Politics

Politics
Tuesday, May 26th 2015 - 06:25 UTC

Blatter expected to retain FIFA's presidential chair in next Friday's election

After 17 years as FIFA chief, Blatter's stranglehold of support in world football’s six regional confederations is clear.

Unless something dramatic happens, Sepp Blatter will on Friday emerge victorious from his latest FIFA presidential battle. Despite the challenge from Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, the 79-year-old Swiss is widely expected to secure the majority of votes of the 209 member federations in the secret ballot, reports World Football Insider.

Tuesday, May 26th 2015 - 06:03 UTC

Belize and Guatemala en route to solve territorial dispute sponsored by OAS

 Insulza recalled that “it is the only territorial dispute in the region that the OAS has accompanied continuously for more than fifteen years”.

Belize and Guatemala signed on Monday the Protocol to the Special Agreement which will allow the governments of both nations to separately hold public consultations with a view to submitting their territorial dispute to the International Court of Justice.

Monday, May 25th 2015 - 08:00 UTC

Brazil/Uruguay expect Paraguay to join in speeding Mercosur/EU negotiations

“In June we will be receiving Paraguay's president Cartes, and most certainly we will be addressing issues related to Mercosur”, said Tabare Vazquez

Uruguay will be hosting Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes in early June when he is expected to confirm' his country's support to Uruguay and Brazil in their renewed approach to accelerate negotiations for the signing of a full cooperation and free trade agreement with the European Union, which were started fifteen years ago.

Monday, May 25th 2015 - 07:47 UTC

Spaniards are furious and 'traditional parties' get beaten in regional elections

Spaniards rejected PP and rival Socialists, and opted for change in the shape of new parties: market-friendly Ciudadanos ('Citizens') and anti-austerity Podemos

Spain's ruling People's Party (PP) took a battering on Sunday's regional and local elections after voters punished Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for four years of severe spending cuts and a string of corruption scandals. In a test of the national mood ahead of general elections expected in November, the PP suffered its worst result in more than 20 years to herald an uncertain era of coalition as new parties rose to fragment the vote.

Monday, May 25th 2015 - 07:38 UTC

Cristina Fernandez leads ceremony returning San Martin's saber to the National History Museum

The saber is the weapon that accompanied San Martín during the Independence War and that was bequeathed to Juan Manuel de Rosas

President Cristina Fernandez led a ceremony on Sunday where the National History Museum received, after 48 years, the saber that belonged to Argentina's Liberator General José de San Martín currently at the Mounted Grenadiers Regiment.

Monday, May 25th 2015 - 07:32 UTC

Pope Francis lashes out at football hooligans and certain Argentine politicians

“These are idiotic actions from a person whose passion spills out, and it is also arrogance and a lack of social skills, an incapability to live in society”.

Pope Francis has spoken out against the problem of violence in football, criticizing the role of hooligan groups within the game while admitting that he felt “used” by certain politicians in Argentina.

Monday, May 25th 2015 - 07:25 UTC

Jailed Venezuelan opposition leaders declare themselves on hunger strike

In a video from the prison Lopez said he and former mayor Daniel Ceballos,  were going on hunger strike “with one concrete petition: freedom of political prisoners”.

Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has declared himself on hunger strike and called for a protest march next weekend against Venezuela's populist government. Lopez, the best-known opposition activist in custody, was jailed more than a year ago for his role in instigating street protests against President Nicolas Maduro that led to violence killing 43 people and injuring hundreds more.

Monday, May 25th 2015 - 07:12 UTC

Iconic London 2012 Games symbol decorates Rio 2016 Olympics Park

The choice of Madureira Park as the “home” of the Olympic Rings complies with the Municipality’s concept of integrating the whole of Rio with the Games.

The most iconic symbol of the Olympic Games is decorating the city for the Rio 2016 Games. City Hall has installed giant Olympic Rings in Madureira Park, ahead of the largest sporting event in the world.

Monday, May 25th 2015 - 06:55 UTC

FIFA Election: ITUC back Prince Ali on human rights commitments

Jordan’s Prince Ali has re-affirmed commitment on labour and human rights and was the first in 2013 calling for FIFA to act on workers’ rights abuses

The International trade Union Confederation is calling on FIFA delegates to support Jordan’s Prince Ali in this week’s election for FIFA President, following Ali’s re-affirmed commitment on labour and other human rights. The other two challengers to incumbent Joseph Blatter, Luis Figo and Michael van Praag have withdrawn from the race.

Monday, May 25th 2015 - 06:46 UTC

Gibraltarians will be able to vote in UK's referendum on ties with European Union

Legislation for the referendum will be introduced to the UK Parliament on Thursday, the day after the Queen's Speech.

Gibraltarians will be able to vote in Britain’s referendum on whether to sever ties with the European Union. The franchise for referendum, promised by Prime Minister David Cameron by the end of 2017, will be based on that for a UK general election - meaning Irish, Maltese and Cypriots resident in the UK will get a vote, but other EU citizens will not.

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