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.

Saturday, December 26th 2009 - 13:23 UTC

FARC linked news agency justifies kidnapping and killing of Colombian governor

Uribe promised again to end the scourge of kidnapping and FARC confirms any rescue attempts will end with the life of captives

A news agency close to FARC Colombian rebels justified the recent killing of provincial governor Luis Francisco Cuellar although it did not fully attribute responsibility of the abduction and murder to the Revolutionary Colombian Armed Forces.

Saturday, December 26th 2009 - 13:13 UTC

Royal Christmas speech dedicated to troops serving in Afghanistan

Prince Harry laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall

Queen Elizabeth II used her Christmas speech to express sadness at the death toll among British troops in Afghanistan. The monarch offered her sympathy to the families of the 106 service personnel who have died this year.

Saturday, December 26th 2009 - 13:05 UTC

Major UK warfare exercise in the Falklands to repel “enemy invasion”

The Typhoon jets, the RAF most modern multi-role fighter were also involved in Cape Bayonet

British forces have been taking part in a major warfare exercise in the Falkland Islands, where hundreds of servicemen died during the 1982 conflict. The Highlanders (4 Scots) joined the Royal Navy and RAF in a two-day operation after an “enemy invasion” on the islands, 8,000 miles from the UK, in the South Atlantic.

Saturday, December 26th 2009 - 12:44 UTC

Hectic Chile: newborns given single names, forget the saint’s day

End to the long rooted tradition in Chile’s Catholic history

Breaking from Chile’s tradition of giving babies a compound name - i.e. Juan Pablo, Maria Isabel - more and more parents are opting for single names.

Friday, December 25th 2009 - 16:40 UTC

US Senate confirms ambassadors: Shannon to Brazil and Nelson to Uruguay

Thomas Shannon

United States Senate confirmed Thomas Shannon as the newly appointed US Ambassador to Brazil, after a long delay due to the veto of Republican national deputies, who have showed discontent towards US President Barack Obama's policies as regards Latin America.

Friday, December 25th 2009 - 16:34 UTC

Obama closer to achieving the most important piece of social legislation since 1930

Top Republican Senator Mitch McConnell said “the fight is long from over”.

US senators have passed the final Senate version of a historic healthcare reform bill. The bill aims to cover 31million uninsured Americans and could lead to the biggest change in US healthcare in decades.

Friday, December 25th 2009 - 16:13 UTC

Newsweek predicts death of Fidel Castro and coup in Venezuela

Wishful thinking or facts: Fidel, Chavez, Troy leader Cameron

Next year will see the death of the veteran Cuban leader Fidel Castro and the fall of Venezuelan President following a coup, according to the predictions from the latest edition of US magazine Newsweek.


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