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Stories for October 5th 2017

  • Thursday, October 5th 2017 - 10:55 UTC

    Brazil' finance minister eyeing to run for president in 2018

    The finance minister’s potential candidacy adds to political uncertainty ahead of a presidential election marked by a strong anti-establishment climate

    Brazil’s Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles has hired social media experts to boost his image ahead of the 2018 election, the Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Rio do Janeiro media have anticipated, the sign yet that the former banker is seriously eyeing a run for president.

  • Thursday, October 5th 2017 - 10:15 UTC

    Growing number of Chinese tourists visit Antarctica, but with carbon credits

    Chinese tourists fly to Ushuaia where they will board a cruise for a tour of the Antarctic Peninsula, or combined with the Falklands and South Georgia

    The number of Chinese visitors to the Antarctic Peninsula is growing rapidly, adding to concerns over the fragile ecosystem. It’s almost a three-week trip and will cost at least 100,000 Yuan (US$15,000), and before a foot is set on frozen land, special boots are needed to walk over a sponge mat soaked in disinfectant. Besides this season Chinese tourists will have to purchase carbon credits to offset emissions.

  • Thursday, October 5th 2017 - 10:07 UTC

    Bank of England's countdown for a Brexit transition deal: Christmas

    If no deal is reached, banks will begin a potentially disorderly shift of operations overseas, warned BoE Deputy governor Sam Woods (Pic FT)

    United Kingdom and Europe must agree on a Brexit transition deal by Christmas or risk banks triggering their contingency plans, the Bank of England has warned. Deputy governor Sam Woods said that while the UK is committed to a implementation period, the EU's position “is not yet clear”.

  • Thursday, October 5th 2017 - 09:31 UTC

    Brexit will hit Britain’s overseas territories hard – why is no one talking about it?

    The Falklands, on the other hand, look like being among the losers, according to Professor Paul Hare, Heriot-Watt University

    When the Brexit referendum result was announced last June, I was working on the Turks and Caicos Islands, one of the UK’s overseas territories in the Caribbean. A collection of about 40 tropical islands, of which eight are inhabited, people there were shocked at the result. They were annoyed they hadn’t had a chance to vote, and concerned about their future.

  • Thursday, October 5th 2017 - 09:23 UTC

    The next big offshore boom is about to Brazil

    The 287 blocks auctioned are just the first portion of a number of deposits that hold an estimated 10 million barrels of crude in proven reserves.

    By Irina Slav for - Say what you will about offshore oil and gas exploration, but it's still alive and kicking—high production costs and all. The latest demonstration of the viability of deepwater projects, even in the post-2014 oil industry era, comes from none other than Brazil.

  • Thursday, October 5th 2017 - 08:49 UTC

    British Embassy Buenos Aires holds reception to honor five World War II veterans.

    Amb. Mark Kent, Gp. Capt. RobSmith, Defence Attache; Greater Brigadier F. Nieto, Deputy Chief Argentine Air Force and D. Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland with with argentine-polish veterans

    Battle of Britain Sunday commemorates the great victory won by the Royal Air Force (RAF), which saved Britain from invasion in 1940. On Sunday 15 September came what Sir Winston Churchill called “one of the decisive battles of the war” and with it, the Luftwaffe’s greatest defeat.

  • Thursday, October 5th 2017 - 08:36 UTC

    Caribbean Islands open and fully operational for cruise passengers

    “We are open and welcoming visitors,” said Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.

    More than 40 islands visited by cruise ships on Caribbean itineraries have a message they want to share: They are open, fully operational, welcoming ships full of cruise passengers and hoping more will follow. Included are places that saw some damage from the September hurricanes but have already recovered.

  • Thursday, October 5th 2017 - 08:25 UTC

    Tories rally round Theresa May in Manchester, but doubts about her future linger

    Mrs. May said she was “confident that we will find a deal that works for UK and  Europe”, and reassured EU citizens living in the UK that “you are welcome here”

    Tory MPs have rallied round Theresa May after her conference speech on Wednesday was marred by mishaps. James Cleverly said he was “proud” of the PM for contending with a persistent cough and a prankster and John Redwood said MPs backed her “strong message”.

  • Thursday, October 5th 2017 - 08:18 UTC

    Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay launch bid to host the 2030 World Cup

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino met with the three leaders in Buenos Aires earlier in the day but did not take part in the news conference.

    Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay formally launched South America’s three-nation bid to host the 2030 World Cup on Wednesday and said Argentina would likely host the majority of the tournament’s stadiums. The presidents of the three nations, who announced in August that they were teaming up to bid for the tournament, kicked off the campaign at the Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires’ government palace.

  • Thursday, October 5th 2017 - 08:11 UTC

    European Commission supports Madrid: “Catalonia has chosen to ignore the law”

    “The regional government of Catalonia has chosen to ignore the law in organizing the referendum of last Sunday,” said Franz Timmermans

    Three full days after Catalonia’s controversial independence referendum, a top European Commission official finally spoke out about the issue tearing Spain apart. The Spanish government’s “proportionate use of force” was necessary to uphold the rule of law, Vice President Frans Timmermans said.