Friday, October 2nd 2009 - 23:08 UTC

Falkland Islands: Weekly Penguin News Update

Team members from Tornado Totty and Pleasant Peaks put their pulling powers to work at MPA

Headlines: Jets are a real drag; General Election signals a changing of the guard; Governor interviewed by Argentina’s largest newspaper (Page 3)

Friday, October 2nd 2009 - 17:17 UTC

Serious bribe claims against UK defence giant BAE Systems

BAE Systems helps build the Eurofighter Typhoon

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office has demanded that defence giant BAE Systems faces prosecution over bribery allegations. The SFO will ask the Attorney General Baroness Scotland to pursue corruption claims that BAE paid out millions of pounds to win contracts overseas.

Friday, October 2nd 2009 - 17:15 UTC

US top commander admits insurgency is winning in Afghanistan

General McChrystal wants 40.000 more troops

Success in the struggle against the Taliban cannot be taken for granted and time is running out, the commander of the international forces in Afghanistan has warned. US General Stanley McChrystal said the situation in the country was “serious” - and in some respects deteriorating - with increasing violence and a growing insurgency.

Friday, October 2nd 2009 - 17:08 UTC

Farmers to meet next Monday with Argentina’s new Agriculture minister

Julian Dominguez must convince farmers to plant more corn and wheat

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner took the oath on Thursday to lawmaker Julian Dominguez at the helm of the newly created cabinet post of Minister of Agriculture, Fishing and Livestock, one of the more conflicting areas of her administration.

Friday, October 2nd 2009 - 13:22 UTC

Image of Argentina’s patron Saint ready for final resting in Falklands

The image has been peregrinated all over Argentina

An image of Argentina’s patron saint, Our Lady of Lujan, which during the last five years was taken in peregrination all over the country, will be blessed this coming weekend at her sanctuary in Buenos Aires before been flown to be enshrined at the Darwin Argentine cemetery in the Falkland Islands, according to reports in the Argentine media.

Friday, October 2nd 2009 - 09:30 UTC

Support ebbs away for Argentina's President Kirchner and her husband

One of several boutique hotels belonging to the  “royal couple”

The following was published by London’s The Guardian and gives a good idea of how the foreign press consider events in Argentina.
By Rory Carroll and Olive Balch

Friday, October 2nd 2009 - 09:26 UTC

Brazilian Senate suspends vote on Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation

President Chavez is not so popular after all

The Brazilian Senate Foreign Relations committee suspended on Thursday for thirty days the consideration of Venezuela’s Mercosur incorporation protocol, following on rapporteur Senator Tasso Jereissati veto recommendation because of the “authoritarian” character of President Hugo Chavez regime.

Friday, October 2nd 2009 - 09:23 UTC

Former Argentine president Menem indicted for alleged “terrorist cover up”

Menen is accused of ordering the destruction of 54 cassettes with evidence

An Argentine judge has indicted former President Carlos Menem, several of his aides and an ex judge Juan Jose Galeano for allegedly trying to cover up evidence related to a deadly 1994 terrorist bombing in Buenos Aires against a Jewish organization.

Friday, October 2nd 2009 - 09:21 UTC

Gay penguins and Harry Potter’s witchcraft in US banned books list

“And Tango Makes Three” has had the most ban requests

Authors, artists and musicians are due to gather at a library in San Francisco to protest against the banning of books in schools and libraries in the United States. The event, part of the 27th annual Banned Books Week, has been organised by the American Library Association.

Friday, October 2nd 2009 - 09:13 UTC

EU emergency meeting to deal with dairy farming crisis and export subsidies

European diary farmers protest spraying milk in fields

Less than two weeks after the start of a European dairy farmers’ strike, Sweden’s agriculture minister said that he would meet with other European agriculture ministers in Luxembourg on 5 October to discuss the ongoing milk crisis.


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