Tuesday, February 2nd 2010 - 04:20 UTC

Colombian president Uribe remains opinion polls favourite for May 30 election

But the Constitutional court must decide on the viability of a referendum to open such a possibility for the popular leader

Colombian president Alvaro Uribe continues to lead vote intention polls for next May presidential elections if the Constitutional Court finally authorizes a referendum on a second consecutive re-election of the popular leader.

Monday, February 1st 2010 - 14:05 UTC

With Redrado out of the way, Cobos is the next Kirchners’ target

Julio Cobos will again almost certainly have to cast a decisive vote

The institutional crisis facing Argentina remains open in spite of the resignation of the Central Bank president Martin Perez Redrado and is centred on whether the Executive can put its hands on the international reserves to pay sovereign debt.

Monday, February 1st 2010 - 13:57 UTC

Former president Kirchner involved in alleged money speculation operation

A farewell revelation “kiss” from the outgoing Central Bank president

Argentina’s former president Nestor Kirchner purchased two million US dollars just a few days after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 which triggered the current world downturn and when the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (his wife) was under extreme pressure to devalue the currency.

Monday, February 1st 2010 - 06:58 UTC

Brazil moving closer to accepting Honduran president Lobo

Celso Amorim praised “reconciliation” moves but asked for more

Brazil sees a positive attitude and a good indication of “reconciliation” attempts by the recently inaugurated Honduran president Porfirio Lobo. “The new president acted in a politically positive manner when he negotiated a safe conduct for the deposed president, Manuel Zelaya”, said Foreign Affairs minister Celso Amorim.

Monday, February 1st 2010 - 06:17 UTC

Insurance levy on banks to protect tax payers pockets

IMF deputy managing director John Lipsky has to work out details for next April G-20 meeting.

An insurance levy on financial institutions to help bail out banks in any future financial crisis has been backed at the World Economic Forum. Politicians and bankers have expressed support for the idea, while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has described it as “practical”.

Monday, February 1st 2010 - 05:54 UTC

Lady Thatcher’s 28 eggs a week diet in anticipation of 1979 election

Thatcher Foundation files indicate the Iron Lady had expected to be elected PM two years before

Lady Thatcher was eating up to 28 eggs a week as part of a high-protein diet in the run-up to the 1979 general election, newly-released files suggest. Intended to help her shed 9 kilos in two weeks, the diet is outlined in a note found in a diary from that year.

Monday, February 1st 2010 - 05:49 UTC

Closer ties Australia/Chile now also include tax treaty

Chile is Australia’s third largest trade partner in Latinamerica

Australia announced last week the first tax treaty with Chile. Nick Sherry, Assistant Treasurer of Australia, announced that Australia and Chile had reached agreement on a new tax treaty. The proposed treaty, the first between the two countries, will reflect the economic, legal and cultural interests of each.

Monday, February 1st 2010 - 05:41 UTC

Dilma Rousseff finally says Yes and wants to be “Lula da Silva’s successor”

Lula da Silva, still has one major task ahead: ensuring Rousseff succeeds him in government

Brazilian cabinet chief Dilma Rousseff, (62) hand picked by President Lula da Silva as the ruling coalition’s candidate for next October presidential election, finally openly admitted that “yes” she would love to be nominated as the popular leader’s “successor”.

Sunday, January 31st 2010 - 14:32 UTC

Haiti arrests US nationals suspected of child smuggling

Many Haitian children became orphans after the earthquake

Haitian police have arrested 10 US nationals on suspicion of trying to illegally take 33 children abroad.

Sunday, January 31st 2010 - 14:22 UTC

Falkland Islands: BACTEC set to fly in another 15 deminers

BACTEC has been chosen to clear 4 areas of the Falkland Islands of unexploded mines.

DESPITE the very real progress being made by BACTEC (Battle Area Clearance and Training Equipment Consultants) on the demining of Surf Bay and Sapper Hill minefields, several factors have culminated in the need to bring a further group of deminers to the Falklands.


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