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Stories for December 2020

  • Tuesday, December 1st 2020 - 09:10 UTC

    Murder of a French businessman and his colleague shock Mexico City

    Demonstrators marched along a main thoroughfare of the wealthy neighborhood of Polanco to a restaurant run by Baptiste Lormand, 45, and his business partner

    A few hundred people marched in central Mexico City on Monday to protest the killing of a French businessman and his Mexican colleague over the weekend, the latest violent crime to inflame concerns about security in the country.

  • Tuesday, December 1st 2020 - 08:58 UTC

    US sanctions Chinese company supporting Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro

    The Chinese company supported government of Mr. Maduro in its “efforts to restrict internet service and conduct digital surveillance and cyber operations against political opponents.”

    The United States imposed sanctions on Monday on Chinese firm China National Electronics Import & Export Corporation (CEIEC), accusing it of supporting Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro efforts to undermine democracy.

  • Tuesday, December 1st 2020 - 08:53 UTC

    Is Brazil’s Oil Boom in danger?

    The global push to reduce emissions means that demand for lighter sweeter low sulfur content crude oil grades, which are cheaper and easier to refine, will keep growing

    By Matthew Smith for – Brazil’s massive offshore oil boom, notably in the deepwater offshore pre-salt oilfields, is continuing to grow despite weaker oil prices and the sharp impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Strong demand from Asian refiners, especially those in China, for lighter sweeter crude oils saw demand for Brazilian crude oil soar since the end of 2019.

  • Tuesday, December 1st 2020 - 08:44 UTC

    OPEC and allies postpone talks amid disagreements on how much oil to pump

    The group had been due to ease existing production cuts by 2 million barrels per day (bpd) from January

    OPEC and allies led by Russia postponed talks on oil output policy for 2021 to Thursday, sources said on Monday as key players still disagreed on how much oil they should pump amid weak demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Tuesday, December 1st 2020 - 08:40 UTC

    Conflicting reports about Maradona's convalescence conditions in his last week

    With police probing his death over allegations of medical negligence, a lawyer for one of his nurses said he hit his head during a fall in his house.

    Diego Maradona fell and hit his head a week before he died - and was left alone “without help”, his nurse has reportedly claimed. The Argentine football legend, 60, passed away from “chronic heart failure” at his home in Buenos Aires last week.

  • Tuesday, December 1st 2020 - 08:36 UTC

    WHO very worried about rapidly growing surge of Covid-19 in Brazil and Mexico

    “I think Brazil has to be very, very serious,” in combating the surge there. Tedros echoed the same concern for Mexico, which he said was in “bad shape.”

    The World Health Organization says it is very worried about the rapidly growing surge of coronavirus cases in Brazil and Mexico. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters at his regular briefing in Geneva on Monday, “I think Brazil has to be very, very serious,” in combating the surge there. He echoed the same concern for Mexico, which he said was in “bad shape.”

  • Tuesday, December 1st 2020 - 08:31 UTC

    A new home for the Falkland Islands Maritime Authority

    Public Protection and Environment Portfolio Lead, MLA Leona Roberts, added: “The maritime function is crucial to protecting our waters”

    From Tuesday 1 December 2020 the Falkland Islands Maritime Authority will sit within the Directorate of Emergency Services and Island Security (DESIS). For over 30 years the Directorate of Natural Resources (formally Fisheries) was the home of the maritime function. However, in recent years, the government has been working towards meeting both its national and international obligations, leading to the establishment of the Maritime Authority in 2018.

  • Tuesday, December 1st 2020 - 08:23 UTC

    “Pandemic”, the 2020 prize for Merriam-Webster Word of the Year

    The word’s Greek roots are “pan,” meaning all or every and “demos,” meaning people, Merriam-Webster said.

    The 2020 prize for Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year went to an obvious choice: pandemic. The term had the most online dictionary lookups of any word, Merriam-Webster said on its website, after a year in which at least 1.4 million people globally have died from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Tuesday, December 1st 2020 - 08:22 UTC

    Strong recovery in Asian factories during November spurred by China

    China's factory activity accelerated at the fastest pace in a decade in November, a private survey showed on Tuesday

    Asian factories continued to recover steadily in November thanks to a boom in economic powerhouse China, private surveys showed on Tuesday, offering hope the region was shaking off the drag from the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Tuesday, December 1st 2020 - 08:00 UTC

    Wheat prices fell after Australia forecasted its second highest crop ever

    Wheat had been on track for its fifth straight monthly gain on Friday, its longest streak in 13 years, before Monday’s retreat

    Wheat prices fell after Australia forecast its second-highest crop ever and Russia proposed curtailing grain exports next year. Wheat futures fell as much as 3.3% in Chicago trading, the lowest for the contract in almost eight weeks. Corn and soybeans also fell following rainfall in South America during the weekend.