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Thursday, September 18th 2014 - 05:46 UTC

US dollar at new record in Argentina; Kicillof blames 'holdouts' and the US embassy

The 'blue' dollar closed trading at 15.10 Pesos, with the gap between the two rates increasing to approximately 80%

The informal rate of the US dollar hit a new historic peek on Wednesday in Argentina, breaking the 15 pesos barrier and closing at 15.10 pesos, pushed by rate speculation, and following yesterday’s sharp 25-cents climb. Economy minister Axel Kicillof blamed the 'holdouts' and the US embassy for the latest surge.

Thursday, September 18th 2014 - 05:30 UTC

Fed evasive about when it will begin to raise interest rates, “considerable time”

Yellen disappointed some when she said there was no “calendar date” for a rate rise. US markets however were reassured and Dow Jones closed at a record high.

The US Federal Reserve has reiterated that it will raise interest rates once a “considerable time” has passed after its stimulus program ends in October. The announcement came at the end of a two-day meeting of the central bank's policy committee in Washington DC.

Wednesday, September 17th 2014 - 01:11 UTC

Argentina warns US acting ambassador on 'default' statements and 'deplores lack of support'

Timerman said “Argentina has honored all its commitments in due time and form under the conditions agreed in 2005 and 2010 and will continue to do so.”

United States interim ambassador to Argentina Kevin Sullivan was summoned to foreign minister Hector Timerman's office and was informed of ”the profound and firm rejection of the Argentine government to the US diplomat’s inappropriate statements”, according to the statement from the ministry made public on Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 05:04 UTC

White House says it prefers the UK to remain “strong, robust and united”

A variety of experts say Washington would rather avoid the disruption to NATO defenses that forming a separate Scottish military would bring.

The White House weighed in carefully on the Scottish independence referendum, saying Washington would respect the outcome of the vote but would prefer the United Kingdom to remain “strong, robust and united.”

Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 02:42 UTC

US insists with Argentina it does not support the UN sovereign debt debate

“It would be much better to work with existing market mechanisms to issue sovereign debt rather than creating a UN convention” said Kevin Sullivan

As Argentine President Cristina Fernandez readies for her annual trip to New York to speak at the United Nations General Assembly, US interim ambassador in Buenos Aires Kevin Sullivan ratified that Washington will not back the UN sovereign debt resolution sparked by Argentina’s legal battle with its holdout creditors.

Saturday, September 13th 2014 - 05:13 UTC

Venezuela quietly working to ensure a seat at the UN Security Council

When Chavez last tried for a seat in 2006, the United States succeeded in torpedoing his campaign. This year, Washington has been mum.

Venezuela’s populist government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a diplomatic trophy that long eluded the late Hugo Chavez: a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Saturday, September 6th 2014 - 06:36 UTC

Argentina and holdouts again disagree before Pollack; end of September another deadline

Pollack said that parties met again to continue exploring possibilities, but “the issues that divide the parties remain unresolved”

Argentina still has “unresolved” issues preventing a settlement with bondholders suing the country for repayment after not participating in the country's restructurings following its 2002 default, a court-appointed mediator said Friday.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 07:47 UTC

Argentine Senate approves bill changing debt payment jurisdiction; next step Lower House

“Sometimes there are court decisions that cannot be followed,” said Miguel Angel Pichetto, head of the government's coalition in the Senate.

Argentina's Senate on Thursday passed a bill aimed at circumventing U.S. court decisions regarding its defaulted debt by changing payment jurisdiction, sending the proposal to the lower house Chamber of Deputies for final approval. The chamber, like the Senate, is controlled by government allies who are expected to vote the bill into law.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 07:33 UTC

NML Capital subpoenaed 18 banks in search of embezzled Argentine funds

Lead attorney for NML, Robert Cohen of Dechert, said  that the list of banks all have at least a presence in the United States

NML Capital Ltd, a creditor suing Argentina in the U.S. courts for full payment on defaulted debt, subpoenaed 18 banks last week in an effort to track down 65 million dollars in what it says is embezzled Argentine money laundered through the United States.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 07:13 UTC

Uruguay's main presidential opposition candidate suffers “Watergate break-in” crime

Luis Lacalle Pou surprisingly won his party's primaries and is steadily cutting differences with the ruling coalition's candidate

Uruguay's main opposition candidate for October's contested presidential election was the victim of a “Watergate break-in” crime at the offices of the agency which is running his surprisingly successful campaign.

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