Thursday, November 19th 2015 - 07:49 UTC

Rousseff's just manages to uphold vetoes on spending bills; greater challenge in the pipeline

Opposition lawmakers failed to reach the absolute majority needed to override a veto of a bill to raise benefit payments to retirees.

Brazil's Congress has upheld President Dilma Rousseff's vetoes of two bills to raise public spending, a victory for the embattled leader as she tries to close a gaping fiscal deficit and regain investors' confidence.

Thursday, November 19th 2015 - 07:37 UTC

Scioli's burden: Kirchnerism and Macri's, his rich family background

Interviews revealed that ”32% are convinced that if (wealthy) Macri is elected president he will benefit the rich”.

What are the main drawbacks of the Argentine presidential candidates, ahead of 22 November runoff and following their exposure in last Sunday's debate, is the question a Buenos Aires pollster has tried to unveil, and how much could they in effect influence Sunday's vote.

Thursday, November 19th 2015 - 07:27 UTC

Argentina: Massa “believes Macri wins”, but Scioli is “still fighting and much alive”

Massa after the first round said he favored 'change' and now that the runoff campaign is coming to its end, admitted that “I have the feeling Macri wins”.

Sergio Massa, the third contender in the Argentine presidential dispute and who did not make it to the runoff last 25 October, but managed 21% of ballots, some five million votes, compared to incumbent Daniel Scioli's 37% and Mauricio Macri's 34%, has been very careful in advancing whom he would support or recommend to vote on Sunday 22 November.

Thursday, November 19th 2015 - 07:20 UTC

Pope Francis calls on Argentines “to vote with conscience” next Sunday

“You already know what I think,” Pope Francis first said to the Argentine reporter and then added: “Vote with conscience.”

Pope Francis sent a brief message to Argentines ahead of Sunday’s landmark runoff hoping citizens “vote with conscience”. The DyN news agency on Wednesday asked the pontiff to send a message to Argentines ahead of Sunday November 22 presidential runoff between incumbent Daniel Scioli and Mauricio Macri from the Let’s Change opposition coalition to lead the country.

Thursday, November 19th 2015 - 07:04 UTC

World Anti-Doping agency includes Argentina, Bolivia and Ukraine in its non-complaint code list

Argentina, Bolivia and Ukraine were using non-accredited laboratories to test blood and urine samples.

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s Foundation Board has unanimously voted to declare the national anti-doping agency for Russia, Andorra, Israel, Argentina, Bolivia and Ukraine non-compliant with its code.

Thursday, November 19th 2015 - 06:55 UTC

Turkish fans booed during minute of silence for Paris victims

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu and Greece's Alexis Tsipras (L) watched the game together in a sign of reconciliation between the two neighbors (Pic Reuters)

Turkish fans booed during the minute's silence for the victims of the Paris attacks before their national team drew 0-0 with Greece in a friendly international soccer game on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 18th 2015 - 13:06 UTC

Presidential debate 'widened the gap' for Macri; Scioli unable to transmit his true profile

The main problem of Scioli's campaign has been he never was able to convince whether he was competing with president Cristina Fernandez or with Macri.

Argentina's Sunday debate between the two presidential hopefuls has “widened the gap”, which means the mayor of Buenos Aires City, Mauricio Macri could win the runoff on 22 November by more than ten points over incumbent Daniel Scioli, according to political analyst Jorge Giacobbe.

Wednesday, November 18th 2015 - 08:33 UTC

Rousseff aware of terrorism threat since Brazil is hosting the 2016 Olympics

The president admitted Brazil is not completely safe, especially given the 2016  Summer Olympic Games, and “Games in the past been targeted by terrorists”.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said even when the country is far from the targets of the Islamic State (IS) militant group, it is not completely safe, local media reported. Rousseff commented on the recent terrorist attacks in Paris while attending the G20 Summit held in Turkey, saying that it seems that terrorist groups are more concentrated in the United States and Europe at this time.

Wednesday, November 18th 2015 - 08:22 UTC

Petrobras splinter union refuses to end strike and calls members to abandon offshore vessels

SindipetroNF members on 51 offshore units, including production platforms, drill-ships and support vessels, voted on Saturday against the offer

Brazilian oil workers union local responsible for the bulk of the country's oil and gas output told its members on Tuesday to abandon Petrobras vessels operating in the Campos Basin, Brazil's most productive oil district.

Wednesday, November 18th 2015 - 07:36 UTC

Brazil ready to sign an EU/Mercosur wide ranging trade agreement

“Mercosur proposal is ready and we are prepared to begin the exchange process immediately”, said minister Armando Monteiro in Sao Paulo

Paraguay's foreign minister Eladio Loizaga is in Brussels holding a round of talks with different European Union officials regarding the trade and cooperation agreement with Mercosur, while in Brazil Industry and foreign trade minister Armando Monteiro announced that Mercosur was finally ready to advance with a wide range proposal.


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