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Stories for July 2023

  • Monday, July 31st 2023 - 11:39 UTC

    Chile: HIV cases 7% up in one year

    Chilean health authorities have reported 644 deaths associated with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in 2021, while some 84,000 people are estimated to be living with the disease in the South American country. According to the Institute of Public Health (ISP), 5,401 infections were confirmed in 2022 with the highest rates of infections detected in the regions of Arica and Parinacota, Tarapacá, and Antofagasta. Chile's Health Ministry (Minsal) points out that the figures are consistent with the increase in testing.

  • Monday, July 31st 2023 - 11:26 UTC

    Falklands: major tri service drill simulating the recapture of invaded Islands proved high readiness

    The training exercise started with a Rapid Air Land infiltration of soldiers onto the Islands' main military base and to secure the airfield.

    Members of the United Kingdom's elite Paras and elements of the British Forces South Atlantic Islands, stationed at Mount Pleasant Complex, plus the local Falkland Islands Defense Force, FIDF, have conducted drills to simulate a recapture of the Falkland Islands.

  • Monday, July 31st 2023 - 11:05 UTC

    Falklands police has staff shortage; drink driving and speeding the main concerns

    The Royal Falkland Islands Police headquarters in Stanley

    The Falkland Islands are short of uniformed police officers, was made public at the Police Committee meeting by Inspector and Acting Chief of Police Barry Thacker. A recruitment process has been started, and in the meantime the Royal Falkland Islands Police (RFIP) is using detectives in uniform, management, and reserve police officers to provide the policing service as well as relying on officers to work on rest days.

  • Monday, July 31st 2023 - 10:44 UTC

    Avian flu: Contingency protocols activated in Ecuador

    Special teams have been placed under round-the-clock alert while a vaccination plan against the disease was extended

    Ecuadorian authorities have actuated contingency protocols after a new outbreak of avian influenza was confirmed in a commercial farm in the Andean province of Cotopaxi, the Agency for Regulation and Control of Animal and Plant Health (Agrocalidad) announced Sunday in Quito.

  • Monday, July 31st 2023 - 10:33 UTC

    Peru celebrates Independence Day with a new round of violent protests

    “Peru needs to face — with more strength and efficiency — delinquency and crime,” said president Boluarte

    Last Friday, Peru's Independence Day, President Dina Boluarte called for a “great national reconciliation” in the wake of fresh outbursts of violent protests. In her state of the Nation speech before congress, the president also appealed for legislative powers to be extended to the executive branch for 120 days, in an effort to curtail crime and violence among other issues.

  • Monday, July 31st 2023 - 10:30 UTC

    US lawmakers discuss bilateral issues with Paraguay's next President

    A delegation of lawmakers from the United States headed by Congressman Adam Smith (D) Sunday met in Asunción with Paraguay's President-elect Santiago Peña to discuss future bilateral relations, particularly on security and trade, it was reported. Peña's chosen Foreign Minister Rubén Ramírez Lezcano, who also took part in the discussions, spoke of a “very productive” encounter. Peña is to take office Aug. 15.

  • Monday, July 31st 2023 - 10:14 UTC

    Colombia: President Petro's son arrested for money laundering

    “May these events forge his character and may he reflect on his own mistakes,” Petro said

    Colombian President Gustavo Petro's son and his ex-wife have been indicted for money laundering, the Prosecutor's Office announced Sunday following the couple's arrest on Saturday.

  • Monday, July 31st 2023 - 10:06 UTC

    Brazilian black women march through Copacabana against racism and violence

    Being with these women, for me, is giving me a feeling of warmth and strength in this place,” Anielle Franco said

    Representatives from various parts of the state of Rio de Janeiro took part Sunday along the Copacabana in the 9th Black Women's March under the motto Black Women United against Racism, All Forms of Oppression, Violence and for the Good Life, Agencia Brasil reported.

  • Monday, July 31st 2023 - 10:00 UTC

    Kenya willing to help Haiti

    ”Kenya has accepted to positively consider leading a Multi-National Force to Haiti,” Mutua said.

    Following an international appeal for help to crisis-torn Haiti, Kenya's Foreign Minister Alfred Mutua said in a statement Saturday that his country was ready to participate in a multinational force to curb the escalating violence in the Caribbean country.

  • Monday, July 31st 2023 - 02:55 UTC

    First shipment of “green lithium” (triple zero) from Brazil's Minas Gerais

    To celebrate this first shipment, an event was held at Vports, Porto de Vitória, which was attended by the vice president of the Republic Geraldo Alckmin

    This week Brazil shipped the world’s first green lithium, produced in the Jequitinhonha Valley, in Minas Gerais, from the Port of Vitória (Espirito Santo State). The production, by Sigma Lithium, is a pioneer for having raised the level of industrial sustainability by being triple zero (zero carbon, zero waste and zero harmful chemicals). Lithium is used in electric vehicle batteries.