Politics

Politics
Friday, August 26th 2016 - 07:28 UTC

Colombia launches referendum campaign; doubts remain on peace accord terms

President Juan Manuel Santos, who has staked his legacy on the peace process, faces a tough political battle to win the referendum.

After sealing a historic peace accord with the FARC rebels, the Colombian government launched a campaign on Thursday to persuade voters to adopt it in a referendum on October 2.

Friday, August 26th 2016 - 07:10 UTC

Santos announces definitive ceasefire starting midnight Monday 29 August

“As head of state and commander in chief of our armed forces, I have ordered a definitive ceasefire with the FARC starting at midnight on Monday, August 29”

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the army on Thursday to observe a definitive ceasefire with the FARC rebels after the two sides reached a deal to end their half-century conflict

Friday, August 26th 2016 - 06:19 UTC

Rousseff impeachment begins; huge metal barricades outside Congress to separate rival demonstrators

Chief justice Ricardo Lewandowski declared the trial open and later briefly suspended it as senators yelled at each other while debating procedural matters.

Brazilian Senators launched the impeachment trial of suspended president Dilma Rousseff on Thursday expected to end 13 years of populist rule in Latin America's biggest economy. The friendly spirit of the Rio Olympic Games faded and tension returned as the emotionally charged affair neared its climax, with Rousseff facing removal from office within days.

Thursday, August 25th 2016 - 09:14 UTC

Mercosur fractured and in disarray: Venezuela isolated

Venezuela convened the Mercosur meeting a day after coordinators from the four full members held a full  day round of talks, also in Montevideo,

Mercosur on Wednesday displayed another chapter of its internal disarray, almost farcical, when Venezuela which proclaims the presidency of the group convened a meeting at the Montevideo administrative offices that was only attended by full member Uruguay and aspiring member Bolivia.

Thursday, August 25th 2016 - 08:39 UTC

Final round for Rousseff who is moving belongings to Porto Alegre; Temer readies to travel to G20 summit in China

 The final vote expected late Tuesday or early hours of Wednesday would confirm  Vice-President Michel Temer as Brazil's new leader through 2018

The Brazilian Senate will open the impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff this Thursday and hear witnesses for and against the populist leader who is expected to be removed from office next week on charges of breaking budget laws.

Thursday, August 25th 2016 - 08:23 UTC

The world has rediscovered Brazil

Brazil has hosted an extraordinary event, and this is the work of all Brazilian people.

By Michel Temer, Acting President of the Republic - The Olympic Games were an absolute success. This is the result of the work of each person who helped build the stadiums, the metro, the Olympic Village; each carioca who gave the right directions to our visitors.

Thursday, August 25th 2016 - 07:13 UTC

Edinburgh zoo King Penguin named “Brigadier Sir Nils Olav” by the King of Norway Guard

 Sir Nils paraded his way up Penguin Walk, whilst inspecting the soldiers of the Guard.

On Monday the King of Norway's Guard paid a very special visit to RZSS Edinburgh Zoo to bestow a unique honor upon the resident king penguin Sir Nils Olav. Already a knight, the most famous king penguin in the world was given the new title of “Brigadier Sir Nils Olav”.

Thursday, August 25th 2016 - 06:53 UTC

Central Italy's earthquake: 247 dead and counting fast

Mattero Renzi PM called on his fellow citizen to unite in the face of the tragedy.

247 dead and counting, the death toll after the 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Central Italy today. It hit on a hot summer morning in the middle of a busy tourism season. Today rescuers continued to search for survivors on Thursday morning.

Wednesday, August 24th 2016 - 21:07 UTC

Falklands' war: Israel sold weapons to Argentina during the conflict, say declassified documents

UK's National Archives released the files, November 16, 1984, with a memorandum from a senior British diplomat providing details on Israeli arms sales to Argentina

The British Foreign Office has recently declassified documents that allegedly prove that Israel sold weapons to Argentina during the 1982 Falklands War between the Argentine military dictatorship and the UK.

Wednesday, August 24th 2016 - 20:40 UTC

Full bodied burkinis a huge sales success in Australia

Aheda Zanetti,(C) who claims the trademark on the name burkini and burqini, said online sales were up by 200%.

Australian woman credited with creating the burkini says bans on the full-bodied Islamic swimsuit in France have boosted sales. The clothing - which combines “burqa” with “bikini” - leaves only the face, hands and feet on show.

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