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Montevideo, May 23rd 2024 - 08:36 UTC

Stories for 2024

  • Thursday, May 2nd 2024 - 05:47 UTC

    “Stop the boats” policy, First volunteer asylum seeker off to Rwanda

    British authorities have detained the first migrants set to be removed to Rwanda under PM Rishi Sunak's flagship illegal migration policy to begin by July

    British media is reporting that the UK has sent its first asylum-seeker to Rwanda under a voluntary scheme, just a week after the UK government adopted a controversial law allowing irregular migrants to be deported to the East African nation.

  • Thursday, May 2nd 2024 - 05:15 UTC

    Maritime traffic partially restored with temporary corridors at port of Baltimore

     The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, a vital route used by tens of thousands of vehicles daily, resulted in the tragic loss of six lives

    CBS News is reporting that the port of Baltimore, in Maryland has seen the arrival of a first container ship since the tragic collision and collapse of the Francis Scott Key bridge in March, with the loss of six lives.

  • Thursday, May 2nd 2024 - 05:08 UTC

    The Fed leaves rates unchanged because of lack of further progress on lowering inflation

    Fed chairman Powell said he thought that a rate increase was “unlikely”, while repeating that officials wanted greater confidence that inflation was easing

    The United States kept interest rates unchanged, given “a lack of further progress” toward lowering inflation. This means the Fed rate at 5,25% and 5,5% is at the highest level in more than two decades.

  • Thursday, May 2nd 2024 - 04:53 UTC

    Scotland's political system in the process of nominating a new First Minister

    Yousaf said he will resign as FM once a new leader is chosen. At that point, parliament will have 28 days to nominate a new first minister to be appointed by the King.

    Potential successors to outgoing Scotland's First Minister Humza Yousaf who announced his resignation on Monday, after a let down from the Greens, and fearing two no confidence votes, have been meeting to consider bids for the leadership of SNP. They are John Swinney and Kate Forbes who have yet to confirm their aspirations.

  • Wednesday, May 1st 2024 - 23:50 UTC

    Mondino assured of China's support for Argentina's stance regarding Malvinas/Falkland issue

    Beyond China's old support regarding the Malvinas/Falklands controversy, Mondino's trip seems to have yielded almost no results

    Although Argentine Foreign Minister Diana Mondino had the near-impossible task of putting her country on good terms with China despite President Javier Milei's disparaging campaign comments, some common ground was reached this week as the South American diplomat reaffirmed the one-China principle and Beijing backed Argentina's claim to the Falkland/Malvinas Islands.

  • Wednesday, May 1st 2024 - 21:28 UTC

    Argentine unions ratify May 9 general strike against Milei's policies

    When the measure was announced, Argentina “was bad and now it is worse,” Daer (L) explained besides Moyano

    Argentina's main unions insisted Wednesday during the Labor Day demonstrations that the plans for the May 9 general strike against President Javier Milei's economic reforms that are affecting people's purchase power were “not in doubt.” Healthcare workers union leader Héctor Daer, who co-chairs the General Labor Confederation (CGT), also explained that “We are going to go ahead with the struggle plan that we have been developing. When the measure was announced, Argentina ”was bad and now it is worse.”

  • Wednesday, May 1st 2024 - 19:23 UTC

    Brazil: Unemployment reaches 7.9% in Q1

    Brazil's government recorded encouraging figures regarding employment under a formal contract

    The Continuous National Household Sample Survey (PNAD) released by Brazil's Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) this week showed that 8.6 million people (or 7.9% of the population) were unemployed in South America's largest country in the first quarter of 2024, which represented a 0.5 percentage-point increase from the previous measurement ending in December.

  • Wednesday, May 1st 2024 - 14:38 UTC

    Colombian Armed Forces report missing ammo

    Petro fears the guns might be in the hands of Colombian rebels

    Colombian President Gustavo Petro said Tuesday that thousands of grenades, bullets, and 37 anti-tank missiles had gone missing from the Tolemaida and La Guajira Army bases. The head of state also explained during a press conference in Bogotá alongside Defense Minister Ivan Velásquez and Colombia's Armed Forces Commander General Helder Giraldo that “there have been networks for a long time – made up of people from the military and civilian forces – dedicated to a massive arms trade, using the legal weapons of the Colombian State.”

  • Wednesday, May 1st 2024 - 14:30 UTC

    Panama Canal Authority to explore desalinization plant's potential

    The Panama Canal uses freshwater from two local lakes to fill the locks through which vessels cross from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and vice versa

    The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced Tuesday that a pilot plan to test the viability of implementing a desalination process was to be carried out in a move to keep the century-old structure fully operational while maintaining the quality of water for human consumption.

  • Wednesday, May 1st 2024 - 14:27 UTC

    Brazil: Heavy storms kill at least 5 in Rio Grande do Sul

    Lula told Leite that the Federal Government would help the State of Rio Grande do Sul through the crisis

    At least five people were killed and 18 others went missing on Tuesday as heavy rains hit some 77 municipalities in the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul bordering Uruguay and Argentina. A total of 3,742 people were reported to have been affected, while 95 lost their homes and 6 were injured. Almost 300 people needed to be evacuated and taken to shelters.