Uruguay's inflation rate rose in January 0.74% from December as housing, hotel and restaurant prices jumped, the national statistics agency, INE, reported this week. The consumer price index rose 8.05% on the year at the end of January, INE said.
Argentina’s flag carrier ended the last twelve months with a drop in the number of passengers transported, totalling 6.017.886, which is 5.97% less than in 2010. However income from the sale of tickets reached 1.334 billion dollars, which is 14% higher, according to the latest numbers available.
Brazilian Secretary of Foreign Trade Tatiana Prazeres will be travelling to Buenos Aires next Monday to address with Argentine counterparts the extent of the last set of measures implemented by the administration of President Cristina Fernandez to slow down the flow of imports.
UK’s Defence Minister Philip Hammond reiterated Friday that the deployment of Prince Williams to the Falkland Islands is a routine mission planned long ago, and rejected suggestions the decision to send the heir to the throne to the region represented an escalation of the UK's position.
Britain warned Argentina against cutting off an air link to the Falklands as part of an economic blockade of the Islands, reports the Evening Standard. Buenos Aires is threatening to stop a weekly flight from Punta Arenas in Chile to Port Stanley by refusing permission for it to use Argentine airspace.
French Defence minister Gerard Longuet said that following on the deal to sell 126 Dassault Rafale fighter jets to India, Paris is hopeful it can seal a similar contract with Brazil.
The UK is taking advantage of the diplomatic conflict escalade with Argentina over the Falkland Islands sovereignty dispute to distract public opinion from serious domestic problems such as unemployment, said Argentine Vice-president Amado Boudou.
The head of Argentina’s organized labour CGT umbrella unions’ boss Hugo Moyano broke his silence to state his relationship with the Argentine government is “suspended” but dismissed for the time being, the possibility of staging a national strike.
“There are certain people that we would just like to allow to get on with their job if that’s possible, and give them the opportunity to see as much of the Falklands as they possibly can” Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Brigadier Bill Aldridge said this week when asked about the deployment of Prince William to the Falkland Islands as an RAF search-and-rescue pilot.
President Cristina Fernandez would need a third term in office to complete her transformation of Argentina, her vice president said Thursday, feeding her opponents’ fears that the newly re-elected leader will try to change the constitution and stay in power beyond 2015.