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Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 06:42 UTC

Singer recruits former Secretary of State Albright for its dispute with Argentina

Ms Albright worked with president Bill Clinton. Her partner and co-chair is Gutierrez, a former Commerce Secretary with president Bush

Billionaire Paul Singer, founder and CEO of hedge fund Elliott Management Corporation has picked up some major political muscle to press his case in the long-running debt battle with Argentina, reports the New York Post.

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 06:33 UTC

Argentina revokes BONY authorization to operate and act as trustee

Resolution 437/2014 signed by central bank President Fabrega and Superintendent Belmonte, is based on BoNY’s “non-fulfillment of the contract”

Argentina's Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich confirmed that the country's Office of the Superintendent of Financial and Exchange Institutions has revoked the authorization for the bank of New York Mellon to operate in Argentina.

Tuesday, August 26th 2014 - 07:14 UTC

UK embassy apologizes for a cake 'commemorating' torching of White House

British troops in 1814 led by Maj Gen Robert Ross, attacked and burned public buildings including the Capitol, Washington Navy Yard and the White House

The British embassy in Washington has apologized after tweeting a picture of a White House cake surrounded by sparklers, “commemorating” the burning of the building 200 years ago.

Tuesday, August 26th 2014 - 06:42 UTC

Soros group and others file lawsuit against BONY over payments in Euros

The plaintiffs in the latest lawsuit which includes Soros, hold more than €1.3 billion in Argentine debt.

A group of hedge funds, including George Soros’s Quantum Partners and J. Kyle Bass’s Hayman Capital, is seeking a 226 million Euro interest payment on Argentine bonds from Bank of New York Mellon, BONY, that was blocked by a United States judge last month.

Saturday, August 23rd 2014 - 06:18 UTC

Yellen insists with expansive policies despite growing pressure from 'hawks' on interest rate

“Five years after the end of the recession, the labor market has yet to fully recover,” argues Fed chief Yellen

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the US jobs market has not yet fully recovered, but acknowledged that data is sending mixed signals, spurring debate over inflationary pressures. In a speech to leading central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Yellen, who has kept Fed policy expansive due to perceived excess slack in the jobs market, gave no clear new signs for monetary policy.

Friday, August 22nd 2014 - 07:43 UTC

Argentina describes Griesa as 'ignorant' and lacking knowledge on democratic institutions

Kicillof, the all powerful minister who is at the centre of the clash with New York justice

The Argentine government again blasted Judge Thomas Griesa for declaring 'illegal' the bill sent to Congress referred to the country's debt and creditors, and said the magistrate “ignores national sovereignty” and “ignores how democratic institutions function”.

Friday, August 22nd 2014 - 07:17 UTC

Griesa leaves Argentina 'in contempt' ledge; warns any change of jurisdiction was 'lawless'

The New York judge added that any entity that aids Argentina in its efforts to move jurisdiction would also be in violation of his sentence.

US District Judge Thomas Griesa declared on Thursday that an Argentine plan to change the 'jurisdiction' of restructured foreign debt was illegal, while resisting holdout investors' demands that Argentina be held in contempt of court for attempting to change the site of payment to Buenos Aires.

Thursday, August 21st 2014 - 08:30 UTC

Kicillof: “no change of NY jurisdiction, but a change of payment location”

 Judge Griesa “clearly benefits” 1% of creditors “that never entered and never wanted to enter” the debt restructurings, claimed Kicillof

Argentina's new plan to skirt U.S. courts and resume payment on defaulted bonds aims to protect creditors who participated in two debt restructurings, Economy minister Axel Kicillof said on Wednesday. But he also emphasized that the bill sent to Congress did not mean a 'change of jurisdiction' from New York but rather a change of payment 'location'.

Thursday, August 21st 2014 - 08:06 UTC

'A contempt of court does not apply to sovereign Argentina', says Capitanich

The cabinet chief during his daily morning media conference

Anticipating what seems an imminent order of contempt-of-court by US Judge Thomas Griesa following Argentine President Cristina Fernández decision to push a bill to change the payment jurisdiction to Buenos Aires, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich pointed out that as a “sovereign country” Argentina cannot end up in contempt despite Griesa’s warnings.

Thursday, August 21st 2014 - 07:31 UTC

“Slack of US labor market” keeping the Fed from raising interest rates

Many Fed members pointed to the millions of workers who have been out of work for extended periods or who are unable to find full-time employment.

The US Federal Reserve hinted that a surprisingly strong jobs market recovery could lead it to raise interest rates earlier than it had been anticipating. At the same time, most Fed officials wanted further evidence before changing their view on when rates should rise, according to the minutes from the central bank's July 29-30 meeting.

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