Daily Archives: March 23, 2016

Brazilians traveling abroad reduce spending amid recession

Brazilians traveling abroad reduce spending amid recession

الخميس 1437/6/15 هـ الموافق 2016/03/24 م واس

SAO PAULO, Jumada II 15, 1437, March 24, 2016, SPA — Brazil’s Central Bank says Brazilians traveling abroad in February reduced their spending more than 40 percent compared to the same month one year earlier, according to AP.

The bank said Wednesday on its website that Brazilian travelers spent $841 million last month. That’s 43.5 percent less than the $1.49 billion spent in February 2015.

A contracting economy and the declining value of the Brazilian real, which last year fell almost 50 percent against the dollar, help explain the spending reduction. A devalued currency makes foreign air fares, hotel fees and products more expensive.

–SPA
02:15 LOCAL TIME 23:15 GMT

UN envoy announces cease-fire in Yemen on April 10

UNITED NATIONS, Jumada II 15, 1437, March 24, 2016, SPA — The warring parties in Yemen have agreed to a cease-fire at midnight on April 10 ahead of a new round of peace talks starting April 18 in Kuwait, the U.N. envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahme…

UN rights forum sets up group to pursue crimes by North Korea

UN rights forum sets up group to pursue crimes by North Korea

الخميس 1437/6/15 هـ الموافق 2016/03/24 م واس

GENEVA, Jumada II 15, 1437, March 24, 2016, SPA — The United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday set up a group of independent experts to study how to bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against humanity committed by North Korea, but Pyongyang immediately rejected the move as politically motivated, according to Reuters.

The 47-member forum adopted by consensus a resolution brought by the European Union and Japan, but the delegations of Russia and China took the floor before the decision to say that they “disassociated” themselves from the consensus.

The Council called on the experts to “recommend practical mechanisms of accountability to secure truth and justice for the victims of possible crimes against humanity in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, including the International Criminal Court”.

–SPA
01:56 LOCAL TIME 22:56 GMT

Reports: Seized spreadsheets list top Brazil politicians

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jumada II 15, 1437, March 24, 2016, SPA — In another stunning turn in the snowballing corruption investigation that is shaking Brazil, top newspapers on Wednesday released scans of dozens of spreadsheets seized by police listing a comp…

US order thousands of unsafe tractor trucks off the road

WASHINGTON, Jumada II 15, 1437, March 24, 2016, SPA — The U.S. government is ordering federal and state inspectors to remove certain Volvo tractor trucks from the road because of a steering wheel defect that can cause a complete loss of control of the…

US repatriates nearly 60 Cubans who attempted ocean crossing

Washington, Jumada II 15, 1437, March 24, 2016, SPA — The United States on Wednesday repatriated 58 Cubans who had attempted illegal ocean crossings into the US in separate efforts in the last week, the US Coast Guard said, according to dpa.The Cuban …

Mauritanian President receives Secretary General of Muslim World League

Nouakchott, Jumada II 14, 1437, March 23, 2016, SPA — President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz received here today Secretary General of the Muslim World League Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Mohsen Al-Turki.During the re…

Deputy Crown Prince Meets US official

Deputy Crown Prince Meets US official

الاربعاء 1437/6/14 هـ الموافق 2016/03/23 م واس

Riyadh, Jumada II 14, 1437, March 23, 2016, SPA — Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, met here today United States Department of State Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel.

During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations and discussed the latest developments in the Middle East and efforts exerted to deal with them.

The meeting was attended by a number of senior officials.

–SPA
23:33 LOCAL TIME 20:33 GMT