Politics

Politics
Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 05:30 UTC

Ascension and South Sandwich islands proposed for marine protected areas

The three proposed MPAs would safeguard around 0.7 million square miles, home to threatened whales, sharks, fish, and corals.

Ahead of the May 7 British general election, a coalition of conservationists and high-profile supporters has called upon the UK government to create three marine reserves that together would more than double the world’s protected waters, reports Inhabitat.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 05:23 UTC

Levy tells US investors Brazil is on track to correct the fiscal slippage

“We are just taking these anti-cyclical measures away, and this will put us on better footing,” Levy said in his first public address to investors in the US

The government of President Dilma Rousseff is working to meet its primary budget surplus goal of 1.2% of GDP in 2015, pledged Finance minister Joaquim Levy on Wednesday to an audience of investors in New York.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 05:14 UTC

Buenos Aires Herald falls in the hands of a group close to Cristina Fernandez

Cristobal Lopez’s family originally from Spain and established in Patagonia where they mounted an economic group which got involved in different activities

The Indalo Media group which according to Argentine media belongs to businessman Cristobal Lopez, very close to the Kirchner family has purchased 60% of the Ambito editorial group which includes among others the financial daily Ambito, the Buenos Aires Herald and El Ciudadano from Rosario.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 00:01 UTC

China celebrates 30 years of first research station in Antarctica

The Great Wall on King George Island was the first Chinese scientific station in Antarctica opened in 1985 (Pic M. Foote)

China is preparing to mark 30 years of polar expeditions, when on 20 February 1985 opened its first permanent research station in Antarctica, The Great Wall on King George Island. Since then China has continued to advance and is now planning the fifth permanent station.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015 - 23:06 UTC

OAS Secretary General hopeful meets with Insulza and Permanent Council chair Badrising

Almagro greeted by Insulza before the meeting in which they discussed the regional political situation

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, met on Wednesday with the only current candidate to succeed him in office, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, Luis Almagro, at the headquarters of the Organization in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015 - 22:07 UTC

Scotland declares digital independence: from now on: “gov.scot”

“Using the dot-scot domain as our primary web address will be a visible symbol of the Scottish Government’s online presence” said in an official release

On Tuesday, the Scottish Government shifted its internet presence from 'scotland.gov.uk' to 'gov.scot', redirecting the old domain to its new home. The move has been heralded for years by the Scottish National Party (SNP).

Wednesday, February 18th 2015 - 04:55 UTC

Thousands expected at the Buenos Aires 'Silence March' marking a month since the death of Nisman

“The demonstration will not be in favor of any party and the security perimeter will stop the access of anyone seeking to create problems”

Argentina is preparing for the so called “Silence March” that will take place on Wednesday 18 marking a month since the death of AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman but which has also triggered much controversy among fellow prosecutors and the government of President Cristina Fernandez which describes it as an opposition political rally.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015 - 04:50 UTC

Nisman's daughters will attend the march to honor their father

Judge Arroyo Salgado in a release made clear the sole purpose of the family's attendance was to honor the former prosecutor Alberto Nisman

Argentine Federal Judge and former wife of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, Sandra Arroyo Delgado confirmed that she will be participating at Wednesday's “Silence march” together with her two daughters, Iara and Kala. It was a last minute announcement.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015 - 04:40 UTC

Argentina addresses letters to the US and Israel regarding Iran and AMIA

”Today, I am asking you again that the AMIA issue be included in the negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran”, said Timerman

Foreign Minister Hector Timerman held a press conference to inform Argentina was addressing a letter to both US Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister of Israel Avigdor Lieberman reaffirming Argentina’s “peaceful” stance in the resolution of conflicts, reiterating also its calls to have the AMIA case negotiations “included” in current talks between Washington and Tehran.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015 - 04:05 UTC

Web-campaign to impeach Rousseff gains ground with 2million e-petitions

Polls show 44% of Brazilians say Rousseff is doing a “bad” or “very bad” job, while 77% of interviews believe Rousseff was aware of Petrobras corruption.

Calls are growing in Brazil to impeach President Dilma Rousseff over a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal involving the state-run oil giant Petrobras. While the country celebrates its annual Carnival, with the 2015 Samba Competition wrapping up in Rio de Janeiro, there has been a growing clamor on the web and in the streets, with millions of Brazilians asking for the impeachment of their president.

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