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Stories for August 2023

  • Thursday, August 31st 2023 - 08:48 UTC

    Gabon: Deposed President's cousin to chair transitional committee

    General Oligui had been a bodyguard for Bongo's late father and was the head of the secret service before becoming leader of the guard (Pic AP)

    The Gabonese military officers who seized power earlier this week in the African country Wednesday announced General Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema, chief of the Republican Guard, was to be appointed president of the transitional committee.

  • Thursday, August 31st 2023 - 08:38 UTC

    Idalia makes landfall a Category 3 hurricane in Florida

    “We have to remain vigilant,” President Biden said

    Two people have died and “incalculable damage” was caused by Idalia as it hit Florida before moving on to Georgia and the Carolinas as a tropical storm. The storm reached Category 4 status with winds up to 131 mph before hitting as a Category 3 hurricane.

  • Thursday, August 31st 2023 - 07:15 UTC

    Multiple explosions rock Quito downtown in suspected car bomb attack

    Images from the scene show a burnt car and a nearby cylinder that is believed to be a gas cylinder.

    A car bomb, believed to be loaded with two gas cylinders and dynamite sticks, caused multiple explosions in a commercial area of Quito on Wednesday night. The event is generating concern due to the ongoing climate of violence in Ecuador.

  • Thursday, August 31st 2023 - 07:07 UTC

    Popular Uruguayan trap artist arrested twice in Argentina: Suspected of robbery

    Cedrés was arrested again in the context of a robbery at a country house in the San Vicente neighborhood

    Uruguayan singer Facundo Cedrés, better known as Pekeño 77, has been arrested twice in Argentina in recent days. On Saturday, he was arrested in Buenos Aires for “suspicious attitude” when police officers observed a Ford Ecosport van entering a service station. Cedrés was one of three Uruguayan citizens in the van and identified himself as Pekeño 77. The police seized the van, tools, and a significant amount of money in US dollars and Argentine pesos. He was released after the arrest.

  • Wednesday, August 30th 2023 - 20:50 UTC

    Meta thwarts “Spamouflage,” covert campaign to boost China and criticize US

    Meta said the so-called “Spamouflage” campaign targeted Taiwan, the US, Australia, Britain, Japan, and global Chinese-speaking audiences.

    Facebook parent Meta announced on Tuesday it had shut down a so-called “Spamouflage” campaign to covertly boost China's image on its platforms. Some 7,700 Facebook accounts plus hundreds of other pages, groups, and Instagram accounts that pushed pro-China narratives online, were eliminated.

  • Wednesday, August 30th 2023 - 10:11 UTC

    Cafiero, Kishida discuss deepening ties

    Argentina's FM and Japan's PM met as part of the celebrations of 125 years of diplomatic ties

    Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero Tuesday met in Tokyo with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to discuss further Japanese investments in the South American country, where there are already some 70 leading companies from the Asian power.

  • Wednesday, August 30th 2023 - 09:55 UTC

    Lula announces new ministry for SMEs

    I’m proposing the creation of a ministry for people, who need credit and opportunity, Lula said

    As part of his efforts to develop over 2 million formal jobs by the end of the year, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Tuesday he would create a ministry to deal with issues linked to small and medium-sized enterprises, assisting those who wish to become entrepreneurs, Agencia Brasil reported. It will be the 38th ministry in Lula’s administration

  • Wednesday, August 30th 2023 - 09:42 UTC

    Punta Arenas Winter Hockey Cup: Tierra del Fuego official calls Chilean mayor a 'colonialist'

    Mayor Radonich and Honorary British consul John Rees with members of the Falklands hockey delegation

    Success and the brilliant sportsmanship spirit from the Falkland Islands hockey teams, and their trophies, at the Punta Arenas Winter Cup, could not have come with some acid comments from Argentina.

  • Wednesday, August 30th 2023 - 09:41 UTC

    US State of Florida braces for Hurricane Idalia

    “Now is the time to leave,” Florida Gov. DeSantis warned

    Some 1.6 million people in the US State of Florida were to evacuate their homes in the coming hours as Hurricane Idalia has been forecast to make landfall on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in the northwest of the state with Category 3 winds (111 mph or 178 kph) Wednesday.

  • Wednesday, August 30th 2023 - 09:38 UTC

    Minerva's latest move shakes up Uruguay's meat processing landscape

    Ferber termed the development as “troubling news” from the perspective of INAC. Minerva Foods, which currently operates four plants in Uruguay

    Conrado Ferber, President of the National Meat Institute (INAC) of Uruguay, expressed his concerns on Tuesday regarding Minerva Foods' proposed acquisition of three meat processing plants from Marfrig. If the deal is finalized, it would result in one of the Brazilian multinational corporations controlling 45% of the southern country slaughterhouse market.