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Stories for May 23rd 2023

  • Tuesday, May 23rd 2023 - 20:00 UTC

    Argentine Congress and Simon Wiesenthal Center seek answers on 'Submarine' wreck

    Congress urges the Government to fulfill legal obligations and raise thought-provoking questions, while the Simon Wiesenthal Center emphasizes transparency. Photo: Prefectura Naval Argentina

    By LAURENCE DE MELLO IN BUENOS AIRES

    The 2022 discovery of a suspected WWII U-boat in Argentine waters has ignited an intense political debate within the closed corridors of the Argentine Government, resuscitating embarrassing historical ties between President General Juan Domingo Peron and Nazi Germany.

  • Tuesday, May 23rd 2023 - 11:42 UTC

    Argentina introduces new banknote amid high inflation

    The new banknote features the images of Cecilia Grierson, the first female physician to graduate in 1889, and Ramón Carrillo, promoter of social medicine.

    Argentina launched the AR$ 2,000 banknote on Monday, with a value slightly exceeding US$ 4 in the unofficial exchange rate. It will be the highest denomination banknote in a country where year-on-year inflation has reached 108%.

  • Tuesday, May 23rd 2023 - 11:21 UTC

    Depletion of the Colorado River forces California, Arizona and Nevada to a conservation agreement

    The nearly 2,400km river is used by over 40 million people in seven US states, as well as several Native American tribes and parts of Mexico.

    Three western US states have agreed to draw less water from the drought-depleted Colorado River in exchange for US$1.2bn in federal funding. Arizona, California and Nevada said the deal would conserve at least 3 million acre-feet of water to the end of 2026.

  • Tuesday, May 23rd 2023 - 11:11 UTC

    Norwegian catches for UK Fish and chips, and the price now averages £9

    ”It's the price of cooking oil. Then Brexit and the war in Ukraine because most of the fish comes from Russia. So now the fish is Norwegian.”

    The soaring price of the UK staple fish and chips has become a national controversy from the moment a portion of the dish in Somerset can cost as much as £14, while the UK average is £9, according to the ONS, reports BBC. But, the 19% increase has nothing to do with profiteering, the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) says.

  • Tuesday, May 23rd 2023 - 11:08 UTC

    Colombia halts ceasefire with FARC dissidents after 4 murders

    “Recruiting and murdering children and adolescents from indigenous communities are not exactly gestures of goodwill to achieve peace,” Ombudsman Camargo said

    Colombian authorities Monday announced the unilateral suspension of the ceasefire with dissident Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), known as the Central General Staff (EMC-FARC), after the recruitment and murder of four children from the Murui indigenous community, it was reported in Bogota.

  • Tuesday, May 23rd 2023 - 10:56 UTC

    Chile's advantageous position in electromobility development highlighted

    “Chilean copper and lithium mining is fundamental,” Hernando said

    During her participation in the Raw Materials Convention between the European Union and Latin America 2023 in Argentina, Chile's Mining Minister Marcela Hernando highlighted her country's advantageous position for the development of electromobility due to its large copper and lithium reserves.

  • Tuesday, May 23rd 2023 - 10:47 UTC

    Uruguay to import bottled water: desalinization plant does not fit in aircraft

    The plant will take “a few weeks” to reach Uruguay by ship, Delgado explained.Photo: Sebastián Astorga

    Uruguay's Economy Ministry Monday greenlighted the tax-free import of bottled water as one of the measures against the drought affecting Montevideo and the metropolitan area, it was reported. Meanwhile, Presidential Secretary Álvaro Delgado confirmed that the desalination plant to be brought from Houston does not fit “by 15 centimeters” in the C-130 Hercules aircraft sent to pick it up and it will therefore take “a few weeks” to reach South America by ship.

  • Tuesday, May 23rd 2023 - 08:05 UTC

    At least 20 killed in student dormitory fire in Guyana

    “This is horrendous,” Guyana President Ali said

    At least 20 people were killed and several more were injured in a fire that started around midnight Sunday in a student dormitory at a secondary school in Mahdia, southwest of the city of Georgetown, it was reported.

  • Tuesday, May 23rd 2023 - 07:23 UTC

    Sinn Fein which calls for a united Ireland, becomes largest party in Northern Ireland

    Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle O'Neill called for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to end its boycott of power sharing at Stormont

    The Irish nationalist party, Sinn Fein, has become the largest party in Northern Ireland in Sunday's local election results. But rather than break a political deadlock in the North, Sinn Fein’s striking gains may harden the sectarian divide that has long complicated its fragile government.

  • Tuesday, May 23rd 2023 - 02:20 UTC

    James Cleverly, British Foreign Secretary: UK Stands as Latin America's Oldest Friend

    Cleverly emphasized the mutual values shared by the UK and Latin America, stating, “Our position is clear. Respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, self-determination, and human rights”

    James Cleverly, United Kingdom's Foreign Minister, delivered a significant speech today in Santiago de Chile, outlining the United Kingdom's vision for its future relations with Latin America. Against the backdrop of the bicentennial celebration of the UK-Latin America relationship, Cleverly expressed his pride in the UK's historical support for the region's struggle for independence two centuries ago, positioning the UK as “the oldest friend of the region.”