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General strike in Brazil to protest changes to labor laws and pensions system

“It is going to be the biggest strike in the history of Brazil,” said Paulo Pereira da Silva, the president of trade union group, Forca Sindical. Public transport largely came to a halt across much of Brazil on Friday as protesters blocked roads and scuffled with police in a general strike to protest proposed changes to labor laws and the pension system. It is the first general strike in over two decades.

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Brazil hit by record 13.7% unemployment in March, 14 million out of a job

As the economy tumbled, Brazil's jobless rate has more than doubled since hitting a record low of 6.2% in 2013. Brazil's jobless rate rose to a record for the fifth straight month in March with more than 14 million workers unemployed, government data showed on Friday, illustrating the hardships caused by the country's deepest recession ever.

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Trump opts to renegotiate NAFTA agreement; talks to Pena Nieto and Justin Trudeau

”Late this afternoon, President Donald J. Trump spoke with both President Peña Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada. President Trump told reporters Thursday he had been planning to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement within days, but decided to try to renegotiate the agreement instead. The president held out the possibility of killing the trade deal later if the negotiations fail.

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Falklands: Argentine investors project to build a Howard Johnson hotel in Stanley

Alberto Albamonte first attempted the project, with Argentine investors back in 1999, but apparently the Argentine foreign ministry rejected it in 2000.     An Argentine businessman and partner of the US based Howard Johnson, with 37 hotels under that name in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, is attempting to refloat an old project to install a 40 rooms complex in the Falkland Islands, according to media reports in Buenos Aires.

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PM May had "constructive" talks with EC president Juncker and Brussels' chief Brexit negotiator Barnier

“President Juncker and Prime Minister May discussed the Article 50 process ahead of his participation in the European Council on April 29”, said an EC release UK Prime Minister Theresa May has had “constructive” talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on the Brexit process, Downing Street said. The Prime Minister hosted Mr Juncker and Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier for a working dinner in Number 10 ahead of a summit on Saturday where the leaders of the 27 other EU countries will consider their approach to the talks on the UK’s withdrawal.

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Gibraltar could be Spanish in four years, "but Gibraltarians must be seduced"

García-Margallo insisted that Brexit was the best opportunity Spain has had since the 18th century to further its aspirations over Gibraltar. Gibraltar could be Spanish “within four years”, Spain’s former foreign minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, said on Wednesday insisting that “the Hong Kongisation” of the Rock was possible in that timescale.

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Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and President Mauricio Macri

Presidents Trump and Macri underscored their continuing commitment to expanding trade and investment between the United States and Argentina President Donald J. Trump hosted President Mauricio Macri of Argentina (Thursday 27 April) to discuss ways to deepen the close partnership between the United States and Argentina.

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“The future of the Falklands depends on the Islanders, and that is what is most important”

Ambassador Kent visited the province of Salta where he met with the Governor Uturbey (pic), local officials, business organizations and media to talk on increasing trade, investments and cooperation British ambassador in Argentina Mark Kent has said that conflict policies lead nowhere, Argentina and the UK have different positions on the Falkland Islands sovereignty, but it is up to the Islanders to decide on their future. Anyhow bilateral relations have significantly improved with great prospects for trade, investments and cooperation.

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