October 21, 2014

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will finally travel to Chaco province on Thursday evening, Cabinet sources confirmed to ámbito.com. Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich had anounced earlier today that the visit had been suspended.

Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich has defended the government’s plan to reform the Criminal Procedural Code, saying it will create a new, “faster and more efficient tool to fight crime.”

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Pope Francis will travel to Turkey next month, the Vatican said today, his first visit to the predominantly Muslim country which has become a refuge for Christians fleeing persecution by Islamic State militants in neighbouring Syria and in Iraq.

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If Argentines who hold 4,040 undeclared bank accounts in Switzerland don’t normalize their fiscal status and pay their debts, the AFIP tax bureau will file a complaint before the Office of Economic Crime and Money-Laundering (PROCELAC) requesting it investigates them.

US stocks rose at the open today, with the S&P 500 on track for a fourth straight session of gains, as Apple and Texas Instruments rallied after their results.

A plenary of Lower House committees was debating afternoon Argentina’s new Hydrocarbons Law that got a first Senate approval earlier this month.

Private and public banks will be paralysed on Wednesday due to a nation-wide strike called by the union which represents employees in the sector with renewed demands to update the income tax floor.

Media conglomerate Grupo Clarín has presented a formal legal challenge against the president of AFSCA media watchdog Martín Sabbatella, which was dismissed as ridiculous by the official as the dispute over a forced divestment of the company's multimedia assets continues.

The cabinet chief said that the international economic crisis “has resulted in an economic slowdown” and praised the government’s efforts to maintain employment levels in an adverse context.

Broad Front presidential candidate Tabaré Vázquez and Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli met yesterday in Colonia and said they were confident they could eventually improve bilateral ties between the two countries if they are elected to the presidency.

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Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich blasted the National Audit Office (AGN) in response for a report that denounced the under-utilisation of the national budget for road work this year. He said the AGN is politically-oriented and aligned with opposition parties. “We need to diminish the value of this reports,” the official stated.

Buenos Aires police officers were swooping railways in Vicente López today, looking for leads on the disappearance of businessman Damián Stefanini, who went missing last Friday.

Cristian Labbé, a retired colonel and former head of security in the Pinochet regime who later served as mayor of the capital's Providencia district, is a subject of the probe into human rights violations, government spokesman Álvaro Elizalde said to reporters.

Senior Hong Kong government officials will meet student leaders for the first time tomorrow in an attempt to defuse more than three weeks of pro-democracy protests which have brought parts of the Asian financial centre to a standstill.

The US dollar was up by a cent at 8.51 pesos in Buenos Aires City banks and foreign exchange offices. Meanwhile, the so called “blue” dollar advanced two cents to 14.70 pesos. 

One of two Canadian soldiers run down by a car driven by a suspected Islamic militant has died, police said, the first such incident in Canada since the country joined the fight against Islamic State militants.

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world.

Energy ministers of Russia and Ukriane were meeting in Brussels for talks brokered by the European Union's energy commissioner, aiming to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies.

A 78-year-old woman suffered a cardiac arrest and died today after the ambulance that was on its way to assist her was intercepted and stolen by two criminals driving a motorcycle – known here as “motochorros”.

The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in an airplane collision with a snowplow at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said today.

President Dilma Rousseff has gained some ground, but remains locked in a fierce battle for votes with rival Aecio Neves ahead of the October 26 runoff to Brazil's presidential election, a new poll showed today.

The World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of the deadly Ebola virus today after six weeks with no new cases, an achievement with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus.

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"I am convinced that if this threat is not stopped in West Africa with an immediate international response ... it could become one of the gravest pandemics in human history," the President of Cuba told a summit of the leftist ALBA bloc of Latin American and Caribbean countries in Havana.

Three members of Boca Juniors' "12" hooligan group, including alleged leader Mauro Martín, have been cleared of involvement in the murder of Ernesto Cirino, who was killed in the City neighbourhood of Liniers.

The City of Buenos Aires Legislature distinguished television presenter, businessman and football director Marcelo Tinelli as an Illustrious Personality of Culture, honouring the showman in a ceremony packed with famous faces from the worlds of politics and entertainment.

Gastón Aguirre, who found fame online and on local TV last month after he attempted to rob at gunpoint a Canadian tourist in La Boca while being filmed, has finally been arrested but not for anything related to robbery, he was accused of “resisting the authorities.”

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies

Oscar de la Renta, one of the most sought-after fashion designers of the last half century, dressing American first ladies and Hollywood stars in his classic silhouettes, died today at the age of 82.

In the early years of his reign, Spanish King Juan Carlos supported and financed the Argentine military dictatorship led by Jorge Rafael Videla, Público website reported yesterday. According to the media, Juan Carlos — who after 35 years on throne abdicated this year in favour of his son Felipe — personally approved several agreements with the 1976-1983 military regime, headed by Videla.


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