Saturday, February 21st 2015 - 04:56 UTC

OAS Inzulza calls for an end to the polarization spiral in Venezuela

”The detention of the Mayor of Caracas, Ledezma, has caused alarm due to the way took place and because it deals with an elected leader exercising his duties.”

Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), said on Friday that “the detention of the Mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, has caused alarm due to the way in which it took place and because it deals with an elected leader exercising his duties.”

Saturday, February 21st 2015 - 04:40 UTC

US top news figure admits he never was in the Falklands during the 1982 war

O'Reilly said what he meant by ”active war zones ... (in) the Falklands” was the tumultuous street demonstrations in Buenos Aires that erupted after the war.

Another United States prominent TV news figure has been accused of exaggerating his exploits while covering combat situations: this time it's Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and refers to his alleged coverage of the Falklands' war in 1982.

Saturday, February 21st 2015 - 04:27 UTC

Hammond reiterates in Spain: no talks against the wishes of Gibraltar

Hammond and García-Margallo talked about 'bilateral dialogue', border delays, aviation, but also addressed international pressing issues

The British and Spanish foreign ministers sought to highlight a renewed drive toward an ‘ad hoc’ dialogue on Gibraltar this week, but in doing so drew firm red lines that signaled just how difficult that task will prove. The coordinated message was positive and hinted at the possibility of talks ‘in the near future’ if a format could be agreed. But on core issues, there was no change.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 07:44 UTC

Beija-Flor, the top samba group this year in Rio's Carnival, but who's behind?

In an emailed statement, Beija-Flor insisted its parade theme this year was ”strictly cultural and does not address (Equatorial Guinea's) government”.

The Beija-Flor samba group was declared the champion of Rio de Janeiro's hotly contested Brazilian Carnival parade competition on Wednesday. However the group stoked controversy by staging a presentation focusing on Equatorial Guinea, run by Africa's longest-ruling dictator, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 04:17 UTC

Nisman's former wife strongly rejects suicide hypothesis because of his personality

“The call for truth and justice was what shocked me the most yesterday at the 'silent march'; it was very difficult but we wanted to be in yesterday’s march.”

Argentine Federal judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, late prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s ex wife, rejected the suicide hypothesis, due to his former husband’s personality, much less with a gun, and admitted she was impacted by the people's demand for 'justice' during Wednesday's 'silent march'.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 04:04 UTC

Argentine Justice confirms prosecution of Vice-president Boudou on bribery charges

The investigation centers on whether Boudou helped Ciccone get out of bankruptcy in 2010 and later steered a contract to new owners to print money.

An Argentine Federal Chamber has confirmed the prosecution of Vice President Amado Boudou for “bribery and negotiations incompatible with the public administration” in the case investigating Cristina Fernandez second-in-command for his alleged involvement in the purchase of the ex printing company Ciccone Calcografica.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 03:54 UTC

Maduro's agents arrest metropolitan Caracas mayor on charges of coup attempt

“I just saw how they took Ledezma out of his office as if he were a dog,” twitted  legislator Ismael Garcia. “They broke down the doors without an arrest warrant.”

Venezuelan intelligence agents arrested on Thursday opposition leader and Caracas metropolitan mayor Antonio Ledezma, witnesses said, after accusations he was involved in a coup attempt against President Nicolás Maduro.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 00:30 UTC

Protestors take to the streets in Venezuela on anniversary of opposition leader's year in jail

Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, gathered with a small group of supporters to mark the date of her husband’s arrest, and asked Venezuelans to show their support

Backers of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez took to the streets of Caracas on Wednesday on the first anniversary of his arrest and subsequent jailing, but the mood of last year’s mass protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro was markedly different.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 00:23 UTC

Uruguay's minister Almagro presents his program for a renewed OAS

“The Americas have been divided, it is time to heal the wounds of the past and build an Americas that is united and for everyone,” he added.

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) received a presentation by Uruguay's foreign minister Luis Almagro, in his capacity as candidate for Secretary General of the Organization, in a special meeting that took place at the headquarters of the OAS in Washington DC.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 00:05 UTC

Pope meets relatives of AMIA bombing victims same day as the massive 'silent march' for Nisman

The Argentine pope, Burstein added, told the AMIA relatives he would do “everything possible” to help them.

A group of relatives of the Buenos Aires 1994 AMIA bombing victims attended a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, requesting the pontiff’s intervention to have Iran put the citizens of that country allegedly involved in the deadly attack at the disposal of justices in Argentina.


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