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Friday, August 21st 2015 - 11:35 UTC

Royal Navy's third Astute Class attack submarine ready for sea trials

Artful can circumnavigate the world submerged, manufacturing the crew’s oxygen and fresh water from seawater as they go.

Artful, the third of the U.K. Royal Navy’s new Astute Class attack submarines, has arrived at her Scottish base port from where she will carry out sea trials before entering service later this year, the U.K. Ministry of Defense announced.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 07:49 UTC

Merkel calls for a free trade accord between the Europe Union and Mercosur

“We could broaden our trade. We need reliable investment conditions”, said Merkel as she pressed for better access to Brazilian markets

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed Brazil's government on Thursday to further open its markets to foreign companies, and said she saw an opportunity to reach a free-trade deal between the European Union and the Mercosur trade bloc. Merkel is on a two-day visit to Brazil with a large delegation of government officials and representatives from German companies.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 07:41 UTC

Rousseff admits a year of recession because of 'massive economic difficulties”

“The process of falling commodity prices due to adjustment in China will continue to burden the global economy for a long time” said Rousseff

A slump in commodity markets will burden the global economy for some time to come, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told Germany's Handelsblatt business daily, adding she hoped the Brazilian economy would pick up in a year.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 07:27 UTC

Pro-Rousseff march turnout no match for Sunday's antigovernment protest

Organizers said some 172,000 people turned out around the country in more than two dozen cities. Police 70.000 in Rio and 40.000 in Sao Paulo

Brazil unions and left groups staged a string of protests in a show of support for President Dilma Rousseff, although turnout was markedly lower than at massive anti-government rallies over the weekend. The protests hit back at the growing push to impeach Rousseff, who less than a year into her second term is struggling for political survival.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 06:57 UTC

Brazil's July unemployment up for a seventh straight month

Unemployment has risen without interruption from a record low of 4.3% in December, pushed up by hundreds of thousands of layoffs in manufacturing

Brazil's unemployment rate rose for a seventh straight month in July to the highest in over five years, government data showed on Thursday. The non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose in July to 7.5% from 6.9% in June, statistics agency IBGE said.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 06:42 UTC

Brazil's prosecution seeks to charge Lower House speaker and a Senator on Petrobras corruption

Cunha and Collor, now senators are among 50 politicians under investigation over a scheme that saw some $2bn illegally diverted from Petrobras accounts

Brazilian prosecutors on Thursday asked the Federal Supreme Court to authorize prosecution of the speaker of the lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha, in a massive corruption case centered on state-controlled oil giant Petrobras.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 06:05 UTC

“What purpose has the past four years of insults toward Gibraltar served?”

Salvador de la Encina, PSOE MP for Cádiz province, described as “absolutely unfortunate and inappropriate” statements by García-Margallo on Gibraltar

Spain’s Foreign Minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, came under flak from the opposition PSOE for his ‘frivolous and inappropriate’ comments about Gibraltar, which were dubbed ‘Francoist’ by one Socialist politician, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Friday, August 21st 2015 - 05:54 UTC

Malvinas pic controversy: “Francis spoke with his low tone but strong voice”

“With his low tone but strong voice he only asked for the United Kingdom and Argentina to sit to dialogue,” said cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez

Despite the controversy generated by Wednesday picture which showed Pope Francis holding a banner calling for dialogue between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Falkland/Malvinas Islands, and later a spokesperson's dismissal of the significance of the incidence, the best definition of what really happened seems to have come from Argentina's cabinet chief Anibal Fernandez in his daily media conference, “the pontiff”, he said, spoke with his “low tone but strong voice”.

Thursday, August 20th 2015 - 07:30 UTC

Pope Francis quashes any attempt to foster Falklands/Malvinas dialogue

Pope's spokesman said the poster was handed during a weekly public gathering when lots of people give him things and “he had no idea what the item was”

Pope Francis was sucked into Argentina's dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands after an activist thrust a sign in his hands calling for dialogue between the two countries and President Cristina Fernandez jumped on the opportunity to rekindle the fight.

Thursday, August 20th 2015 - 07:28 UTC

Argentine and Chilean navies in Beagle channel joint sea and air exercise

“After 15 years of this exercise which means 'confidence' between our navies, the purpose is greater combined operation capability” said captain Galeazzi.

Argentina and Chile are holding their annual joint naval exercise in the Beagle channel, in the framework of the 1984 Friendship Treaty, to test their combined sea an air capabilities in the region. This includes emergency and humanitarian situations; maritime traffic control as well as search and rescue operations, operating from Puerto Williams in Chile.

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