Stories for April 2008

Wednesday, April 30th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Argentine minister denies Cristina-Nestor “dual command”

Pte. CFK and her husband former Pte. NK

Argentine Justice Minister Aníbal Fernández has denied there is a “dual command” governing the country and said that President Cristina Fernández is the one in charge, not her husband, former President Néstor Kirchner.

Wednesday, April 30th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Spanish court rejects extradition of former Argentine president

Isabel Martinez de Peron in Spain

However Spain's highest court has ruled that Peron, 77, was not implicated in the death squad's activities. The Anti-Communist Alliance or Triple A as it was known, murdered as many as 15-hundred people, according to human rights groups. The killings have been described as the start of Argentina's “dirty war” against leftist dissidents under subsequent military juntas.

Wednesday, April 30th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Mrs. Kirchner denies rift with Spain over air flag carrier

 Moratinos denied that the issue of Aerolíneas Argentinas had been debated

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner underlined on Monday the close relations with Spain and vehemently denied tensions over the situation of Aerolíneas Argentinas whose major shareholders are Spanish and allegedly room is being made for Argentine investors to join.

Wednesday, April 30th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

US and Uruguay sign technology cooperation accord

Foreign Minister of Uruguay G.  Fernandez and Secretary of State C.  Rice<br>Photo: USA Embassy

United States and Uruguay signed on Tuesday a bilateral agreement to promote and increase cooperation in Science and Technology. The agreement was signed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Uruguay's Foreign Affairs minister Gonzalo Fernandez during a ceremony at the State Department.

Wednesday, April 30th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Power failure causes panic in crime-ridden Venezuelan capital

A major power blackout hit almost 40% of Venezuela's territory and left Caracas in the dark for hours on Tuesday. Power was restored to most regions and Caracas by mid-evening. However a feeling of panic invaded Caracas because the transport system grounded to a halt and commuters had to walk through the crime-ridden city.

Wednesday, April 30th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Falklands councillor talks tourism at conference

Councillors Cockwell and Richard Stevens are travelling to Gibraltar for a CPA meeting

A Falklands councillor invited to give an opening presentation at a tourism industry infrastructure meeting in Gibraltar will describe the Falklands experience in setting up an industry from nothing.

Wednesday, April 30th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

North Falklands Desire Petroleum names new chairman

Desire Petroleum the hydrocarbons exploration company wholly-focussed on the North Basin of the Falkland Islands, announced Wednesday that Dr. Colin Phipps will be stepping down from the Board, due to ill health, with immediate effect.

Wednesday, April 30th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Uruguay anticipates commodities export boom to continue

Economy minister Danilo Astori

Uruguay's Economy minister Danilo Astori said there's no indication forecasting “the fall of Uruguayan exports international prices” in the framework of the current global surge of commodity prices.

Wednesday, April 30th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Fed cuts rate to 2%; forecasts soft growth in next quarters

The United States Federal Reserve cut on Wednesday its key interest rate 25 points from 2.25% to 2% as it aims to avoid a possible US recession. It is the seventh rate cut since last September, when the rate was cut from 5.25% to 4.75% and in the range of what markets were expecting.

Wednesday, April 30th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Investment grade for Brazil; stock market balloons 6.3%

Brazil's Ibovespa stock exchange index jumped to a record on Wednesday after Standard & Poor's unexpectedly raised the country's credit rating to investment grade. S&P Ratings Services Brazil's debt rating announcement from BB+ to BBB- sent domestic stocks soaring 6.3% hitting a new intraday record of 67,854.

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