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Friday, July 15th 2016 - 03:01 UTC

'Suspend Falkland/Malvinas sovereignty claim until 2033', when hopefully Argentina becomes attractive

“The multilateral path no longer yields a result”, insisted Caputo. In 2033 with whoever is UK Prime minister, we should call for a review of the situation”

Argentina's former foreign minister Dante Caputo has proposed suspending the sovereignty claim over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands until 2033, when the 200th anniversary of the “British occupation” because according to his own words, “the multilateral path no longer yields a result”. And he emphasized, “they will come when the country becomes attractive for the Argentines”.

Friday, July 15th 2016 - 01:59 UTC

PM May confirms Gibraltar to be “fully involved” in Brexit negotiations

The meeting took place in the Prime Minister’s Rooms in the House of Commons which Mrs May had taken possession of just a few moments before.

Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May met Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia on Wednesday afternoon to discuss Gibraltar, Brexit and Spanish “rhetoric” about the Rock. The meeting took place in the Prime Minister’s Rooms in the House of Commons, which Mrs May had taken possession of just a few moments before.

Thursday, July 14th 2016 - 07:50 UTC

EU warns former head Barroso about professional secrecy in his Goldman Sachs Brexit contract

The bank has hired Barroso, who headed the executive of the 28-nation EU, as an advisor on the British public's June 23 vote to leave the EU

The European Commission said its former head Jose Manuel Barroso will be bound by EU rules of professional secrecy at his controversial new job for US investment bank Goldman Sachs. The bank has hired Barroso, who headed the executive of the 28-nation European Union from 2004 until 2014, as an advisor on the British public's June 23 vote to leave the EU, drawing fire from leftist politicians in Europe.

Thursday, July 14th 2016 - 07:38 UTC

Temer wins strong ally with Lower House new speaker; crucial to approve unpopular economic reforms

Maia, a trained economist who worked briefly in banking before turning to politics, signaled he would help Temer with reforms to pull the economy out of recession

Brazil's lower house of Congress elected an ally of interim President Michel Temer as its new speaker late on Wednesday, marking a victory for a government racing to approve unpopular economic reforms. Rodrigo Maia of the right-leaning Democrats party, known as DEM, won the second round ballot by a wide margin in a hotly contested election.

Thursday, July 14th 2016 - 07:35 UTC

Lula says a six-vote swing is needed to beat Rousseff's impeachment in August

“Dilma depends on only six votes,” Lula told a radio station in Pernambuco state. The Senate must vote by 54 votes out of 81 for the impeachment to pass

Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff could still wriggle out of a looming impeachment vote, her ally and predecessor Lula da Silva said. Speaking with Radio Jornal, Brazil's most prominent leftist leader said Rousseff's case is not hopeless, despite months of mounting pressure on her to be removed from office.

Thursday, July 14th 2016 - 03:54 UTC

May pledges to work “for all not just the privileged few”; Johnson foreign secretary and Hammond chancellor

On arriving at Downing Street after being appointed by the Queen, Mrs. May vowed to lead a government that works for all, not just the “privileged few”.

New Prime Minister Theresa May has made Boris Johnson, the former London mayor who led the Brexit campaign, foreign secretary in her new government. He replaces Philip Hammond, who becomes chancellor and ex-Energy Secretary Amber Rudd is home secretary and Euro skeptic David Davis is the Brexit secretary. Ex-chancellor George Osborne was not included apparently because his “brand” was seen as “too tarnished”.

Wednesday, July 13th 2016 - 07:04 UTC

Argentines hold at least 232.5bn dollars overseas, according to stats office Indec

Finance minister Alfonso Prat Gay said that there's “no official estimate” of how much money can take advantage of the bill, because it involves “hidden funds”

Argentines held 232.5 billion dollars overseas in 2015, almost 10bn dollars over the previous year, according to the latest report from the country's official Indec stats office. The report, “International Investment position” is a financial balance account of Argentina with the rest of the world and records the market value of Argentine residents external assets and liabilities.

Wednesday, July 13th 2016 - 05:11 UTC

Mercosur asks Venezuela for 'democratic and human rights gestures' before transferring the group's chair

“Let political prisoners free, show a commitment to democratic values and human rights, otherwise there will be no consensus”, Loizaga said in Asunción

Mercosur members are requesting from Venezuela concrete gestures in favor of democracy and human rights if they are to consider the transfer of the group's pro tempore chair from Uruguay to Caracas, pointed out Paraguayan foreign minister Eladio Loizaga a day after the group was unable to reach a consensus on the issue that has become particularly controversial when not frustrating.

Wednesday, July 13th 2016 - 03:34 UTC

Gibraltar lobbying for full involvement in mapping UK's exit from European Union

Minister for Europe David Lidington, Gibraltar Chief minister Picardo and officials from other UK government departments met at 10 Downing Street

A team from Gibraltar is making the round of British government offices, parliament, friends and supporters to ensure the Rock has a full input into the process triggered by Brexit. Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia have met with Conservative and Labour lawmakers and this week visited Downing Street to talk with the UK Government team mapping out the way forward following the result of the Referendum of 23rd June.

Wednesday, July 13th 2016 - 02:30 UTC

Beijing rejects adverse international ruling on South China Sea islands and maritime space

President Xi Jinping said China's “territorial sovereignty and marine rights” in the seas would not be affected by the ruling “in any way”

China has firmly rejected an international tribunal ruling that its claims to rights in the South China Sea have no legal basis. President Xi Jinping said China's “territorial sovereignty and marine rights” in the seas would not be affected by the ruling “in any way”, however he added that Beijing was still “committed to resolving disputes” with its neighbors.

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