Stories for August 19th 2011
Thousands marched down Santiago’s Alameda thoroughfare on Thursday, calling once more for sweeping reforms to Chile’s public education system. The march began around 10:30 when 4,000 demonstrators gathered at the downtown corner of San Martin and Alameda, then continued westward down Alameda past the Los Héroes subway stop.
US President Obama administration said Thursday it would postpone the deportation of illegal immigrants without criminal records and allow them to apply for work permits as it reviews over 300.000 cases.
Argentina will file an official complaint against Britain for oil exploration activities in Falklands/Malvinas disputed waters before the United Nations Decolonisation Committee and have invited the C24 president to visit Argentina to hold a meeting on the issue in Buenos Aires.
The first complete map of the speed and direction of ice flow in Antarctica will help scientists to track future sea-level increases, according to the team behind the project.
Colombia “fully identifies with the government of Cristina (Fernandez de Kirchner)” because it shares democratic values and welfare and development objectives, said President Juan Manuel Santos the first Colombian leader on an official visit to Argentina for over a decade.
Chile officially recognized 9,800 more victims of its dictatorship on Thursday, increasing the total number of people killed, tortured or imprisoned for political reasons to 40,018.
Asian stocks fell on Friday, following the trend on global markets, on continuing worries that the US economy could slide back into recession and the Euro debt crisis remains latent.
The Chilean central bank held its benchmark rate steady at 5.25% on Thursday for a second month running as inflation expectations ease and the global outlook darkens, boosting bets it has ended its rate hike cycle early.
Stock markets across Latin America, led by regional heavyweight Brazil, fell sharply Thursday as recession fears sent global markets down. Meanwhile the spot price of gold hit yet another record high of just below 1.829 dollars an ounce.
The US Department of State released it’s 2010 Country Reports on Terrorism, in which it praised Argentina for “cooperating well” with the US in analyzing possible terrorist threat information,” although it warned about the country’s “virtually no progress toward addressing anti-money laundering and counterterrorist finance activities.