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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner named on Wednesday a former head of the social security agency Sergio Massa as cabinet chief, in a shake-up just days after the Senate rejected a government tax hike on farm exports, reported the official news agency Telam.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez currently on a European tour is scheduled to meet Friday with Spain's King Juan Carlos in Palma de Mallorca, where the royal family is enjoying their summer holidays. The news was confirmed in Madrid by the royal palace and the presidential office.
The Falkland Islands government and British Antarctic Survey, BAS, are jointly looking into ways of keeping BAS operating from the Islands. Stanley's airport insufficient fire cover is the obstacle and one of the options considered is using MPA as the primary air station.
Brazilian president Lula da Silva extended an invitation to Latinamerican and Caribbean leaders to discuss regional integration and development in a meeting scheduled next December 16/17 in the northeastern city of Salvador. The announcement was made during a banquet to honor Trinidad and Tobago Primer Minister Patrick Manning.
”The only way (for Argentina) to take advantage of the Malvinas resources is to share them, but to share them you must have an agreement (with the UK) and for that you need political will which at this moment does not exist”, said Argentine ambassador in London, Federico Mirré who is retiring after forty years in the diplomatic service.
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has called for a strategic alliance with Russia to protect his country from United States. Chavez call came as Moscow and Caracas agreed to extend bilateral co-operation on energy.
Rising inflation in the first half of 2008 has meant that 11.3 million Argentines are poor, of which 3.9 million indigent, a significant increase over the previous six months according to a report from a private consultants firm released on Tuesday.
Argentina's new Agriculture Secretary takes the oath of office on Wednesday. Carlos Cheppi replaces Javier de Urquiza one of the first victims of the four month long stand off between the administration of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and the protesting farmers.
South American cities do not rank favorably with Mercer's highest personal safety ranking based on internal stability, crime, effectiveness of law enforcement and relationships with other countries.