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Stories for December 4th 2023

  • Monday, December 4th 2023 - 10:50 UTC

    EU-Mercosur deal slowly vanishing

    Rich countries always want more, Lula said

    The European Union's Commissioner who was due to attend the Dec. 7 Mercosur Summit in Rio de Janeiro to sign the trade agreement between both blocs has canceled his trip, it was reported Sunday. According to the Financial Times, Valdis Dombrovskis shall not be attending the event, which in addition to announcements in Buenos Aires and Brasilia coupled with further negative statements from French President Emmanuel Macron, would amount to the end. at least for now, of the much-heralded agreement.

  • Monday, December 4th 2023 - 10:42 UTC

    France to donate € 500 million to Brazil's Amazon Fund

    “With Brazil, we are determined to preserve the forests,” Macron said

    French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday pledged € 500 million over the next three years to Brazil's Amazon Fund, while the United Kingdom announced an additional £ 35 million (around € 40.78 million) in addition to the £ 80 million (€ 93.22 million) it had already announced in May, Agencia Brasil reported.

  • Monday, December 4th 2023 - 10:32 UTC

    Former top US diplomat arrested for working for Cuban gov't

    Rocha played key roles in Buenos Aires and La Paz

    The Colombian-born Manuel Rocha, a 73-year-old former diplomat who served as US Ambassador to Bolivia and was also in charge of the Embassy in Buenos Aires between 1997 and 2000, has been arrested in Miami for allegedly working to promote the interests of the Cuban government, it was reported.

  • Monday, December 4th 2023 - 10:26 UTC

    Oil companies' pledge deemed insufficient at COP28

    “The Decarbonization Charter fails to address the fundamental issue of fossil fuel consumption,” Guterres argued

    While 50 leading oil companies and more than 100 countries committed at the Conference of Parties (COP28) to reducing their methane emissions and up their energy efficiency, experts and activists claim these measures address the visible effects, but not the root of the problem.

  • Monday, December 4th 2023 - 10:08 UTC

    Venezuelans vote to annex Essequiba Guiana amid poor turnout

    Venezuelans vote to annex Essequiba Guiana amid poor turnout

    Despite a poor turnout, Venezuelan authorities Sunday confirmed 95.93% of 10,554,320 voting Venezuelans replied “aye” in a non-binding referendum to the question of whether or not to annex the Essequiba Guiana, a 160,000 square-kilometer region the country claims as its own but which has been under Guyanan control for over a century.

  • Monday, December 4th 2023 - 09:50 UTC

    Congressman Santos kicked out of US House of Representatives

    The son of Brazilian immigrants, Santos has a long history of lies to boost his persona

    Republican Congressman George Santos (NY), a compulsive liar who claimed his grandparents fled the Holocaust and allegedly used his campaign funds to pay for X-rated subscriptions, got no third time lucky on Friday when the House of Representatives voted 311-114 to make him only the sixth lawmaker ever to be expelled.

  • Monday, December 4th 2023 - 08:20 UTC

    UK leads action to protect rainforests committing £85 million funding at COP28

    Energy Security Secretary Claire Coutinho said UK is a world leader in the drive to net zero, ”so it is vital we support our international allies like Brazil in meeting their climate ambitions. 

    The UK announced a multi-million pound package of measures to protect the world’s rainforests, encourage investment in clean energy technologies, and help developing countries cut their carbon emissions. 

  • Monday, December 4th 2023 - 08:03 UTC

    Equine encephalomyelitis, Argentina declares sanitary emergency; Uruguay reports first case

    Equine encephalomyelitis is highly contagious and can affect humans

    Argentina has finally declared a sanitary emergency in all of its territory, following an increase in equine encephalomyelitis, EE, and anticipates “immediate, extraordinary, exceptional measures to contain further outbreaks of the virus disease”.