Politics

Politics
Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 06:55 UTC

“Open your heads: world is different, China leads”, argued Cristina Fernandez

”You cannot be so small-minded, colonized minds my dear friends,” fired the Argentine president against the critics of the deals with China.

“I'm asking all Argentine and mainly those who have aspirations of leading the country, to open their heads”, said Cristina Fernandez in reference to the recently signed agreements with China, which are in the framework of an “integral strategic association” and have under strong criticism.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 06:44 UTC

Cristina Fernandez defends the Kirchner legacy and warns her December successor

“In fact, we are the only country whose debt has been reduced to negative values,” said the president citing a report by McKinsey international consulting.

In her usual fiery style Argentine president Cristina Fernandez on Sunday addressing Congress lashed out at the Judicial branch, questioned the political use of the AMIA bombing, for the first time openly referred to the Nisman case, and underlined that Argentina is no longer 'in the red'. She ended with a veiled warning to whoever succeeds her following on October's presidential election.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 06:30 UTC

UK first official recognition of 'aerotoxic syndrome' caused by fumes in aircraft cabins

In commercial passenger planes, a system that compresses air from the engines uses it to pressurize the cabin, but it can malfunction

A coroner inquiring into the death of a former British Airways pilot has said that toxic fumes in cabin air pose a health risk to aircrew and frequent fliers. People regularly exposed to fumes circulating in planes faced “consequential damage to their health,” according to Stanhope Payne, the senior coroner for Dorset.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 06:21 UTC

Germany sells five-year notes in Euros at a negative yield of -0.08%

By buying bonds with a negative yield, investors are essentially prepared to pay Germany for the right to hold its debt if they retain those bonds until maturity.

The German government sold five-year notes at a negative yield for the first time in its history on Wednesday. The milestone comes as the European Central Bank prepares to begin a bond-buying program, known as quantitative easing, in hopes of stimulating growth in economies across the Continent.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 05:35 UTC

Gibraltar police and customs given additional tobacco stop and search powers

This allows for full implementation of the EC’s recommendation that Gibraltar carry out random checks for contraband tobacco on vehicles travelling to Spain.

Gibraltar police and customs officers have been given additional stop and search powers inside so-called tobacco ‘special zones’. Until now, officers required reasonable suspicion of a tobacco offence before they could stop vehicles and question the occupants.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 05:22 UTC

Argentine bond prices going up “as the less time you have left in office”

Cristina Fernandez made a reference to Argentine bonds that backfired

Joseph Cotterill, the Financial Times journalist who was quoted by Argentine President Cristina Fernández during her Congress address as proof the country has recovered financially, responded critically to the Head of State.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 01:24 UTC

Bilateral ceremony to certify that Chilean Tierra del Fuego is free of mines

Ministers Agustin Rossi and Jorge Burgos (L) will be leading the ceremony in the framework of the 30th anniversary of the Peace and Friendship accord

Argentina and Chile on Monday will hold a ceremony certifying that the Chilean territory of Tierra del Fuego has been completely swept of mines, dating back to the late seventies, and in accordance with the 1999 Ottawa Convention commitments.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 01:14 UTC

Maduro retaliates and will demand visas from US citizens travelling to Venezuela

The Venezuelan president had to remain in his country despite his announced Sunday trip to Uruguay for the change of government ceremony

President Nicolas Maduro said his government had captured American citizens involved in “espionage activities,” and said US citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to Venezuela. Speaking during a rally, he said his government will prohibit some US officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for a similar measure by the government of President Barack Obama against a group of Venezuelan public officials.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 00:56 UTC

Bachelet visits 14-year-old girl who pled for euthanasia since she is suffering cystic fibrosis

There was no information on what was said, but photographs of the visit were provided, including one of Valentina taking a selfie with the president

Chile’s president went to a hospital on Saturday to meet with a 14-year-old girl who shocked the country by going on YouTube to plead for the leader to let doctors euthanize her because she is tired of her struggle with cystic fibrosis. The government quickly said no after the video began spreading on social media Thursday.

Sunday, March 1st 2015 - 23:35 UTC

Argentine technical mission to China to assess the purchase of jet fighters

Negotiations remain secret but according to Argentine sources the purchase could range between 14 and 20 aircraft, basically the FC-1/F-17

It's official: in the coming weeks a technical delegation from Argentina's Air Force will be travelling to China to assess the convenience of purchasing Chinese jet fighters to replace the obsolete French made Mirages. Only a month ago president Cristina Fernandez was in Beijing where she sealed an “integral strategic alliance” with China.

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