Thursday, November 20th 2014 - 05:05 UTC

Former Brazilian minister blames Argentina for lack of EU/Mercosur trade accord

“Mercosur is stalled, maybe it's time to declare the independence of Brazil from that group”, said Furlan

A former Brazilian Development minister and currently member of the board of BRF, one of the world's leading food corporations, Luiz Fernando Furlan said Brazil is far away from world trade agreements and urgently needs to review policies in this area, including participation in Mercosur.

Thursday, November 20th 2014 - 04:39 UTC

Uruguay expects fifty cruise calls less this season, reveals tourism official

“The fall can be explained because we are in a region, and the cruise industry this season is calling less, which means less vessels”, said Carambula

Uruguay will be receiving fifty cruise calls less this 2014/15 season, which is 26% down compared to a year ago, revealed the country's Deputy Tourism and Sports minister, Antonio Carambula during the official launching of the season. This means Montevideo will be hosting 104 calls and Punta del Este, 70, compared to the 237 between both terminals (121 and 116) in 2013/14.

Thursday, November 20th 2014 - 04:29 UTC

Fed minutes confirm reveal consensus on ending stimulus program

Most observers expect the Fed will begin raising the rate in the middle of 2015, mostly in an effort to keep inflation in check as the US recovery gathers steam.

Although the US Federal Reserve was worried about turmoil in emerging markets, the central bank reached an easy consensus to end its stimulus program, its latest minutes reveal.

Thursday, November 20th 2014 - 04:23 UTC

Colombian government reaches agreement with FARC to release captured general

The Colombian army had launched a massive search for Alzate, captured by FARC on Sunday, a move that had derailed peace talks

The armed rebel group FARC and the Colombian government have announced that they have agreed conditions for releasing a captured general and four other people.

Thursday, November 20th 2014 - 04:13 UTC

“Malvinas are Argentine”, mandatory in all Argentine public transport systems

The new bill applies to all forms of domestic public transport

All Argentine public transport must include the logo “Malvinas are Argentine”, according to the latest bill approved by the Lower House in Congress, following on an initiative from Senator Teresta Luna from the ruling coalition of President Cristina Fernandez. Victory Front.

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 - 07:51 UTC

Greenpeace condemns Japan’s rush to resume Antarctic whaling

Japan’s new program sets a quota of 333 minke whales, no fin whales and no humpback whales from 2015 to 2026.

Greenpeace on Tuesday condemned the Government of Japan's rush to resume Antarctic whaling and called on them to abide by world opinion and the clearly expressed desires of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 - 07:44 UTC

Falklands contracts strategic review of Telecommunications provision

We look forward to their advice and professional input as the review takes shape. “This is an important piece of work for the Falklands”, said MLA Rogers

The Falkland Islands Government have announced that Cartesian Ltd have recently been appointed to carry out a strategic review of Telecommunications Provision in the Falklands Islands. Cartesian will be starting work on the review immediately, with the first draft report due on 24th December.

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 - 07:32 UTC

Guyana's British High Commissioner calls for resumption of Parliament

“The UK believes that the central pillar of democracy is parliament and, therefore, parliament should re-sit with the shortest possible delay,” said Ayre.

One week after President Donald Ramotar suspended Parliament to avoid a no-confidence motion, Britain’s High Commission to Guyana, Andrew Ayre, has called for the swift resumption of the legislature.

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 - 07:12 UTC

Chile grows 0.8% in Q3, and Central bank leaves basic rate unchanged at 3%

Third-quarter results reflect 1.1% increase in personal services, countered by a 2.7% drop in manufacturing and 6.6% decrease in agriculture, the report said.

Chile's economy grew 0.8% in the third quarter compared with the same period in 2013, the worst performance in five years, the Central Bank reported Tuesday. The bank also announced that the basic rate will remain unchanged at 3%.

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 - 06:57 UTC

Petrobras corruption: plea bargains with the return of 165m dollars with five accused

O'Globo said it includes Paulo Roberto Costa, a jailed former Petrobras director who exposed the massive scope of alleged payments to Brazilian politicians

Five people accused in a corruption scandal at Brazil's state oil giant Petrobras have agreed to return 165 million dollars to the public purse in plea bargains with prosecutors, a newspaper reported Tuesday.


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