Wednesday, August 17th 2016 - 04:47 UTC

Fifteen Guantanamo prisoners transferred to the United Arab Emirates

President Obama has long vowed to close Guantanamo, but efforts to transfer prisoners to the U.S. have been blocked by Congress.

Fifteen prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been transferred to the United Arab Emirates — the largest single release of the Obama administration. The population of the military prison in Cuba is now down to 61.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016 - 03:07 UTC

In last-ditch attempt Rousseff promises to advance elections if she's not impeached

Rousseff's proposal to hold a referendum on moving up the date of the next presidential election was part of a “Letter to Brazilians”

Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff, on Tuesday pledged to open the door to an early general election if she survives an upcoming vote in the Brazilian Senate on ousting her less than half-way through her second term.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016 - 03:01 UTC

Dilma and Lula face investigation for justice obstruction, reports GloboNews

GloboNews says Justice Teori Zavascki's authorized Prosecutor General Janot to address claims Rousseff sought to name Lula to a cabinet post to avoid prosecution.

Brazilian Federal Supreme Court justice has authorized the opening of an investigation into President Dilma Rousseff and her predecessor Lula da Silva for allegedly working to obstruct the course of a sweeping corruption probe, GloboNews news channel said on Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 21:12 UTC

Temer banned from running for political office by a Sao Paulo electoral court

The court determined that Temer spent personal funds on his election campaign in excess of campaign finance limits.

A regional electoral court in Sao Paulo issued a guilty verdict against interim Brazilian President Michel Temer on election law violation charges, and declared the politician ineligible to run for political office for eight years as a result of having a “dirty record.”

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 20:59 UTC

Chevening Scholarships open to applications from Argentina

The scholarship offers financial support to study for a master’s degree at any UK university and to become part of an influential global network of 46,000 alumni.

The United Kingdom Chevening Secretariat is accepting applications for 2017/2018 Chevening Scholarships from 8 August until 8 November 2016, announced the British Embassy in Buenos Aires. Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 20:52 UTC

UK embassy in Chile hosts major workshop on sustainable mining and tailings

Workshop offered an opportunity to discuss current challenges and opportunities in the field of tailings with project implementers.

Several sustainable mining projects supported by the British Embassy’s 2016 Prosperity Fund and Newton-Picarte science and innovation fund were discussed at a workshop held at the British Embassy in late July.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 20:25 UTC

Macri preparing a major show to the world's business elite his vision of a modern Argentina

Participants will receive from the Macri administration the message that Argentina is not only a country that can be trusted but a modern state for launching business

Argentina is organizing a major business and investment forum next month, September 12/15, in Buenos Aires and more than 1,500 world business leaders and representatives of government and economic institutions are scheduled to attend the event, probably the largest in recent times in Latin America.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 20:12 UTC

Brazilian flag flies at half mast in the Olympics in honor of Joao Havelange

Havelange lobbied strongly and called on IOC members at the host city vote in 2009 to “join me in celebrating my 100th birthday'” at the Rio Olympics.

Former FIFA president and IOC member Joao Havelange has died aged 100. The Brazilian, whose name is one of those used for the track and field stadium for the Rio Games (Estádio Olímpico João Havelange), played a key role in bringing the Olympics to his country. He called on IOC members at the host city vote in 2009 to “join me in celebrating my 100th birthday'” at the Rio Olympics.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 11:03 UTC

Guatemalan government makes a call to Apple asking to rename iconic ringtone.

Marimba of Guatemala

The movement made up of artists and local authorities has now 7000 signatures of support. The “ Marimba ” ringtone is the classic iPhone ringtone and probably one of the most recognizable ringtones in the world. What most people around the globe don’t know is that the Marimba is the national instrument of Guatemala and one of it’s national symbols.

Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 07:17 UTC

Mercosur on collision course: Uruguay rejects collective presidency sponsored by Brazil

The collective presidency proposal has been sponsored by Paraguay and Brazil for several weeks, particularly Brazil's Foreign Minister Jose Serra.

Uruguay's Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said on Monday that he was opposed to the proposal that the Mercosur presidency should be held collectively, as a number of countries are opposed to Venezuela taking over the role. The proposal has been sponsored by Paraguay and Brazil for several weeks, particularly Brazil's Foreign Minister Jose Serra.


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