Monday, May 16th 2016 - 07:06 UTC

FIFA appoints a woman from Senegal first secretary general

Samoura, 54, spent 21 years working for the United Nations and will start at football's governing body in June.

FIFA has appointed Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura from Senegal as the federation's first female secretary general. She succeeds former FIFA No.2 Jerome Valcke, who was recently banned from football for 12 years for a series of ethics violations.

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 06:57 UTC

Chile set clocks back sixty minutes on Sunday to winter time

Continental Chile will stand at a four hour difference with Greenwich international time, GMT, instead of the three hour difference during summer months

As of midnight Sunday, May 15, Chile implemented winter time to save energy, which means clocks had to be put back a full sixty minutes. The measure is adopted every year following on a resolution from the Ministry of Energy and will be effective until 13 August.

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 06:15 UTC

Temer government considering selling stakes of state controlled assets

Temer's government is working with a list of companies and sectors that would be the first targets of any move toward sales of state-controlled holdings, said O Globo

Brazil's government is considering selling stakes in state-controlled assets including its postal company as well as holdings in transport, power and insurance firms in a bid to raise capital and streamline the public sector, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 06:01 UTC

Brazil's Jewish community supports Temer; hopeful of normalization of relations with Israel

Temer was born in Sao Paulo, is Catholic and the son of Maronite Lebanese immigrants from Btaaboura, Koura district, neighboring Tripoli in north Lebanon

The elevation of a centrist vice president, Michel Temer, as Brazil’s president amid the impeachment process of Dilma Rousseff is expected to result in a less strained relationship between Brazil and Israel, as well as its Jewish community, Jewish leaders in Sao Paulo said.

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 05:46 UTC

Brazil warns neighbors about “propagating falsehoods over the internal political process”

Brazil's foreign ministry “emphatically rejects” neighbors “allowing themselves to opine and propagate falsehoods over internal political process in Brazil.”

Brazil's interim government dismissed criticism by populist countries in Latin America, including Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia, over the impeachment process of Dilma Rousseff, who was suspended as president by the senate.

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 05:34 UTC

Hammond's Gibraltar visit triggered several hostility actions from Spain

Foreign Secretary Hammond was not allowed to overfly Spain when the one day trip to Gibraltar

Britain's Foreign Secretary's arrival and departure flights into Gibraltar last week were not allowed to overfly Spanish territory and flew over Portugal instead. This was one of several hostility incidents of Spanish officials towards London. The overfly ban was confirmed to Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation by the Convent (Governor's residence in the Rock).

Monday, May 16th 2016 - 05:20 UTC

Malcorra's UN potential nomination sets off speculation about several names to replace her

Malcorra faces major hurdles: Ban Ki-moon's successor should now come from Eastern Europe and the Security Council, where she could meet a UK veto

Argentina's foreign minister Susana Malcorra manifest intention of becoming the first woman Secretary General of the United Nations, which has the support from president Mauricio Macri administration has set out domestic and international speculation.

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 10:54 UTC

Vatican denies Francis intends to introduce a diaconal ordination for women

Pope Francis accepted a proposal that he establish a commission to study the role of New Testament deaconesses and the possibility of women serving as deacons today.

Pope Francis “did not say he intends to introduce a diaconal ordination for women,” and he certainly did not speak about the ordination of women priests, the Vatican spokesman said.

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 09:09 UTC

Temer's team confident it has the political support to implement tough measures

“We have enough support to pass urgent measures through Congress,” said chief of staff Eliseu Padilha

Brazil's interim government said on Friday it has the political support for tough measures needed to return the economy to growth and can secure a permanent mandate once populist President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment trial is over. Presidential Chief of Staff Eliseu Padilha said the incoming government understood it was only provisional for now and had ordered portraits of Rousseff to be left hanging in federal buildings.

Saturday, May 14th 2016 - 08:55 UTC

US$ 2 trillion lost to bribery and corruption every year, (2% of global GDP), claims IMF

 Christine Lagarde said direct economic costs of corruption are clear, but indirect costs may be even worse “leading to low growth and greater income inequality.”

Bribery and corruption cost the world economy as much as US$2 trillion every year, money that instead could be used to fight poverty, create jobs, and protect the environment. A new report by the International Monetary Fund says the money lost to corruption every year is 2% of the global GDP.


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