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Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 05:19 UTC

Obama and Macri are scheduled to hold a first meeting late morning in Casa Rosada

 At 13:30 the two presidents will hold a press conference at Casa Rosada, and later Obama will cross Plaza Mayo to Buenos Aires cathedral

President Barack Obama kicks off on Wednesday the first visit of a US president to Argentina in twenty years, and although no great announcements are expected it will be a great boost to Mauricio Macri's three month administration, his bold economic reforms and effective efforts to reinsert Argentina in the world.

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 04:07 UTC

Falklands/Malvinas not included in Obama/Macri agenda, says Malcorra

Obama and family will be spending two days in Argentina, in Buenos Aires and in Bariloche. Macri will hold meetings in both cities

Argentine president Mauricio Macri will not bring up the issue of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands during his meetings with visiting president Barack Obama, much less request his mediation in the dispute, according to foreign minister Susana Malcorra.

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 02:50 UTC

Cuban dissidents meet for almost two hours with Obama, including some critical of US policy

“We thought it would be a half-hour meeting, and it was an hour and 45 minutes,” said Elizardo Sánchez, head of Human Rights and National Reconciliation.

Leading Cuban dissidents, including some who have been critical of president Barack Obama's policy of engaging with the Cuban government, spent nearly two hours on Tuesday discussing human rights with the president at the US embassy. The frank meeting ended only when Obama’s aides ushered him out to reach the Estadio Latinoamericano in time for the first pitch of the Cuban national baseball team's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 02:14 UTC

Obama magic: from Cuba next to Castro, calls for an end to US embargo and for free and democratic elections

”Sí se puede” Obama told the Cuban people promising a new beginning and recalled his 2008 slogan, “Yes we can.”

Crowning a remarkable visit to Cuba, United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared an end to the “last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas” and openly urged the Cuban people to pursue a more democratic future for their nation 90 miles from Miami. He also sent a strong message to his critics back in the US.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 - 02:13 UTC

Obama scheduled to address the Cuban people on national television and meet dissidents

Hand on his heart, Obama stood in Revolution Square as a band played the American national anthem, stunning sounds in a country as Cuba

President Barack Obama in Havana has a busy agenda scheduled for Tuesday which includes a major speech that Cuban officials said would be carried on TV. Before departing for Argentina, Obama has planned to meet with political dissidents and attend a game between Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays and Cuba's beloved national team.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 - 01:40 UTC

Obama and Castro agree to disagree, but determined to advance in “a new day”

“This is a new day,” Obama said, standing alongside Castro after their meeting at Havana's Palace of the Revolution.

Cuban President Raul Castro directly challenged President Obama on the heels of their historic meeting in Havana on Monday to lift more restrictions on the island and return land used for the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay – as the visiting U.S. president, in turn, chided the Cuban government on democracy and human rights

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016 - 01:35 UTC

“Give me the name of a political prisoner, he will be released before tonight” Castro challenges US reporter

“Please give me the name of a political prisoner,” Castro said repeatedly, with President Barack Obama standing by his side.

Cuban President Raúl Castro sparred with US reporters on Monday over Cuba’s human-rights record, saying at one point that it was not fair to ask about prisoners in general and at another point that he would release by the end of the day anyone named as a political prisoner by a reporter.

Saturday, March 19th 2016 - 05:41 UTC

Praise for Obama's decision to declassify documents from the Argentine dictatorship

Claudio Avruj considered the decision a “fundamental step” to shed light on Argentina’s darkest years and the involvement of the United States

There is no doubt about the participation of the United States in Argentina’s bloody 1976-1983 military dictatorship, Human Rights Secretary Claudio Avruj said in Buenos Aires following the news that Washington announced it will declassify military and intelligence files from the Dirty War period ahead of Barack Obama’s visit to the country.

Friday, March 18th 2016 - 05:49 UTC

Fed cautious on global economy uncertainties leaves rates unchanged: markets react positively

“Proceeding cautiously will allow us to verify that the labor market is continue to strength given the economic risk from abroad,” said Fed Chairman Janet Yellen.

US markets rose on Wednesday, following the decision by the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates unchanged and a statement indicating the rate would only rise twice in 2016. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 79.64 points to 17,331.17. The S&P 500 gained 11.68 points to 2,027.61, while the tech-focused Nasdaq index was up 35.30 at 4,763.97.

Friday, March 18th 2016 - 05:40 UTC

Obama should fully reveal documents from Argentina's 1976/1983 dictatorship and the US role, says NYT

President Obama “should make a pledge that Washington will more fully reveal its role in a dark chapter of Argentine history”

The New York Times published on Thursday an editorial in which the newspaper referred to president Barack Obama’s visit to Argentina next week and the role played by the United States in the country’s 1976-1983 civil-military dictatorship, saying the president of that country “should make a pledge that Washington will more fully reveal its role in a dark chapter of Argentine history.”

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