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Brazilian 2017 inflation below target for the first time in two decades

Economists expected an end to falling food prices after months of declines triggered by a record agricultural harvest. Yet food deflation accelerated in November   Brazil's monthly inflation eased more-than-expected in November after accelerating in the previous month, mainly due to the continued fall in food prices, preliminary data from IBGE showed on Friday. The consumer price index rose 0.28% month-on-month following 0.42% in October.

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Opposition parties will be barred from 2018 presidential vote, Maduro anticipates

Key figures who have led street protests against Maduro's rule such as Henrique Capriles, Leopoldo Lopez and others, will be barred from the presidential election President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday that leading opposition parties will be barred from taking part in next year's presidential vote after they boycotted mayoral polls, in a move set to further consolidate his grip on power. That includes the groups of key figures who have led street protests against his rule such as Henrique Capriles, Leopoldo Lopez and others, Maduro told reporters after casting his vote in the municipal polls.

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United Nations year-long campaign to honor foundational human rights document 70th anniversary

“Human rights have been one of the three pillars of the United Nations, along with peace and development,” said Secretary General António Guterres in his message The United Nations on Sunday kicked off in Paris, France, a year-long campaign to honor the foundational human rights document, which next year marks its 70th anniversary.

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Honduras opposition, backed by international observers, challenges election results and insists on full recount

The electoral court's original tally put President Juan Orlando Hernandez ahead by more than 52,000 votes or 1.6%. The challenger in Honduras' still unresolved presidential election has filed a challenge to the November 26 contest that seeks to annul the results and requests a recount. Salvador Nasralla, candidate of the opposition alliance, and his campaign team handed over the paperwork with just minutes to spare before a midnight deadline on Friday.

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Mercosur/EU closer to an agreement but differences on new farm proposal remain undecided

Agriculture Commissioner Hogan is due to meet Mercosur ministers in Buenos Aires sometime on Sunday as part of a World Trade Organization gathering. The European Unionís farm chief pressed Mercosur countries to offer market access for EU wines, spirits, olive oil and dairy goods to help seal a free-trade agreement that has been in the works for two decades.

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Battle Day in London

Falklands Government Representative Ms Sukey Cameron and Mr Andrew Rosindell MP go forward to lay their wreaths for the FI Government and the FI All-Party Parliamentary Group The annual Falklands memorial service at the Cenotaph took place on the 9th December under a brilliant cloudless sky. This commemorates all those who gave their lives liberating the Falklands from Argentine occupation in 1982. But it originally commemorated the naval Battle of the Falkland Islands, on the 8th of December 1914, and those who gave their lives then.

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Arab allies urge US to abandon recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital; appeal to UN Security Council

Trump's endorsement of Israel's claim to all of Jerusalem as its capital would reverse long-standing U.S. policy Arab foreign ministers on Sunday urged the United States to abandon its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying the move would increase violence throughout the region.

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WTO summit takes off in Buenos Aires: anybody's guess what the outcome can be

 The Trump administration has made WTO a preferred target of its “America First” policy, threatening to pull America out of the trade organization Under fire from the United States, wracked by disagreements over China and unable to kick-start stalled trade talks, the World Trade Organization meets under a cloud in Argentina from this Sunday. The Buenos Aires meeting will be the first in the era of US President Donald Trump, who has pummeled the 164-member body relentlessly since taking office, even describing it as a "disaster"

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