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Thursday, July 7th 2016 - 06:53 UTC

Rousseff makes impassionate defense against impeachment attempts in Congress

“What hurts most at this moment is the injustice,” said Rousseff's statement, read out by her lawyer Eduardo Cardozo.

Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff rejected attempts to impeach her as an “injustice” in a defense filing Wednesday, as a decision on her political fate moved a step closer. The affair has rocked Brazil as it struggles with a recession and corruption scandals ahead of next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Thursday, July 7th 2016 - 06:46 UTC

Cristina Fernandez back in court: Judge decides inhibition on her properties

Judge Bonadio decided an inhibition on Cristina Fernandez properties after she rejected a 15-million Peso embargo on her assets.

Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez on Wednesday filed a complaint against the judge who recently opened an investigation into allegations she defrauded the state as part of her government's handling of the dollar futures market. Fernandez, who governed Argentina from 2007 to 2015, filed the complaint against judge Claudio Bonadio after appearing in his court in connection with the case.

Thursday, July 7th 2016 - 06:33 UTC

Germany warns EU members about a tax-cuts race to attract Brexit business

Schaeuble said “We have no intention to start some sort of race to the bottom”, in response to Osborne's proposal to slash corporation tax to avoid a business exodus

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has said he opposes a “race to the bottom” of competitive tax cuts. He spoke after George Osborne pledged to cut UK corporation tax in response to the Brexit vote and from Paris, in an attempt to attract UK businesses, the French government promised its taxes will be the most favorable in Europe.

Thursday, July 7th 2016 - 06:02 UTC

Iraq war: UK, pushed by US sent ill-prepared troops into battle with inadequate plans for the aftermath

Sir John Chilcot - chairman of UK's Iraq War inquiry - concluded Blair had sent ill-prepared troops into battle with “wholly inadequate” plans for the aftermath.

The United States pushed the UK into military action in Iraq “too early”, a former British ambassador to the UN has said in the wake of the Chilcot report. The long-awaited report said ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair had overstated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein - and military action was not a last resort.

Wednesday, July 6th 2016 - 06:54 UTC

Brazil asks Mercosur chair transfer to Venezuela to be delayed until August

Serra told Uruguay president Vázquez, “we're asking for more time. Let's wait 'til August, the Mercosur presidency must be the result of an unanimous decision”

The deep differences among Mercosur members as to who should hold the group's rotating chair this second half of the year surfaced openly in Montevideo with the surprise visit of Brazilian foreign minister Jose Serra and ex president Fernando Henrique Cardoso. The Brazilin delegation formally requested Uruguay, which currently holds the six/month Mercosur chair to suspend the transfer to Venezuela until at least August.

Wednesday, July 6th 2016 - 04:16 UTC

Spain to analyze Brexit impact for employment in Gibraltar neighboring areas

Senior representatives of leading unions UGT and CCOO in Andalusia called on Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo to exchange views on the issue.

The central Spanish Government and regional authorities in Andalucia are taking an increasingly-close interest on the impact that a United Kingdom withdrawal from the EU could have on communities in the Campo de Gibraltar, neighbouring with the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, and the region as a whole.

Wednesday, July 6th 2016 - 04:02 UTC

Temer extends a Rio Olympic Games open arms message to the world

The Olympic Village, housing more than 17,000 participating athletes in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most beautiful settings, has just been inaugurated.

With just a month to go to the Olympic Games, Michel Temer Brazil’s interim president, invites the world to experience the beauty of Rio de Janeiro. The following is his welcome message to the world’s athletes, officials and fans:

Tuesday, July 5th 2016 - 07:49 UTC

Temer calls for “national reunification” at a friendly agro-business forum

“For employment to recover, it's necessary for industry and agro-industry to grow, so that trade also grows,” said Temer at the Global Agribusiness Forum 2016

Brazil's interim president, Michel Temer emphasized the role of agro-industry in the country's development and called for “national reunification” to guarantee jobs in the sector.

Tuesday, July 5th 2016 - 07:41 UTC

Petrobras: new round of arrest warrants in three different states

Police said contractors paid at least 39 million Reais (US$ 12m) in bribes to Petrobras officials and rigged public auctions at Petrobras’ research centre Cenpes.

Brazil’s federal police served five arrest warrants and conducted search and seizure operations in three states on Monday, in the latest round of a sweeping corruption probe around state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA. Police said contractors paid at least 39 million reais (US$ 12m) in bribes to executives of Petrobras, and rigged public auctions at Petrobras’ research centre Cenpes.

Tuesday, July 5th 2016 - 06:54 UTC

Macri begins official visit to Germany looking for trade and investment

Macri will be received on Tuesday by the German president Joachim Gauck, and is set to share a work lunch with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Argentine president Mauricio Macri arrived in Berlin on Monday, in his first official trip to the country and as part of an European tour aimed at strengthening Argentina’s ties with the European Union. Macri arrived from Brussels where he met EU authorities and the day before, was in Paris with president Francois Hollande.

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