Politics

Politics
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.

Saturday, November 22nd 2014 - 06:54 UTC

Mexican president hails Obama's decisions on immigration

“I want to publicly recognize yesterday's announcement,” said Peña Nieto “These measures bring relief to principally Mexican immigrants.”

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto hailed US President Barack Obama's sweeping steps on immigration, saying they were “most important measures taken in several decades” and would allow families to stay together.

Saturday, November 22nd 2014 - 06:07 UTC

Rousseff expected to announce proven fiscal hawk as Finance minister

Joaquim Levy, Nelson Barbosa and Alexandre Tombini according to media will be team conducting Brazilian finances

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff already has the names for crucial posts in her new government, but they will not be announced until next Wednesday according to reports in Sao Paulo and Rio do Janeiro newspapers based on Planalto sources. But the names were sufficient to make the Sao Paulo stock exchange surge 5% on Friday.

Saturday, November 22nd 2014 - 06:00 UTC

World markets celebrate after China cuts benchmark interest rates

The People's Bank of China slashed its one-year rate for deposits by 25 basis points to 2.75% and its one-year lending rate by 40 basis points to 5.6%.

China's central bank on Friday unexpectedly cut benchmark interest rates for the first time in more than two years, as authorities seek to prop up flagging growth in the world's second-largest economy.

Saturday, November 22nd 2014 - 05:30 UTC

UK reacts to 'Malvinas are Argentine' signs on public transportation

Senator Teresa Luna said the initiative is directed not only at the foreigner who comes as a tourist, but also at the citizens in general

The UK has objected to Argentine congress decision that public transportation should carry signs expressing the country's claim over the Falkland Islands. A law passed by the Argentine Congress says vehicles must declare “Las Malvinas son Argentinas”, or the “Malvinas are Argentine”.

Friday, November 21st 2014 - 22:55 UTC

“Habeas corpus” does not apply to Sumatran orangutan in Buenos Aires zoo

“Sandra is in captivity, living in absolute solitude in the Buenos Aires city zoo” argued AFADA, which requested the orangutan be transferred to a sanctuary

Sandra, a 20-year Sumatran orangutan must remain at the Buenos Aires zoo following the rejection of an habeas corpus request presented by a group in defense of animal rights. The magistrate ruled that the 'non human person' presentation was not applicable to Sandra as pretended by AFADA, Association of Staff and Lawyers for Animals' rights.

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