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Tuesday, November 25th 2014 - 07:09 UTC

Gibraltar to contract law of the sea expert to probe “innocent passage” concept

Spanish state vessels have entered Gibraltar Territorial Waters 69 times so far in November.

A world legal expert on the law of the sea is to be engaged by the Gibraltar Government to probe the concept of ‘innocent passage’ as a concept of international law. The concept is regularly cited in relation to Spanish warships and Guardia Civil vessels when they pass through British Gibraltar Territorial Waters, usually when they do not engage in any other activity.

Tuesday, November 25th 2014 - 04:16 UTC

Falklands government has received no request, to date, for exhumations at Darwin cemetery

MLA Elsby was the spokesperson for the elected Falklands' government: “to date has not received a formal request for permission to undertake this work”.

To date (Monday) the Falkland Islands government has received no formal request for the exhumation and identification of the Argentine combatants buried at the Darwin Cemetery, was the reply from Gilbert House in Stanley to reports to that effect in The Independent, and in the Argentine media.

Tuesday, November 25th 2014 - 00:45 UTC

Falklands' reference in BBC Top Gear Argentina program: no end to controversy

Ambassador Castro has addressed a letter directly to the Chair of BBC Trust, Rona Fairhead

Ambassador Alicia Castro has addressed a letter directly to the Chair of the BBC Trust requesting formal apologies for the “false and biased” account reported on the BBC program “Top Gear” filmed in Argentina, and in a veiled subtle way ends hoping that the long established relationship between Argentina and the BBC, “will continue to blossom in the future”.

Monday, November 24th 2014 - 07:44 UTC

IMF monitoring impact of Venezuela's economic stress for Caribbean islands

“We are mindful and concerned about the feasibility of PetroCaribe continuing, certainly at the level it has been” said IMF advisor Cantelli

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the potential impact any changes to PetroCaribe, Venezuela’s oil alliance with several Caribbean islands will have on regional economies.

Monday, November 24th 2014 - 07:31 UTC

IMO adopts Polar Code which comes into force in 2017; environmental groups unsatisfied

While the Polar Code is a good step at recognizing the risks of Arctic shipping, ”it still fails to directly address the highest potential risk of a heavy fuel oil spill.”

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the Polar Code aimed at regulating shipping in Polar Regions. Several environmental groups have criticized the measures for not going far enough to protect the Arctic and Antarctic environments, arguing that while the new code is a positive step forward, it is insufficient to properly protect Polar environments from the anticipated increased levels of shipping activity.

Monday, November 24th 2014 - 07:25 UTC

Britain confirms financial assistance to five Eastern Caribbean countries

Walker said the DFID has “listened carefully” to what Eastern Caribbean countries have been saying are the key challenges for the region.

Britain is providing assistance to five Eastern Caribbean countries “to help them return to economic growth while managing the risks from external shocks”. The Department for International Development (DFID) Caribbean says it will work closely with Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica under the new program that runs until 2020.

Monday, November 24th 2014 - 06:45 UTC

Mexico/Uruguay incident following Mujica's statement about a 'failed state'

“It gives one the sense, seen from a distance, that this is a kind of failed state, in which public authorities have completely lost control,” Mujica said

Mexico said on Sunday it was summoning Uruguay's ambassador after Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said that the disappearance of 43 students in southwest Mexico suggests the country is a 'failed state'.

Saturday, November 22nd 2014 - 20:54 UTC

Falklands' youth teams put up a great show in Chilean football tournament

The two teams from the Falklands, despite facing older players won several games and scored in all matches

The two Falkland Islands youth teams competing in a football tournament in Punta Arenas, Chile have managed two excellent wins and also scored goals in almost every match they played proud coach Wayne Clement told Penguin News this week.

Saturday, November 22nd 2014 - 09:19 UTC

Brazil committed to advance with EU/Mercosur trade negotiations

“Mercosur has been holding negotiations with the EU; we're in discussions with other countries, but we must look for a way to advance”, said Marcadante

Brazil must speed international trade agreement negotiations, said cabinet chief Aloizo Mercadante, in direct reference to Mercosur and demanding an end to internal disputes.

Saturday, November 22nd 2014 - 09:13 UTC

Argentina's economy weakens in September, according to official stats

People have been cutting back on spending, particularly on big-ticket items such as cars and home appliances.

Argentina's economy weakened slightly in September as high inflation and declining purchasing power curbed sales and industrial production. A proxy for economic growth published by the government fell 0.2% on the year, the national statistics agency Indec reported Friday.

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