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Saturday, May 28th 2016 - 08:04 UTC

Operation Condor condemns Argentine ex dictator and 14 top military officers

Bignone, 88, the highest ranking figure on trial, was sentenced to 20 years in jail. Fourteen of the remaining 16 defendants got eight to 25 years behind bars.

Former Argentine dictator Reynaldo Bignone and 14 other ex-military officials were found guilty by an Argentine court on Friday of conspiring to kidnap and assassinate leftist dissidents as part of the Operation Condor program. Bignone, 88, the highest ranking figure on trial, was sentenced to 20 years in jail. Fourteen of the remaining 16 defendants got eight to 25 years behind bars. Two were found not guilty.

Saturday, May 28th 2016 - 06:08 UTC

UK-Argentina: a new start for an old relationship, according to The Economist

 The 60-metre Palladian clock tower was a gift from the city’s British community to mark the centenary of Argentina’s 1810 revolution

With its green bell tower and royal coat of arms, the Torre Monumental in Buenos Aires would not look out of place in a British market town. The 60-metre Palladian clock tower was a gift from the city’s British community to mark the centenary of Argentina’s 1810 revolution (though it was completed in 1916). On May 24th this year around 200 people gathered to commemorate its centenary.

Saturday, May 28th 2016 - 05:53 UTC

Falklands claim and UN chief post bid', “not incompatible” for Argentine minister Malcorra

“What we have been saying regarding the Malvinas is what we have said since the day we took office ... and I see no incompatibility” between that and becoming secretary-general, Malcorra said

Argentina's foreign minister Susana Malcorra said on Friday she believes there's no conflict of interest between her bid to be the next U.N. secretary-general and her ministerial work including pressing Argentina's sovereignty claim over the disputed Falkland Islands.

Thursday, May 26th 2016 - 06:34 UTC

Falklands are “most satisfied with Chile links and excellent health services”

“Our economy is strong enough to allow us to chose where we wish to send our students, and patients demanding services we can't supply in the Falklands”

Falkland Islanders are very satisfied with the Chile links and health services in Santiago, was the first reply to media speculations in the Buenos Aires media regarding possible changes in the Argentine government attitude and policies towards the disputed Falklands.

Thursday, May 26th 2016 - 06:19 UTC

Falkland Islanders must be addressed ”as Argentines or foreigners living in (mainland) Argentina”

Macri believes sovereignty discussions on the Islands remain an exclusive dialogue with London, in the framework of the United Nations.

The Falkland Islands and Falkland Islanders must be addressed as if they were Argentines or foreigners living in mainland Argentina, which means a more “normal relation” with the Islands including extending healthcare services, education and even greater air connectivity, according to the latest column from Martin Dinatale, editor in chief of La Nacion who in a previous piece revealed the “humanitarian approach” the government of Mauricio Macri has in mind on the Falklands/Malvinas dispute.

Thursday, May 26th 2016 - 06:05 UTC

Argentina confident Patagonia's shale formation foreign interest remains strong

“Vaca Muerta will continue to be for YPF and, for the country, a very good option to regain the energy sovereignty,” minister Aranguren said

Argentina's Vaca Muerta shale formation in Patagonia remains an attractive asset for international investors, many of which are looking to increase the amount they have invested so far, according to the country's Energy Minister Juan José Aranguren, a former Shell Argentina CEO.

Thursday, May 26th 2016 - 05:03 UTC

Macri's government in “100% agreement” with the Church's dialogue message

“We are 100% in agreement with the message from the Church, we agree with the creation of dialogue rounds”, underlined cabinet Chief Peña, following the religious service.

Argentina's cabinet chief Marcos Pena said president Mauricio Macri administration was “100% in agreement” with the Catholic church 25 May Day message “to leave aside statistics, think in the Argentine people and not fight among ourselves”.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 08:59 UTC

UN human rights expert calls on Argentina to urgently protect indigenous peoples

“The situation of indigenous peoples in certain areas of the country is appalling”, said OHCHR rapporteur Mutuma Ruteere

The United Nations human rights expert on racism urged Argentina to take urgent measures to sustainably address the invisibility, marginalization and systematic exclusion of indigenous peoples in the country. The UN assessed during a week in Argentina, the situation of indigenous peoples, peoples of African descent, migrants from the region and beyond, and other groups.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 08:46 UTC

Argentina's April inflation 6.7%, according to the Congress Index

“The utility rates increase explain more than two thirds of the month's inflation”, said the release

Argentina's April inflation climbed to a record 6.7%, and 19.4% in the first four months of the year, according to the latest Congress Index, announced on Tuesday. Public utility rates were blamed for two thirds of the April increase, the highest for a month since 2002.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 08:35 UTC

Argentine government agrees a 400% cap on natural gas hikes for Patagonia provinces

“We decided that no Patagonian resident will pay hikes above 400%” Interior Minister Rogelio Frigerio said.

The Argentine government has announced a cap on hikes to natural gas prices for the country’s southernmost provinces, after pushback from governors, the Judiciary and even local demonstrators prompted Energy Minister Juan Jose Aranguren to reconsider the scope of his most recent reforms.

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