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Friday, July 18th 2014 - 13:22 UTC

Spanish ambassador to UK summoned over incident in Gibraltar waters

“I condemn this provocative activity and urge the Spanish government to ensure that it is not repeated”, said Minister Lidington

The Foreign Office has summoned the Spanish Ambassador to the UK to underline serious concern at the activity of a Spanish Navy vessel in international waters off Gibraltar on Wednesday.

Friday, July 18th 2014 - 09:39 UTC

BOT leaders, including Falklands, meet in Cayman Islands ahead of London's December council

Gibraltar's Picardo is president of the UK Overseas Territories Association.

Several leaders from British Overseas Territories, BOT, including Falkland Islands, are meeting in Cayman Islands to discuss the agenda of the Joint Ministerial Council to be held in December in London.

Friday, July 18th 2014 - 08:39 UTC

China offers 35bn fund to finance infrastructure projects in Latin America

Xi met with 11 Latin American and Caribbean leaders at the end of a three-day visit to Brazil before heading to Argentina

Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed Thursday to create a 20 billion dollars fund to finance infrastructure projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Friday, July 18th 2014 - 08:27 UTC

Today we are all Malaysians: ICTP Chairman issues statement

 Steinmetz: “our prayers are with the families of the victims of the terrible Malaysia Airlines shot down ”

”The World travel and tourism industry must come together and take leadership after the Malaysia Airlines (MH17) incident.” This is the opinion voiced by Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, Chairman of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP).

Friday, July 18th 2014 - 07:52 UTC

IAATO commends Norwegian court for convicting violator of Antarctic Treaty

Andhøy, skipper of the ill-fated yacht Berserk that went missing February, 2011 in the Ross Sea, with the loss of three crew members

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has commended the Nord-Troms District Court for convicting Jarle Andhøy of violating the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty.

Friday, July 18th 2014 - 07:45 UTC

Brazil leaves basic interest rate unchanged at 11%; no surprises expected ahead of October election

Disappointing growth data is expected to keep the central bank, led by Alexandre Tombini, from raising interest rates for the rest of 2014

Brazil held interest rates unchanged for a second straight time this week but did not commit to keeping them stable for long as inflation remains high in Latin America's top economy. The Brazilian economy performance is anemic and next October president Dilma Rousseff is bidding for re-election.

Friday, July 18th 2014 - 07:32 UTC

US confirms six Guantanamo prisoners will be transferred to Uruguay

The jail in Guantanamo still holds over 140 prisoners from the war on terrorism launched by former president George W. Bush

President Barack Obama's administration has discretely notified Congress of its intention to transfer to Uruguay six prisoners from the U.S. base in Guantanamo, Cuba, according to the State Department.

Friday, July 18th 2014 - 07:21 UTC

Falklands' de-mining plans for next two seasons funded by FCO

Experts helping to clear some of the minefields close to Stanley, planted by the Argentines

The Falkland Islands will be seeing further de-mining over the next two summer seasons funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) that will also carry out a tender process for the works, according to a report from Penguin News.

Friday, July 18th 2014 - 05:39 UTC

Malaysia jet killing 298 was apparently downed by Ukrainian separatists

The Ukrainians appeared to point the finger at either Russia or pro-Russian separatists (Pic Reuters)

A suspected Russian-made surface-to-air missile downed a Malaysia Airlines jet in a separatist-controlled corner of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, prompting the Kiev government to denounce an “act of terror” that killed all 298 people on board.

Thursday, July 17th 2014 - 07:27 UTC

BRICS development bank HQ in Shanghai and India will hold the presidency

“It is a sign of the times, which demand reform of the IMF” Rousseff told reporters at the close of the summit

The first president of the BRICS group New Development Bank will be from India and the position will rotate every five years among Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, said a joint statement from the leaders said.

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