Politics

Politics
Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 10:29 UTC

Controversy over Argentine ambassador accounts, dismissed by US bank

“Luckily, the lies of the evil that with the worst objectives affect the honor of people fall apart” lashed out OAS Ambassador Nidia Garre

Argentine ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) Nilda Garre denied having accounts neither in the CNB Bank nor in the Felton Bank, saying the US-based entity had written proof that there were no accounts under her name there.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:55 UTC

Obama praised the 'new beginning' in the bilateral relation with Cuba

The political “shift” represents as well an opportunity of more investments, more trade and cultural exchange for the Caribbean nation, said Obama.

United States President Barack Obama addressed American leaders in the meeting currently taking place in the City of Panama praising the diplomatic rapprochement between Washington and Cuba which he called “a new beginning” in the bilateral relation.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:46 UTC

Castro calls for a 'civilized relationship'; apologizes to Obama and condemns ten previous US presidents

“It’s about time I spoke in the Summit on behalf of Cuba,” Castro said, causing a loud cheer from state representatives inside the Atlapa Convention Center.

Cuban President Raul Castro was received with a standing ovation as he readied to address the VII Summit of the Americas, held in Panama City, in a historic presentation. The Caribbean leader stressed the importance of the rapprochement with the United States but questioned the US policy towards Venezuela.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:22 UTC

Falklands 'raided' by British Special Forces to test the garrison's security, says UK media

According to the Sunday Express, the surprise attack involved members of the Special Boat Service who landed from the sea tasked with capturing key strategic targets

British Special forces have carried a raid on the Falkland Islands to test the garrison's security amid fears that Argentina may try to land commandos on the Islands, according to a piece published in the Sunday Express. Apparently such routine exercises are carried out in UK highly sensitive bases and defense compounds.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 08:06 UTC

Obama announces Brazilian president Rousseff visit to Washington on June 30

Obama made the announcement on Saturday during a bilateral meeting with Rousseff, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

US President Barack Obama announced that Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff will visit Washington on June 30, almost two years after she cancelled a trip over a US spying scandal. Obama made the announcement during a bilateral meeting with Rousseff, on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

Sunday, April 12th 2015 - 07:36 UTC

Argentina's message to UK and US: “utterly ridiculous considering any regional country a threat.”

“I will not appeal to sovereignty. I will appeal to common sense. It is absolutely ridiculous considering any of us (regional countries) a threat.”

Addressing the Americas summit in Panama, Argentine president Cristina Fernandez strongly criticized United States policies towards the hemisphere, particularly Venezuela, and expressed 'surprise' at the parallelism between the Caracas/Washington current dispute and the latest round of Falklands' exchanges between London and her government. President Barack Obama was not present during the Argentine leader's speech on Saturday.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 13:12 UTC

Colombia's FARC reject submission to judicial processes as “common criminals”

“You cannot give a treatment that was designed for criminal groups to rebels,” the FARC said in a statement read by guerrilla negotiator Pablo Catatumbo

Colombia's FARC rebels cannot be submitted to the same judicial processes as “common criminals” under a possible peace deal, the Marxist group said on Friday. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) made the comments after President Juan Manuel Santos said in an interview that the biggest hurdle to signing peace would be getting the group to agree to face justice after 50 years of war.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 13:05 UTC

Brazil's anti-corruption drive nets three former lawmakers

“The investigation is only beginning,” said prosecutor Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima, adding that other Petrobras departments would be investigated.

Brazilian police arrested on Friday three former congressmen broadening their corruption investigation beyond state-run oil giant Petrobras to state lender Caixa Economica Federal and the federal health ministry.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 06:45 UTC

Falklands: Ambassador Castro refers ironically to Foreign Office summons

“It is pretty much unbelievable that they (FCO) should complain when they have been failing to abide by international law for 50 years,” said Ms Castro

Argentine ambassador in London, Alicia Castro complained about being summoned to the Foreign Office over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands dispute revealing she asked the British official if it was “an expression of British humor or a political paradox”, since the UK has failed to comply with international law for the last five decades.

Saturday, April 11th 2015 - 06:25 UTC

Obama and Raul Castro shook hands at opening of the Americas summit in Panama

A US official described the Obama-Castro greeting as an “informal interaction,” adding that “there was not a substantive conversation between the two leaders.”

US President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro on Friday shook hands and sat near each other at the historic Panama Summit of the Americas, a new milestone in efforts to shed decades of animosity. Obama and Castro greeted each other as UN chief Ban Ki-moon looked on, before taking their seats with other regional leaders at a Panama City convention center.

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