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Politics
Tuesday, August 19th 2014 - 09:16 UTC

Falklands pricing for valuation of hydrocarbons will follow Norwegian model

 Financial Secretary Ms Granger said that the Falklands' oil legislation regime “is robust and encourages investment”

The Falkland Islands has an oil legislation regime that is robust and encourages investment, believes Financial Secretary Nicola Granger. Details of a law firm’s report to the Falkland Islands Government (FIG) on tax legislation in relation to the oil and gas industry, and recommendations to Government by Ms Granger, were released to the public this week in a paper that outlines the report from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Tuesday, August 19th 2014 - 09:10 UTC

Chilean ferry strikes rocks and is half sunk in the Puerto Natales/Puerto Montt link

The Navimag ferry Amadeo I listed and half sunk in the Kirke pass

The Chilean navy is deploying two vessels to contain possible fuel leaks, in the area where a Navimag ferry on Monday morning struck a group of rocks and is half sunk and half resting on a beach.

Tuesday, August 19th 2014 - 08:57 UTC

Cattle rustling an everyday issue in Uruguay, claim farmers

Cattle is usually shot and slaughtered in the field, and later sold to local butchers or turned into sausages or minced meat

Cattle rustling in Uruguay has become a daily issue and it's unfair that farmers should be forced to change of activity because “justice is lenient” when and if the perpetrators are caught, claimed the president of Uruguay's Rural Association, ARU, Ruben Echeverria.

Tuesday, August 19th 2014 - 08:45 UTC

UK Home Office loses arbitration and is ordered to pay Raytheon £224m

Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz called it a “catastrophic result”.

The UK Home Office has been told to pay £224m to a major US corporation it sacked for failing to deliver a controversial secure borders program. Ministers will pay Raytheon £50m in damages, plus other costs. The order to make the payments comes from a binding arbitration tribunal. Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz called it a “catastrophic result”.

Tuesday, August 19th 2014 - 08:31 UTC

Assange announces he plans to abandon the Ecuadorean embassy 'soon'

The Australian hacker has been living at the embassy for two years

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent over two years inside Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden, said on Monday he planned to leave the building “soon”, but his spokesman said that could only happen if Britain let him.

Tuesday, August 19th 2014 - 08:20 UTC

South Korea was a feast, but more important China warmed up to Pope Francis

“I invoke divine blessings upon your land” said the telegram sent by pope Francis to China's Jingping Xi

Pope Francis ended his first official visit to Asia on Monday with a fresh overture to China and a call for reconciliation between South Korea and its totalitarian neighbor, North Korea. As the pope flew across Chinese airspace on his return flight to Rome, he sent a telegram — his second during the trip — to President Xi Jinping, expressing his “divine blessings” for the powerful leader and the Chinese people.

Tuesday, August 19th 2014 - 08:05 UTC

Falklands' war statements from Chilean minister praised by Argentine peer

”Statements on the Malvinas war from minister (Jorge) Burgos have been well received by the Argentine people”, said Rossi

Argentine Defense minister Agustín Rossi praised on Monday his Chilean peer statements relative to Chile's role and attitude during the Falklands war when Britain sent a task force to expulse the Argentine military invasion in 1982.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 22:55 UTC

Marina exposes Dilma's 'soft belly': polls shows she could beat the president in a run-off

 According to the DataFolha poll, Marina has 21% support ahead of Neves

Environmentalist Marina Silva could unseat incumbent Dilma Rousseff in Brazil's presidential elections in October, a public opinion poll revealed on Monday, reflecting an altered political landscape since Silva's running mate was killed in a plane crash last week.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 07:30 UTC

Brazil: Marina Silva still unconfirmed, rattles chances of Rousseff and Neves

Silva’s candidacy, along with the name of her running mate, is expected to be announced after a party meeting scheduled for August 20, he said.

The Brazilian Socialist Party plans to launch environmentalist Marina Silva as its presidential candidate this week, replacing party leader Eduardo Campos who was killed in a plane clash, a senior party official said over the weekend.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 07:19 UTC

US Panama Canal workers recall and celebrate the century old feat

Built by the US in a 10-year construction effort after a failed French dig, the 77-km-long canal opened on Aug. 15 1914, becoming a vital global trade route.

The 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, hailed at the time as one of the world's great wonders, has inspired a celebration in central US state Florida to showcase the experience of the US canal workers behind the engineering feat.

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