Friday, April 11th 2014 - 22:01 UTC

Olympic Committee top official sent to Rio to tackle delays in the 2016 Games

”We will do everything possible to make these Games a success” pledged IOC president Bach

The International Olympic Committee is sending its executive director Gilbert Felli to Brazil next week as part of a series of emergency measures to tackle the delays threatening the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. The announcement was made by IOC president Thomas Bach.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 21:54 UTC

The Economist's view of Argentine leader Cristina Fernández

The word “mistake” is not in her vocabulary and ”recognizing errors is to admit weakness”

The Economist has a piece on Argentina's president Cristina Fernández, an X-ray on her character, reactions, but also strong points, and what can be expected of what is left of her mandate that ends in December 2015. Even with her clout dwindling Cristina Fernández remains the most powerful politician of Argentina.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 12:19 UTC

Coins to celebrate South Georgia's Grytviken Church centenary

The observe and reverse of the £2 coin

The Treasury of South Georgia & The South Sandwich Islands have issued a new crown which celebrates the centennial of one of the Island group’s most well-known and recognized landmarks: the Grytviken Church.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 12:12 UTC

Footage of live mugging of a woman while being interviewed in Rio do Janeiro

The thief snatches the necklace of the woman complaining to TV Globo about crime

Brazilian TV is showing footage of a woman being robbed while being interviewed on television about crime near Rio de Janeiro’s main train station. The images of the interview conducted Wednesday by TV Globo were posted on its G1 internet news portal and come just a few weeks before the beginning of the World Cup.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 08:38 UTC

Water rationing round the corner for the metropolis of Sao Paulo, admits major utility

The Cantareira reservoir is at just 12.7% of its capacity, with no rain in sight and 20 million thirsty

The metropolis of Sao Paulo may have to ration water this year if reservoir levels are not replenished, Brazil's largest water and sewage utility said, an increasing possibility as the southeast region heads into its dry season.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 08:24 UTC

National strike paralyzes Argentina; government blasts roadblocks

Downtown Buenos Aires and some of the main avenues empty of the daily chaotic traffic

Argentine organized labor leader Hugo Moyano called on the government of president Cristina Fernandez to take note of Thursday's strong mobilization across the country after unions affiliated to the Teamsters figure and gastronomic heavyweight Luis Barrionuevo caused widespread disruption.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 04:45 UTC

Argentina and Chile prepare to celebrate 1984 peace and friendship treaty

Ministers Rossi and Burgos Varela made the announcement in Buenos Aires

Argentina and Chile defense ministers Agustín Rossi and Jorge Burgos Varela met in Buenos Aires 'to continue advancing and deepening' the bilateral relation, which this year will have a special celebration motive: the 30th anniversary of the Peace and Friendship treaty which definitively put an end to the Beagle Channel longstanding dispute.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 04:38 UTC

Hedge funds target laundered funds in Nevada by close associate of the Kirchner family

A smiling Baez with members of the Kirchner family in Santa Cruz. Cristina Fernandez with dark glasses

The American Task Force Argentina (ATFA), an organization which unites several bond holders from the Argentine default of 2001, questioned on Thursday the “lack of transparency” within President Cristina Fernández administration, during a video conference with reporters.

Thursday, April 10th 2014 - 06:28 UTC

Brazil's March inflation marks the steepest increase for the month since 2003

Food and fuel were some of the items with the most influence

Brazil’s rate of inflation in March picked up at the quickest pace in 11 years for that month, challenging the central bank’s plan to stop raising interest rates soon and complicating President Dilma Rousseff chances of re-election.

Thursday, April 10th 2014 - 06:22 UTC

Venezuela invites Cardinal Parolin to become “mediator of good will”

The current Vatican Secretary of State was Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela

The Venezuelan government formally invited today the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to join the exploratory talks with the opposition as “mediator of good will” in order to find a solution to the violent situation in the country.


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