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Thursday, December 11th 2014 - 11:35 UTC

US Congress votes sanctions on Venezuelan government officials and sends bill for Obama's signature

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro railed against the measure's “insolent imperialist sanctions” after it was passed by the Senate

The US House of Representatives passed legislation to impose sanctions on Venezuelan government officials found to have violated protesters' rights during demonstrations earlier this year.

Thursday, December 11th 2014 - 11:29 UTC

Argentine argues before NY Appeals court the central bank is not an 'alter ego' of the administration

Holdouts said the Argentine Central Bank is liable for embargo due to its links with the President Cristina Fernández administration

Lawyers representing the Argentine government and the Central Bank have defended the country's stance on the debt conflict in a hearing with the New York Second Circuit Appeals Court, rejecting the notion that holdout investors could confiscate reserves or assets belonging to the financial entity.

Monday, December 8th 2014 - 06:55 UTC

Mujica says Guantanamo inmates in Uruguay can leave whenever they wish

Mujica also asked for the liberation of Cuban spies jailed in the US and the lifting of the US embargo on Cuba

The detainees from Guantanamo Base in Cuba that arrived in Uruguay on Sunday as part of an agreement with the US, “can leave the country whenever they wish”, since they come as 'refugees', announced President Jose Mujica.

Monday, December 8th 2014 - 06:42 UTC

US confirms Uruguay has received the six Guantanamo detainees

“The US is grateful to the Government of Uruguay for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility”.

The United States Department of Defense announced on Sunday the transfer to Uruguay of six detainees from the Guantanamo Bay facility in Cuba, a long announced event which was postponed several times allegedly because of bureaucratic delays in the US and controversy in Uruguay.

Saturday, December 6th 2014 - 08:26 UTC

More jobs for the US economy in November: 241.000 a month this year

US employers have added at least 200,000 jobs for 10 months in a row, the longest period of jobs growth since 1995

The US economy added 321,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate stayed at 5.8%, official Labor Department figures showed on Friday. The number of jobs created was well above analysts' forecasts of about 225,000 new jobs in the month.

Saturday, December 6th 2014 - 08:21 UTC

New York appeals court rejects “legal personhood” to chimpanzees

“This is just the first appellate decision in a long-term strategic campaign” to win rights for chimps and other intelligent animals, said attorney Wise.

In the first case of its kind, a New York appeals court has rejected an animal rights advocate's bid to extend “legal personhood” to chimpanzees, saying the primates are incapable of bearing the responsibilities that come with having legal rights.

Saturday, December 6th 2014 - 04:36 UTC

Obama makes official nomination of Ashton Carter as Pentagon chief

Carter's views have not always meshed perfectly with the Obama administration, for example regarding Iraq

President Barack Obama on Friday named Ashton Carter, a highly regarded technocrat, to lead the Pentagon as the US military embarks on the latest phase in its 13-year war against Islamic extremists.

Saturday, December 6th 2014 - 04:24 UTC

UN human rights experts bash US courts on latest racial killings

”...a pattern of impunity when the victims of excessive use of force come from African-American or other minority communities,” said Rita Izsák.

A group of United Nations human rights experts said on Friday that they had “legitimate concerns” over decisions to not charge the white officers who killed two unarmed black men in separate incidents, and they also called for a review of policing in the United States.

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014 - 07:36 UTC

Finally Argentina will have a US ambassador: he never visited the country or speaks Spanish

Noah Mamet, a bundler, is a consultant and was confirmed in a vote of 50 to 43 nays, despite sharp criticism by Republicans

The United States Senate confirmed soap opera producer Colleen Bell to be the next U.S. ambassador to Hungary and political consultant Noah Mamet to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Argentina on Tuesday. Neither of the two newly-confirmed Ambassadors are career diplomats, but both raised millions for President Obama's Presidential campaigns.

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014 - 05:02 UTC

US wants to continue with president-elect Vazquez the “vibrant relationship” developed with Mujica

“We are grateful for the vibrant relationship we have had with Uruguay under the leadership of President Mujica”, said Kerry's message

Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated on Monday Uruguayan president-elect Tabare Vazquez on his Sunday victory, and said that the US looks forward to working with the new administration and to continue advancing with the “vibrant relationship we have had” under the leadership of President Jose Mujica.

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