Politics

Politics
Monday, June 13th 2016 - 07:17 UTC

Obama describes the killings as “an act of terror and an act of hate”

Americans were united in “grief, outrage and resolve to defend our people”, said president Obama who ordered flags flown at half mast until next Thursday sunset.

US President Barack Obama has described Sunday morning's gun attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, as “an act of terror and an act of hate”. Americans were united in “grief, outrage and resolve to defend our people”, he said.Omar Mateen, 29, killed 50 people and wounded 53 at the Pulse club before being shot dead by police.

Monday, June 13th 2016 - 07:06 UTC

Mourning and defiance across the US following the Orlando massacre

Florida Governor Rick Scott asked for a moment of silence “to mourn the loss of life and pray for those that are still fighting for their life, and pray for all the loved ones.”

Across the United States, reaction to the massacre at a Orlando, Florida gay nightclub ranged from mourning to defiance, as many cities planned vigils and some officials increased security. President Barack Obama ordered US flags at all federal buildings to be flown at half-staff until Thursday, including at the White House and at embassies around the world.

Monday, June 13th 2016 - 06:54 UTC

Rousseff called as a defense witness over the Petrobras corruption scandal

In the decision by the investigating judge, Sergio Moro, Rousseff has been given the choice of either testifying before a judge or responding to questions in writing.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, suspended from office pending her impeachment trial, has been called as a defense witness for a key figure in the Petrobras corruption scandal, court documents show. The case involves Marcelo Odebrecht, the former head of a family-owned construction company who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the mammoth corruption scandal centered on the state oil giant.

Monday, June 13th 2016 - 06:40 UTC

Argentines feel the economic situation is bad or very bad, but will improve

 Ibarometro indicates that 72.1% agree that the current economic situation is bad or very bad, and only 22.9%, good or very good.

Most Argentines believe the economic situation is bad or very bad, but are also convinced things are set to improve, according to the latest public opinion poll released which coincides with the first six month of president Mauricio Macri's government. However it must also be mentioned that negative tendencies are increasing while positive ones are declining compared to last 10 December.

Monday, June 13th 2016 - 06:17 UTC

OAS General Assembly: a statement on Falklands/Malvinas can be expected

The OAS general assembly two/day meeting is taking place in Santo Domingo

This Monday evening the Organization of American States 46th General Assembly will officially open in Santo Domingo and this year's convening agenda refers to “Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development in the Americas”. The two day gathering is also expected to focus on the Venezuela, Haiti and the Inter-American Human Rights Commission situations, and as is the norm, the Falklands-Malvinas issue will be addressed or included in the final declaration.

Saturday, June 11th 2016 - 07:38 UTC

Rousseff calls for a referendum on holding early elections

Rousseff's proposal for early elections is seen as a way out of Brazil's political crisis because it would subject a political class tainted by scandal to a popular vote.

Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff said she would call a referendum on holding early elections if she is reinstated as president, an offer analysts saw as a bid to sway undecided senators to help clear her in an impeachment trial.

Saturday, June 11th 2016 - 07:32 UTC

Switzerland expects influx of funds, if British voters decide to leave the European Union

Opinion polls show the race for the June 23 referendum has gone from neck to neck, to an advantage for the Leave campaign

Swiss wealth managers said Friday they would expect an influx of funds from skittish international investors if British voters choose to leave the European Union in a June 23 referendum. Participants in a seminar organized by the Swiss Private Bankers Association (SPBA) in Geneva voiced concern about what the implications would be if a Brexit is voted through in a referendum on June 23.

Saturday, June 11th 2016 - 06:53 UTC

St Helena airport certified and open, with challenges for larger planes in one runway

“The Airport is certified and open, as demonstrated by the emergency medevac flight last Saturday to Cape Town, pointed out Governor Phillips

St Helena governor Lisa Phillips has rejected recent news in the British media referred to the BOT's airport alleged “indefinite postponement” condition, arguing the terminal has been certified and is open, as demonstrated by a recent medivac flight a week ago.

Saturday, June 11th 2016 - 06:31 UTC

Gibraltar Chief Minister to Address the UN C 24 Committee on Monday

 Mr Picardo will say that the right to self-determination of the people of Gibraltar must be paramount

On Sunday Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia leave the Rock for New York in order to attend the session of the UN Special Committee on Decolonization, usually known as the Committee of 24.

Saturday, June 11th 2016 - 06:13 UTC

Keiko Fujimori concedes defeat and pledges “a responsible opposition”

“Democratically, we accept these results,” Fujimori said, next to the 73 lawmakers of her party that comprise the biggest parliamentary majority in two decades.

Keiko Fujimori conceded defeat in Peru's presidential election on Friday, bringing an end to the closest presidential runoff vote in the country's history after losing to Pedro Pablo Kuczynski by less than 50,000 ballots.

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