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Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 06:50 UTC

Oil Prices Changing The Face Of Global Geopolitics

Venezuela is even more dependent than Russia on the price of oil

In a documentary that aired recently on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's popular The Fifth Estate program, an allegory of Vladimir Putin was presented. The wily Russian president was described growing up in a shabby St. Petersburg apartment, where he would often corner rats.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 06:44 UTC

Germany waiting for Tsipras government move: Greece must stick to its commitments

Tsipras in an open letter to German voters in the business newspaper Handelsblatt, called German policies “fiscal water-boarding.”

Greece’s election has sent shockwaves throughout Europe and especially Germany. The Euro zone’s biggest economy and paymaster has reluctantly footed a big bill for bailing out Greece and other euro members, extending financial aid in return for strict and unpopular austerity measures.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 06:18 UTC

Poverty reduction in Latin America stalls during 2014: totals 167 million

Extreme poverty or indigence rose to 11.7% in 2013 from 11.3% in 2012, which supposes an increase of three million people raising the total to 69 million.

Poverty affected 28% of Latin America’s population in 2014, revealing that its decline has stalled at around that level since 2012, while indigence rose to 12.0% from 11.3% during the same two-year period in an overall context of economic deceleration, according to projections from a study presented On Monday by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 04:17 UTC

Nisman's death: Cristina Fernandez blames intelligence services and claims it's a plot to discredit her administration

Cristina Fernandez announced that the intelligence reform bill would also transfer responsibility for wiretaps to the Attorney-General's Office.

In an hour's long speech Monday evening in national television Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez announced a plan to dissolve the country’s top intelligence agency and replace it with a new body that will battle international threats from terrorism, drug and human trafficking, and cyber crimes.

Monday, January 26th 2015 - 08:34 UTC

Brazil supportive of Mercosur “as long as it does not turn into a burden”

“Mercosur must ensure freedom to its members to negotiate with other parties and must not become a burden” said Agriculture minister Abreu

Brazil is ready to preserve the advances achieved by Mercosur but as long as the block does not turn into 'a burden' when it comes to negotiate trade agreements with third parties, according to Agriculture minister Katia Abreu.

Monday, January 26th 2015 - 08:28 UTC

Iran denies any 'parallel diplomacy' between Teheran and Argentina

Kheirmand also rejected Nisman’s claims that the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding  was part of a deal to trade grains for Iranian oil.

Iran’s charge d'affairs in Buenos Aires Ahmad Reza Kheirmand denied the existence of the “parallel diplomacy” denounced by deceased AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman who accused the Kirchnerite administration of plotting to cover up the 1994 attack on the Jewish community centre.

Monday, January 26th 2015 - 08:24 UTC

Journalist who first reported Nisman's death fearing for his life arrives in Israel

“Safe in Tel Aviv. Thank you everybody. We'll talk soon,” Pachter wrote via his personal Twitter account on Sunday.

Journalist for the Buenos Aires Herald.com Damian Pachter, who left Argentina on Saturday morning after claiming he feared for his life, has confirmed that he has arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel after flying from Buenos Aires.

Monday, January 26th 2015 - 07:34 UTC

Full support for Argentina's Malvinas claim pledges new Uruguay government

“We will always be next to our Argentine brothers to ensure that someday they can achieve the diplomatic and political circumstances so that justice is made”

Uruguay's next ambassador to Argentina Hector Lescano said that bilateral relations have always been 'cordial', even in difficult times, and there is no doubt that when president-elect Tabare Vazquez takes office, Uruguay's full support to Argentina's claims over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands will be maintained.

Monday, January 26th 2015 - 07:17 UTC

Venezuela denies authorization to former presidents to visit political prisoner

Piñera and Pastrana, former Chile and Colombia presidents are participating in a forum in Caracas to discuss democracy

The Venezuelan government has turned down a request by former presidents of Chile and Colombia to visit opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez in jail. Chile's Sebastian Piñera and Colombia's Andres Pastrana say they are in Venezuela to support the opposition and have called for the release of Mr Lopez, who was arrested nearly a year ago.

Monday, January 26th 2015 - 05:27 UTC

Greece's anti austerity party wins election: one short of an absolute majority

“The troika for Greece is the thing of the past,” said Tsipras referring to the country's biggest international lenders: EU, IMF and ECB

Anti-austerity Syriza party has won Greece's general election, putting the country on a possible collision course with the EU over its massive bailout. With nearly 75% of the votes counted, Syriza is projected to win 149 seats, just two short of an absolute majority, though that number could change.

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