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Stories for January 11th 2016

  • Monday, January 11th 2016 - 14:13 UTC

    Agreement in Catalonia puts more pressure on Madrid for a grand coalition

    Puigdemont, the 53-year-old mayor of Girona who comes from a fervently pro-independence family, will now appoint his cabinet.

    A fiercely secessionist leader was elected president of the wealthy region of Catalonia thanks to a last-minute show of unity, giving fresh impetus to attempts to break away from Spain after months of infighting. The appointment of Carles Puigdemont, just hours before a deadline which would have forced fresh regional elections, drew an immediate rebuke from Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

  • Monday, January 11th 2016 - 14:09 UTC

    Rioting and clashes with police in Sao Paulo and Rio to complain transport fares

    Protesters smashed the windows of buses and vandalized bank agencies. They also threw rocks and bottles at the police, who responded with tear gas

    Brazilian riot police on Saturday evening fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a violent protest against a rise in public transport fares in the country’s largest city, Sao Paulo. Television images showed small groups of rock-throwing, masked youths clashing with police in the centre of the metropolis, amid burning piles of rubbish.

  • Monday, January 11th 2016 - 13:50 UTC

    Argentina and Uruguay praise new spirit in relations and “return to normality”.

    “It was a very cordial meeting that had concrete results,” Malcorra said in an interview with Mitre radio station.

    Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra said that the meeting between President Mauricio Macri and his Uruguayan counterpart Tabare Vazquez last Thursday symbolized a “return to normality” for bilateral relations between the two neighbours.

  • Monday, January 11th 2016 - 13:45 UTC

    VW sales drop for the first time in eleven years following the emissions scandal

    VW has promised it will have a fix in the coming weeks for the millions of US cars with defeat devices that disguised emission levels in diesel cars.

    German carmaker Volkswagen has posted its first drop in VW brand sales in 11 years as the company continues to cope with its emissions scandal. Sales of VW brand cars fell 4.8% in 2015 to 5.82 million cars from 6.12 million a year earlier. Falling demand in China and US added to the losses as orders fell in December.

  • Monday, January 11th 2016 - 13:36 UTC

    Boeing king of the skies: record 762 planes delivered last year

    Last year, the US manufacturer delivered 120 of its 737s in the final three months of last year, slightly below the target production rate of 42 a month.

    Boeing looks to have cemented its position as the world's biggest aircraft manufacturer after delivering a record 762 planes last year. The figure exceeds Boeing's previous forecast that it would deliver between 755 and 760 aircraft.

  • Monday, January 11th 2016 - 13:29 UTC

    Guns are our shared responsibility

    Every year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns.

    By Barack Obama - The epidemic of gun violence in our country is a crisis. Gun deaths and injuries constitute one of the greatest threats to public health and to the safety of the American people. Every year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns. Suicides.

  • Monday, January 11th 2016 - 12:51 UTC

    Argentina's financial agenda: talks with holdout funds and farmers' dollars

    Finance Secretary Caputo will travel to New York and meet with court-appointed mediator Daniel Pollack and representatives from the so-called holdout  funds.

    A challenging financial week takes off for Argentina's new administration of president Mauricio Macri: on the one hand Argentine farmers have to keep their part of the deal by providing the central bank with 400 million dollars a week, and on the other the long-awaited debt talks are expected to resume in New York next Wednesday with United States hedge funds suing Argentina over defaulted sovereign bonds.

  • Monday, January 11th 2016 - 11:42 UTC

    PM Cameron hopeful of reaching a deal on EU referendum with Brussels in February

    PM Cameron reiterated his desire to campaign for the UK to remain in a reformed EU, but said he would rule nothing out if his demands were refused.

    Prime Minister David Cameron says he is “hopeful” of reaching a deal with European leaders in February that will allow him to hold the UK's EU referendum. The prime minister said the in-out vote “would follow” if agreement was reached on his reforms at next month's summit. He also said he would stay on as PM even if he ended up on the losing side.

  • Monday, January 11th 2016 - 11:14 UTC

    Falklands' reveals oil at the Isobel/Elaine project and several adjoining fans

    The new well has confirmed Isobel Deep as a discovery and it also hit additional oil bearing fans within the Isobel/Elaine complex

    Rockhopper Exploration and Falkland Oil and Gas Ltd have confirmed a significant oil discovery at the Isobel/Elaine project to the north of the Falkland Islands. According to a release from the companies the new 14/20-2 well was a ‘re-drill’ of the prior Isobel Deep well which had to be abandoned prematurely due to operational issues despite encountering oil.