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Signs point - finally - to end of Europe recession
26 July 2013 - Europe's economy is showing signs of improvement. On Thursday, a German index of business confidence rose for the third month in a row. Meanwhile, surveys of purchasing managers in the euro area indicate manufacturing activity edged back into growth territory in July for the first time in 18 months. (more)

Britain backs Falkland islanders' right to drill for oil
16 March 2012 - Britain said on Thursday it supported the rights of Falkland islanders to exploit their oil reserves after Argentina said it would take legal action against companies involved in energy exploration around the South Atlantic islands. 'Hydrocarbon exploration is a legitimate commercial venture and the British government supports the rights of the Falkland islanders to develop their hydrocarbons sector,' a spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office said. (more)

Offshore oil a 'game-changer' for Falkland Islands
16 March 2012 - The Falkland Islands have struck oil offshore -- potentially vast stores of it. Billions of dollars in taxes and royalties could soon flow their way. If the first strike alone can attract the major investment needed to start producing crude, this closely knit community of 3,000 people mostly descended from sheep farmers, soldiers, and sailors could find themselves richer than sheiks. (more)

Falklands' land mine clearance set to enter a new expanded phase in early 2012
10 December 2011 - Robin Swanson, head of the Demining Program Office and visiting the Falkland Islands this week ahead of the new phase of land-mine clearance due to start early next year, confirmed that the forthcoming planned clearances will advance the demining process from the pilot stage to a more advanced 'land release' phase. Perhaps most notable in this summer's clearance will be the renewed access to Sappers Hill Corral. The large stone-walled corral is a notable Falklands' landmark and was once a popular picnic spot for Stanley residents but has remained unvisited for 30 years behind minefield fences. (more)


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Argentine-Falklands conflict touches both to core
12 March 2012 - Ever since seafaring explorers happened upon the Falkland islands in the 16th century, people have been fighting over them. The remote South Atlantic archipelago was variously spotted, mapped, named, or claimed by Portuguese, Dutch, French, British, Spanish, and American sailors for three centuries. It's why, as the 30th anniversary of Argentina's brief and bloody war with Britain approaches, many islanders believe the dispute will never end. They have much more in common with a small village in the north of Scotland than mainland Argentina, even if the South American coast is just a 45-minute plane ride away. They speak the Queen's English, fly British flags, watch the BBC, and get their kitchen appliances by container ships from England. Islanders say the Argentines have deliberately left them out of the equation, trying to pressure Britain into talks as if they have no say in their own future. 'Argentina has never said what it would do with us if it got us. The British have said it's up to us. But if we keep bleating on about being British, then the rest of the world can get on describing us as a colony,' said John Fowler, who made the islands his home after arriving as a contract schoolteacher from Britain in 1971. (more)

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