Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 10:39 UTC

In a divided vote, Brazil's central bank raised the Selic rate 25 points to 11.25%

“Inflation risks have become less favorable since its last rate-setting meeting in early September”, said the Copom board headed by Alexander Tombini

In a surprise move and in divided vote (5 to 3), Brazil's central bank monetary board, Copom, decided to raise its benchmark Selic rate by 25 basis points to 11.25%. A majority of economists and analysts anticipated that the bank would opt to keep rates unchanged.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 10:33 UTC

The challenges faced by Dilma Rousseff

In rich states waiting for a change of course, Neves was the winner; in those living mostly of federal grants, Rousseff was victorious by an ample margin

In a strong editorial the influential Folha de Sao Paulo argues that Brazil's reelected President Dilma Rousseff must reestablish confidence to the nation, which is divided regionally and socially, must implement a fluid dialogue with productive Brazil because the economy needs changes and new faces, and must rule for all the country, because victory was the result of millimetrical dispute in Sunday's runoff.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 09:16 UTC

Venezuela furious with Rajoy 'interventionism', recalls ambassador 'on consultation'

During a meeting in Madrid with Lopez' wife Lilian Tintori on 22 October, Rajoy said it was necessary to protect freedom of speech and the right to protest

Venezuela recalled its ambassador to Spain to protest “interventionist declarations” made by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the Venezuelan News Agency (AVN) said on Tuesday.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 09:03 UTC

HMS Argyll seizes £ 10 million in drugs in the Caribbean; second bust in three months

The frigate Type 23 is deployed to the North Atlantic and Caribbean region to provide reassurance and support to the UK’s British Overseas Territories

A Royal Navy warship has seized cocaine with a wholesale value of £10 million from a yacht in the Caribbean. Just 24 hours after helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo in Bermuda, the Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll’s Lynx helicopter spotted the yacht in the Atlantic.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 08:55 UTC

Bachelet welcomed by King Felipe VI at the start of her visit to Spain

The Spanish royal couple greeted Bachelet at the Pardo Palace in Madrid, the official residence for visiting heads of State

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on Wednesday welcomed Chilean President Michelle Bachelet at the start of her official visit to Spain, expected to center on economic cooperation.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 08:47 UTC

President Santos receives Prince Charles and Camilla at the Nariño Palace

President Santos and First Lady Clemencia with the royal couple at the Nariño palace

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were welcomed to Colombia with military honors on Wednesday, at a ceremony led by the president Juan Manuel Santos to mark the couple's first royal visit to the country.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 08:38 UTC

Rajoy apologizes before the Senate for corrupt members in his Popular Party

Rajoy apologizes before the Senate

With senior members of his own Popular Party among the dozens of Spaniards facing charges of corruption and bribery, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy apologized to the Senate for appointing to public office some individuals who were not “worthy” of it.

Thursday, October 30th 2014 - 06:51 UTC

Falklands: MPs visit scheduled for the second week of November

Yvonne Fovargue MP for Makerfield, North West, is Labour shadow Defense minister

Two UK MPs Yvonne Fovargue (L) and Guy Opperman (C) will be visiting the Falkland Islands from 13 to 18 November, accompanied by Falklands government representative in London, Sukey Cameron MBE.

Wednesday, October 29th 2014 - 10:43 UTC

UN assembly (188 out of 193 countries) condemns US embargo on Cuba

“Right now 77% of Cubans were born under these conditions, Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez told the Assembly”

The United Nations General Assembly for the 21st time on Tuesday condemned the economic and trade embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba, a policy that has been in place for over half a century. 188 countries out of 193 voted against the restrictions imposed by Washington against Cuba, which date back to 1962, three years after Fidel Castro took power in a revolution.

Wednesday, October 29th 2014 - 09:43 UTC

Cosmonauts unveil from space the emblem of Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup

Russia have released the logo for the 2018 World Cup from the Space

The official emblem of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has been unveiled by the cosmonauts at the International Space Station. The logo was then projected onto the iconic Bolshoi Theater building in the heart of Russian capital, Moscow.


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