April 22, 2014

Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich has referred to yesterday’s US Supreme Court one-hour oral argument concerning hedge fund NML Capital Ltd's efforts to seek payment from Argentina. “We value the support of the US government to Argentina’s stance.”

• US S. Court hints at middle ground

Fiat's leader Cristiano Rattazzi defended the document released by private-sector leaders questioning the government's economic decisions. The AEA business association, meanwhile, said "authorities" and not businessmen were to blame for the rise in prices.

Just hours ahead of the official launch of the UNEN-Broad Front coalition this afternoon, MPs Fernando “Pino” Solanas and Hermes Binner clashed over the possibility of setting an alliance with Mauricio Macri’s right-wing PRO party.

• Broad Front, UNEN leaders slam PRO links

A lot of wasted effort and resources. This appears to be the conclusion that the Office of Drug Crime (Procunar) reached when it analyzed police actions and the judicial system against illegal drugs.

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner today praised the work carried out by herself and late husband Nestor Kirchner during over a decade of holding the Argentine presidency, stating that she had no doubt that her successor would inherit a healthier country than in 2003.

Current legislation dates from 1989, punishes possession for personal use

The failed attempts to change an old, dusty law

The government has formally launched a three-month debate over the Penal Code reform, with Supreme Court Justice Eugenio Zaffaroni leading a conference at the University of Buenos Aires Law School.

María Julia Alsogaray, a former official in the 1989-99 Carlos Menem administration, was yesterday sentenced to four years in prison for the fraud she committed during the privatization of the state-owned ENTel telecommunications company in 1989. It is the third sentence for Alsogaray in the past few years.

Speaking about an anti-picket bill submitted to Congress last week, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich assured “it’s not an Executive Branch initiative” although “Congress is the appropriate space for an open, plural and democratic debate.”

The Argentine and Paraguayan governments have agreed to tighten bilateral relations in a bid to find a solution for the liabilities held by the Binational Yacyretá Entity, the organisation charged with running the dam of the same name.

Syria will hold a presidential election on June 3, the speaker of parliament said today, setting a date for a vote likely to give President Bashar al-Assad a third term days after he said his forces were winning the country's civil war.

• Ban Ki-Moon: ‘Syrian elections will hamper the prospects for political solution' • Assad visits recaptured Christian town

South Korean President Park Geun-hye said the actions of some crew of a ferry that sank with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder.

• Ferry disaster death toll mounts to 58 as investigation continues

Parents of girls abducted by Islamist militants were searching for their daughters in a remote forest, they told the state governor, adding that 234 were still missing, a much higher figure than authorities said had been kidnapped.

President Hassan Rouhani's government confirmed rumours it had reshuffled the leadership of Iran's atomic agency to sideline nuclear experts opposed to talks on its atomic programme with the West.

US Vice President Joe Biden, on a visit to Kiev, called Moscow to remove troops built up on the borders of Ukraine and to "stop talking and start acting" on the surrender of pro-Russian separatist militants in the east of the country.

• US offers Ukraine $50 million aid package • Francis to meet with Ukrainian Premier

Families and friends of the Once train crash victims marked 26 months since the railway tragedy that claimed 51 lives and left almost 800 injured. The commemorative event took place at the Comodoro Py courthouse in BA City where ex transport secretaries Ricardo Jaime and Juan Pablo Schiavi face trial over their political responsibility in the accident.

US stocks rose today, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq on track for a sixth straight day of gains as a number of bellwether companies reported strong results.

Italy rescued from the sea and took to Sicilian coasts over a thousand immigrants in the last 48 hours with the Navy operation Mare Nostrum.

UKIP, Britain's anti-EU party, launched its campaign for next month's European elections today, fending off accusations from rival lawmakers that its pre-election posters were racist.

Stagnation hinders efforts to boost formal labour, says report

Private sector accounts for only one in five jobs in north

By Francisco Aldaya
Only 18 percent, or fewer than one in five, registered workers in northern Argentina are employed by the private sector, compared to the 35 percent seen in Buenos Aires province and 44 percent in the capital, according to a report published by the IDESA economic consultancy based on statistics from the INDEC national statistics bureau.

The far-right National Front (FN) leader, Marine Le Pen, officialy launched the party’s campaign for the European elections to take place in May 22-25, amid protests by the feminist group Femen who marched topless denouncing “Europe’s fascist epidemic”.

• British anti-EU party runs for Parliament accused of racism

Fans of Dock Sud, who were losing 1-0 to Deportivo Laferrere in the Primera C championship, rioted setting cars alight and fighting with police, who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas.

"This is a political trial, not a legal accusation," the former Transport Secretary told judges in the Second Federal Oral court, after seeing a request for his imprisonment filed by prosecuting attorney Gregorio Dalbón turned down by magistrates.

Gimnasia de La Plata have drawn level with River Plate at the top of the Final Championship, after Pedro Troglio's men took down All Boys 2-1 to strengthen their chances of a first-ever professional title.

Goals in the first 10 minutes from Argentines Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Agüero and a third before halftime from compatriot Martín Demichelis, following a Graham Dorrans strike for the visitors, helped close the gap on leaders Liverpool to six points.

The ashes of Gabriel García Márquez were taken yesterday to Mexico City’s majestic Palace of Fine Arts, where thousands of admiring readers began paying tribute to the Colombian Nobel laureate considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors of all time. Fans and family paid their respects to the beloved author, leaving flowers and playing music in remembrance of the Nobel laureate and giant of Latin American literature.


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By Andrea Rodríguez
The residents of 308 Oquendo Street were jolted awake in the middle of the night by violent shaking and a noise that they likened to a freight train, or an exploding bomb.

Running out the clock

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Running out the clock

Sergio Vigil, field hockey coach

‘I have the responsibility of spreading values’

By Gabriela Padín Losada

Apart from being a successful coach, Sergio “Cachito” Vigil has become an inspirational figure for having led the national women’s field hockey team through the process of creating an identity based on fair play, effort and happiness: the “trade mark” Leonas. He now works in River Plate and is enjoying the success of his book Un viaje al interior (A Trip to the Inner Self).

The annual Boston Marathon took place today with a moment of silence before the race started, in honour of the three dead and 264 wounded by the bombing attack in last year’s marathon.

• Boston Marathon breaks records

The construction of housing jumped almost 100 percent between 2010 and 2011 in Argentina's capital, but new homes and apartments in the country’s most populous metropolitan area were predominately built in wealthier parts, according to a recent report by the Buenos Aires City Economic and Social Council.

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