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Thursday, December 11th 2014 - 11:23 UTC

Human Rights Day should be extended to every day of the year, says UN

“Violations of human rights are more than personal tragedies,” Mr. Ban said. “They are alarm bells that may warn of a much bigger crisis.

The universal reach of human rights should not be restricted to one day alone but extended to every day of the year, top United Nations officials declared on Wednesday, 10 December, as they marked Human Rights Day – an annual UN-backed event commemorating the date on which the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Wednesday, December 10th 2014 - 21:48 UTC

HMS Dragon confirms “commitment to UK/Chile defense relationship”

Ambassador Fiona Clouder with First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, and UK's Defence Attaché, Coronel Angus MacLeod.

The UK showed its commitment to the UK/Chile defense relationship by sending a Royal Naval ship and the First Sea Lord to Exponaval 2014. The Type 45 Destroyer, HMS Dragon, made its first visit to Chile since commissioning and this was an opportune time for both navies to discuss their future modernization plans and acknowledge the important historic and enduring links between the two Services.

Wednesday, December 10th 2014 - 08:19 UTC

Summit supports Argentina in its struggle with bond holders

Leaders reaffirm their solidarity and support for Argentina in a solution which does not compromise its development or the wellbeing of its people

The two-day summit of Ibero American leaders meeting in Mexico, besides the traditional declaration, also put out a special statement in support of Argentina and its ongoing struggle with speculative funds.

Wednesday, December 10th 2014 - 08:02 UTC

Falklands' sovereignty bilateral talks requested by leaders' summit in Mexico

Negotiations should be in the framework of resolutions from the United Nations, Organization of American States including the principle of territorial integrity.

Argentina managed to include a special statement on the Falklands/Malvinas question, at the end of the Ibero American leaders summit held in Mexico, calling on both sides of the dispute, Argentina and the UK, to resume negotiations, in the shortest time possible, to reach a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas, South Georgia, South Sandwich islands and surrounding maritime spaces.

Wednesday, December 10th 2014 - 07:56 UTC

Weaker Latin American currencies against the US dollar next year

Strong dollar and fall in commodities prices will have an impact on the region's currencies

Latin American currencies will lose value against the US dollar in 2015 because of the strong US recovery and lower commodities' prices according to Itau-Unibanco, Brazil's largest private bank which also anticipates a strong fiscal adjustment by President Dilma Rousseff's next administration, in an effort to regain investors' 'confidence'.

Wednesday, December 10th 2014 - 07:33 UTC

Churchill sent troops to the Falklands in 1942 fearing a Japan-Argentina entente

“The Falklands are very well known and their loss would be a shock to the whole Empire,” wrote Churchill. “They would certainly have to be retaken.”

Winston Churchill dispatched 1,700 troops to the Falkland Islands in 1942 out of concern that the Japanese were planning to invade the territory and interfere with critical sea routes in the South Atlantic. In support of this plan Tokyo allegedly was prepared to hand control of the Falklands to Argentina, according to a piece in the Daily Telegraph, credited to Julian Ryall, from the Japanese capital.

Wednesday, December 10th 2014 - 01:54 UTC

OAS: “The fight against corruption does not rest solely on public authorities”

Secretary General Insulza said that ”we must jointly tackle this problem that affects us all and that we must all work together to solve.”

The Organization of American States (OAS), Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, celebrated International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9) calling on the international community to reaffirm their commitment to fight corruption and to “jointly tackle this problem that affects us all and that we must all work together to solve.”

Wednesday, December 10th 2014 - 00:46 UTC

United Nations urges “the dismantling of corruption's high walls”

The 2014 International Day theme, Breaking the Corruption Chain, is geared to in tackle a phenomenon “that strikes hardest at the poor”

The fight against corruption is a global concern requiring the broadest possible response to “dismantle its high walls”, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday, 9 December, in a message marking International Anti-Corruption Day (*).

Tuesday, December 9th 2014 - 23:42 UTC

Former Roma mayor accused of laundering 'suticases full of money' in Argentina

Alemanno, a right-wing politician, mayor of Rome between 2008 and June 2013 is currently under formal investigation for mafia association and corruption.

A mafia corruption investigation into alleged wrongdoing by the former mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, stretched all the way across the Atlantic to Argentina, following reports in the Italian media that the right-wing politician visited Patagonia three years ago, accompanied by his son, with “suitcases full” of undeclared money.

Tuesday, December 9th 2014 - 23:08 UTC

Despite Petrobras corruption, Rousseff has strong public opinion support

Seven out of ten Brazilians believe Dilma is partly to blame for the extended corruption in the Petrobras case

Seven out of ten Brazilians believe President Dilma Rousseff has some responsibility in the Petrobras corruption scandal, which involves contractors and politicians, according to a public opinion poll from Datafolha, conducted on Dec. 2 and 3, including 2,896 interviews and published by Folha de Sao Paulo.

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