Wednesday, February 3rd 2010 - 12:25 UTC

Renowned scientists winners of the prestigious Wolf Prizes

Sir David Baulcombe from Cambridge University demonstrated how plants defend against viral attacks bt “gene silencing”

Seven renowned scientists are the winners of the prestigious Wolf Prizes. The 100,000 US dollar prizes, which will be presented in May by Israeli President Shimon Peres during a special Knesset session, were announced Monday in Jerusalem by Israeli Minister of Education and Wolf Foundation Council Chair Gideon Sa'ar.

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010 - 12:23 UTC

Chavez former closest loyalists call for his resignation

Former defence minister Raul Isaias Baduel and Hermannn Escarra, one of the main drafters of the new Chavez-era constitution signed the petition

A group of one-time loyalists and close advisors of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez called on him to resign saying that after eleven years in power he had lost “the legitimacy and capacity to govern”.

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010 - 12:10 UTC

Australian Central bank takes a pause: leaves rates unchanged at 3.75%

Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) governor Glenn Stevens

Australia's central bank Tuesday left interest rates on hold at 3.75%, surprising analysts by ending a sequence of three consecutive rises, but hinted at further hikes to come.

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010 - 12:02 UTC

Washington praises political steps taken by new Honduran administration

But Finance Minister William Chong says the country is “bankrupt”

The new Honduras government is “one step” toward the country’s return to the Organization of American States and recovery of international credit lost during the seven month coup, said the US top diplomat to Latin America.

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010 - 11:55 UTC

Montevideo seems prepared to vote for a Communist Mayor next May

The double C (consensus communist) candidate Ana Olivera

Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital will most probably have as of next July a Communist Mayor with the support from the political machinery that has dominated undisputedly the city’s politics for the last two decades.

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010 - 09:57 UTC

OECD recommends Yuan appreciation to cut China’s dependence on exports

The report praises Beijing’s handling of the global crisis

The Yuan needs to appreciate to reduce China's dependence on exports for growth, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. OECD argues that more exchange rate flexibility and targeting inflation would help economic stability in China.

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010 - 09:46 UTC

Ecuador hosts Unasur meeting in support of reconstructing Haiti

Rafael Correa met with Haiti president Preval to talk about priorities (Picture AP)

Six presidents will be participating in the coming Union of South American Nations, Unasur, extraordinary meeting to he hosted by Ecuador next week and which will address mainly how to better coordinate relief efforts for earthquake devastated Haiti.

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010 - 05:14 UTC

Imminent start of oil drilling in Falklands triggers strong Argentine protest

UK Ambassador Shan Morgan

Argentina summoned the British ambassador in Buenos Aires to deliver a formal protest regarding the imminent beginning of a hydrocarbons exploratory drilling season off-shore the Falkland Islands.

Tuesday, February 2nd 2010 - 13:01 UTC

How far can Argentina’s Central bank’s 48 billion USD reserves be stretched?

The Central bank, a numbers’ puzzle difficult to complete

The dispute between Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and the governor of the Central Bank over who is entitled to use the international reserves triggered a legal and political battle that is ongoing.

Tuesday, February 2nd 2010 - 12:41 UTC

Outgoing presidents Bachelet and Lula da Silva with record support

Ms Bachelet and her counterpart Lula da Silva

Two outgoing South American presidents have reached record popularity according to the latest January public opinion polls. They are Michelle Bachelet from Chile and Brazil’s Lula da Silva, both with plus eighty percentages.


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