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Montevideo, August 14th 2018 - 14:00 UTC

Politics

  • Saturday, August 4th 2018 - 11:48 UTC

    Leading business group complains of “information void” on Brexit

    Stephen Martin, director-general of the IoD, said it was difficult to blame companies that had failed to prepare for the UK's departure

    Companies have been left in the dark over planning for Brexit amid an “information void”, a leading business group has warned. The Institute of Directors has called on the government to speed up guidance on what companies should expect if no deal on leaving the EU is reached.

  • Saturday, August 4th 2018 - 11:41 UTC

    Petrobras profits soar thirty fold in the second quarter helped by rising oil prices

    Other factors contributing to profit increase included depreciation of the Brazilian currency, lower interest expenses and lower general and administrative expenses

    Brazil’s Petrobras benefited from the rising oil prices and booked a thirty-fold yearly jump in its second-quarter net income, which also beat analyst expectations.

  • Saturday, August 4th 2018 - 09:27 UTC

    Brazil's Workers Party have a Plan B to replace Lula: Fernando Haddad

    Haddad, 55, of Lebanese-Christian descent, lost his 2016 bid for re-election to Sao Paulo’s city hall in a stunning first round defeat to rising conservative Joao Doria

    Former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad will be the Brazilian leftist Workers Party’s presidential candidate if jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is barred from running in the October vote, party sources anticipated on Friday.

  • Saturday, August 4th 2018 - 09:11 UTC

    Brazilian parties' nomination Saturday; Workers Party will insist with Lula

    Saturday will see three big party conventions, two months before the first round of voting on October 7 in Latin America's dominant economy

    Brazil's ex president and currently jailed for corruption, Lula da Silva is expected to secure his Workers Party's nomination this Saturday and continue to overshadow more likely candidates in the country's most unpredictable presidential election for decades.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 11:33 UTC

    Argentine judge is requesting Congress to strip Cristina Fernandez of parliamentary immunity

    Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has been ordered to appear before Bonadio on August 13 for questioning.

    Argentine Federal judge Claudio Bonadio will present a formal request to Congress to strip ex president and Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of her parliamentary immunity. Bonadio's move against CFK, for which she risks immediate arrest, is part of an investigation into an alleged giant bribery and corruption ring that spanned over a decade of the Kirchner couple's rule and involves high-profile businesspeople, politicians and magistrates.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 11:30 UTC

    Argentine Senate will vote on the abortion bill next Wednesday

    Pro-choice campaigners had hoped to modify the bill, in order to win the support of senators that remain undecided over how they will vote

    The Argentine Senate finally approved the text of a bill to legalize abortion that will be put to a vote on August 8 in the upper chamber. As approved by Congress' lower house Chamber of Deputies on June 14, the bill sent to the Senate decriminalizes abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and provides for conscientious objection for practitioners, but not for hospitals.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 10:03 UTC

    Gibraltar has detailed contingency plans for all levels of Brexit

    A busy day at the Gibraltar frontier with Spain

    The Government of Gibraltar has, since 2016, been preparing for all possible outcomes in relation to the departure of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar from the European Union. This is a perfectly sensible thing to do in view of the ongoing UK/EU discussions and the preparations for all eventualities announced by both sides.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 09:53 UTC

    British Armed Forces face consultation review of the Troubles

    Sir Nick said serving and former service personnel should face action for “genuine” wrongdoing, but groundless cases “will not happen on my watch”

    The new head of the armed forces says he will not allow British soldiers to be “chased” by people making “vexatious claims” about their conduct in the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Chief of the Defense Staff General Sir Nick Carter told the BBC serving and former service personnel should face action for “genuine” wrongdoing, but he vowed groundless cases “will not happen on my watch”.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 09:38 UTC

    Colombia's kingmaker withdraws his Senate resignation letter

    Uribe, 66,(R) is a mentor of incoming President Ivan Duque (L), who won the June 17 election as the candidate for Uribe’s right-wing Democratic Center party.

    Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, accused of witness tampering and bribery, asked the Senate to ignore his resignation letter so that his case remains with the Supreme Court. Uribe, who was in office from 2002 to 2010 and mounted a military offensive against Marxist guerrillas, said on Monday he would resign his seat in the Senate to concentrate on his defense after the Supreme Court called on him to testify.

  • Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 09:27 UTC

    Bank of England rate hike, but “policy needs to walk not run”, says Carney

    Carney said Brexit negotiations “are entering a critical period.” BoE forecasts are based on the assumption of “a relatively smooth transition” out of the EU

    The Bank of England announced a rate hike despite ongoing uncertainty over the future of the U.K. economy. The Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously for an increase in rates from 0.5 to 0.75% on the back of a strong labor market and credit growth.