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Stories for July 1st 2015

  • Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 20:27 UTC

    Lack of sanitation for 2.4 billion people undermining health improvements

    “To benefit human health it is vital to further accelerate progress on sanitation, particularly in rural and underserved areas,” according to Dr Neira.

    Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water, warn WHO and UNICEF in a report tracking access to drinking water and sanitation against the Millennium Development Goals.

  • Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 05:52 UTC

    Obama and Rousseff agree their nations are 'natural partners' and working on an 'upward trajectory'

    “I believe that this visit marks one more step in a new more ambitious chapter in the relations between our countries,” Obama said.

    President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff sought Tuesday to cast their nations as “natural partners” collaborating closely on critical issues like climate and regional diplomacy, glossing over recent tensions over spying that have strained relations between the first and seventh world economies.

  • Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 05:41 UTC

    Greece in IMF 'arrears'; it will default when it misses commercial payment

    S&P’s said it would designate Greece as being in default, if it cannot make payments to private creditors: ie €2 billion in Greek Treasury bills due 10 July

    Greece on Tuesday became the first developed country to join a roster that includes some of the world’s poorest and worst governed nations, including Iraq, Sudan, Somalia and Zimbabwe. Those are a few of the countries that have missed payments to the IMF as Greece did Tuesday, when it failed to make a loan payment of about 1.5 billion Euros, or $1.7 billion, to the fund.

  • Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 03:51 UTC

    US and Cuba ready to announce embassies opening in Havana and Washington

    The White House announced that Obama would deliver a statement, presumably the formal announcement, in the Rose Garden on Wednesday.

    President Obama will announce on Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to open embassies in Havana and Washington, an administration official has confirmed. The announcement marks a major step in ending hostilities between the longtime foes and an opportunity to re-establish formal diplomatic relations and apparently will be simultaneous from Havana.

  • Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 03:26 UTC

    Brazil celebrates the opening of the US market for its fresh beef

    Brazil expects to export 100,000 tons of beef to the US in the next five years. Abreu said the decision is like “getting a pass code” to access other markets.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced Monday that it is amending its regulations to allow imports of fresh (chilled or frozen) beef from (Argentina) and 14 states in Brazil. It's “the first step in a process for these regions to gain access to the U.S. market for beef”, the APHIS said in a statement.

  • Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 02:57 UTC

    US opens its market to Argentine fresh beef imports; lemons still pending

    “This is the favorable and successful result of an arduous fight in international relationships and technical and agricultural questions,” Kicillof said

    Argentina announced that the United States APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) has allowed fresh beef imports from Argentina, lifting a 15-year ban which Buenos Aires had always considered 'unjustified' and bluntly 'protectionist' and as such had claimed before the WTO. In the same vein Argentina also anticipated it expected a similar decision from the US regarding Argentine lemons.

  • Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 02:44 UTC

    Falklands will continue to develop its legitimate oil industry as it moves from exploration to production

    Falklands' people have “the unequivocal right to develop our natural resources as we see fit, including the development of a hydrocarbons industry” (Pic EPA)

    The Falkland Islands government has no doubts about its right to licence legitimate offshore oil and gas exploration activities in accordance with Falklands' legislation and will continue to support the hydrocarbons industry as it moves from successful exploration towards oil production.

  • Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 02:32 UTC

    Magna Carta and King's Writt global tour during last quarter of 2015

     The 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta provides a unique opportunity to support UK's diplomatic and economic objectives, said Swire

    A Foreign Office global tour of the Magna Carta and King's Writt celebrating the 800th anniversary of the unique document is scheduled to begin later this year, said Foreign minister Hugo Swire in his presentation to Parliament requesting the necessary indemnity funds for such exposure.

  • Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 02:22 UTC

    Wales and Argentina celebrate 150th anniversary of migration to Patagonia

    Argentine Ambassador Alicia Castro with Dame Rosemary Butler, Presiding officer from the National Assembly of Wales

    Argentina and Wales celebrated on Monday at the National Assembly for Wales, in Cardiff, their historical links with a reception especially dedicated to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Welsh settlers to Patagonia. Musicians from both nations gave a concert and a photography exhibition on the Welsh settlements in Patagonia was inaugurated.