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Politics
Monday, July 27th 2015 - 06:30 UTC

Argentina's incumbent ticket leads comfortably ahead of August primaries

Buenos Aires governor Scioli and his running mate have 38% of vote intentions. Macri and Gabriel Michetti, of the Cambiemos coalition, 26.6%.

Argentina's Victory Front presidential ticket of Daniel Scioli and Carlos Zannini is set to win the coming August PASO primary elections by almost 12 points over nearest challenger Mauricio Macri, a new poll published two weeks before the vote has predicted.

Monday, July 27th 2015 - 06:18 UTC

Peru's Humala begins his last year in office with defeat in congress and 80% disapproval

Luis Iberico of the small Alliance for Progress party won with backing from lawmakers loyal to opposition presidential aspirant Keiko Fujimori

Peruvian lawmakers elected an opposition legislator as head of Congress in a new but hardly unsurprising defeat for the ruling party and increasingly unpopular President Ollanta Humala who this week begins the last year in office. GfK polls indicate the president has a disapproval rating of 80%.

Monday, July 27th 2015 - 06:08 UTC

Malvinas' past statements, open new flank for Buenos Aires mayor Macri

“Not long ago Macri anticipated that the Malvinas Islands would represent a significant deficit for Argentina” recalled ambassador Castro

”It is dangerous to forget what (Mauricio) Macri said about the Malvinas, that they would represent a deficit for Argentina”, Alicia Castro, Argentine ambassador in the UK was quoted by the Buenos Aires media, following on statements from the Argentine capital's mayor and presidential hopeful in reference to the Falklands Islands.

Monday, July 27th 2015 - 05:53 UTC

“Second referendum on Scottish independence inevitable; question is timing”

Mr Salmond said: “I think a second independence referendum is inevitable. The question of course is not the inevitability, it is the timing.”

A second referendum on Scottish independence is inevitable, according to former first minister Alex Salmond. Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr program, he said the question was over the timing which was “in the hands of Nicola Sturgeon”.

Monday, July 27th 2015 - 05:30 UTC

Gibraltar complains about queues at the border with Spain; drop in tourism expenditure

“The effects of these seem to be designed to cause as much disruption as possible,” said Deputy Chief minister Dr Garcia

The Gibraltar Government has included the long queues of last Thursday afternoon at the frontier with Spain in its latest report to the European Union. Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia said the report will be presented “in order to draw attention to the manner in which the Spanish government is implementing the recommendations made by the commission”.

Monday, July 27th 2015 - 05:20 UTC

Guyana warns in Washington about the Venezuelan threat to its territory

“Guyana at the moment is facing a challenge to its survival by a larger state,” Granger said at the William Perry Center of Hemispheric Defense Studies.

Guyana's territorial dispute with neighboring Venezuela represents a threat to its very survival, President David Granger warned Friday in Washington. After a recent offshore oil find, the row between the two countries has escalated, with Venezuela laying claim to a huge swathe of Guyana's territory.

Saturday, July 25th 2015 - 06:16 UTC

Petrobras workers on a nationwide 24 hour strike to protest sale of assets

Caroline Cavassa, a press officer for the National Oil Workers Federation, said 90% of the company's 86,000 workers joined the strike in 12 states.

Tens of thousands of workers at Brazil's state-owned Petrobras went on a nationwide 24-hour strike on Friday to protest the oil company's plans to sell 15.1 billion dollars worth of assets by the end of next year to help pay off a debt of about 120 billion dollars.

Saturday, July 25th 2015 - 05:55 UTC

Mother and aunt at the launching of Maximo Kirchner's campaign for Congress

Under the slogan “Always Santa Cruz”, Maximo's campaign recalls the figure of his late father Nestor with fragments from his Argentina’s minimum wagespeeches in radio and TV spots

President Cristina Fernandez underlined the achievements of her government which, she said, have set the foundations of 'a bright future ahead for Argentina', and openly sponsored the electoral aspirations of Kirchner family members, during a political rally held in Santa Cruz province, from where the powerful presidential couple that has dominated Argentine politics for the last twelve years emerged in 2002/03.

Saturday, July 25th 2015 - 05:24 UTC

Economic activity in Argentina picking up, according to Indec

The increase in May was boosted by agro exports, the construction sector, consumption and extractive industries, according to a private sector report.

Economic activity in Argentina has increased 2.2% in May, compared to the same month of 2014, according to the country's stats office, Indec. Compared to April this year, economic activity has grown 0.8%, the Monthly Economic Activity Index revealed.

Saturday, July 25th 2015 - 05:14 UTC

FIFA admits corruption scandal is putting off new World Cup sponsors

Secretary-general Jerome Valcke said: “The current situation doesn't help to finalize any new agreements.”

FIFA has admitted the corruption scandal is putting off new World Cup sponsors and plans to hold a summit with existing backers in August. Secretary-general Jerome Valcke said: “The current situation doesn't help to finalize any new agreements.”

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