British Parliament has effectively ratified the EU Lisbon reform treaty despite the recent decision by Irish voters to reject it. A last-ditch Tory bid to delay the process for four months was defeated by a margin of 93, and peers later gave the EU Amendment Bill a third reading.
The European Parliament adopted on Wednesday tough rules on expelling illegal immigrants, which could see them held in custody for up to 18 months and banned for five years if they resist. 367 members of the European Parliament voted in favor of the bill and 206 MEPs opposed it, while 109 members abstained.
Thousands of Argentines on Monday evening spontaneously and peacefully took to the streets in cities, towns and villages banging pans to protest against the government and demand the resumption of dialogue with the farmers, on their 97th day of conflict.
Under the title of The perfect storm, Argentina's most recognized political analyst Joaquin Morales Solá describes the country's current political and social situation as dramatic, following a weekend when the government/farmers conflict escalated to new irreconcilable levels.
The debate on land concentration and the so called (financial) soybean pools, which is currently one of the main issues behind the Argentine farmers' conflict, has reached Uruguay where apparently the oil seed boom is rapidly displacing dairy farms.
The United States Army and the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command are in negotiations for the establishment of US air facilities in Peru, according to press reports from Lima.
THE Falkland Islands Development Corporation is to abandon its previous involvement with organic certification.
Uruguay and Panama signed on Monday several cooperation agreements during the official visit of Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez to the Central American country, the first leg of a tour that will also take him to Cuba and Mexico.
A three-month standoff between Argentina's government and farmers over a tax hike turned violent on Saturday when military police in riot gear used batons to try to clear roadblocks on a main highway.
Paraguay's president-elect Fernando Lugo whose historic election ended six decades of one-party rule in the country named a former leftist militant to head his Cabinet when he takes office on August 15.