Politics

Politics
Saturday, August 29th 2015 - 05:41 UTC

MP Rosindell: Time for Spain to back off, time for Britain to back up Gibraltar

“The reality Madrid must accept is that Gibraltar is firmly British. It has been for hundreds of years, and the people have no desire to become part of Spain”.

Britain cannot allow Spain to continue to ignore international law and bully Gibraltar, said MP Andrew Rosindell following the latest incursion in Gibraltar waters, this time a Spanish Customs crew that actually fired shots to a British-Gibraltarian fishing cruise.

Saturday, August 29th 2015 - 05:36 UTC

Brazilian Senate confirms Petrobras investigation case Prosecutor

The Senate voted in favor of Janot's reappointment 59-12 after lawmakers questioned him for more than 10 hours about the investigation

Brazil's Senate confirmed the reappointment of Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot, who is leading a massive corruption investigation that has put dozens of politicians under scrutiny for allegedly receiving kickbacks.

Saturday, August 29th 2015 - 05:25 UTC

'If necessary', Lula da Silva will be in the 2018 president election

“If the opposition thinks it's going to win, that it will be no contest and that the PT is finished, you can be sure of the following: I'll be in the race”

Former two-term President Lula da Silva acknowledged Friday that he is weighing the possibility of seeking to return to Brazil's highest office in the 2018 elections. ”I can't say that I am or that I'm not (a candidate),” Lula said during an interview with Radio Itatiaia.

Saturday, August 29th 2015 - 05:13 UTC

Guatemalan president summoned to appear before Congress

Presidential spokesman Jorge Ortega said Perez Molina had not decided how to respond.“It is very possible that he sends a lawyer with written responses”

A congressional commission considering whether to remove Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution called on him Friday to appear before the body as a corruption scandal swirls around his government.

Saturday, August 29th 2015 - 04:51 UTC

Maduro escalates conflict with Colombia as he looks to December's election

Maduro accused Colombia of waging “an attack on Venezuela's economy”, a reference to the rampant smuggling of heavily subsidized food and other goods

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro escalated his country's conflict with Colombia Friday by expanding the partial closure of their shared border to four new frontier towns. However most political analysts believe there is a huge premeditated interest in arising strong nationalistic feelings ahead of the December legislative elections.

Friday, August 28th 2015 - 07:22 UTC

Brazil/EU summit next year following exchange of proposals with Mercosur

Brazil and the EU agreed it would be better that the bilateral summit be held after the exchange of proposals, said EU representative Joao Gomes Cravinho.

Brazil and the European Union agreed to hold their annual summit during the first half of 2016, following the exchange of proposals for a wide ranging and cooperation trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur.

Friday, August 28th 2015 - 06:50 UTC

US Treasury sanctions Farc members operating from Switzerland

The four men used a shop in Switzerland as a front for their activities, the US Treasury. It says the Farc still use drugs to fund their “ruthless operation”.

The US has announced sanctions against four alleged members of Colombia's Farc rebel group, accusing them of drug trafficking and money laundering. The four men used a shop in Switzerland as a front for their activities, the US treasury department said. It says the Farc still use drugs to fund their “ruthless operation”.

Friday, August 28th 2015 - 06:17 UTC

Argentine Catholic Church in the dock over snatching of babies during military dictatorship

Verbitsky accused former bishop Raul Primatesta of giving consent to military officials to drop off babies snatched from detainees in a Córdoba foster home.

High-ranking officials of the Argentine Catholic Church were implicated in the appropriation of babies from detainees who were held in Cordoba province’s La Perla clandestine concentration camp during the last military dictatorship, journalist and writer Horacio Verbitsky, the head of the CELS human rights group, testified.

Friday, August 28th 2015 - 06:01 UTC

Infancy poverty in Argentina extensive to 40% of children living in urban areas

“It is estimated that 40% of the children and teen-age population, 0 to 17 years in urban Argentina live in homes below the poverty line” says UCA report

Infancy poverty in Argentina includes 40% of all children in urban areas, while 9.5% are considered to be living in indigent conditions, according to the latest Social Debt Barometer, from the Argentina Catholic University, UCA.

Friday, August 28th 2015 - 05:32 UTC

Lula da Silva seems to have lost his invincible electoral allure, opinion polls show

In the event of a presidential dispute, Lula da Silva would be beaten by Aecio Neves in the runoff by 50% to 31%.

Former Brazilian president Lula da Silva, if he decided to run again in 2018 as his Workers Party insists, would lose the presidential contest against any of three potential candidates from the leading opposition party, PSDB, (Brazilian Social Democracy) according to a public opinion poll released this week.

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