Monday, December 28th 2009 - 12:32 UTC

Nigerian failed terrorist exposes security porosity and lack of coordination

Abdulmutallab’s father had warned about his son extremism and UK had denied his a visa last May

Al Qaida warned of a terror attack just days before a former British student allegedly attempted to blow up a transatlantic airliner carrying 278 passengers, it has emerged. Security services on both sides of the Atlantic are under scrutiny after it emerged Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was able to board the jet with explosives despite warnings of his extremism, including one from his millionaire father.

Monday, December 28th 2009 - 12:27 UTC

Calls on Brazil’s highest court to review censorship on investigative reports

Senator Jose Sarney, a man of many influences and apparently “untouchable”

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has urged Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court to review its decision that resulted in the ongoing censorship of investigative reports that might expose wrongdoing in the Federal Senate.

Monday, December 28th 2009 - 12:21 UTC

Uruguay releases stamp issue on 70th anniversary of Battle of the River Plate

Local officials with the original draft from the artist

Uruguay released a stamp issue to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the River Plate --December 13th 1939--, which ended with the scuttling of the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee.

Monday, December 28th 2009 - 09:09 UTC

Lula da Silva unhappy with the media sponsors “social control” of content

The popular president also has his dark side

Brazil’s most popular president in recent history, Lula da Silva, seems to be in a collision course with some of the big media corporations. His administration is sponsoring a National Conference on Communications allegedly to draft a regulatory framework which media corporations claim has an only purpose, government control of the press and its content.

Monday, December 28th 2009 - 08:59 UTC

Fish exports from Buenos Aires blocked or delayed because of labour conflict

The conflict originated in Mar del Plata, Argentina’s main fishing port

The main maritime agencies operating in the River Plate are seriously considering cancelling the port of Buenos Aires and concentrating trade in Montevideo, given the labour conflict with the tugs arising from a long standing dispute in the Argentine fishing industry sector.

Sunday, December 27th 2009 - 06:23 UTC

Car sales in Chile indicate the country is on road to recovery

Sales will reach 150.000 this year with Chileans going for more expensive models

A November report shows a 27.3% spike in new car sales in Chile, making it the largest sales increase the country has seen in two years. The last similar increase of 29.9% was before the recent financial crisis, in January 2008.

Sunday, December 27th 2009 - 06:07 UTC

UK Nigerian student allegedly responsible for Detroit’s “attempted terrorist act”

US, UK and Nigeria intelligence tracing the frustrated attack

A Nigerian student reported to have links to al-Qaeda is being questioned after an attempted act of terrorism on a plane arriving in the city of Detroit, according to US officials.

Saturday, December 26th 2009 - 13:36 UTC

Peru begins to discuss political reform to make Congress more accountable

Alan García wants poverty down to 30% of Peruvians by July 2011

Peruvian president Alan García said he had no intention of perpetuating in office but openly supported the proposal to have the one house Congress renewed by halves, “so people in mid term can decide if lawmakers are making a good job or not, as happens in most developed presidential countries”.

Saturday, December 26th 2009 - 13:30 UTC

Ecuador begins legal actions against Air Comet; thousands still stranded

Air Comet had regular flights to several Latinamerican countries

The Ecuadorian government filed an appeal against Spain's Air Comet for alleged fraud and requested board directors be put under preventive custody, announced Migration Ministry Alexis Rivas during a press conference in Quito.

Saturday, December 26th 2009 - 13:27 UTC

Low cost, no frills ceremony planned for Mujica’s March inauguration

Plaza Independencia where the big open celebration is scheduled to take place

Uruguayan president elect Jose Mujica anticipated that the inauguration ceremony next March first will be in the open, paid by “friends” with no military parade, but with numerous music and dance groups playing to make it a real popular celebration, according to several reports in the Montevideo press.


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