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Stories for June 25th 2024

  • Tuesday, June 25th 2024 - 21:11 UTC

    Brazil: Lula visits ailing linguist Noam Chomsky and other “Over 90s”

    Lula spent 40 minutes with Chomsky

    Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva paid a visit Monday to renowned linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky who is recovering from heart surgery at his home in Sao Paulo. The 95-year-old US thinker has resided in South America's largest city since marrying Brazilian national and fellow linguist Valeria Wasserman.

  • Tuesday, June 25th 2024 - 20:18 UTC

    Kenyan peacekeeping forces land in Haiti

    Kenya intends to send a total of 1,000 troops of which the first 400 have arrived at their destination

    The first batch of Kenyan law enforcement officers making up a UN peacekeeping mission landed Tuesday at Port-au-Prince's Toussaint Louverture Airport. The African country intends to send a total of 1,000 troops to the Caribbean nation gripped by rogue gangs, resulting in over 580,000 people nationwide left homeless from pillaging.

  • Tuesday, June 25th 2024 - 10:55 UTC

    Awkwardness surrounds Milei's presence in Prague

    “We are on the right path,” Milei insisted

    Argentine President Javier Milei Monday said from Prague that he would “probably” be awarded the Nobel Prize for “rewriting economic theory” with his administration's alleged achievements rescuing the South American country from hyperinflation and getting it back on track. Besides his political engagements with the Czech authorities, Milei's presence in town sparked another controversy regarding a new accolade he was presented after the organization allegedly behind the distinction said it had nothing to do with it.

  • Tuesday, June 25th 2024 - 10:32 UTC

    Assange released from London maximum security prison

    Assange was to appear before a US Federal Court in the Mariana Islands before being allowed to fly on to his native Australia

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been released from London's Maximum Security Belmarsh Prison after reaching a plea deal with US prosecutors whereby he agreed to a 5-year prison sentence for espionage which allowed for the time already served to be counted.

  • Tuesday, June 25th 2024 - 10:30 UTC

    Paraguay getting ready to host OAS General Assembly

    Most deliberations will be held at the Conmebol headquarters

    Paraguayan authorities are fine-tuning the last arrangements for the upcoming 54th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) to be held in Asunción Between June 26 and 28. According to Paraguay's Foreign Ministry, some 1,200 people are expected to attend the continental event, which is to focus on the fight against transnational organized crime.

  • Tuesday, June 25th 2024 - 10:28 UTC

    Paraguay's shipping business needs Paraná River dredged as soon as possible

    Some 9,000 people work in Paraguay's river shipping business

    Paraguay's Congress will be asked to declare a hydrological emergency in the Paraná River to speed up dredging after members of the Paraná Joint Commission (Comip) discussed the hydro-climatological last week and agreed on the next actions, Merchant Marine Director Patricio Ortega explained in Asunción.

  • Tuesday, June 25th 2024 - 09:41 UTC

    Brazil's yearly inflation projection adjusted slightly upwards

    According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), the IPCA has accumulated 3.93% in 12 months

    Brazil's Central Bank (BCB) Monday released the latest edition of its Focus Bulletin showing a slight upward adjustment in the Broad National Consumer Price Index (IPCA) from 3.96% to 3.98% this year, Agencia Brasil reported. The index is considered the country's official inflation. The weekly survey among leading financial institutions also projected an increase from 3.8% to 3.85% next year while for 2026 and 2027 the forecasts were 3.6% and 3.5% respectively.

  • Tuesday, June 25th 2024 - 08:23 UTC

    State of emergency declared in Mato Grosso do Sul due to Pantanal fire

    Mato Grosso do Sul Governor Eduardo Riedel declared an emergency situation in the state's municipalities affected by forest fires

    Brazilian authorities have declared a state of emergency for six months in Mato Grosso do Sul in a move to facilitate help against the fire in the Pantanal, a natural region encompassing the world's largest tropical wetland area, and the world's largest flooded grasslands, where flames reached 627,000 hectares this year, according to the Laboratory of Environmental Satellite Applications (Lasa) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Experts believe the main cause for this phenomenon was the extreme drought coupled with human action, especially agricultural expansion.