December 4, 2013
Berni had confirmed a special anti-turmoil team of military police was already on its way to the province but cancelled the deployment after a deal was reached with the provincial police forces over a wage hike.• Opposition urges gov't to send security forces
Federal Judge in charge of the AMIA investigation Rodolfo Canicoba Corral ruled out the demand by Jewish community organizations to declare the unconstitutionality of the Memorandum of Understanding reached between Buenos Aires and Tehran to probe the 1994 bombing.
The 127 deputies who were elected in October’s midterms were sworn in today. Victory Front’s Martín Insaurralde and Renewal Front’s Sergio Massa took oath of office with Lower House authorities being renewed. Julián Domínguez was re-elected as president of the second chamber.
By Fermín Koop
The federal government toughened its currency controls yesterday to stem a dramatic depletion of its international reserves by making it more costly for people to travel abroad and buy foreign goods with their credit cards.• 'Levy is to stem currency drainage'
National Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich and Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri met today for the first time since the new cabinet member took his position, with both politicians exalting a "shared agenda" on addressing reporters following the summit.
A Hezbollah commander who fought in Syria's civil war was shot dead outside his home in Lebanon in an attack which the militant Shi'ite group blamed on Israel.
In the lower house of congress
By Juan Manuel Ibarra
By Pablo Jiménez
A UIA meeting in Cardales was the stage for the first meeting between the Cabinet Chief and the United States' most senior representative in Argentina. Kevin Sullivan, who is in charge of the US embassy on an interim basis, met with Jorge Capitanich backstage at the industrial organisation's annual event.
In charge of closing the 19th Annual Conference of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA), the cabinet chief called for a “federal, integrated country” where the “false contradiction” between the farming and the industrial sectors can be sidelined.
Th Repsol head referred to the deal reached between Buenos Aires and the Spanish company to settle a compensation agreement over the expropriation of YPF last year. “The more the better,” he said.
The Fiat Argentina CEO showed himself excited about the changes the government has carried out over the past weeks including the designation of Jorge Capitanich as cabinet chief. There is "a very good business environment," Ratazzi told reporters.
The so called "blue" dollar which trades in the parallel market today climbed 12 cents to 9.30 pesos for buyers after plunging 39 cents yesterday. The official rate was trading one cent and a half higher at 6.18 pesos for buyers at banks and exchange offices in Buenos Aires.
President Barack Obama's chief of staff said today that more than 1 million new visitors had checked out the HealthCare.gov website yesterday, the first day after a major overhaul of the troubled site used to shop for health insurance required under new reforms.• Site traffic surges, problems persist
Security Secretary Sergio Berni today visited the Buenos Aires province city of Chivilcoy to supervise assistance works carried out by the military police following the tornado that hit the area yesterday.
The cabinet chief said Juan Manuel De la Sota made no contact with federal authorities following the wave of looting that is hitting the province of Córdoba. Jorge Capitanich stated that the national government will “monitor the situation” but stressed the conflict’s “responsibility lays strictly on De la Sota.”
The Córdoba crisis has led so far to one dead, at least 60 injured -including 13 people who received gunshots-, and more than 50 arrested, following the looting that spread after the provincial police launched a sit-in at the Preventive Action Command headquarters in demand for salary hikes.
US stocks fell at the open today as investors fretted that strong private jobs data could give the Federal Reserve ammunition to scale back an asset purchase program that boosted equities for much of the year.
OPEC agreed today to renew for the first half of 2014 a collective oil production cap of 30 million barrels a day, two OPEC delegates said.
By Federico Poore
After years of allocating more than 6 percent of its gross domestic product to education, the country’s students are scoring just as badly as they did in 2000, according to results released yesterday by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The Security Secretary praised the appointment of María Cecilia Rodríguez as Security Minister and of father Juan Carlos Molina to head the anti-drug trafficking office SEDRONAR. “At a global level, fight against drugs has failed,” Berni warned.
The new ball for next year’s World Cup — called the “Brazuca,” in honour of Brazil, of course — was unveiled at a ceremony yesterday in Rio de Janeiro.
SOCCER — SOUTH AMERICAN CUP
Lanús will face Ponte Petra of Brazil today in the first leg final of the South American Cup and will aim for a good result in order to clinch its first international title of the last 17 years next week at its home stadium.
The White House said today that it opposes a fresh effort by some members of the US Senate to impose new sanctions against Iran, even if the new restrictions would not take effect for months.
The editor of UK newspaper The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, has asserted that only a tiny part of the material leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has entered into the public domain.
Embattled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich flew to China with his government facing uproar in parliament and turmoil on the streets over a decision to spurn closer ties with the European Union under pressure from Russia.
Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in a high-security prison for ordering an acid attack that nearly blinded the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and tarnished the reputation of one of Russia's most prominent cultural institutions.
Marcelo J. García
Aside from queen, submarines and pound, all else is a patchwork of concepts
By Archie Whitworth from UK
Last weekend should have been a glorious St. Andrew’s day celebration. The people of Scotland, particularly those in favour of independence from the UK, should have been basking in the ambitious plans laid out by Alex Salmond’s white paper, in which the First Minister and leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party laid out his plans for “Scotland’s Future.”