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Stories for February 14th 2019

  • Thursday, February 14th 2019 - 11:00 UTC

    Uruguayan president Vazquez now supports free credible elections in Venezuela

    The Uruguayan administration continues to support Maduro as legitimate president, it “understands” but not necessarily justifies the existence of political prisoners and the humanitarian situation

    As advanced by Mercopress, Uruguay and Argentine presidents', Tabare Vazquez and Mauricio Macri open agenda surprise meeting was in effect to address the Venezuelan situation, particularly what has been described in Buenos Aires as the erratic accommodative stance to circumstances and environment, of the Vazquez administration.

  • Thursday, February 14th 2019 - 10:25 UTC

    Parliament to vote on Valentine's Day a raft of Brexit amendments

    Amendments include forcing May to call a new meaningful vote on her Brexit deal before the end of the month, delay Article 50 or even scrap it altogether

    British Prime Minister Theresa May is hoping parliament will show her some love on Valentine's Day by backing a motion reiterating its support for her Brexit strategy and rejecting amendments that would force her hand. Lawmakers in the UK will vote on May's latest motion on Thursday and could be asked to vote on five other amendments brought forward by MPs.

  • Thursday, February 14th 2019 - 10:22 UTC

    US/China trade talks take off in Beijing with much expectations

    Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are meeting China's top economic czar Liu He and central bank governor Yi Gang

    United States and Chinese negotiators kicked off two days of official trade talks in Beijing on Thursday as the world's top two economies try to patch up their festering economic dispute. Pressure to seal an accord ahead of a March deadline lessened before the talks as US President Donald Trump indicated on Tuesday in Washington he was open to extending a trade truce, depending on progress in Beijing.

  • Thursday, February 14th 2019 - 10:15 UTC

    “Food emergency” demand march in Argentine cities

     Since President Macri came to power in 2015, electricity bills have gone up 210% and gas 300%, following on the removal of significant subsidies

    Thousands took to the streets in 50 Argentine cities and towns Wednesday demanding that the government declare a “food emergency” and put an end to suffocating price increases. Since President Mauricio Macri came to power in 2015, electricity bills have gone up 210% and gas 300%. The government blamed the increase on the removal of significant subsidies in place under the previous administration.

  • Thursday, February 14th 2019 - 10:11 UTC

    Mars exploration NASA pioneer robot officially “dead” after 14 years

    Unable to recharge its batteries, Opportunity left hundreds of messages from Earth unanswered over the months, and NASA said it made its last attempt on Tuesday

    During 14 years of intrepid exploration across Mars, it advanced human knowledge by confirming that water once flowed on the red planet - but NASA's Opportunity rover has analyzed its last soil sample. The robot has been missing since the US space agency lost contact during a dust storm in June last year and was declared officially dead on Wednesday, ending one of the most fruitful missions in the history of space exploration.

  • Thursday, February 14th 2019 - 10:09 UTC

    Brazilian fresh chicken recalled because of salmonella contamination

    BRF said production at its Dourados unit, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, was placed under a “rigorous hold”

    Brazilian food processor BRF SA on Wednesday recalled almost 500 tons of fresh chicken products produced at its Dourados plant citing possible salmonella contamination, a securities filing showed.

  • Thursday, February 14th 2019 - 10:03 UTC

    Global commodity trading firms investigated in Switzerland and by the FBI

    In December, Brazilian prosecutors alleged the three firms and others collectively paid at least US$ 31 million in bribes to Petrobras officials

    Pressure is growing on global commodity trading firms with strong ties to Switzerland for their alleged involvement in the “Car Wash” corruption scandal in Brazil. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating two Vitol executives in the Americas, according to Reuters news agency.

  • Thursday, February 14th 2019 - 09:37 UTC

    Chevron will remain in Venezuela in “coordination with US government agencies”

    Chevron, the largest US oil company left in Venezuela and where President Nicolas Maduro faces growing pressure from the U.S. and other nations to step aside

    Chevron Corp. Chief Executive Officer Mike Wirth pledged to work closely with the U.S. to remain in Venezuela despite a spiralling crisis that has led rival oil major Total SA to retreat.

  • Thursday, February 14th 2019 - 09:30 UTC

    Pope refers to Maduro as “Mr.” and recalls previous dialogues accords' were not honored

    The newspaper noted, however, that Pope Francis addressed Maduro as “Señor, Mr.” rather than “president.” (Archive)

    Pope Francis has sent a letter to Nicolas Maduro responding to a recent invitation to mediate in the Venezuelan political crisis, according to an Italian newspaper. Milan daily newspaper Corriere Della Sera published a report saying that previous peace efforts in Venezuela were “interrupted because what had been agreed in the meetings was not followed by concrete gestures to implement the agreements.”

  • Thursday, February 14th 2019 - 09:23 UTC

    Falklands' king penguins among the top wildlife photos of the year

    Highly commended by London's Natural History Museum photo contest was an image of three king penguins on a beach during an sunrise in the Falkland Islands

    A beautiful image of two male lions rubbing each other's faces in Tanzania has been crowned the People's Choice wildlife photo of the year. The picture, entitled Bond of Brothers, won the contest organized by London's Natural History Museum after 16,000 nature lovers took part in a public vote.

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