Wednesday, September 1st 2010 - 05:57 UTC

Colombia’s Santos meets Lula da Silva in his first overseas visit

Regional affairs and bilateral trade figure with priority in the two presidents agenda (File)

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos arrived Tuesday in Brazil for an official two-day state visit that begins Wednesday with a meeting with President Lula da Silva to address a regional political agenda and strengthen bilateral trade.

Wednesday, September 1st 2010 - 05:43 UTC

Falklands’ veteran returns trumpet to Argentine POW

Tony Banks and Omar René Tabarez meet 28 years later (BBC)

The Argentine jets screamed overhead the young paratrooper from Dundee, dropping their deadly payloads over Sussex Mountain. For Tony Banks, the Falklands war had become real and terrifying as the battle for Goose Green got under way.

Wednesday, September 1st 2010 - 05:37 UTC

US drops investigation into China’s current currency policy

The Obama administration prefers diplomacy

US government has decided to drop a general investigation of China's currency policy, avoiding a major trade dispute. However the department ruled that more than $500m of aluminium imports had been unfairly subsidised. The US will retaliate with duties of up to 137% on the relevant products.

Wednesday, September 1st 2010 - 02:48 UTC

Lifting Mercosur out of its “institutional paralysis”, Rousseff’s main challenge

Brazilian Foreign Affairs minister, Celso Amorim wouldn’t mind staying on the job

Consolidating South American integration would be the main foreign policy priority of the Brazilian ruling party presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff if public opinion polls are confirmed at the ballot box next October 3 and she emerges as the successor of Lula da Silva.

Wednesday, September 1st 2010 - 02:44 UTC

UK and US media blast the Kirchners for attempting “to lock-hold the press”

Mrs Kirchner “black-art” tactics to control supply of newsprint

British daily Financial Times ran an op-ed Tuesday morning blasting Argentina’s presidential couple for their attempt to “secure a lock-hold on Argentina’s press,” and accusing them of mirroring the “black arts” tactics of the Mexican Institutional Revolutionary party.

Wednesday, September 1st 2010 - 02:13 UTC

Timerman visits Paraguay, announces two new bridges linking with Argentina

Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo and Hector Timerman

Argentina’s Foreign Affaire minister Hector Timerman announced Tuesday in Asuncion the construction of two new bridges linking Argentina with Paraguay and the upgrading of an existing one.

Wednesday, September 1st 2010 - 01:49 UTC

Fidel admits ‘full responsibility’ for the ‘unjust’ persecution of gays and lesbians

However Mariela Castro says transsexuals are still discriminated in Cuba

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro acknowledges the persecution of gays and lesbians during the Revolution, according to an interview published Tuesday in the Mexican newspaper La Jornada.

Wednesday, September 1st 2010 - 00:43 UTC

Canada, South Africa, India in preliminary trade talks with Mercosur

South African Trade and Industry minister Rob Davies

Canada, South Africa and India are scheduled to begin this year trade talks with Mercosur, according to reports from Ottawa and Johannesburg.

Wednesday, September 1st 2010 - 00:36 UTC

London denies UK and France could share aircraft carriers

UK Defence minister Liam Fox

The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed that Defence Secretary Liam Fox is to meet his French counterpart to discuss further defence co-operation. But a senior MoD source has told the BBC there are no plans for the two countries to share aircraft carriers.

Wednesday, September 1st 2010 - 00:31 UTC

Amorim admits Brazil imposes non-trade barriers to its Mercosur associates

Mercosur administrative building in Montevideo

Foreign Affairs minister Celos Amorim implicitly admitted that access to the Brazilian market for other Latin American countries, including Mercosur, is not easy because of a proliferation of non trade barriers which has resulted in large surpluses with most of the region’s countries.


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