The most recent El Niño, the periodic weather pattern that can have repercussions around the world from torrential rains and floods in the Americas and Africa to droughts and brush fires in Australia and Asia, has now ended and a transition to its mirror image, La Niña, is a substantial possibility, according to the latest United Nations forecast.
During January 2007 trade between Chile and Untied States reached 1.29 billion US dollars, up 26% from the same month in 2006, according to the latest report on bilateral trade from the Chilean-North American Chamber of Commerce. (AmCham).
The controversial Botnia-Orion pulp mill under construction in Uruguay and which has caused an escalating conflict with neighboring Argentina will cease all activities for 48 hours following the death of a welder assistant crushed Tuesday in a labor accident.
Although efforts to curtail landmines have been successful, much remains to be done as the devices still kill nearly 20,000 people every year, the top United Nations peacekeeping official said on the eve of the second-ever International Day dedicated to curbing the scourge (April 4).
The world's 22 leading donors cut their total official development assistance, ODA, by 5.1% in 2006 compared to 2005 with only 16 members complying with the 2002 Monterrey summit development financing objectives, according to the latest ODA report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Former leader of the British Conservative Party, now Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague paid what was literally a flying visit to the Falkland Islands on Tuesday.