Thursday, December 31st 2009 - 04:47 UTC

Sub zero temperatures across Britain will welcome the New Year

London's fireworks will be held at the London Eye

Revellers are gearing up to give a warm welcome to 2010 even though sub-zero temperatures are expected across Britain. Final preparations are being made for huge fireworks displays to usher in the New Year in London and Glasgow.

Thursday, December 31st 2009 - 04:35 UTC

Amsterdam airport to install full-body scanners for flights to US

Schiphol is one of Europe’s busiest airports

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport will begin using full-body scanners within three weeks to scan people travelling to the United States after consultations with US authorities, the Dutch interior minister said on Wednesday.

Thursday, December 31st 2009 - 03:07 UTC

Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation will help “dilute Brazilian hegemony”

Paraguayan Foreign Affairs minister Hector Lacognata dreams with March

The incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur will help dilute the Brazil-Argentina hegemony and will be beneficial for small countries said Paraguay’s Foreign Affairs minister Héctor Lacognata on Wednesday chatting with foreign correspondents.

Wednesday, December 30th 2009 - 15:49 UTC

Uruguay’s outgoing and incoming administrations agree on transition process

Crossed praise between Vazquez and Mujica

The Uruguayan government begun Tuesday the formal transition process during a ceremony attended by President Tabare Vazquez, president elect Jose Mujica and most of the cabinet of the administration that will be officially inaugurated next March first.

Wednesday, December 30th 2009 - 15:10 UTC

Search for missing children in Argentina involves prominent media mogul

Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo still have a list of 500 children born in captivity which remain unaccounted for

The adopted son and daughter of a prominent Argentine businesswoman gave DNA samples Tuesday to help determine whether their biological parents were political prisoners killed during the country's “dirty war,” the family's lawyer said.

Wednesday, December 30th 2009 - 15:08 UTC

Ushuaia hosts the first same-sex marriage in Latinamerica

The marriage of Alex and Jose Maria was hailed as a victory for gay rights

Less than one month after a Buenos Aires court derailed the marriage of Alex Freyre and Jose Maria di Bello, the couple wed this week at the southern tip of Argentina, making it the first same-sex marriage in Latin America.
“As a couple, we dreamed of marrying for a long time,” Freyre told the state-run Telam news agency.

Wednesday, December 30th 2009 - 09:52 UTC

Obama: “a systemic failure” by US intelligence which is “totally unacceptable”

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the failed terrorist

A “systemic failure” by US intelligence allowed the alleged terrorist behind the Christmas Day airliner bomb plot to board the aircraft despite warnings about his extremist views, US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 29th 2009 - 12:13 UTC

China poised to become world’s second largest economy in 2010

The Asian giant has also consolidated as the world’s main car market

China is expected to become in 2010 the world’s second largest economy displacing Japan according to economic forecasts from Beijing’s Statistics Office and reported in the China Daily.

Tuesday, December 29th 2009 - 12:12 UTC

First signs Beijing is reassessing bank loans and interest rates

Prime Minister Wen Jibao admits excesses in credit policy

China admitted fears about increasing inflation, resulting from the strong stimuli program, and also cautioned that Beijing will not yield to foreign pressures to let the Yuan appreciate.

Tuesday, December 29th 2009 - 12:09 UTC

More testimonies incriminate Argentine officers in Malvinas war abuses

The viciousness of some Argentine officers towards their own men is exposed in the federal court case at Rio Grande.

Over 150 testimonies, covering 79 cases and relating to torture and human rights abuses allegedly committed by Argentine military officers against conscripts, during the 1982 Falklands/Malvinas war, are under investigation by Argentine federal judge Liliana Herraz, reports the official news agency Telam.


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