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Wednesday, May 20th 2015 - 03:52 UTC

Unemployment in Argentina stable at 7.1%, but jobless have stopped looking for work, said Indec

Indec said only 41.4% of the Argentine population have a job, down from 41.8% a year ago and 42.4% in the first quarter of 2011.

Argentina's Indec stats office latest release shows that unemployment was stable in the first quarter, at 7.1% in the yearly comparison, but that is only because some of the jobless have stopped looking for work, as employment rates continued a declining trend which started in 2011.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 10:03 UTC

Obama bans supply of military-style equipments to local police forces

In Ferguson and in Baltimore protests turned violent, but the sight of police dressed in camouflage and riot gear dealing with protests provoked criticism.

President Barack Obama has banned the US government from giving certain kinds of military-style equipment to local police forces. The announcement follows criticism that police were too heavy handed in dealing with protests in Ferguson, Missouri, that turned violent last summer.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 09:55 UTC

Two Palestinian nuns gain sainthood in mass attended by president Abbas

The pontiff urged the faithful to follow the “luminous example” of the two 19th-century sisters Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and Mariam Bawardy

Two 19th-century nuns on Sunday became the first Palestinians to gain sainthood during an open-air mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St Peter's Square attended by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 07:33 UTC

Chinese PM in Brasilia; Beijing prepared to invest 100bn in transport and energy

PM Li Keqiang will be meeting with President Rousseff Tuesday in Brasilia and sign a raft of agreements before flying to Rio do Janeiro  (Pic Xinhua)

China's Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Brasilia on Monday to sign agreements on infrastructure, energy and aviation that experts say could reach 100 billion dollars. The South American tour also includes Colombia, Peru and Chile and aims to restructure China's resource-driven trade with Latin American countries by including more value-added products.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 07:05 UTC

Falklands celebrates 30th Anniversary of Mount Pleasant Airport opening

 HRH Prince Andrew at the official opening of the airport in 1985.

”The Falkland Islands airport emerges from rock and peat-bog” said The Times in its 11 May edition, the day before the official opening of Mount Pleasant Airport in 1985, thirty years ago last week.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 02:23 UTC

Independent John Bercow re-elected unopposed as Speaker of the Commons

Bercow told MPs that he would be the “champion of backbenchers” and ensure the Commons remained at “the heart of our democratic system”.

John Bercow has been re-elected unopposed as Speaker of Britain's House of Commons as MPs returned to Parliament for the first time after the election. The choice of the next Speaker was the first act of the new Parliament before newly elected MPs are sworn in.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 02:16 UTC

UK commends Guyana's elections and pledges support for President Granger

UK welcomes successful conclusion of Guyana’s elections “and I congratulate David Granger on his election as president of Guyana” said Minister Duddridge.

The United Kingdom congratulated Guyana for last week's general election and promised to continue working with the new government of David Granger to build on the strong and long-standing relationship between the two countries.

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 02:05 UTC

Latam unemployment expected to increase as economic activity weakens

“The labor market situation in 2015 is not expected to be particularly conducive to progress in reducing poverty and inequality” said Alicia Bárcena

The non encouraging economic outlook for the current year will likely prompt a mild increase in the regional unemployment rate to 6.2% from the 6.0% registered in 2014, according to estimates released by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 - 01:40 UTC

Qatar World Cup building sites working conditions again targeted: letters to the sponsors

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) leader Sharan Burrow said the work conditions in Qatar were “simply slavery”.

Fifa sponsors are being asked by a new campaign grouping to speak out about working conditions at the 2022 World Cup building sites in Qatar. The working and housing conditions of migrant construction workers have been heavily criticized.

Monday, May 18th 2015 - 04:55 UTC

Granger swears as Guyana's new president with a one seat majority in legislature

“I shall be a good president for all the people of Guyana,” Afro-Guyanese Granger said after taking the oath of office for his five-year term.

Former army brigadier David Granger was sworn in as Guyana's new president on Saturday after his multiracial opposition coalition narrowly won a national election, heralding a new chapter in the ethnically-divided.

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