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Thursday, May 19th 2016 - 07:12 UTC

“Humanitarian approach”, the new Falklands' policy of the Macri administration

The column of Matin Dinatale, published in La Nacion displays the new policy under the heading ”Malvinas: Macri's approachment plan

“Humanitarian approach” is how Argentine diplomacy plans to implement policy towards the Falkland Islands including greater air and sea contacts, which could lead to open trade, convincing Mercosur members to lift the ban, plus offers of specialized medicine and higher education opportunities for Falkland Islanders.

Thursday, May 19th 2016 - 06:50 UTC

Argentina and US reestablish defense links after a nine-year freeze

The delegation to Washington was headed by Angel Tello (L), head of Military Strategy and Affairs and Walter Ceballos, Defense Logistics Services

Argentina and the United States are in the process of reestablishing strong defense links after a hiatus of seven years following this week's visit to the Pentagon of a high profile delegation from the ministry of defense which addressed several issues of mutual interest and common strategies.

Wednesday, May 18th 2016 - 12:21 UTC

Petrobras: Temer pledges judicial independence and respect for prosecutors nomination process

Temer told Globo TV he would maintain the tradition of nominating the candidate chosen by the corps of prosecutors

Brazil's interim president, Michel Temer said he would continue a tradition of nominating a prosecutor general who comes recommended by peers, allaying concerns about judicial independence. Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes, sworn in last week as part of Temer's new government, told the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper in an interview that the prosecutor general of Brazil could be selected at will by the president.

Wednesday, May 18th 2016 - 12:07 UTC

Argentina forecasted to increase wheat area by 25% for a 15/16 million tons crop

Argentina, the world’s 10th biggest wheat exporter, shipped 3.13 million tons of the grain in the first quarter of 2016 versus 1.53 million in the same 2015 period

Argentine wheat exports more than doubled in the first quarter, government data showed, as farmers rushed to sell stockpiles ahead of an expected jump in plantings spurred by the open-market policies of new President Mauricio Macri. The surge in Argentine supply is hitting an oversaturated world market and putting downward pressure on wheat prices already near their lowest levels in six years.

Wednesday, May 18th 2016 - 11:39 UTC

The Army must decide is they side “with the Constitution or with Maduro”, says Venezuelan opposition

“I say to the armed forces: the moment of truth has arrived - to decide whether they are with the constitution or with Maduro,” Capriles told a news conference.

The army in crisis-hit Venezuela has to choose whether it is “with the constitution or with [President Nicolas] Maduro,” opposition leader Henrique Capriles said on Tuesday.He made the statement to journalists after Maduro decreed a state of emergency broadening the powers of soldiers and police - and a day before opposition-led marches demanding a referendum to oust the president.

Wednesday, May 18th 2016 - 06:01 UTC

Orthodox economist Goldfajn confirmed as Brazil's central bank governor

Ilan Goldfajn, chief economist of Itau Unibanco Holding, will replace Alexandre Tombini as central bank governor. Senate must ratify Goldfajn's appointment.

Brazil's interim government on Tuesday confirmed the lead economist of the country's largest private bank to head the central bank, in a further shift away from the interventionist policies that many blame for deep recession and near double-digit inflation.

Tuesday, May 17th 2016 - 10:50 UTC

Temer meets Brazilian unions to draft a blueprint for pension system reform

“Temer took no position at the meeting,” said Antonio Neto, head of the CSB union. “Temer just said he is in a hurry and wants a plan in 30 days.”

Brazilian interim President Michel Temer agreed with union leaders on Monday to draft a blueprint for overhauling the creaking pension system within a month, as he seeks to restore confidence in Latin America's largest economy. Temer has vowed to plug a fiscal gap equivalent to more than 11% of GDP last year.

Tuesday, May 17th 2016 - 07:25 UTC

Temer names a woman to head Brazil's giant development bank, BNDES

Maria Silvia Bastos Marques, a career bureaucrat and onetime steel executive who worked on Rio de Janeiro’s Olympics preparations, will head BNDES

Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer will replace the head of the government’s giant development bank with a female economist, following heavy criticism over his appointment of an all-male white cabinet.

Tuesday, May 17th 2016 - 07:16 UTC

Cameron stands by his criticism of Trump: “stupid, divisive and wrong”

UK PM has called the Republican hopeful “stupid, divisive and wrong” over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.

Downing Street has said that Prime Minister David Cameron stands by his criticism of Donald Trump but will work with whoever is elected US president. UK PM has called the Republican hopeful “stupid, divisive and wrong” over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.

Tuesday, May 17th 2016 - 06:23 UTC

Falklands hopeful of improved relations with Argentina, Gilbert House tells BIMR conference

Cherie Clifford, MLA Dr. Barry Elsby meet CPA Secretary General Akbar Khan at the States of Assembly in the island of Jersey

Falkland Islands remains hopeful of improved relations with the new administration of Argentina and cooperation in the many areas of mutual interest such as fisheries and connectivity, but sovereignty of the Falklands is not for negotiation, reads the Gilbert House report to the 46th British Isles and Mediterranean Region Conference, which opened on Sunday in Jersey.

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