Friday, November 21st 2014 - 08:50 UTC

Petrobras case revealing the extent of corruption in Brazil's political system

”You can’t even put a brick on the ground if you don’t reach some kind of agreement (with politicians),” said defense attorney Mário Oliveira Filho

The lawyer of the Brazilian lobbyist Fernando Baiano, who was finally arrested in an ongoing investigation into corruption at state oil company Petrobras, has said that “no public work is done in Brazil without a bribe” and that the people who deny allegation of corruption “ignore the country’s history.”

Friday, November 21st 2014 - 07:40 UTC

UN reveals major gaps in water and sanitation, especially in rural areas

“Water and sanitation are essential to human health”, said Dr Maria Neira, Director of the WHO Department of Public Health and the Environment.

Global efforts to provide improved water and sanitation for all are gaining momentum, but serious gaps in funding continue to hamper progress, according to a new report from the World Health Organization on behalf of UN-Water.

Friday, November 21st 2014 - 07:04 UTC

Iran negotiations, OPEC meeting loom for oil markets

“We will witness the sanctions shattering in the coming months,” Rouhani announced to a crowd in Teheran during a political rally

As November draws to a close, there are two major events that could profoundly change the oil markets. With the clock ticking, the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5 plus 1) are negotiating down to the wire with Iran over its nuclear program.

Friday, November 21st 2014 - 06:40 UTC

Gallipoli campaign to be remembered in London, Turkey and Portsmouth

Nearly 600,000 Allied troops took part in the attempt to knock the then Ottoman Empire out of World War 1 by capturing the Dardanelles

Three days of international commemorations in London, Turkey and Portsmouth will remember the bitter Gallipoli campaign, 100 years after men stormed the Dardanelles.

Friday, November 21st 2014 - 06:15 UTC

Lives lost to terrorism soared 61% in a single year, according to GT index

The most significant actions that can be taken (against terrorist actions) are to reduce state sponsored violence, said  Steve Killelea, Executive Chairman of IEP

The number of lives lost to terrorist attacks increased by 61% in a single year, according to the second edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), rising from 11,133 in 2012 to 17,958 in 2013.

Friday, November 21st 2014 - 06:05 UTC

Cristina Fernandez rests in Patagonia and prepares for regional agenda

The Argentine leader will be attending the inauguration of Unasur headquarters in Quito, a building named after her late husband Nestor Kirchner

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez left Thursday evening for El Calafate, Santa Cruz province, to spend the long weekend with her family, presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro reported.

Thursday, November 20th 2014 - 05:05 UTC

Former Brazilian minister blames Argentina for lack of EU/Mercosur trade accord

“Mercosur is stalled, maybe it's time to declare the independence of Brazil from that group”, said Furlan

A former Brazilian Development minister and currently member of the board of BRF, one of the world's leading food corporations, Luiz Fernando Furlan said Brazil is far away from world trade agreements and urgently needs to review policies in this area, including participation in Mercosur.

Thursday, November 20th 2014 - 04:39 UTC

Uruguay expects fifty cruise calls less this season, reveals tourism official

“The fall can be explained because we are in a region, and the cruise industry this season is calling less, which means less vessels”, said Carambula

Uruguay will be receiving fifty cruise calls less this 2014/15 season, which is 26% down compared to a year ago, revealed the country's Deputy Tourism and Sports minister, Antonio Carambula during the official launching of the season. This means Montevideo will be hosting 104 calls and Punta del Este, 70, compared to the 237 between both terminals (121 and 116) in 2013/14.

Thursday, November 20th 2014 - 04:29 UTC

Fed minutes confirm reveal consensus on ending stimulus program

Most observers expect the Fed will begin raising the rate in the middle of 2015, mostly in an effort to keep inflation in check as the US recovery gathers steam.

Although the US Federal Reserve was worried about turmoil in emerging markets, the central bank reached an easy consensus to end its stimulus program, its latest minutes reveal.

Thursday, November 20th 2014 - 04:23 UTC

Colombian government reaches agreement with FARC to release captured general

The Colombian army had launched a massive search for Alzate, captured by FARC on Sunday, a move that had derailed peace talks

The armed rebel group FARC and the Colombian government have announced that they have agreed conditions for releasing a captured general and four other people.


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