Spain’s political showdown with Catalonia is set to reach a new level on Thursday when political leaders in Madrid and Barcelona are expected to make good on pledges made to their supporters to stick to their tough positions over the region’s future.
Heads of State and Government and ministers from around the world meeting in Uruguay committed to new and bold action to reduce suffering and death from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), primarily heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes, the world’s leading killers.
Major parties running in Sunday’s mid-term congressional election in Argentina suspended their campaigns on Wednesday after a body, thought to be that of a young protester who went missing more than two months ago, was found in a river.
Three Argentine judges ordered that a key official in former President Cristina Fernandez's government be detained as part of a probe into an alleged case of fraud. The request to detain former planning minister and current lawmaker Julio De Vido comes five days before the country's parliamentary elections in which Fernandez is seeking a Senate seat.
France will propose changing the European Commission’s mandate to negotiate a trade deal with Mercosur bloc to include food safety provisions, its envoy to Brazil said on this week.
The Falkland Islands Executive Council this week welcomed the registration of the new Falklands fishing vessel freezer trawler Monteferro belonging to Kalamar Ltd. MLA Mike Summers said: “This is the second major private sector investment in fishing vessels this year, and represents good progress in the industry.”
UK banks may have been used to launder money stolen from South Africa, a former cabinet minister has alleged in a letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond. Labour Lord Peter Hain said a South African whistle-blower had indicated the banks maybe inadvertently have been conduits for the corrupt proceeds of money.
The Creative Industries Federation (CIF) said the £87bn a year the sector generated for the economy was at risk if immigration was restricted. The sector relies heavily on freelance staff, many of whom are from the EU, and the CIF is urging the government to negotiate free movement of UK and EU workers for short-term projects.
China has entered a new era where it should take centre stage in the world, President Xi Jinping says. The country's rapid progress under socialism with Chinese characteristics shows there is a new choice for other countries, he told the Communist Party congress.
A string of errors and failings that ended in the sinking of HMS Sheffield during the Falklands war has been disclosed after 35 years. Twenty people died and 26 were injured when the destroyer was hit by an Argentine Exocet missile during the early days of the 1982 conflict. It was the first Royal Navy warship to have been lost since the second world war.