Politics

Politics
Monday, April 20th 2015 - 23:12 UTC

Rajoy admits the Rato case impacts on his party's support ahead of elections

Rajoy's People's Party (PP) would win the Valencia vote but halve its seats to 28 from 55 in 2011, leaving it short of a majority

Voters in Spain's Valencia region, a bastion of conservatism for two decades, are likely to desert Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's party in droves in May's regional election, a poll published on Sunday found, in a taste of nationwide politics to come.

Monday, April 20th 2015 - 07:05 UTC

Cristina Fernandez leaves for Russia in the midst of energy controversy

“The agreements with Russia are a continuity of the strengthening in cooperation in strategic areas between both countries” minister De Vido said

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez is leaving this week for an official visit to Russia and controversy over the agreements to be signed has erupted following the publication of a letter in a Sunday newspaper signed by a group of former Energy secretaries who claim the accords compromise Argentina with a foreign country in the execution of highly costly works, like it was done with China”.

Monday, April 20th 2015 - 06:51 UTC

Brazil tells IMF it's working with Congress to restore fiscal balance and structural change

“The current year is a transition year for the Brazilian economy, when we are committed to a swift reversal of the fiscal situation”, said Joaquim Levy

Brazil is working with Congress on a broad agenda of structural changes to improve the business climate, increase productivity and set price signals correctly to stimulate investment, announced Finance minister Joaquim Levy in his speech to the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) this weekend.

Monday, April 20th 2015 - 06:42 UTC

Brazilian leading contractor admits paying 36m dollars in bribes to Petrobras officials

Camargo Correa is one of the largest privately owner organizations in Brazil with businesses in several fields, and operations in 21 countries

A vice president of construction company Camargo Correa told Brazilian prosecutors that he paid 36 million dollars in bribes to officials of state-controlled oil company Petrobras, the press reported, citing a document prepared by prosecutors.

Monday, April 20th 2015 - 06:20 UTC

March inflation in Argentina ranges from 1.3% to 2.12%

Lawmaker Patricia Bullrich said that Argentina's March inflation is what most countries in the world record in twelve months

Argentine inflation in March reached 2.12% over February accumulating 29.8% in the last twelve months according to the average of private consultants, which every month is released by opposition members in Congress. This is one percentage point higher than the official March rate announced by the Argentine government's discredited stats office, Indec, 1.3%.

Saturday, April 18th 2015 - 10:32 UTC

Making the Falklands safe: clearing mines from the 1982 conflict

“Danger, mines”, a fenced minefield in the area where the Bactec team is currently working

Falkland Islands former minefields that have been cleared by BACTEC International’s (*) deminers are, “cleared to a higher quality than the areas that are outside the fences,” assured Project Manager Julius Unsing, speaking to Penguin News this week.

Saturday, April 18th 2015 - 09:20 UTC

Argentina again threatens Falklands' oil companies with legal actions, this time in London

Filmus, with Ambassador Alicia Castro and former UK ambassador in Argentina, John Hughes at Canning House

Argentina's Secretary of State for Malvinas Affairs, Daniel Filmus, defended Argentina´s sovereignty rights over the Falkland Islands in a speech he delivered in London condemning UK´s recent decision to increase its military presence in the South Atlantic, outlined the scope of the criminal lawsuit against oil companies 'illegally' operating in Falklands/Malvinas waters and warned of the environmental risks these activities entail.

Friday, April 17th 2015 - 22:35 UTC

Falklands says Argentina continues “to ignore out right to determine our future and develop our economy”

The Government of Argentina continues to ignore our inalienable right to determine our own future.

The Argentine government continues disrespectfully to ignore “our inalienable right to determine our own future” and “develop our economy”, said the elected government of the Falkland Islands in a release responding to Argentine determination to impede the Islands right to develop the hydrocarbons industry and claims about 'militarization' of the South Atlantic.

Friday, April 17th 2015 - 04:40 UTC

Unasur opens Defense School to elaborate a shared doctrine of peace and stability

“The region's defense philosophy does not prepare for war but rather emphasizes the significance of dissuasive instruments” according to Cordero.

The Union of South American Nations, Unasur will celebrate this Friday its eighth anniversary with the official opening of the South American Defense School (Esude) created to instruct on defense and security issues, both at civil and military level, following 'the principles of a regional strategic vision'.

Friday, April 17th 2015 - 04:32 UTC

Pope Francis to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay next July

“Welcome Pope Francis! We will work with all our energy so that his visit, like that of John Paul II 30 years ago, will be unforgettable,” Correa said.

Pope Francis will make his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking Latin America in July, stopping in Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, the Vatican said Thursday. The pope will kick off his trip in Ecuador on July 6, then travel to Bolivia on July 8 and wrap up his tour in Paraguay from July 10 to 12.

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