Politics

Politics
Monday, August 24th 2015 - 11:05 UTC

UK reopens embassy in Teheran and Iran in London; initially at chargé d'affairs level

At the ceremony Hammond said the attack in 2011 had been “a low point” but since the election of President Rouhani things had “steadily improved” (BBC pic)

The British embassy in Iran has reopened, nearly four years after it was closed. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond attended a ceremony on Sunday in Teheran with Iranian diplomats to mark the reopening while Iran has also reopened its embassy in London.

Monday, August 24th 2015 - 10:56 UTC

Guatemala president will not quit and rejects corruption allegations

”I declare categorically that I reject my link to it (the bribery scheme) and having received any money from the operation of customs fraud,” said Perez.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez said he will not resign and rejected allegations that he was one of the ringleaders of a corruption scandal shaking the country.

Monday, August 24th 2015 - 10:35 UTC

Franco-Brazilian journalist beaten-up in Ecuador leaves the country but promises to return

Picq's problems may have come about due to her relationship with a prominent indigenous leader present at the protest, Carlos Pérez Guartambel.

Detained, beaten-up and threatened with deportation: Franco-Brazilian journalist Manuela Picq experienced the rough edges of Ecuador's political system after attending an anti-government rally this month backed by union bosses and indigenous leaders.

Monday, August 24th 2015 - 10:16 UTC

HMS Lancaster, RFA Gold Rover and South African units in naval exercise

HMS Lancaster and RFA Gold Rover received a warm welcome from South African frigate Spioenkop and patrol vessels Galashewe and Isaac Dyobha

Three South African Navy ships have joined two British Royal Navy vessels and welcomed them to Simon’s Town. The frigate HMS Lancaster and Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker, Gold Rover, on Atlantic Patrol Tasking have both spent 19 days travelling 4,000 miles across the cold South Atlantic, calling at the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

Monday, August 24th 2015 - 09:56 UTC

Chinese shares fall sharply on Monday; IMF says it's a “necessary adjustment”

Beijing announced plans to let state pension funds invest in the market. Funds will be allowed to invest up to 30% of net assets in domestically-listed shares.

Chinese shares continued their sharp fall on Monday as concerns over the country's slowing growth and volatile markets sparked panic among traders. The mainland benchmark index, the Shanghai Composite, fell sharply by 8.4% to 3,211.75 points, extending last week's losses.

Monday, August 24th 2015 - 09:35 UTC

Mafia boss funeral of “King of Rome” reveals close links with city officials

Banners outside the San Giovanni Bosco church on the city's outskirts described him as the “King of Rome”.

The funeral of an alleged mafia boss in Rome has sparked anger after a lavish cortege with black-plumed horses, petals dropped from a helicopter and the theme tune from The Godfather. Italian politicians denounced the ostentatious send-off for Vittorio Casamonica, 65.

Monday, August 24th 2015 - 09:13 UTC

Carlitos Tevez shocked with poverty, causes an uproar in Argentina

The former Manchester City striker triggered controversy on his description of poverty conditions in the northern province of Formosa

The Argentine football star Carlos Tevez, who played in England, Italy and is now back in Argentina caused a major uproar when during a television interview he said that in the northern province of Formosa he had come across poor people who were literally 'dead hungry'.

Monday, August 24th 2015 - 08:54 UTC

Pope Francis and the Malvinas

Francis’s generosity of word and openness has also made him an easy target for those who want to try and use his global popularity to push a particular cause

By Jimmy Burns - The snapped moment of encounter projected fast and globally on the world wide web has become as much as a characteristic of the Francis papacy, as his twitter account @pontifex. This is a papacy with a charismatic personality and instinctive communicator at its helm. It is also a papacy advised by media specialists and diplomats that know something about the opportunity offered by the digital age to spread a message with an impact that would have inconceivable just a few years ago.

Saturday, August 22nd 2015 - 07:56 UTC

Prosecution requests impeachment of Guatemala president Otto Perez

Prosecution said that the ongoing investigation over a customs fraud operation,  “La Linea,” revealed a strong likelihood that Perez Molina was involved

Guatemala’s prosecutor’s office said Friday that it has requested the Supreme Court's permission to start an impeachment process for President Otto Perez Molina over a sprawling corruption case that has held the country in the grip of political turmoil for months. The move came hours after the former vice president was placed under arrest for her own alleged role in the scandal.

Saturday, August 22nd 2015 - 02:46 UTC

Falklands' retail price index down to 0.3% in first half on lower fuel and power costs

The lower RPI is mainly as result in decreases in heating fuel, kerosene of (1.04%) and electricity by (0.30%).

The Falklands' Retail Price Index for the quarter ending June 30, 2015 decreased by 0.8%, meaning that the annual Retail Price Index (RPI) as at the end of June was 0.3%, helped by lower prices of fuel and power.

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