“The Economist” published an article on Thursday stating that Uruguay's reputation as a success story in the region is diminishing. Initially, the British media outlet referred to Uruguay as a “model country” and highlighted its achievements, such as obtaining 95% of its electricity from renewable sources, legalizing same-sex marriage, and allowing residents to buy cannabis from pharmacies. Uruguay was also recognized as the most peaceful and least corrupt country in South America.
Argentina's Security Minister Aníbal Fernández Thursday warned of the consequences of the opposition winning this year's presidential elections and foresaw “streets full of blood and dead people” should either Patricia Bullrich or Javier Milei reach Casa Rosada.
The unofficial exchange rate known as “blue” (a euphemism for “black market”) between the Argentine peso and the US dollar crossed the psychological US$ 1 / AR$ 400 barrier Thursday just a few days after the “agro” rate was implemented in a move to curb the volatile parity.
Some 18,000 cows were killed in a blast at a Texas dairy farm earlier this week, possibly by ignited methane gas, according to local authorities. The explosion, at South Fork Dairy near the town of Dimmitt, also left one person in critical condition.
BBC has reported that a military helicopter donated to Ukraine by the UK government was used in the Falklands conflict more than 40 years ago, but despite its age, the Ukrainian military says the chopper will help in the fight against Russia.
The new Fishery Patrol Vessel, FPV Lilibet is due to arrive into Port William over the coming weekend. Her arrival has been delayed due to the Captain making the decision to assist a vessel in need during a storm. FPV Lilibet was stood down by the regional MRCC once a Taiwanese vessel confirmed that they could reach the vessel earlier than FPV Lilibet.
Brazilian President Lula da Silva on Thursday in Shanghai visited the headquarters of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) and Huawei's technology development center. At the NDB, Lula met with NDB President Dilma Rousseff, and delivered a speech to the staff. It was the first time that a head of state had paid a visit to the bank.
A 21-year-old Massachusetts Air National Guardsman identified as Jack Douglas Teixeira has been arrested Thursday by the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for his alleged involvement in the leak of classified Pentagon documents. According to local media, the motivation was to impress young people with whom he played video games.
Former Uruguayan President Luis Alberto Lacalle Herrera has been hospitalized in Buenos Aires to receive antibiotic treatment for a spider bite, according to local press reports.
The following is the editorial from the Chinese Communist Party daily Global Times on Brazilian president Lula da Silva visit to China.