Wednesday, September 28th 2016 - 07:46 UTC

Foreign tourists in Argentina will be refunded VAT on hotel services

Macri signed the order at Casa Rosada during a World Tourism Day event with Tourism minister Santos, Finance minister Prat Gay and industry representatives.

Argentine president Mauricio Macri signed an executive order on Tuesday under which foreign tourists will receive a refund of the value-added tax, or VAT, paid on hotel services in an effort to attract more visitors to Argentina and boost tourist businesses.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 10:56 UTC

Palocci, the brainchild behind the successful years of ex president Lula da Silva

Palocci's arrest brings the investigation of Brazil's biggest corruption scandal further into the core leadership of the PT.

A medical doctor by training, Antonio Palocci was Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's finance minister and a key player in the 2002 election campaign that put the union and PT (Workers Party) leader in the presidential seat.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 10:48 UTC

Liaison man between Lula and Rousseff's presidencies, and corruption scheme arrested

Federal Judge Sergio Moro ordered Palocci's assets and of others accused of receiving as much as R$ 128 million (US$ 39,5 million) in bribes to be blocked.

Brazilian presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff former Presidential Chief of Staff and Finance Minister Antonio Palocci was temporarily arrested on Monday morning in São Paulo as part of the 35th phase of the Lava Jato (Car Wash) Operation investigating the Petrobras corruption scandal.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 08:17 UTC

Accessible Tourism, theme of World Tourism Day 2016

“All of the world’s citizens have the right to experience the incredible diversity this planet has to offer” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

Tourism for all: people with disabilities, senior citizens and families travelling with small children, and sooner or later all citizens will appreciate the advantages of universal accessibility. This is why UNWTO has chosen to celebrate World Tourism Day 2016 on the theme of accessible tourism. Official celebrations will take place on 27 September in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 08:07 UTC

Deutsche bank in danger zone: shares down 50% this year and sliding

Focus, which cited “government circles”, said the government had made it clear that Deutsche Bank will not receive any bail out

Shares in Deutsche Bank were down sharply after a report that the German government won’t intervene with U.S. officials who are pressing the bank to pay US$14 billion to settle an investigation into its sales of mortgage-backed securities. The bank’s shares closed down 7.5% at 10.55 Euros on Monday after the Friday report from Focus magazine.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 07:48 UTC

Early polls indicate better prepared Hillary came ahead of Trump in the debate

“I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. “And yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be President“”

Early polls following the first of three presidential debates point to Hillary Clinton coming out ahead of Donald Trump in Monday night’s face off. According to a CNN/ORC poll taken immediately after the debate wrapped, 62% of 521 registered voters who watched the debate said Clinton won, compared to 27% for Trump. Pulbic Policy Polling also had Clinton trumping Trump, but by a more narrow margin of 51% to 40%.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 07:41 UTC

Following Colombia, “Malvinas, one of three issues pending solution in Latin America”

Malvinas must be solved because colonial times are long over and they must return to Argentina and Latin America, said president Evo Morales

Following the peace agreement signed in Colombia, only three main issues remain pending in the Americas, devolution of Guantanamo to Cuba, the Falklands/Malvinas dispute and a sea outlet for Bolivia, according to Bolivian president Evo Morales who hailed the deal rubricated on Monday in Cartagena before world leaders.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 06:48 UTC

Colombia peace accord challenges: Sunday's referendum and 7.000 combatants laying down their weapons

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC commander Rodrigo Londoño, Timochenko, formally ended the long and brutal war, then shook hands.

As thousands of Colombians offered both hope and skepticism, the government of Colombia and FARC Marxist rebels who fought a bitter civil war for more than half a century signed a historic peace accord on Monday, closing the Western Hemisphere's longest armed conflict. The deal will have a first test next Sunday when the Colombian people will vote on a referendum.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 06:23 UTC

Falklands'government stall at Labour conference in Liverpool

Ms Sukey Cameron MBE managing the Falklands' stall

The Falkland Islands are making the round of British political parties conferences, and in a big way. It has been the Islands’ policy to attend these conferences to put their views across and to keep in touch with the political system and UK public opinion, their most effective support to ensure Falklands' self determination.

Tuesday, September 27th 2016 - 06:15 UTC

Falklands issue gold and silver tribute coins on Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday

 The coins are struck in gold and silver and are produced by the Pobjoy Mint on behalf of the Falklands government and treasury.

The Falkland Islands have issued a colorful tribute to the territory’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, on the occasion of her 90th birthday; she is the first monarch of the British Isles to achieve this milestone.


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