Saturday, August 15th 2015 - 08:50 UTC

Uruguay says Brazil rejects idea of leaving Mercosur, but agrees that deep changes are urgent

Nin Novoa said that on Thursday when hearing about Senator Calheiros proposal he contacted Brazilian foreign minister Mauro Vieira

Uruguay's foreign minister said on Friday that “nobody” supports the proposal from the Brazilian Senate president Renan Calheiros to put an end to the Mercosur customs union. However he did point out that he proposal exposed that the block effectively is 'not working' and needs to have its foundations reviewed.

Saturday, August 15th 2015 - 08:33 UTC

Kerry calls for a new era in relations with Cuba, but also urged political change

The first US secretary of state to visit the Caribbean island in 70 years, Kerry presided over a ceremony raising the US flag over the newly reopened embassy.

US Secretary of State John Kerry declared a new era in relations as he celebrated restored diplomatic ties in Havana on Friday, but he also urged political change in Cuba, telling Cubans they should be free to choose their own leaders.

Saturday, August 15th 2015 - 08:14 UTC

US dollar in Argentina reaches its highest mark so far this year: 15.10 Pesos

The recent primaries with no clear winner and possible alliances open to different situations have become stressful for the political system.

Argentina's foreign exchange market was quite active on Friday and the so called 'blue' or 'parallel' dollar hit the highest mark in the year at 15.10 Pesos. Meanwhile the official US dollar ended half a cent higher at 9.255 Pesos in banks and foreign exchange agencies.

Saturday, August 15th 2015 - 08:04 UTC

Falklands time capsule to commemorate 250th anniversary of Union Flag raised in the Islands

 British International helicopter pilot Martin Elstow hands the time capsule to David Pole-Evans of Saunders Island

A time capsule commemorating the 250th birthday of the Union Flag being raised at Port Egmont in the Falkland Islands was delivered to Saunders Island last week.

Saturday, August 15th 2015 - 07:27 UTC

Massive protest turnout on Sunday could decide Brazilian president's future

This will be the year's third mass protest against Rousseff, who is facing growing calls for her impeachment. A strong showing could help support her ouster.

Hundreds of thousands of angry of citizens are expected to take to the streets of more than 114 Brazilian cities on Sunday as allegations of corruption and incompetence swamp the government, and plummeting commodity prices sap its economy, posing a key test for President Dilma Rousseff.

Saturday, August 15th 2015 - 07:08 UTC

Twenty people killed overnight in Sao Paulo, in what seems rogue police vengeance

Alexandre de Moraes, head of the Sao Paulo security department, announced the death tally after media reports of deliberate massacre in the suburbs

A least twenty people were killed and seven injured in a wave of Thursday/Friday overnight shootings in Brazil's biggest city, Sao Paulo, some of them gunned down in cold blood as they sat in a bar.Alexandre de Moraes, head of the Sao Paulo state security department, announced the death tally -- originally placed at 20 -- Friday after media reports of a deliberate massacre in the suburbs, possibly by rogue police.

Friday, August 14th 2015 - 09:44 UTC

Argentina: July inflation 1.92% and 27.15% annually says Congressional index

“It is clear that contrary to government's efforts to hide reality, the inflation index continues to climb”, said Bullrich

Argentina's July inflation for the private financial consultants climbed 1.92% and in the last twelve months reached 27.15%, according to the report released in Congress by opposition lawmakers. The so called 'congress index' is an average of the different private consultants which is released monthly by lawmakers to avoid fines and reprisals from government.

Friday, August 14th 2015 - 09:23 UTC

Political ally who can save Rousseff from impeachment wants Brazil out of Mercosur

Calheiros, president of the Senate belongs to the largest party in Brazil and main coalition ally of the ruling Workers Party, from president Dilma Rousseff

Renan Calheiros, president of the Brazilian Senate, and the man who could help President Dilma Rousseff avoid impeachment in Congress, has proposed a package of measures to rescue Brazil from its current stagflation, but among his demands is “an end to the customs union of Mercosur”.

Friday, August 14th 2015 - 09:06 UTC

Highest PLO award to Cristina Fernandez for supporting Palestinian state

“It’s very significant that Argentina was on the forefront in leading the majority of the continent in recognizing Palestine,” said Saeb Erekat

Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chief Saeb Erekat praised Argentine President Cristina Fernandez for her support and recognition of the Palestinian state as he paid tribute to the backing of the region’s leaders.

Friday, August 14th 2015 - 08:45 UTC

Blair warns Labor faces 'annihilation' if it chooses Jeremy Corbyn as leader

“Labour party is in more mortal danger today than at any point in the over 100 years of its existence” argued former PM Tony Blair in The Guardian

Former British prime minister Tony Blair made a dramatic intervention into the debate over the future leadership of the Labor Party this week, warning Labour voters that the party faces “annihilation” if it chooses Jeremy Corbyn as leader.


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