Thursday, September 23rd 2010 - 00:22 UTC

Cuba props foreign investment projects and fires basic industry minister

Yadira García was removed because of “shortcomings”, but was also the last of cabinet ministers named by Fidel Castro

President Raul Castro sacked his energy and resources minister, the last remaining minister from his brother Fidel cabinet. Minister for basic industry, Yadira Garcia, was fired late Sunday for “shortcomings,” specifically exerting “weak control over resources set aside for investment and production,” an official declaration read on state television said.

Thursday, September 23rd 2010 - 00:16 UTC

EU confident of a trade deal with Mercosur; talks next month in Brussels

EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht is encouraged by the recent agreement reached with South Korea

In anticipation of a new round of Mercosur/European Union trade talks to take place in Brussels, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht confirmed he remained hopeful a deal could be struck in the coming twelve months, following the recent experience with South Korea.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 - 18:16 UTC

Falkland Islands fishing industry unconcerned about Argentine interference

Falkland Islands Government Director of Fisheries John Barton

DUE to planned port developments in the Falkland Islands, fishery executives there appear unworried by Argentina’s most recent attempt to interfere in their fishing industry.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 - 15:54 UTC

Royal Navy: HMS Gloucester snub will not affect good relationship with Uruguay

The Type 42 destroyer based in Portsmouth is currently in the South Atlantic

The Royal Navy is “disappointed” with Uruguay's treatment of a warship heading to the Falkland Islands, but the incident will not affect “the good defence relationship with the Uruguayans, writes Michael Powell The News from Portsmouth Defence correspondent.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 - 15:08 UTC

Book reveals MI6 helped prevent communist revolution in Brazil in 1935

Professor Keith Jeffery poses for photographers with his book “MI6 The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949

The most detailed and authoritative history of the first forty years (1909-1949) of the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, was released this week by the London publishers, Bloomsbury and in the USA by Penguin.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 - 07:46 UTC

Lula da Silva again furious with the press for exposing government corruption

The Brazilian president on several occasions has tried to curtail freedom of the press

Brazilian president Lula da Silva again attached the media on Tuesday claiming that freedom of expression does not imply “inventing stories and news”. He added that the media instead of helping public opinion preach “hatred” and are only interested in “failures of his government”.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 - 07:42 UTC

Argentine files complaint against the country’s two largest newspapers

Hector Magnetto, managing director of Clarin and target of the Kirchner administration

The Argentine government filed on Tuesday a formal complaint against the heads of the country's two biggest newspapers of complicity with a former military regime in crimes against humanity.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 - 07:26 UTC

Eurofighter Typhoon ejection seats modified following a fatal accident

With the exception of quick reaction forces in Britain and Falklands, alls RAF Typhoons were grounded

Britain's Royal Air Force has modified the ejection seat harnesses on its Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft following a fatal accident in Spain, the Ministry of Defense said Monday.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 - 07:22 UTC

Gibraltar apologizes to Madrid for illegal police search in Spain

Chief Minister Peter Caruana: “an incorrect intervention”

The Gibraltar Government made public an apology to Spain at the weekend after a Madrid newspaper revealed that two Gibraltar policemen illegally searched a house in Alcaidesa and seized evidence without first informing the Spanish authorities.

Wednesday, September 22nd 2010 - 04:10 UTC

Venezuelan opposition calls on the electorate to vote “without fear” next Sunday

Chavez party is expected to retain at least 110 of the 165 seats at stake

The Venezuelan opposition has called the electorate to vote “without fear” on next Sunday's elections, where some 17.7 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots to renew the 165 seats in the National Assembly.


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