Wednesday, April 8th 2015 - 17:40 UTC

Obama/Castro in Panama: 'grip and grin” photo or historic head-to-head sit down?

“Leaders are together a lot of the time,” at the summit said Roberta Jacobson. “And so there will be an interaction with Raul Castro.”

President Barack Obama will attend a Summit of the Americas in Panama this week, a gathering that could see the first substantive meeting between US and Cuban leaders in half a century.

Wednesday, April 8th 2015 - 17:11 UTC

Bachelet denies any idea of stepping down, because of her family's corruption scandal

“I don't even know the constitutional procedure for such a situation” said categorically the Chilean leader during a media round with foreign press

“No way, I've never thought of resigning or stepping down” said emphatically Chilean president Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday, following a barrage of media rumors which echoed in the social networks during Holy Week, which in South America in a long weekend holiday.

Wednesday, April 8th 2015 - 16:12 UTC

Falklands, South Atlantic islands, Antarctica included in new Tierra del Fuego official map

Governor Fabiana Rios sent the bill for approval by the provincial legislative in Ushuaia, most probably with the blessings from Buenos Aires

Argentina's most southern province identified as Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic islands is redesigning its internal political limits with the purpose of “contributing to the territorial sovereignty of the Nation”, according to a bill sent to the provincial legislative by governor Fabiana Ríos and drafted with help from the Malvinas Question Advisory Observatory.

Wednesday, April 8th 2015 - 14:44 UTC

Argentina's few friends in the world; China and Russia, Cristina Fernandez foreign policy priorities

“Argentina has been erased from world leaders' agenda with the exception of China and Russia”, points out Morales Solá

Argentina's foreign policy, under president Cristina Fernández, has new priorities, China and Russia, according to columnist Joaquin Morales Solá, one of the outstanding political analysts of Argentina. This means a radical change from democratic Argentina (since 1983) when the interests of the country were targeted in Latin America, particularly Brazil, Europe and the US, although the importance of the short list varied according to the different elected presidents.

Tuesday, April 7th 2015 - 09:15 UTC

Argentine farmers defy Cristina Fernandez with ‘silo-bags’ to hoard soybeans

Silo-bag sales rose this year, mostly because of a bigger harvest, according to silo bag manufacturer IpesaSilo, which has about 70% of the Argentine market.

Argentine farmers have stockpiled more than twice as many soybeans this year than in 2014 defying a government desperate to increase export tax revenue needed to finance rising state spending ahead of the October presidential election.

Tuesday, April 7th 2015 - 07:46 UTC

Argentina appeals to Judge Griesa bar on Citibank to process bonds under local law

Griesa said Argentina can’t pay holders of the performing debt without also paying Paul Singer’s NML Capital that’s owed 1.7bn dollars on defaulted bonds.

Argentina has formally appealed to the New York justice system the ruling handed down by district judge Thomas Griesa, which barred intermediary Citibank from processing US dollar denominated debt services issued under Argentine law and which expired on March 31.

Tuesday, April 7th 2015 - 06:25 UTC

Falklands/Malvinas war documents declassified; Argentine Defense ministry has 30 days to make them available

A decree with the signatures of the president, Cabinet Chief Anibal Fernández and Defense Minister Agustin Rossi, was published on Monday in the Official Gazette.

The Argentine government on Monday officially declassified secret files relating to the country's 1982 war with Britain over the Falkland Islands. The Defense Ministry has 30 working days to establish a mechanism for members of the public to consult the records, according to a resolution published in the official gazette.

Tuesday, April 7th 2015 - 05:55 UTC

Argentine regulators inspect Citibank, following dispute over accord with hedge funds

Regulators are working to verify whether Citibank was able to maintain normal operations following CEO Gabriel Ribisich's suspension last week

Argentina’s central bank sent regulators to inspect Citibank's headquarters in Buenos Aires on Monday after the head of the branch was suspended amid a legal battle over Argentina's debt. Regulators are working to verify whether the bank was able to maintain normal operations following CEO Gabriel Ribisich's suspension last week, the government news agency Telam said.

Tuesday, April 7th 2015 - 05:43 UTC

Europe at center of debate in UK electoral campaign that anticipates no clear winner

Farage’s UKIP, have said they will support a minority Conservative government in return for a EU referendum by the end of 2015.

Several lawmakers from British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives will join the anti-EU UK Independence Party if he renews a coalition with the pro-EU Liberal Democrats, UKIP’s leader Nigel Farage forecasted.

Monday, April 6th 2015 - 17:07 UTC

Unlikely Gibraltar talks in 2015: elections in UK, Spain and the Rock

“It is always better to be talking than it might be to be fighting”, said Chief Minister Picardo.

If tripartite talks were restarted between Gibraltar, Spain and UK and agreements reached, as they were under the ‘Cordoba’ experience, these would almost certainly need to take the form of treaties so that Spain can be relied on to stick to them. Nevertheless 2015 is year of elections in UK, Spain and Gibraltar.


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