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Stories for March 21st 2024

  • Thursday, March 21st 2024 - 22:32 UTC

    Bolivia ready to launch biodiesel plant

    This plant will produce ecological diesel and will have established a certain mixture with fossil diesel for its commercialization,” said Arce

    Bolivian President Luis Arce Catacora announced that his country's first biodiesel production plant will start operating next week in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Although some experts have doubted the project's worth, the Government said that the new undertaking would generate up to US$ 100 million in savings on fossil fuel imports. Supreme Decree 5135 authorizes the addition of up to 25% of vegetable components to conventional fuels.

  • Thursday, March 21st 2024 - 22:09 UTC

    Money laundering charges filed against Bolsonaro's son Jair Renan

    Jair Renan Bolsonaro obtained a loan from the Santander Bank which was not paid back

    Brasilia's Public Prosecutor's Office of the Federal District and Territories (MPDFT) has filed a complaint against Jair Renan Bolsonaro, son of former president Jair Bolsonaro, for the crimes of money laundering, ideological falsehood, and use of false documents, Agencia Brasil reported. The arraignment is a result of the Federal District Civil Police's Operation Nexus probe.

  • Thursday, March 21st 2024 - 21:51 UTC

    Despite Gaza conflict, Israel among main natural gas exporters to Egypt

    “The expansion of the total export quota to Egypt was increased by 38.7 BCM over 11 years,” the Israeli Ministry of Energy’s announced

    Israel reported that natural gas exports from the Leviathan field to Egypt increased by 28% last year. Exports jumped from 4.9 billion cubic meters (BCM) in 2022 to 6.3 BCM in 2023. 

  • Thursday, March 21st 2024 - 21:35 UTC

    The traveling Foreign Secretary, 100.000 air miles and 20 countries in four months

    Lord Cameron visits Gypsy Cove on the Falkland Islands last month, where he saw Magellanic Penguins (Pic PA)

    The Daily Mail on Line has published that Lord David Cameron has travelled some 100,000 air miles and visited some 20 different countries during his four months as Foreign Secretary, zipping between European capitals and destinations further afield including Dubai, Paraguay, Thailand and the Falkland Islands. 

  • Thursday, March 21st 2024 - 19:55 UTC

    Milei criticized for his choices for the Supreme Court

    Lijo is said to have strong political ties to secure the Senate's nod

    Argentine President Javier Milei took heavy flak Thursday after signing a decree Wednesday whereby he nominated Buenos Aires City Federal Judge Ariel Lijo to fill the Supreme Court (CSJN) vacancy left by Justice Elena Highton de Nolasco when she retired in 2021. The head of state also singled out Manuel García-Mansilla to take over from sitting Justice Juan Carlos Maqueda who will be reaching the mandatory retirement age later this year.

  • Thursday, March 21st 2024 - 15:08 UTC

    It sort of happened, Non-white Britain

    Rishi Sunak, a Hindu of Indian heritage born in Southampton, became prime minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    By Gwynne Dyer - Nobody planned it, hardly anybody realized it was happening, and suddenly there it was: done. In the space of less than two years, the entire senior leadership of Great Britain has become non-white.

  • Thursday, March 21st 2024 - 09:58 UTC

    Uruguay braces for heavy storm

    “Inumet has decided to raise the current alert level from orange to red,” Santayana announced

    Classes were suspended in Uruguay for Thursday and other precautions were taken after a red alert was declared following the Weather Bureau's forecast of heavy electrical storms. Such a measure is enacted “when the intensity of a meteorological phenomenon in course or forecast implies an extreme or imminent risk level for the population in general.”

  • Thursday, March 21st 2024 - 09:41 UTC

    Brazil's Copom further lowers Selic interest rate in line with market expectations

    “There's nothing to celebrate,” Juvandia Moreira said

    Brazil's Monetary Policy Committee (Copom) announced Wednesday that it was further cutting the economy's basic interest rate known as Selic by 0.5 percentage points to 10.75% per year, Agencia Brasil reported.

  • Thursday, March 21st 2024 - 09:37 UTC

    Aerolíneas Argentinas' 48-hour strike for Easter Week lifted

    Argentines are looking ahead at an extra long weekend with the April 2 Veteran's Day in addition to the March 28 and 29 Easter Week recess

    The Argentine aviation industry labor unions that had announced a 48-hour strike for the Easter weekend have reached an understanding with local authorities whereby the measure was lifted and Aerolíneas Argentinas travelers were then reassured that their flights would proceed as scheduled.

  • Thursday, March 21st 2024 - 09:07 UTC

    Milei deepens ties with Washington by choosing used F-16 jets

    No further details as to when will the aircraft be handed over were disclosed

    Argentine President Javier Milei announced Wednesday that his country would purchase second-hand US-built F-16 fighter jets from Denmark, which would represent “the biggest advance in Defense in the last 20 years” according to a social media user eventually validated by the head of state.