Friday, June 5th 2009 - 13:16 UTC

Falkland Islands: Weekly Penguin News Update

MV/Anja. The ship is not insured to use Fox Bay jetty.

Headlines: ‘A step back for the West’ - SAAS is forced to drop Fox Bay from its schedule; Will Falklands Landholdings split up its farms?; Shackleton joins Ross and Fitzroy at school; Islander abroad honoured.

Friday, June 5th 2009 - 13:08 UTC

Raul Castro removes architect of the “convertible peso”

Soberon exit could be anticipating serious financial crunch

The head of Cuba's central bank Francisco Soberón has resigned after holding the job for fifteen years. He was replaced by Ernesto Medina who heads Banco Financiero Internacional, one of Cuba's biggest banks, according to an official announcement read on Thursday evening news.

Friday, June 5th 2009 - 08:21 UTC

The noose tightens: another ministerial shove for PM Brown to step down

Purnell: Stand aside to give our Party a fighting chance of winning

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been put under further pressure to step down as Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell dramatically announced he was quitting the Cabinet as polls closed in crunch elections.

Friday, June 5th 2009 - 08:13 UTC

Argentina’s spat with Uruguay not exclusive, say diplomats

The diplomatic spat to which Uruguay is being exposed by Argentina over the Botnia pulp mill conflict is not exclusive or an isolated case, it was revealed during a recent meeting of Uruguayan ambassadors that returned to Montevideo to address trade issues.

Friday, June 5th 2009 - 05:29 UTC

US not contemplating the end of the embargo on Cuba

White House official Dan Restrepo praised the consensus reached in Honduras.

The United States government said it was satisfied with the resolution which revoked OAS sanctions on Cuba, but warned that it’s “not contemplating” for the moment talking about an end on the half century embargo on the Havana regime.

Friday, June 5th 2009 - 05:05 UTC

OAS decision a “great victory”, but Cuba will not return

Ricardo Alarcón: OAS during decades “betrayed” Cuba

Cuban National Assembly president Ricardo Alarcón said on Thursday that the decision of the Organization of American States (OAS) to lift Cuba's exclusion is a “great victory” for Latinamerica and the island, although he reiterated that the Castro regime will not return to the institution.

Friday, June 5th 2009 - 04:15 UTC

New York City remains the safest city in United States, according to FBI

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced that New York City remains the safest big city in the United States, according to the FBI’s Crime in the United States, the preliminary Uniform Crime Report for 2008.

Thursday, June 4th 2009 - 16:46 UTC

Air France crash: Brazil navy arrives in ocean zone

The airship would have collapsed in only 4 minutes

Search crews flying over the Atlantic have found debris from the crashed Air France jet spread over more than 90km of ocean. Brazilian Defence Minister Nelson Jobim said the existence of large fuel stains in the water could rule out an explosion.

Thursday, June 4th 2009 - 16:03 UTC

Growing pressure on PM Brown to step down; Labour in turmoil

Cameron called for elections saying “the government is collapsing before our eyes”

Britain’s Gordon Brown's authority as Prime Minister has been dealt a severe blow as Communities Secretary Hazel Blears quit the Cabinet on the eve of Thursday crucial European and local elections.

Thursday, June 4th 2009 - 15:27 UTC

Resources short Cuba cuts power to wasteful companies

The full impact of the global crisis on tourism and commodities exports has left Cuba short of strong currency.

Hundreds of Cuban entities and state-run companies were sanctioned when a drastic government plan to save energy entered into force, according to reports in the official media.


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