Saturday, August 13th 2016 - 08:12 UTC

Catholic Church criticizes Macri's policies and says 1.4 million more have fallen into poverty

The survey included 5,700 homes in 25 urban settlements (this could refer to cities, towns, etc.) with over 80,000 people, particularly in Greater Buenos Aires

A new report released by the Argentine Catholic University (UCA) points to a somewhat bleak outlook on Argentina’s current socioeconomic situation, with the revelation that 1.4 million people fell into poverty between December 2015 and April 2016. The report also provides a qualitative commentary criticizing President Mauricio Macri’s social policies.

Thursday, August 11th 2016 - 16:40 UTC

“Moment of truth” for Venezuela's standing in Mercosur

The Nicolas Maduro government still has yet to incorporate 400 rules and regulations plus 50 accords to be considered a full member of Mercosur

Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay are waiting to see what happens on Friday, 12 August, when Venezuela has to prove that it has complied with all the pending requirements to confirm its Mercosur full membership condition dating back to 2012.

Thursday, August 11th 2016 - 16:35 UTC

Venezuela's attitude not helping to resolve the Mercosur situation, claims Uruguay

“From our point of view Venezuela has not committed an institutional rupture, but it certainly not helping much to solve the situation” said Nin Novoa

“Venezuela is not helping much to resolve” the unprecedented situation of Mercosur, said Uruguay's foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa in reference to Venezuela's self proclaimed presidency of the group and which is rejected point blank by Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay who consider the post vacant.

Thursday, August 11th 2016 - 06:52 UTC

US to provide Argentina with 24 state of the art T6-C Texan II training aircraft

The aircraft will be used for training pilots as well as in “border control missions, particularly the porous northern border of Argentina”

Argentina is in the process of purchasing 24 T6-C Texan II training aircraft from the United States, which will also be employed in border control and combating drugs. Apparently the operation has been approved by the US Defense Department and was one of several good news Secretary of State brought last week when he visited Buenos Aires.

Thursday, August 11th 2016 - 06:39 UTC

After nine years “Almirante Irizar” is ready for sea tests but faces a “muddy” problem

With a 7.5 meters draft “Irizar” is virtually stuck in the River Plate mud and the channel from the Tandanor shipyard to the open estuary is not deep enough

Argentina's Antarctic exploration flagship icebreaker “Almirante Irizar” is ready for the sea tests after nine years under repairs in the government's defense shipyard and hundreds of millions of dollars, but an unexpected last minute “muddy” impediment has surfaced.

Thursday, August 11th 2016 - 06:28 UTC

Bachelet forced to introduce reforms to Chile's private pension system

“Too many people receive too low pensions and are left to their own luck,” said Bachelet. “Pensions are a right and they must be shared responsibility.”

Under pressure from the public, Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet proposed changes to the most radical of all the economic reforms of former dictator Augusto Pinochet — the private pension system that inspired a wave of similar projects worldwide.

Thursday, August 11th 2016 - 06:14 UTC

Pacific Alliance members invite Uruguay to sign free trade agreements

Uruguay has been invited by Colombia and Peru to conform a free trade area and update and improve the current treaty with Mexico, Nin Novoa revealed

Uruguay, a founding member of Mercosur has been invited by Pacific Alliance members Colombia and Peru to update and expand commercial agreements with the two countries and turn them into a free trade treaty, foreign minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa revealed during a hearing in Congress to analyze the current situation in Mercosur.

Thursday, August 11th 2016 - 04:52 UTC

Falklands air links and oil talks between UK and Argentina confirmed by Malcorra

Malcorra in a press conference confirmed that she discussed the issues of air links and oil with Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London

Foreign minister Susana Malcorra confirmed on Wednesday that Argentina and the United Kingdom are holding talks, “moving to a more productive phase” which includes making progress towards new “air links between the Falkland Islands and third countries” plus the removal of “restrictive hydrocarbons measures”.

Wednesday, August 10th 2016 - 15:49 UTC

Brazilian Senate votes to impeach Rousseff, and Temer could cease to be “interim” president

The Senate needed just a simple majority to decide on taking Rousseff to trial, but a two-thirds majority will be needed in the final vote, after the trial in late August.

Brazilian Senate has voted to begin the impeachment trial of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, a move that could officially hand over power to her former vice president – current interim president – Michel Temer. The impeachment trial is expected to open around August 25 - four days after the Olympics finish - and go on for five days, ending with a vote in judgment.

Wednesday, August 10th 2016 - 05:24 UTC

Venezuela as Mercosur full member faces deadline: Friday 12 August

 “We´re waiting to see what happens this Friday, deadline for Venezuela to show it has complied with conditions to enjoy full membership of Mercosur”, said Loizaga

Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina are waiting for a report on Venezuela´s compliance with the accords agreed in 2012, which has to delivered next Friday 12 August, and could lead the group of three counties deciding the suspension of Caracas as full member of Mercosur. A week and a half later, 23 August, representatives of these countries will be meeting to address the issue.


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