Sunday, May 31st 2009 - 16:26 UTC

PM Gordon Brown to launch MP code of conduct

Brown says he was 'shocked' by expense abuses

Gordon Brown says there are “clear cases” of MPs who may have broken the law over expense claims but insisted that only “a few” MPs had abused the Westminster perks system.

Sunday, May 31st 2009 - 15:57 UTC

Falklands: Argentine war veteran publishes little known stories

Second Lieutenant in the Argentine cavalry, Gustavo Adolfo Tamaño on a Panhard tank in Stanley

WITH one or two significant exceptions, like the notorious Major Patricio Dowling, our invaders in 1982 were largely anonymous to the citizens of
Stanley, particularly the ordinary soldiers in their helmets and flapping rubber ponchos.

Saturday, May 30th 2009 - 15:43 UTC

UK reaffirms Falklands’ sovereignty on postage stamps issue

Argentina objects to stamps issued by South Atlantic Islands

Britain stands by its decision to issue postage stamps from the disputed territories of and around the Falkland Islands, according to a letter to the UN secretary-general made public at the United Nations Headquarters in New York this week.

Saturday, May 30th 2009 - 15:16 UTC

OAS can’t agree on Cuba, while Havana ridicules the organization

“OAS is a political corpse and should be buried as soon as possible”, says Cuba

The task force created by the Organization of American States, OAS, in an attempt to bridge different members’ proposals to consider the readmission of Cuba seems to have stalled with the main actors clearly underlining their stance.

Saturday, May 30th 2009 - 15:13 UTC

Chavez avoids debate with Vargas Llosa; will only act as moderator

“If the president wants this dialogue, so be it, although only in equal conditions,” Vargas Llosa said during a brief press conference on Friday. The novelist affirmed he was willing, along with the r

Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa refused to go to debate on Hugo Chávez' TV program “Hello President” (“Aló Presidente”) because the outspoken Venezuelan President said he was only going to be the “moderator”.

Friday, May 29th 2009 - 11:29 UTC

Falkland Islands: Weekly Penguin News Update

Headlines: Padgett reveals Budget, Deficit announced in line with amended Medium Term Financial Plan; Next of kin to fly in for inauguration;13 year-old supports local team; May Ball colour supplement.

Friday, May 29th 2009 - 11:24 UTC

ILO predicts 230 million jobless in 2009; Latam unemployment, 9%

Juan Somavia says everything points to a global jobs crisis

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is predicting global unemployment between 210 million and 239 million people in 2009 which represents a rate of 6.5% to 7.4%. Geneva based ILO made public Thursday its report on “Tackling The Global Jobs Crisis” in advance of the ILO annual conference, which begins June 3.

Friday, May 29th 2009 - 11:18 UTC

Next G20 summit will take place in Pittsburgh

Monitoring the 1.1 trillion USD rescue plan will be top of the agenda in the US

United States will host the next G20 summit of world leaders in September, the White House has confirmed. The meeting will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Thursday 24 September and Friday 25 September.

Friday, May 29th 2009 - 08:43 UTC

Itaipú is a “political problem”, says Lula da Silva’s main advisor

Marco Aurelio García is reasonably positive about finding a “common denominator” to the dispute.

Differences between Brazil and Paraguay over the world’s largest operational hydroelectric dam, Itaipú, are a “political problem” and not an energy issue according to Marco Aurelio García, international affairs advisor to the Brazilian Executive.

Friday, May 29th 2009 - 04:04 UTC

A Tribute to Outgoing United States Assistant Secretary of State Tom Shannon

United States Assistant Secretary of State Tom Shannon

In the coming weeks, Dr. Thomas A. Shannon, who protected a rational regional policy from the ideological knives of the Bush administration, will step down as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs. By that time, President Obama’s pick for the job, Georgetown University Professor Arturo Valenzuela, will be confirmed by the Senate.


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