President Eduardo Duhalde on Monday thanked his ministers for helping to stem over the past year a social, political and economic crisis that took Argentina only a step away from anarchy. One year ago, when we assumed power, the country was just a step away from anarchy, with clashes among Argentines, Duhalde said at a meeting of some 450 government officials at the Olivos presidential residence.
Uruguay will strictly comply with its foreign debt obligations in 2003, Economy and Finance Minister Alejandro Atchugarry said Friday.
Argentina is expecting record numbers of tourists during the Southern Hemisphere's summer season, officials said Thursday.
Headlines: Argentine Central Bank halts dollar transactions; Foreign investment in Chile down 62 percent; Venezuelan strike pushes up prices of Ecuadorian crude; Court Releases Argentine Media Tycoon.
President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva completed his cabinet Monday, naming 12 new ministers including a former presidential rival and a popular musician.
A year ago Monday, Argentina committed the biggest sovereign debt default in history. Last week it claimed the country's four-year recession was over.
Oil workers and a crew loyal to the government of Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president, began unloading fuel on Sunday from the Pilín León, a strike-bound tanker containing 280,000 barrels of gasoline, at a distribution terminal near the western city of Maracaibo.
OAS Secretary General Cesar Gaviria announced Thursday that Venezuelan government and opposition representatives spoke for the first time about an electoral solution to the country's ongoing political crisis.
The owner of Argentina's largest newspaper was placed under house arrest Friday while investigators look into whether she adopted children taken from prisoners of the 1976-1983 military regime.