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Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 07:38 UTC

State Dept. document assuring Uruguay Gitmo inmates innocent disclosed

The former Guantanamo Bay inmates enjoying freedom in Montevideo.

Uruguayan president produces US-signed evidence to calm down opposition. Refugees adapting gradually to life in Montevideo.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 21:07 UTC

US/UK trained Brazil military in torture techniques; British were particularly sophisticated

The CNV says United States trained more than 300 military officers from Brazil at the notorious 'School of the Americas'

Officials from the United States and the United Kingdom spent years teaching members of the Brazilian military how to develop and improve their torture techniques during the country’s two-decade long dictatorship (1964/1985), it was confirmed this week by the National Truth Commission, CNV, report.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 07:16 UTC

US Congress passes 1.1tn budget which funds government until 09/2015

John Boehner, the Republicans' House leader said: “Thank you and Merry Christmas.”

The US House of Representatives has passed a 1.1tn dollar budget hour before government was due to shut down at midnight on Thursday. The Republican measure passed by 219 votes to 206 after President Barack Obama had urged Democrats to support the measure.

Friday, December 12th 2014 - 05:50 UTC

New US ambassador in Argentina sworn in at White House ceremony

The newly appointed ambassador next to Vice-president Biden and Argentine ambassador in Washington, Cecilia Nahon

Noah Mamet has sworn as new United States ambassador to Argentina during a ceremony held in the White House, together with US vice president Joseph Biden and Argentine ambassador to the US Cecilia Nahon.

Thursday, December 11th 2014 - 11:47 UTC

Report on CIA torture practices triggers political recriminations and security debate

Senators Marco Rubio and Jim Risch, issued a statement calling the publication of the report’s summary “reckless and irresponsible.”

The brutal details of the CIA’s secret interrogation methods described in a newly-issued report by a US Senate committee on Tuesday, triggered Republican lawmakers and CIA reaction against the document’s findings, insisting that the detention and rendition program produced clear results that helped to thwart attacks on US citizens and assets.

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.

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