Thursday, May 26th 2016 - 05:03 UTC

Macri's government in “100% agreement” with the Church's dialogue message

“We are 100% in agreement with the message from the Church, we agree with the creation of dialogue rounds”, underlined cabinet Chief Peña, following the religious service.

Argentina's cabinet chief Marcos Pena said president Mauricio Macri administration was “100% in agreement” with the Catholic church 25 May Day message “to leave aside statistics, think in the Argentine people and not fight among ourselves”.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 08:59 UTC

UN human rights expert calls on Argentina to urgently protect indigenous peoples

“The situation of indigenous peoples in certain areas of the country is appalling”, said OHCHR rapporteur Mutuma Ruteere

The United Nations human rights expert on racism urged Argentina to take urgent measures to sustainably address the invisibility, marginalization and systematic exclusion of indigenous peoples in the country. The UN assessed during a week in Argentina, the situation of indigenous peoples, peoples of African descent, migrants from the region and beyond, and other groups.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 08:52 UTC

Paris police raids Google's offices as part of a tax fraud investigation

About 100 tax fraud police, with 25 computer experts, swooped on Google's offices at 5.00am to investigate charges of aggravated tax fraud and money-laundering.

Paris police raided the headquarters of Google in France on Tuesday as part of an investigation into tax fraud that has been running since 2011. About 100 tax fraud police, including 25 computer experts, swooped on Google's offices at 5.00am to investigate charges of aggravated tax fraud and money-laundering.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 08:46 UTC

Argentina's April inflation 6.7%, according to the Congress Index

“The utility rates increase explain more than two thirds of the month's inflation”, said the release

Argentina's April inflation climbed to a record 6.7%, and 19.4% in the first four months of the year, according to the latest Congress Index, announced on Tuesday. Public utility rates were blamed for two thirds of the April increase, the highest for a month since 2002.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 08:35 UTC

Argentine government agrees a 400% cap on natural gas hikes for Patagonia provinces

“We decided that no Patagonian resident will pay hikes above 400%” Interior Minister Rogelio Frigerio said.

The Argentine government has announced a cap on hikes to natural gas prices for the country’s southernmost provinces, after pushback from governors, the Judiciary and even local demonstrators prompted Energy Minister Juan Jose Aranguren to reconsider the scope of his most recent reforms.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 06:50 UTC

Macri's administration admits the Catholic church criticism of Argentina's 'labor market fragility'

“We’re worried about the fragility of the labor market and the situation of many workers who are in precarious jobs”, said Monsignor Jorge Lozano

Leaders from Argentina's ruling “Let‘s Change” (Cambiemos) administration acknowledged on Tuesday that the country is “going through the worst time” yet since president Mauricio Macri took office but also underlined all the measures that have been taken over the last few months to overcome the situation.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 06:18 UTC

Venezuela next Mercosur chair, but Uruguay will continue leading negotiations with EU

President Nicolas Maduro is accused of impeding a recall referendum which has the support of two thirds of Venezuelans, according to the latest opinion polls.

Venezuela, in the midst of a most serious domestic political and economic situation, and with less foreign allies is scheduled to take the chair of Mercosur as of next June for the following six months. However it has been agreed that Uruguay will continue leading Mercosur negotiations with the European Union for a much delayed wide ranging cooperation and trade agreement.

Wednesday, May 25th 2016 - 05:58 UTC

Temer announces tough austerity measures but needs to show Congress supports him

Temer said the government would get an early repayment of about US$28 billion from Brazil's state-run investment bank BNDES

Brazil's interim president announced austerity measures on Tuesday aimed at pulling Latin America's largest economy from its worst crisis in decades, warning that a failure to act would sentence future generations to “extraordinary hardship.” Speaking with government leaders in a national televised meeting, interim president Michel Temer, 75, also banged his hand on the table while insisting he was up to the job.

Tuesday, May 24th 2016 - 08:52 UTC

St Helena celebrates the new airport on her 514th discovery anniversary

Governor Lisa Phillips: The underlying question is will change bring with it progress?

2016 St Helena’s Day celebrations were this year held on Friday 20 May 2016, and were reckoned by all to be a great success. Once again organized by New Horizons and held in lower Jamestown, traditional activities and stalls were arranged in both the Mule Yard and along the Seafront area.

Tuesday, May 24th 2016 - 08:30 UTC

US tire maker leaves Venezuela after six decades in the country

Bridgestone says the sale will have no financial impact because it already has written off its investments in the crisis-wracked country.

United States tire maker Bridgestone is selling its business in Venezuela after six decades in the country, the latest blue chip company to abandon the country as a result of runaway inflation and strict currency controls. Bridgestone Americas said in a statement Monday that it is selling its Venezuela assets to Grupo Corimon, a local industrialist. It says the company will be called Alice Neumaticos de Venezuela.


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