Stories for February 23rd 2012
Argentine pro-government and opposition legislators decided to postpone until Saturday the trip to Tierra del Fuego to present the document that will be the base for the “State policy” regarding the sovereignty claim over the disputed Malvinas Islands.
A group of Argentine intellectuals, academics and free-thinkers have criticized President Cristina Fernandez government strategy of confronting the UK on the Malvinas Islands sovereignty dispute and called for dialogue that guarantees the self determination of the Falkland Islanders.
Spain’s main corporations are freezing investments in Latinamerica this year with no chances of an increase given the risk of the global financial crisis hitting negatively in the region, particularly Brazil and Mexico.
Uruguayan president Jose Mujica said that the presence of Prince William, heir to the British Crown, in the Malvinas Islands is a gesture “not at all nice” and called for the dispute with Argentina not to become military because it’s no good for anybody, least for the region.
Inflation and an over valued currency are among the main challenges faced by the Uruguayan economy this year in the framework of a global recession which threatens the country’s exports
Rioting police in the north of Argentina took over their main communications centre in Posadas, capital of the province of Misiones as they claimed for better working conditions and a salary hike. Likewise, the policemen requested to be allowed to unionize their men.
Argentine President Cristina Fernández issued a two day mourning period over the train accident in one of Buenos Aires main stations which left 50 people dead and 676 injured.
The wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has begun legal action over the alleged interception of her private phone messages, her lawyer said on Wednesday, making her the latest public figure to be drawn into a hacking scandal that has shaken the country's media.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez imminent departure for more cancer surgery in Cuba has thrown his re-election campaign into uncertainty and once again shaken the populist leader's passionate supporters.
Chile’s flag-carrier LAN announced that as of Wednesday it will cut Chile-South America fares as much as 40%. For years LAN has used what is known as the low-cost carrier model on its domestic flights, which has greatly reduced fares on its domestic flights and increased traffic.