October 29, 2014

Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich defended once again the reform of the Criminal Procedural Code and rejected criticism of it being xenophobic. “We welcome immigrants who come to help build the country but not those who seek to commit crimes,” he said.

• 'Gov't does not seek to persecute foreigners' • 'Insane to keep foreign criminals in country'

The head of the National Migration office Martín Arias Duval and the deputy secretary of the Criminal Policies office have condemned the comments made by Security Secretary Sergio Berni, describing foreign criminals as “a virus that has infected” the country.

Suspicious cyber activity has been detected on the computer network used by the White House and measures have been taken to address it, a White House official has disclosed.

Scientific theories including the "Big Bang" believed to have brought the universe into being 13.7 billion years ago and the idea that life developed through a process of evolution do not conflict with Catholic teaching, Pope Francis has said.

• 'For some I am a communist'

Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo has showed himself confident he will win next year’s primaries under the ruling Victory Front party ballot, saying he has a “lot of faith” in his own triumph challenging other Kirchnerite candidates with presidential hopes.

Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo explained today that citizens who are 75 or older are exempted from the obligation to request a new DNI identity card to replace the old one, which for the rest of the population are only valid until next December.

A US judge refused today to require Bank of New York Mellon Corp to turn over to holders of defaulted Argentine bonds any of the $539 million the country deposited to pay creditors who participated in its past restructurings.

By Tomás Brockenshire

Hours after Security Secretary Sergio Berni called foreign criminals “a virus that has infected” the country, FpV Senator Miguel Ángel Pichetto followed up with a hardening of the government’s line on xenophobia by telling Radical senators to not “be disingenuous nor naive” concerning measures contained in the proposed new Criminal Procedural Code.

The Supreme Court yesterday said search engines are not responsible for any content they index, handing a victory to Google in what had become one of the most technologically complicated issues to reach the country’s highest court in recent memory.

After three years since the first implementation of the restriction for dollar purchases, cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich defended the policy and aimed at “financial speculators” who seek to “break the political will of governments who defend the people’s interests.”

Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich commented on the meeting the government held with Edesur and Edenor power companies and said that investments are being made to prevent power outages in the summer.

Thousands of mourners packed a church and lined the streets outside it in industrial Hamilton, Ontario, today for the funeral of the soldier shot dead in last week’s attack on the nation’s seat of government.

• Top officials to face Parliament questioning after attacks

A total of 188 countries out of 193 voted against the restrictions that Washington holds against the Caribbean nation, which date back to 1962 - three years after Fidel Castro took power in a revolution against dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Mexican authorities said they had arrested four drug gang members involved in the kidnapping of dozens of student teachers who disappeared last month and are feared massacred.

The so called “blue” dollar plunged seven cents to 14.55 pesos, its lowest value since September 15. Meanwhile, the official rate of the US currency traded unchanged at 8.515 pesos in Buenos Aires City banks and foreign exchange offices.

Federal Planning Minister Julio De Vido announced that the Executive will send to Congress today a bill for “the development and regulation of information technologies and communications.”

The chairman of the Central Bank Alejandro Vanoli said he is “not worried about the reserves level” and even anticipated that they will increase before 2015.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to extend tax benefits granted to La Nación newspaper and other smaller media groups by an injunction in 2003, cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich said that it “shows the Court’s partiality” and that it violates the principle of equality before the law.

• La Nación, small media keep tax benefits

United States government health officials were among those from 31 countries in the Americas attending an Ebola conference in Cuba on Wednesday, the latest show of cooperation between the historic adversaries on fighting the disease.

• Texas nurse leaves hospital Ebola-free

US stocks opened little changed today, following a rally in the previous session, ahead of a statement from the US Federal Reserve as it winds down its stimulus program.

Argentina has urged Britain to follow its withdrawal from Afghanistan Helmand military base and to leave Malvinas islands. Secretary for the Malvinas Daniel Filmus called the British government to shut down “its biggest military base in the South Atlantic.”

An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after lift off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia on Tuesday, a NASA TV broadcast has shown.

Britain is analyzing the latest video of British hostage John Cantlie released by the Islamic State (IS) yesterday, the Foreign Office said. The footage apparently shows Cantlie as a combat correspondent in the Syrian town of Kobani, near the Turkish border, forecasting IS victory despite waves of US airstrikes.

Soccer - South american cup preview

Strong River to visit Estudiantes

League leader River Plate will visit Estudiantes today in the first leg of the South American Cup quarterfinals with the aim of reaching the semifinals where it may face Boca in an unexpected Superderby.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal, ranked number 3 in the ATP, has confirmed he will participate in the next edition of the ATP Buenos Aires, to be played at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis club from February 21 to March 1.

Three Argentine players have been nominated for the 2014 Golden Ball, the prize awarded by FIFA and France Football magazine to the best player of the year. Lionel Messi, Javer Mascherano and Ángel Di María have been included in the candidates list.

Venezuela has announced it is calling back its ambassador to Spain for consultations in protest over Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's call to free a Venezuelan opposition activist jailed for leading protests against President Nicolas Maduro.

A crash in Sao Paulo, Brazil last night left 11 highschool students and teachers dead and 30 wounded, when a bus hit a truck that was driving in the wrong lane of SP-304 highway of the state capital.

Heavy rain marked by strong damaging winds was hitting the City of Buenos Areas and several areas in the Greater Buenos Aires since yesterday’s night and continuing through today's early morning, bringing down tress and flooding streets with some public transportation services been canceled.

One of the most affected areas by the heavy storm and winds that have been registered since yesterday's night has been the city of Bragado in the province of Buenos Aires, firefighters in the area reported.

The storms that hit the BA City and Province have caused havoc in several districts. View photo gallery.


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