Friday, February 20th 2015 - 00:23 UTC

Uruguay's minister Almagro presents his program for a renewed OAS

“The Americas have been divided, it is time to heal the wounds of the past and build an Americas that is united and for everyone,” he added.

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) received a presentation by Uruguay's foreign minister Luis Almagro, in his capacity as candidate for Secretary General of the Organization, in a special meeting that took place at the headquarters of the OAS in Washington DC.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 00:05 UTC

Pope meets relatives of AMIA bombing victims same day as the massive 'silent march' for Nisman

The Argentine pope, Burstein added, told the AMIA relatives he would do “everything possible” to help them.

A group of relatives of the Buenos Aires 1994 AMIA bombing victims attended a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, requesting the pontiff’s intervention to have Iran put the citizens of that country allegedly involved in the deadly attack at the disposal of justices in Argentina.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 06:52 UTC

Despite pouring rain thousands turned out in Buenos Aires demanding 'Justice' and honoring Nisman

A river of umbrellas along the road from Congress to Plaza de Mayo march peacefully.

Thousands of Argentines demonstrators participated worldwide, under different climatic conditions, in the rally led by federal prosecutors to honor late AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, one month after his death. Demonstrators carried Argentine flags, chanted the national anthem and called for “Justice” and an independent judiciary branch.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 06:15 UTC

Sculptures dedicated to 29 Britons who lost their lives in Antarctica service

Oliver Barratt is the sculptor of the Northern and Southern sections of the Antarctic Monument

A two-part sculpture dedicated to Britons who lost their lives in service of science in Antarctica will be unveiled by a Watford man. Brian Dorsett-Bailey, 75, will officially reveal one of the monuments at Stanley in the Falkland Islands in tribute to the 29 people who have died in British Antarctic Territory, reports the Watford Observer.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 05:51 UTC

Chilean lawmakers ask Pope to reverse bishop appointment due to sexual abuse allegations

Karadima, an influential octogenarian priest was found guilty in 2011 by the Vatican of committing sexual abuse and sentenced to a life of prayer and penance.

Fifty-one members of the Chilean Parliament have signed a letter asking Pope Francis to reverse the appointment of the Bishop of Osorno, Juan Barros, due to allegations of covering up sexual abuse.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 05:44 UTC

HSBC Swiss office searched by Geneva prosectuor; second probe in a week

”A search is currently under way in the premises of the bank, led by Attorney General Olivier Jornot (Pic) and the prosecutor Yves Bertossa”

Geneva's public prosecutor searched HSBC's lakeside Swiss office on Wednesday after opening a criminal inquiry into allegations of aggravated money laundering, the second probe to hit the bank this week.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 05:30 UTC

Ascension and South Sandwich islands proposed for marine protected areas

The three proposed MPAs would safeguard around 0.7 million square miles, home to threatened whales, sharks, fish, and corals.

Ahead of the May 7 British general election, a coalition of conservationists and high-profile supporters has called upon the UK government to create three marine reserves that together would more than double the world’s protected waters, reports Inhabitat.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 05:23 UTC

Levy tells US investors Brazil is on track to correct the fiscal slippage

“We are just taking these anti-cyclical measures away, and this will put us on better footing,” Levy said in his first public address to investors in the US

The government of President Dilma Rousseff is working to meet its primary budget surplus goal of 1.2% of GDP in 2015, pledged Finance minister Joaquim Levy on Wednesday to an audience of investors in New York.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 05:14 UTC

Buenos Aires Herald falls in the hands of a group close to Cristina Fernandez

Cristobal Lopez’s family originally from Spain and established in Patagonia where they mounted an economic group which got involved in different activities

The Indalo Media group which according to Argentine media belongs to businessman Cristobal Lopez, very close to the Kirchner family has purchased 60% of the Ambito editorial group which includes among others the financial daily Ambito, the Buenos Aires Herald and El Ciudadano from Rosario.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 00:01 UTC

China celebrates 30 years of first research station in Antarctica

The Great Wall on King George Island was the first Chinese scientific station in Antarctica opened in 1985 (Pic M. Foote)

China is preparing to mark 30 years of polar expeditions, when on 20 February 1985 opened its first permanent research station in Antarctica, The Great Wall on King George Island. Since then China has continued to advance and is now planning the fifth permanent station.


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