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Politics
Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 07:13 UTC

Cristina Fernandez plans sixth meeting with the Pope, when he visits Paraguay

The Pope and Cristina Fernández last private meeting was on 7 June in Rome. CFK said they discussed world hunger and politics, but not Argentine issues.

Argentine President Cristina Fernández will have a meeting with Pope Francis during the Pontiff’s visit to Paraguay, official sources have confirmed. The Argentine leader will travel to Asunción between July 11 and 13 for her sixth encounter with Francis, who will be ending his South American tour during those dates. The Pope will visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, beginning Sunday.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 06:57 UTC

ITUC appeal to FC Barcelona voting members to end Qatar Airways sponsorship

“As one of the richest sports team in the world, Barcelona does not need Qatar’s blood money tainting its shirt”, said ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow

The ITUC has called on FC Barcelona “socios” (voting members) and fans to end the club’s Qatar Airways sponsorship, saying that the airline is the very worst sponsor for a club with a 100-year tradition of democracy and universality.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 06:48 UTC

Cristina Fernandez congratulates La Campora victory in Ushuaia

“I'm very happy and proud because with our grouping and mates from the Victory Front after 20 years we recovered the city of Ushuaia” Vuoto said

President Cristina Fernandez publicly congratulated on Friday Walter Vuoto the young elected mayor of Ushuaia, capital of Argentina's most austral province, who together with elected governor Rosana Bertone recovered Tierra del Fuego for the ruling Victory Front, a surprise victory which turns that territory and capital in Kirchnerite strongholds.

Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 05:20 UTC

Alejandro Betts' Malvinas veteran pension turns into controversy

“Throughout the whole conflict I was in Puerto Argentino dodging stray bullets and shrapnel from British bombings on our positions”, Betts is quoted

Falklands born, Argentine citizen Alejandro Betts rejected statements published in Clarin which described his 'Malvinas veteran' pension as 'controversial' and admitted he was surprised, when not startled by the headline display the news was given by the Buenos Aires daily in reference to his activity during the 1982 South Atlantic conflict.

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 09:04 UTC

Rousseff enjoys a day at 'Google-land' before returning to real life in Brazil

Dilma met with Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, who showed off one of the company's self-driving cars before sending her on a test drive.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff capped off her U.S. tour on Wednesday with a visit to Silicon Valley, where she met with top technology executives and took a ride in Google Inc's self-driving car. Rousseff used her visit to strengthen ties with U.S. technology companies after visiting Washington, D.C. and New York City earlier in the week.

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 08:32 UTC

Cristina Fernandez on the campaign trail in Buenos Aires City

The Argentine president at the Villa 20 township school watching children manipulate car model robots

On the last day of campaigning for Buenos Aires City Mayor election next Sunday, Argentine president Cristina Fernandez took to the streets next to her handpicked candidate Mariano Recalde and visited one of several shanty towns in the country's capital.

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 07:45 UTC

Republicans anticipate they will not approve a US ambassador to Cuba

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described Cuba as “a police state”, “a thuggish regime” and “a haven for criminals” wanted in the U.S.

United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that his chamber is unlikely to approve a US ambassador to Cuba, sending a quick rebuff to President Barack Obama and his drive to normalize relations with the U.S. neighbor and longtime Cold War foe.

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 07:12 UTC

Petrobras investigation looks into corruption by a dozen foreign companies

Zelada, head of Petrobras international division 2008/2012, appeared to have received bribes on a contract with US companies

Brazilian police on Thursday arrested Jorge Zelada, former director of Petrobras' international division, as part of an ongoing investigation into bribery and corruption at the state-run oil producer, prosecutors have said. Zelada is suspected of money-laundering, appropriating public funds, corruption, tax evasion and contract fraud.

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 06:55 UTC

US asks Switzerland for extradition of seven FIFA officials on bribery charges

The list includes former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and FIFA vice-president Eugenio Figueredo from Uruguay (L)

The United States asked Switzerland on Thursday to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in an investigation into a global bribery scandal at soccer's governing body, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) announced.

Friday, July 3rd 2015 - 06:26 UTC

Falklands' war: Chilean top commentator defends Chile's role in supporting UK

“Chile had more than sufficient reasons to help Great Britain following the Argentine invasion of the Malvinas Islands”, said Bernardo de la Maza.

Only a few hours off from Saturday's last match of the 2015 Copa America when the best South American team will emerge, the rivalry between finalists Argentina and hosts Chile has erupted strongly and the Falkland Islands' issue is not absent from aggressive chants and insulting messages in the social networks.

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