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Friday, July 24th 2015 - 06:01 UTC

Falklands/Malvinas: Argentina asks why UK is not punished for not complying with UN

“Why some countries are punished if they don't accept UN resolutions, while others that are founding members” can look aside and not comply asked Filmus

Argentine diplomats questioned in Montevideo why the United Kingdom is not punished for its denial to comply with the UN General Assembly Resolution from 1965 which calls on Argentina and the UK to sit and dialogue on the Falklands/Malvinas dispute. They also denied any attempts from Argentina to suffocate the Falklands economy or hydrocarbons industry.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 08:52 UTC

Brazil's recession expected to continue next year according to top bank

Ilan Goldfajn  forecasts a drop of 2.2% in 2015 and 0.2% in 2016, down from previous estimates a 1.7% decline in 2015 and an increase of 0.3% in 2016.

Brazil's recession will extend into next year, hurting President Dilma Rousseff's efforts to shore up public finances and arrest a sharp increase in unemployment, Itau Unibanco's chief economist said in a report on Wednesday. Ilan Goldfajn forecasts a drop of 2.2% in 2015 and 0.2% in 2016, down from previous estimates for a decline of 1.7% in 2015 and an increase of 0.3% in 2016.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 08:18 UTC

Protesting French farmers promised €600m of emergency government help

“The demonstrations of the past few days underline an anger, an anxiety, a distress that we have seen for a long time”, said Manuel Valls, France’s PM

Dramatic protests across the north of France have won the country’s farmers €600m of emergency government help. This week thousands of tractors blockaded motorways and brought cities to a standstill, as the plight of producers dominated the nation’s news.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 08:02 UTC

Brazil slashes fiscal savings' goals for 2015 and 2016 on plunging tax revenue

“The target revision should not be taken as a sign that we are abandoning the fiscal adjustment” said Finance Minister Joaquim Levy

Brazil dramatically lowered its fiscal savings goals for 2015 and 2016 on Wednesday due to plunging tax revenues, and announced new spending cuts to underscore its commitment to austerity. The government cut its primary surplus goal for this year to 8.7 billion reais ($2.70 billion), or 0.15% of GDP, from 66.3 billion reais, the equivalent of 1.1% of GDP, originally budgeted.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 07:24 UTC

Over half of Argentina households belong to the middle class; only second to Uruguay

According to the PEW study, Argentina tops ranking of middle class growth, 17.5% and is among the three leading 'middle classs' countries

Argentina is the Latin American country where the middle class has grown the most in ten years, doubling in size, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center in the United States.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 07:15 UTC

Obama administration drafting plan to definitively close Guantánamo prison

It was set up after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks for al Qaeda and Taliban detainees. Obama vowed to close it within a year when he came to office in 2009.

The White House said it was in the final stage of drafting a plan for closing the Guantánamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects, racing against time to resolve one of President Barack Obama's most intractable problems. Spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration hoped to “short circuit” opposition from Republicans in Congress who have blocked Obama from closing the prison.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 06:40 UTC

Scioli meets Raul Castro in Havana and praises political and economic opening of Cuba

“I admire and respect Raul's influence for having defended the Cuban people and his ideals, and for the updating of the socialist economic model” said Scioli

Argentina's presidential hopeful and Buenos Aires governor Daniel Scioli was received on Wednesday by President of Cuba Raul Castro for an official audience in Havana, making the incumbent candidate the first foreign politician to meet the head of state since the normalising of relations with the United States.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 06:21 UTC

Cristina Fernandez' candidates for October's general elections have a clear lead

Daniel Scioli and Carlos Zannini have a solid lead of 18 points over its main competitor: PRO party with hopefuls Mauricio Macri and Gabriela Michetti

Argentina's current government presidential ticket for October's ballot, Daniel Scioli and Carlos Zannini has a solid lead of 18 points over its main competitor, the PRO party with hopefuls Mauricio Macri and Gabriela Michetti, according to the latest public opinion poll released by Aresco.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 05:41 UTC

Falklands/Malvinas special session at Aladi's offices in Montevideo

Aladi founded in 1980, includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay.

The Latin American Integration Association, Aladi, with main offices in Montevideo, will be holding on Thursday an extraordinary meeting on the Falklands/Malvinas Islands question in the framework of the recent Day of Affirmation of Argentine rights over the South Atlantic Islands (June 10), and the fiftieth anniversary of UN Assembly Resolution 2065, which called on Argentina and UK to dialogue and find a solution to the dispute.

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 - 07:34 UTC

Dilma almost KO: 84.6% don't believe she can handle the economy and 62.8% want her impeached

The number of respondents who favor Rousseff's impeachment over a massive kickback scandal at Petrobras has risen to 62.8% from 59.7% four months ago.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's popularity slumped to a new low and support for her impeachment grew amid a deepening corruption scandal and a severe economic downturn, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday.

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