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Friday, August 5th 2016 - 20:23 UTC

Argentine human rights leader arrest warrant for alleged involvement in public funds embezzlement

A judge issued the warrant for De Bonafini arrest Thursday after the activist missed two citations for questioning.

Hundreds of supporters prevented Argentine police on Thursday from executing an arrest warrant against the 87-year-old president of the human rights groups Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in a highly politicized corruption case. Hebe de Bonafini had refused to submit to questioning about the alleged embezzlement of public funds meant for a low-income housing project, “Shared Dreams”, registered in her group’s name.

Friday, August 5th 2016 - 20:18 UTC

Kerry delivers declassified documents from the Argentine 1976/83 dictatorship

The relationship between US and Argentina is an exciting, forward-looking one, ”but we’re also conscious of the lessons from the past,” Kerry said

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the first batch of Washington’s declassified intelligence documents dating back to the 1976-1983 Argentine dictatorship to President Mauricio Macri, following through on a commitment made by US President Barack Obama during his March visit to Argentina.

Friday, August 5th 2016 - 19:50 UTC

Mercosur founding members agree to disagree, but will hold another round of talks

“It was an extremely cordial meeting but we did not reach a consensus on Mercosur presidency, which remains vacant and is a  priority” said Rigoberto Gauto

Mercosur founding members coordinators who met in Montevideo on Thursday to address the controversy over the presidency of the group and the self proclamation to the post by Venezuela, did finally reach some conclusions, but the most significant seems to be that they continue to disagree on the steps to follow and are prepared for another round of talks.

Friday, August 5th 2016 - 13:24 UTC

Argentina squid landings very poor; jiggers could anticipate closure of the season

Official stats show that in the first 18 days of July the Illex catch was only 233.6 tons, and so far this season, cumulative landings have totaled 52,371 tons

Argentina reports poor results from the current Illex squid season and does not discard an anticipated closure if catches fail to recover. The president of the Argentine Chamber of Jigger Fishing Shipowners (CAPA), Juan Redini confirmed to the portal Pescare that only five to six vessels remain operational between parallels 40° and 42°, but with erratic course and catches.

Thursday, August 4th 2016 - 21:52 UTC

Venezuela defies Mercosur members and announces it will “fully exercise the presidency”

“We are presidents of Mercosur and will fully exercise that right” said Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in a mandatory national television message

Venezuela has defiantly confirmed that is will fully exercise the “self-proclaimed” presidency of Mercosur, despite the opposition from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, who consider the chair vacant and are meeting in Montevideo to find an alternative for the six month mandate.

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016 - 06:10 UTC

Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay consider Mercosur chair 'vacant' and call for urgent meeting

Serra sent a letter underlining that the chair of the group remains “vacant” and accused Uruguay of causing “uncertainty” inside the group

Mercosur's disarray and fault lines were again exposed when Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay insisted that Venezuela's self proclamation as president of the group was invalid, and also expressed disappointment with Uruguay for having ended its mandate last Saturday causing “great uncertainty”.

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016 - 06:02 UTC

Venezuela rejects call for Mercosur meeting and claims a conspiracy against Bolivarianism

Venezuela in full exercise of the pro tempore presidency of Mercosur denounces the machinations of the extreme right in the south of the continent

Venezuela rejected Argentina's call for an urgent Mercosur meeting and underlined it is exercising the group's pro tempore presidency “legally” accusing Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay of being part of a Triple Alliance which is re-editing “a sort of Plan Condor against Venezuela to harass and criminalize its model of development and democracy”.

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016 - 06:52 UTC

Mercosur in a state of disarray; Venezuela's presidency disavowed by Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay

“Venezuela is not going to preside over Mercosur, it simply does not have the conditions. Venezuela can't even take care of Venezuela”, said Jose Serra

Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay have announced they do not support Venezuela as the pro tempore presidency of Mercosur, further deepening controversy in the group which could even hinder ongoing trade negotiations with the European Union and closer links with the Pacific Alliance.

Tuesday, August 2nd 2016 - 06:07 UTC

China's leading role in Argentina reviewed and confirmed by Macri

Argentina’s diplomatic relations with China were upgraded to “strategic integral alliance” status in the president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration

China’s role in Argentina’s foreign relations will be more balanced than during the Kirchner administrations, with a larger role played instead by the United States and European countries, the country’s ambassador to Beijing Diego Guelar said, claiming Chinese investment will have to be more competitive.

Monday, August 1st 2016 - 12:58 UTC

Argentina and Mexico pledge to reach “absolute integration and free trade”

Following a one hour private meeting the two presidents held a media conference and underlined the importance of “strengthening the ties” between the countries.

Argentina and Mexico agree on the need to reach absolute integration and free trade, as part of the closer bilateral relations confirmed with the visit to Buenos Aires of Mexican head of state Enrique Peña Nieto.

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