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Tuesday, July 15th 2014 - 06:55 UTC

Alleged illegal World Cup ticket sales chief surrenders to judge in Brazil

Ray Whelan is director of Match which held the rights to sell hospitality tickets for the World Cup.

The British boss of a FIFA partner firm being investigated over alleged illegal World Cup ticket sales has surrendered to a judge in Brazil. Police had tried to arrest Ray Whelan four days ago but he was not at his exclusive Rio de Janeiro hotel. Mr. Whelan, director of Match Hospitality, denies any wrongdoing.

Tuesday, July 15th 2014 - 06:42 UTC

Chinese president Xi arrives in Fortaleza for the BRICS summit

It is the second time Xi attends the BRICS summit and his second time to visit Latin America since he took office last year

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived on Monday to Fortaleza, Brazil for a summit of the BRICS countries. The sixth summit of the BRICS, which consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, will be held in Brazil from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 15th 2014 - 06:15 UTC

Hague stepping down as Foreign Secretary; Hammond apparent replacement

Hague “not only has he been a first-class foreign secretary; he has also been a confidant, a wise counselor and a great friend” said PM Cameron

William Hague is stepping down as UK Foreign Secretary, the government said on Monday, as Prime Minister David Cameron reshuffled his cabinet in an apparent attempt to build a winning team for the general election in May next year.

Tuesday, July 15th 2014 - 03:10 UTC

Blatter praises Brazil's “very special World Cup” and leaves Rio 'a happy man'

Blatter admitted to being “a little bit surprised” by the Golden Ball award to Lionel Messi

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has praised a “very special World Cup” in Brazil on Monday and gave the hosts a mark of 9.25 out of 10, slightly better that the 9 he had given South Africa four years ago.

Monday, July 14th 2014 - 23:26 UTC

Uruguayans believe government is on the right track, but performance is missing

President Mujica governments on course, but results are very poor

A majority of Uruguayan believe the current government is on the right course but its performance is not satisfactory, according to a local public opinion poll from FACTUM. In effect seven out of ten agree with the course but the same percentages believe the performance is bad.

Monday, July 14th 2014 - 23:22 UTC

Uruguayan diplomat's Oxford experience with a Chevening scholarship

The experience was overwhelming from the start, said Laura Silva

Laura Silva has just returned to Uruguay after successfully completing her Diplomacy Master’s degree in Oxford, sponsored by a Chevening scholarship. The following is a piece Ms Silva wrote about her experience at Oxford University.

Monday, July 14th 2014 - 23:09 UTC

Paraguay's currency steadily becoming a 'strong' currency based on positive indicators

The Central bank had international reserves equivalent to 20% of GDP

The Paraguayan currency, Guaraní, is expected to revalue 1.4% against the US dollar by the end of the year becoming one Latam's strongest given its positive macroeconomic indicators. This follows a strong performance during the first half of the year when the price of the dollar in the capital Asunción wholesale money exchanges dropped from 4.450 Guaraní to 4.240, according to private consultants “Consensus Economics”.

Monday, July 14th 2014 - 05:49 UTC

Russia interested in Argentina's shale deposits, says Cristina Fernandez

“A Russian delegation will travel to Vaca Muerta to visit one of the largest shale gas areas of the world” announced Cristina Fernández

President Cristina Fernandez confirmed Russia’s interest in investing in Argentina's Vaca Muerta shale formation in Patagonia and announced that a Russian delegation will travel soon to the area, which holds one of the largest shale gas and oil reserves of the world.

Monday, July 14th 2014 - 05:39 UTC

Falklands: Putin calls on UK to sit and talk with Argentina to resolve the dispute

The Russian president on a Latin American tour spent one day in Argentina where several agreements were signed

Russia's president Vladimir Putin has got involved in the Falkland Islands row, urging Britain it must sit down with Argentina for fresh talks to resolve the dispute, as indicated by the United Nations.

Monday, July 14th 2014 - 05:24 UTC

Russia offers to build (and finance) two new nuclear power plants in Argentina

“Rosatom is actively working here and has already handed over its technical and commercial offer to our (Argentine) colleagues,” said minister Novak

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed on Saturday a nuclear energy cooperation deal with Argentina on the third stop (Cuba, Nicaragua) of a tour to bolster trade ties and strengthen Russia’s influence in Latin America.

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