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Thursday, January 29th 2015 - 19:53 UTC

Falklands “Time Capsule” to celebrate 250th anniversary of flying the Union Flag in the Islands

Taff Davies with the Time Capsule

As part of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the Union Flag being raised by English Commodore John Byron in the Falkland Islands, on 21 January 1765, more precisely on Saunders Island, a ceremonial sod of turf was raised on the site for a “Time Capsule” to be buried.

Thursday, January 29th 2015 - 09:40 UTC

Nisman feared for his life, mistrusted his security and asked for the gun

When Nisman asked Lagomarsino for a gun “that caught me off guard, I did not understand it, it is not every day that your boss asks you for a gun”

A computer technician in the Buenos Aires prosecutor’s office who has been charged for lending a pistol to Alberto Nisman said the slain prosecutor asked him for the gun since he feared for his life and could no longer trust the team in charge of his security.

Thursday, January 29th 2015 - 07:55 UTC

UK economy expanded 2.6% in 2014, the fastest since 2007

Chancellor George Osborne said figures showed the economy was “on track”, but warned the international economic climate was “getting worse”

The UK's economy grew by 2.6% last year, the fastest pace since 2007 and up from 1.7% in 2013, official figures have from the Office of National Statistics, ONS, have shown. The economy expanded 0.5% in the last quarter of 2014, which was a slowdown from the 0.7% of the previous three months.

Thursday, January 29th 2015 - 07:45 UTC

Parents of 43 Mexican kidnapped students refuse to accept the 'official' probe results

”We repudiate the form in which the attorney general (Jesus Murillo Karam) is brazenly trying to close” the probe into the events

The parents of the 43 students kidnapped four months ago in the southern state of Guerrero say Mexico's attorney general has no scientific proof to support his assertion that the youths were killed and their bodies burned.

Thursday, January 29th 2015 - 07:38 UTC

YPF and China's Sinopec sign memorandum to develop shale oil and gas in Patagonia

The MOU is a “great step forward” that opens new possibilities for the long-term development of Argentine oil and gas resources, said Galuccio (R)

Argentine state-controlled energy company YPF said it signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday with China's Sinopec pertaining to the eventual development of conventional and non-conventional oil and gas projects in Patagonia.

Thursday, January 29th 2015 - 07:17 UTC

Consumer confidence in Brazil drops in January to its lowest

President Rousseff has a long, hard road ahead to get the economy rolling again

The reading of consumer confidence dropped in Brazil in January--to its lowest level ever--as the country's economy struggled. Brazil's main consumer-confidence index was at 89.8 points in January, down from 96.2 points in December, the Getulio Vargas Foundation, or FGV, said earlier this week.

Thursday, January 29th 2015 - 07:03 UTC

Chilean Senate approves civil union of homosexual couples

The bill applies to all types of couples and it ”allows us to recognize different family types and protect them all” said Government Secretary Alvaro Elizalde

The Chilean Senate has passed the Civil Union Agreement (AUC) bill, which legalizes the civil union between homosexual couples, making Chile the seventh country in South America to establish such unions.

Thursday, January 29th 2015 - 06:53 UTC

Fidel Castro in “good health and feels great admiration for Pope Francis”

Betto, a founder of Liberation Theology, and Castro are old friends and the Brazilian is a frequent visitor to Havana

Fidel Castro is in good health and feels “deep admiration” for Pope Francis, Brazilian intellectual Frei Betto said on Wednesday a day after meeting with Cuba's former president. He and Fidel discussed a wide range of subjects and the 88-year-old leader of the Cuban Revolution remains “very optimistic,” Betto told reporters in Havana.

Thursday, January 29th 2015 - 06:32 UTC

Raul Castro demands the return of Guantanamo and compensation for US trade embargo

The Cuban president told the Celac summit that “if these problems aren't resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn't make any sense.”

Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.

Thursday, January 29th 2015 - 06:15 UTC

Only family and friends at AMIA prosecutor Nisman's wake

The funeral procession will leave Thursday 09.00 in the morning, and on arrival at the cemetery there will be a religious ceremony by rabbi Marcelo Polakoff. (Pic DYN)

A wake for Argentina's AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was held Wednesday afternoon in a ceremony with his family and friends. His body will be buried Thursday at the Tablada Israeli Cemetery, the Jewish News Agency (AJN) reported.

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