop a wide-ranging corruption probe that has implicated numerous leading Brazilian politicians and businessmen.

Monday, May 30th 2016 - 09:25 UTC

Lula regrets having elected Dilma as his successor, according to taped conversation

In the leaked tape Sarney recalls: “he (Lula)  told me that his only regret is having elected Dilma. The only mistake he made – and the worst of all”.

Ex Brazilian president Lula da Silva regrets having handpicked suspended president Dilma Rousseff as his political heiress, according to a taped conversation leaked to the media. In the audio between former president Jose Sarney and Sergio Machado, a former head of Transpetro, a state-run natural gas company, who is believed to have entered a plea bargain with the prosecution, the two men comment on Lula's confession.

Monday, May 30th 2016 - 09:16 UTC

US top official expected in Uruguay and Brazil

In Montevideo, Acting Assistant Secretary Aponte will meet with senior Uruguayan government officials and political, economic, and media representatives

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Mari Carmen Aponte will travel to Montevideo, Uruguay, May 31-June 2 to lead the United States delegation at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Americas Regional Meeting.

Monday, May 30th 2016 - 07:48 UTC

At the 100th anniversary of Verdun, Hollande and Merkel appeal to unity

Hollande and Merkel said just as France and Germany had put aside their shared history to become close allies, EU must now pull together to deal current challenges. (Pic EPA)

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed on Sunday for Europe to unite to face its current challenges as they marked the 100th anniversary of Verdun, the longest battle of World War I. The 300 days of fighting in northeast France were one of the bloodiest battles of the war, claiming more than 300,000 lives before France emerged victorious.

Monday, May 30th 2016 - 07:36 UTC

Venezuela's public sector will only work Mondays and Tuesdays for another two weeks

President Maduro's administration blames the power shortage on a drought caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon

Venezuela's government on Saturday extended by two weeks a decree reducing the public sector workweek to Mondays and Tuesdays in a bid to tackle the oil-rich country's electricity crisis. The enforced leave was first announced in late April, a drastic move for a government also grappling with an economic crisis that has Venezuelans queuing for hours to buy scarce supplies.

Monday, May 30th 2016 - 07:13 UTC

Chilean rescue of Shackleton's crew from Elephant Island marked at British residence

Defense Under-Secretary Marcos Robledo, Ambassador Fiona Clouder, and Foreign Affairs Secretary Heraldo Muñoz.

A networking reception was held in the British residence on Wednesday 25 May to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the rescue by the Chilean pilot Luis Pardo, of the Armada de Chile, of Ernest Shackleton’s crew from Elephant Island.

Monday, May 30th 2016 - 07:03 UTC

Australia enforces low sulfur fuel regulations: Carnival cruise fined

The Pacific Jewel, breached new low sulfur fuel regulations in Sydney Harbor, following a fuel sample taken by the ship’s crew and provided to EPA officers

Australia’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined Carnival PLC US$15,000 after one of its P&O Cruises ships, the Pacific Jewel, breached new low sulfur fuel regulations in Sydney Harbor. A fuel sample taken by the ship’s crew and provided to EPA officers while the ship was berthed at the White Bay Cruise Terminal on February 26, 2016 had a sulfur level of 0.293%, nearly three times the 0.1% sulfur limit.

Monday, May 30th 2016 - 06:49 UTC

Petrobras faces “tens of billions of dollars” in claims in US court; trial opens in September

“We are seeking multiple tens of billions of dollars,” says lead counsel Jeremy Lieberman of Pomerantz, New York law firm leading the charge against Petrobras.

Petrobras will finally get its day in a U.S. court on Sept. 19 in a trial that pits 18 former executives and 13 investment banks, including J.P. Morgan Securities, against U.S. and U.K. investors. Claimants are seeking “tens of billions of dollars” in losses from the Brazilian oil and gas giant.

Sunday, May 29th 2016 - 14:28 UTC

World health experts call for Rio Olympics to be postponed or moved given Zika spread fears

“The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before,” the letter said.

More than 100 health experts have called for the Rio Olympic Games to be postponed or moved because of fears that the event could speed up the spread of the Zika virus around the world, according to a public letter published online.

Sunday, May 29th 2016 - 12:58 UTC

Chile has cleared 140 of 194 minefields; by 2020 the territory should entirely free

“The number of minefields in Chile was 194, it's down to 140, which means 54 are pending, in the regions of Antofagasta and Magallanes”, revealed Colonel Ventura.

Chile has cleared 72% of minefields in its territory, and expects to have finished the task by March 2020, according to the head of the country's De-mining Committee Army Colonel Rodrigo Ventura.

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