MercoPress (63)

Merkel heading for a fourth term running, but an extreme-right party is poised to enter parliament

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks almost certain to clinch a fourth term in the general election next Sunday while a far-right party is poised to enter parliament for the first time since the end of World War II.

UK Foreign Secretary warm wishes to the Jewish community on Rosh Hashanah

The British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has sent warm wishes to the Jewish community as they prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Johnson said that every New Year is a time for reflection.

Why would I like to meet my neighbors in the Falkland Islands?

The Government of the Falkland Islands and the British Embassies in Uruguay, Brazil and Chile invite university students to participate in a regional competition to visit the Falkland Islands.

Secretary of State for Scotland on a three/day visit to Argentina

The Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, will start an official visit to Argentina during which he will hold meetings with national authorities, private sector representatives, and members of the civil society. The purpose of his trip to South America, which started on Tuesday with a ...

Hurricane Maria's 250km strong winds knock out Puerto Rico, St Croix, and Guadeloupe

Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5m people, emergency officials have said. Abner Gomez, head of the disaster management agency, said none of the customers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority had any electricity.

UK urges UN to be efficient and transparent, "win our trust"... and funding

Theresa May has warned the United Nations that Britain could withhold up to 30% of its £90m core funding each year unless the organization reforms. The PM told delegates at the UN general assembly there was a gap between "the nobility of its purposes and the effectiveness of its delivery".

Argentina claims at UN its Falklands/Malvinas legitimate and imprescriptible' sovereignty rights

Argentine vice-president Gabriela Michetti ratified before the United Nations General Assembly her country's legitimate and imprescriptible' sovereignty rights over the disputed Falkland/Malvinas Islands and made a new call on the United Kingdom to resume bilateral negotiations'

Petrobras recovers significant investment risk and trims debt burden

Petrobras raised US$2 billion from the sale of seven- and 10-year securities, replacing more expensive shorter-dated bonds as it seeks to trim a debt burden that is the largest among major oil firms. Petrobras sold US$1 billion each worth of senior unsecured bonds due in 2025 and 2028, ...

US current account deficit climbing, but so is net capital inflows

US current account deficit, which is the broadest measure of US trade, rose to US$123.1bn in the second quarter - its highest level since 2008. The rising gap was driven by a US$5.2bn fall in income receipts from foreigners, particularly in government fines and penalties.

The world is running out of antibiotics, WHO report confirms

A report – Antibacterial agents in clinical development – an analysis of the antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis – launched on Tuesday by the World Health Organization shows a serious lack of new antibiotics under development to combat the growing ...

New record for president Temer: 3,4% believe he is doing a great job, according to latest opinion poll

Approval for Brazilian President Michel Temer's government has plummeted, according to a poll published on Tuesday, as the scandal-plagued leader faces new corruption charges and struggles to push his economic reform agenda through Congress.

Maria Eugenia Vidal leads campaign in Buenos Aires province against Cristina Fernandez

Argentine President Mauricio Macri's has picked Buenos Aires province governor Maria Eugenia Vidal to lead the campaign against a comeback by populist ex president Cristina Fernandez in October's legislative elections.

Argentina 2018 budget bill forecasts growth of 3.5% and 15.7% inflation

Argentina's 2018 budget bill forecasts economic growth of 3.5% next year and average annual inflation of 15.7%, Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne told Congress. The bill proposes a 2018 primary fiscal deficit of 3.2% of gross domestic product as previously announced.

Offshore oil exploration takes off in Argentina at the Malvinas Basin

Searcher Seismic has made its entry into Argentina with four new multi-client projects. Beginning in phases, the first phase comprises of an offshore basin analysis report providing a regional framework to understand the offshore basins of Argentina, assisting industry's exploration efforts.

Temer: "We need more diplomacy, we need the UN more than before"

The President of Brazil, the first Head of State traditionally to address the annual United Nations General Assembly's general debate, pledged on Tuesday that his country will sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – reiterating that the nuclear powers undertake additional ...

Brazil's new top prosecutor reshuffles corruption investigation team: Mensalao "veterans" take over

Brazil's new top federal prosecutor on Tuesday reshuffled the team of investigators in charge of pursuing the biggest corruption probe yet conducted in Latin America's largest nation.

Trump threatens "rocket man" with total destruction; warnings to Iran, Syria, Cuba and Venezuela

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States will be forced to totally destroy' North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a rocket man' on a suicide mission.

Powerful wide ranging earthquake kills at least 200 in Mexico; thousands flee in panic

A powerful earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing buildings in plumes of dust and killing at least 200 people. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.

Merciless Hurricane Maria lashes across the Caribbean leaving thousands homeless

Hurricane Maria slammed into the US Virgin Islands on Tuesday, lashing the archipelago with rain as Puerto Rico braced for the Category Five storm's expected landfall on Wednesday. On St John Island, which was also battered by Hurricane Irma two weeks ago, locals reported seeing trees dramatically ...

Peru appoints more conservative cabinet following a no confidence vote

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski made Vice President Mercedes Araoz his new prime minister in a Cabinet shuffle on Sunday that won praise from the opposition - a sign his year-old government will likely avoid a fresh standoff with Congress. Kuczynski also swore in Deputy Economy Minister ...

Odebrecht sells stake of massive subway project in Buenos Aires

Scandal-hit Brazilian construction company Odebrecht said on Sunday it has sold its 33% stake in a massive subway project in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, but vowed to keep working in the country.

UK interest rate increase gradual, with appropriate withdrawal of monetary stimulus'

Any increases in UK interest rates in the coming months will be gradual' and limited', the Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said, but some withdrawal of monetary stimulus is likely to be appropriate over the coming months' to help return inflation to its 2% target.

Brazil August beef exports increase 34% year on year: 145.822 tons

Brazil's total beef exports in August rose by 34% year-on-year both by volume and in revenue terms, industry group Abiec said on Monday, indicating the worst of a food safety scandal that rocked Brazil's protein industry may be over.

Irish and French farmers warn about Mercosur/EU beef negotiations

News of a potential offer of a tariff rate quota for 85,000 tons of beef in the Mercosur/European Union negotiations has triggered a dismayed reaction from the ICSA's Beef Chairman Edmond Phelan.

Brazil's new prosecutor general sworn in: "People will not tolerate corruption and demand results"

The new prosecutor general tasked with leading Brazil's anti-corruption drive was sworn in on Monday, and said she would continue her predecessor's campaign against graft in Latin America's biggest nation.

Tory disunity over Brexit "could hand power to Jeremy Cobyn's Labour Party"

Lord Hague has become the latest senior Conservative to intervene within the party about how the UK should manage its withdrawal from the European Union. Writing in the Daly Telegraph, the former foreign secretary warned that disunity over Brexit could hand power to Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party.

Joint AECO/IAATO conference to promote responsible polar tourism

More than 90 representatives from the Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruise industry will gather in Iceland for the second AECO/IAATO conference to be held in October 1/4. The topic of the conference is evolution and new challenges in the polar tourism industry.

Venezuela "free of the dollar tyranny" publishes oil and fuel prices in Chinese Yuan

Venezuela published the price of its oil and fuel in Chinese currency on Friday in what it called an effort to free the socialist-run country from the tyranny of the dollar,' echoing a plan recently announced by President Nicolas Maduro.

Scotland and London discussing terms of devolution under Brexit

The Scottish government is to outline plans to amend the legislation taking the UK out of the European Union. The Scottish and Welsh governments call the EU withdrawal bill currently under consideration at Westminster a "power grab" of devolved responsibilities, and have worked together to draw up ...

Argentina rapidly recovering as a world power in beef exports

Argentina, which a century ago became a world power on the back of its beef exports, is poised to re-enter the top 10 shippers, helped by the end of trade curbs, and a herd rebuilding from near-50-year lows.

Hurricane Maria flattens Dominica: we need help, we need help of all kinds'

The British Overseas Territory of Dominica has suffered widespread damage' from Hurricane Maria, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced. We have lost all that money can buy,' he said in a Facebook post. The hurricane suddenly strengthened to a potentially catastrophic' category five storm, ...

Trump's first address to the UN Assembly: all countries will be listening

United States President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, will harshly criticize North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. "He will speak in extremely tough terms about the North Korean menace and the threat it poses to our security and the security of all the nations ...

Scottish government supports Catalonia's right to decide its future

The people of Catalonia should determine its future, the Scottish government has said. The region's government has insisted a referendum on independence from Spain will go ahead on 1 October. Madrid has vowed to block the vote, saying it is unconstitutional.

Washington considers closing embassy in Havana because of "sonic attacks"

The United States is considering closing its embassy in Cuba after diplomatic staff reported health problems which Washington blames on a "sonic attack". Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said a decision whether to shut to the mission in Havana was "under evaluation".

Spain pledges to keep border "fluidity" with Gibraltar following Brexit

Spain's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alfonso Dastis, sought to reassure cross-border workers during a visit to La Linea, insisting Madrid would work to minimize the impact of Brexit on Spanish citizens, and very especially those from the Campo and La Linea' who cross every day to Gibraltar.

Lib/Dem a growing "plausible alternative" given Tories and Labour's disarray, says Sir Vince Cable

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has insisted he is a credible candidate to be the next prime minister. Despite heading a party with just 12 MPs, Sir Vince said he could replace Theresa May in Downing Street.

Falklands' flock reaches 490.113; West Falkland produces more wool per sheep than in the East

By Sharon Jaffray - The Falkland Islands flock reached 490.113 sheep of which 281.671 in East Falkland and 177.506 in the West plus 30.936 in the outer islands, according to the latest Farming Statistics 2016/2017, in accordance with the Agricultural Returns Ordinance. Likewise the number of cattle ...

EU and UK business leaders voice concern about slow pace of Brexit talks

Business leaders have voiced concern about the slow pace of Brexit negotiations, warning it could affect a constructive exit from the EU. BusinessEurope, an umbrella group representing business federations across Europe, said companies needed certainty and time to prepare for future arrangements.

UK's Blue Belt Initiative taken as reference at the International Marine Protected Areas congress in Chile

The British Embassy in Santiago participated this month with over 30 British delegates and a GREAT-branded stand at Impac4, the world's largest Congress on International Marine Protected Areas held in La Serena, a city located in the north of Chile. The Congress, hosted by the Chilean Ministries of ...

Argentina receives in Vigo state of the art fisheries scientific research vessel

Argentina baptized and received on Saturday in Vigo, Spain a state of the art scientific fisheries research vessel which will be incorporated to Mar del Plata based INIDEP's fleet of vessels involved in promoting a sustainable fishing industry.

UK's Newton Fund offering opportunities for regional workshops and travel grants

The Newton Fund, a UK Government initiative, has announced the opening of applications for scientific researchers of six Latin American countries to take part in regional workshops on biodiversity or travel grants to the United Kingdom.

Britain's unemployment falls to a 42 year low, but wages remain far below inflation

Britain's unemployment rate has fallen to a new year 42-year low, official data showed on Wednesday, but wages growth remains far below overall inflation. The unemployment rate fell to 4.3% in the quarter through to the end of July, reaching the lowest level since 1975, the Office for National ...

UNWTO newly-formed Disaster Recovery Working Group for the Affected States in the Caribbean.

The program was formed to meet the needs of member states that have been recently impacted by powerful natural disasters such as hurricanes, tropical storms and earthquakes .Speaking at a special meeting of the newly convened recovery program, Secretary General of the UNWTO, Taleb Rifai said, We ...

Falklands promotes the Weather Observation Website to improve forecasting

The Falkland Islands government is calling for individuals' weather observations to be uploaded to the Met Office system thus helping with improving forecasting and in formal weather modeling.

International Day of Democracy, UN Secretary General Message

The International Day of Democracy, 15 September, is an opportunity to recommit to a world defined by values enshrined in the United Nations Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity. Yet in many societies around the world, there is a crisis of faith. Globalization and ...

Preservation of the Ozone Layer: 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol

The United Nations' International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated on the 16th September every year. Commemorating the 1987 signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the day advocates activities that create awareness on topics related to ...

UK at highest alert following the bomb in the Tube which caused 29 injured

The United Kingdom terror threat has been increased to its highest level as police continue the hunt for the person behind the Friday underground bombing in south-west London. The prime minister said the threat was now critical, meaning an attack is expected imminently, after a device was detonated ...

Theresa May scolds president Trump on London terror attack tweets

British Prime Minister Theresa May has rebuked US President Donald Trump for suggesting suspects in Friday's London train blast were known to police. I never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation,' she said.

Venezuela plans to abandon the dollar; greenback currently sells for 22.400 Bolivar

Venezuela temporarily suspended the sale of U.S. dollars through its Dicom auction system, following an announcement last week that it was moving away from the greenback in response to U.S. sanctions. The United States in August prohibited dealings in new debt from Venezuela and state oil company ...

Chilean company will build new cellulose plant in the south of the country

Chilean forestry company Arauco, a subsidiary of industrial conglomerate Empresas Copec SA, will invest US$185 million to build a new cellulose and textile pulp plant in the nation's south, the company said on Thursday.