Uruguay's Congress Wednesday unanimously approved the Water Emergency Fund to finance access to bottled water among other measures amid an unprecedented shortage of drinking water due to the drought the country is going through.
Peru declared a state of emergency for sixty days in areas around the Ubinas volcano on Wednesday. The volcano has been spewing ash and gas since earlier this week, which has traveled up to some 5,500 meters (1,800 feet) into the atmosphere, according to the Geophysical Institute of Peru.
By Robert Fox, Defense Correspondent, Evening Standard – The (British) Army is again in the spotlight, with a wonderful Whitehall row about who is to lead it after the charismatic General Sir Patrick Sanders steps down next year as Chief of the General Staff. With the Government's rehashed Defense Command White Paper due before Parliament goes on holiday in a few weeks’ time, rumors are rife of more cuts in Britain’s military capability.
A number of actions have been carried out over recent months in Brazil, Spain and Portugal, with the support of Europol, to target the members of a Brazilian highly professional criminal syndicate flooding Europe with cocaine.
Buenos Aires City authorities Wednesday announced the metropolitan police will start using non-lethal stun guns as of July 17, it was reported from the Argentine capital. City Security Minister Eugenio Burzaco confirmed some 250 officers will be on the streets carrying these weapons.
The European Union Court of Justice on Wednesday confirmed that former Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont and two other Catalan separatist Members of the European Parliament, do not have legal immunity.
Argentina's Ambassador to Bolivia Ariel Basteiro Wednesday said his country might stop buying gas from Bolivia's YPFB as of 2024 due to new pipelines from Vaca Muerta, it was reported.
On Monday 3 July, the UK and Spain completed the signing of a UK-Spain bilateral agreement on cooperation in matters of education and access to university and other higher education institutions. This follows the close collaboration between Spain’s Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and Ministry of Universities in Spain and the UK Department for Education and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
Brazil's Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) has revised its forecasts and now foresees larger economic growth and smaller inflation this year, Agencia Brasil reported.
Argentine-born Pope Francis Wednesday welcomed former US President Bill Clinton at his Casa Santa Marta residence. “Thank you very much for visiting me,” the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires said in English as he walked with help from a cane due to his knee problems.