Argentina's foreign debt stood at the end of 2007 at 123.197 billion US dollars, a 13.3% hike over the 108.762 billion of 2006, according to the latest report from the country's Statistics and Census Institute, Indec.
Argentine industrialists and teamsters called on Sunday for dialogue to end the farmers' massive, crippling strike which threatens to leave the main cities short of meat, dairy produce and other food staples. The protest begun ten days ago and there's no solution on sight.
Argentina is preparing a package of benefits to retain military officers, who are abandoning the services attracted by higher salaries and better working conditions in the civilian sector, reports the Buenos Aires press.
Remains of a military aircraft trawled by an Argentine fishing vessel 159 kilometers off Santa Cruz belong to an Argentine Navy North American SNJ-5C Texan that went down in 1961 and not to aircrafts involved in the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict as originally believed.
Methanex in the extreme south of Chile announced this week it will have to cut its work force in approximately 15% because of the insufficient supply of Argentine natural gas.
A controversy over the support for Argentine president Cristina Kirchner has been triggered by the publication in the Buenos Aires press of a public opinion poll which shows her rating falling six points to 47%.
Argentina became in 2007 the world's leading exporter of horse meta, totaling 35.755 tons equivalent to 87.5 million US dollars, according to the latest report from the Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Secretary.
The stand off between the Argentine government and striking farmers who are protesting against export taxes on grains, beef and dairy produce has yet to see effective signals of a cooling of the situation or the possibility of a dialogue.
The Federal Fisheries Council (CFP) unanimously decided to authorise the US-flagged Nathaniel Palmer for [the undertaking of] marine scientific research activities in maritime areas subject to sovereign or national jurisdiction.
Supporters claim that economic growth has strengthened, more is being done to combat the energy crisis and to ensure road safety, and Argentina has played a significant role in bringing about an end to the recent border conflict between Colombia and Ecuador.