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Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 14:56 UTC

Chilean president Bachelet approval soars to record 80% in October

Economic management in the midst of the global crisis was the winning ace for President Bachelet

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's approval rating rose to a record 80% in October, from 76% the previous month, according to an opinion poll published Thursday by polling institute Adimark GfK.

Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 14:54 UTC

Five days paid “honeymoon leave” for Chilean newlyweds

The five days can be taken before or after wedding

A proposed new law will guarantee Chilean employees five paid working days as “honeymoon leave” and will not take away from the legal yearly vacation days workers are given.

Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 09:11 UTC

US economy shedding jobs for 22nd month in a row, longest period in 70 years

The number of jobless jumped to 10.2% (15.7 million) in October

The unemployment rate in the United States rose to 10.2% in October, which was its highest rate since April 1983, according to figures from the US Labour Department.
Unemployment in September was 9.8%.

Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 08:39 UTC

Uribe’s public opinion support falls below 70% for the first time in 7 years

The most popular Colombian president in decades, with support from Chavez and FARC

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe popularity rating is at it's lowest in his seven years in government, according to a recent public opinion poll. Uribe’s popularity rating fell from 70% to 63% in the last two months.

Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 08:38 UTC

Honduras crisis deal confirms Valenzuela nomination to the State Department

Arturo Valenzuela, political scientist and former officer of the Bill Clinton administration

The United States Senate finally approved Thursday evening the nomination of Arturo Valenzuela as Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, putting an end to three months of Republican veto because of the Obama administration policy towards Honduras.

Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 07:14 UTC

“Non aggression pact” to end secrecy of military agreements in South America

Foreign Affairs minister Celso Amorim

Brazilian diplomacy is working on a “non aggression” pact which it will propose to Colombia and other regional governments following on the military agreement signed by Bogotá with Washington and which has caused much concern in Brazil according to the Sao Paulo press.

Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 07:07 UTC

EU/Mercosur round of talks agree negotiations remain stalled

Representatives from Mercosur and EU met during three days in Lisbon

The European Union and Mercosur closed on Friday a three-day round of talks unable to re-launch the stalled trade negotiations, although both sides were quick to point out to the “advances” of the last five years.

Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 06:38 UTC

Obama has forgotten about Latinamerica, claims Lula da Silva

Lula da Silva: Obama is too busy with Iraq, Afghanistan and the health bill

Brazilian president Lula da Silva claims that his United States peer, Barack Obama has forgotten about Latinamerica after having promised a new relation with the continent. He also revealed he was working for a meeting between Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Colombia’s Alvaro Uribe “so they can address their differences”.

Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 04:16 UTC

Falkland Islands voters send a clear message

Gilbert House is ready to receive new tenants

The Falkland Islands election of 5 November presented a clear and stark message. The tiny electorate was fed up with those whom they felt represented them in a cavalier fashion over recent years, and they were being punished.

Saturday, November 7th 2009 - 01:04 UTC

‘Not an easy job’ Falklands Governor warns all new Assembly

New members of the Legislative Assembly. (BR): Bill Luxton and Glen Ross;(M) Jan Cheek, Gavin Short and Roger Edwards;  Front: Emma Edwards, Dick Sawle and Sharon Halford<br />
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FALKLANDS Governor Alan Huckle this morning warned the entirely new Falklands Assembly that the days when councillors could criticise government from the sidelines, “…are long gone.”

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