Sunday, January 31st 2010 - 14:08 UTC

Lula da Silva “”I'm ready to get back in the game”

President Lula underwent a series of tests at the heart clinic (AFP)

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Saturday he is in “perfect health” two days after being hospitalized for a high-blood-pressure attack that forced him to cancel his attendance at a global economic forum.

Saturday, January 30th 2010 - 14:36 UTC

Primer Minister Article on Inequality

PM Gordon Brown

As Britain comes out of recession, a new age of aspiration is within reach - but it will not come about by chance. Only if we make the right choices in economic and social policy can we lift the sights and shape the life chances of millions of people in our country.

Saturday, January 30th 2010 - 14:31 UTC

Russia and Antarctica

A historic discovery was made on January 28, 1820. A Russian navy expedition under the command of Faddei Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev sighted the last of the remaining unexplored continents - Antarctica.

Saturday, January 30th 2010 - 14:02 UTC

Argentine chief banker resigns but foreign reserves remain frozen

(Former) Central Bank president Perez Redrado during the press conference

Argentina's embattled central bank chief, Martin Perez Redrado, resigned Friday amid a bitter dispute with President Cristina Kirchner over control of the bank’s foreign currency reserves.

Saturday, January 30th 2010 - 08:23 UTC

Unemployment in Magallanes softens but remains double the 2008 rate

Punta Arenas remains one of Chilean cities with lowest number of jobless

Unemployment in Magallanes region, extreme south of Chile reached 5.3% during the last quarter of last year which represents an improvement over the previous quarter, 6.6%, but is double over the same period a year ago when it stood at 2.8%.

Saturday, January 30th 2010 - 08:18 UTC

Euro zone unemployment hits 10%; Spain tops the list with 19.5%

Across all 25 EU countries there are 23 million people out of jobs

Unemployment in the 16 countries that use the Euro hit 10% in December for the first time since the single currency was introduced in 1999. It had been reported that the rate hit 10% in November, but this has subsequently been revised down to 9.9%.

Saturday, January 30th 2010 - 08:15 UTC

Communist party eliminated from Chile’s political parties registry

Under Chilean law parties must obtain a minimum 5% of valid votes

Chile’s Electoral Service, Servel cancelled the registry of seven political parties, among which the Communist Party for not having complied with the rule which demands a minimum 5% of valid votes of total turnout in last December 13 presidential election.

Friday, January 29th 2010 - 12:01 UTC

China confirms commitment as leading economy for world recovery

Vice Premier Li Kegiang, tipped to become China’s next Premier

China reaffirmed its economic goals of raising domestic incomes and consumption while reducing its reliance on exports and investment. For this purpose China is pursuing a “proactive fiscal policy” and “moderately easy monetary policy” said Vice Premier Li Kegiang in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Friday, January 29th 2010 - 11:59 UTC

Bernanke reappointed but “Main Street America” is not satisfied

The chairman with the Senate’s narrowest victory margin in decades

Ben Bernanke has been approved to serve a second four-year term as chairman of the US Federal Reserve, the country's powerful central bank. The US Senate voted 70-30 in favour of Mr Bernanke, handing him the narrowest victory margin in decades.

Friday, January 29th 2010 - 11:57 UTC

Pork better than Viagra, give it a go, recommends unabashed Cristina Kirchner

With Mr. K? Viagra, pork or a mistake?

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner surprised guests at a business meeting by admitting eating pork improves sexual activity. Quite distant from her sharp lecturing style Mrs. Kirchner offered a rare non political intimate glimpse of the country’s most powerful couple life.


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