Following the opening remarks by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff was the first head of state to address the General Assembly on Wednesday. She called for a “re-launching of global economy” and a “true reform” of the UN Security Council.
Argentine President Cristina Fernández accused holdout investors of committing economic terrorism and reiterated her wish for a multi-lateral framework to regulate sovereign debt, during her speech before the United Nations 69th General Assembly on Wednesday.
New York district judge Thomas Griesa has asked Argentina to show cause and explain why the country should not be declared in contempt, following its decision not to pay holdout investors full amount for their defaulted bonds as the judge’s ruling ordered on August 8.
The informal rate for the US dollar in Argentina kept climbing on Wednesday and after brushing 16 Pesos, finally closed 53 cents higher at 15.95 Pesos, while the gap with the formal dollar soared to 89%. Distrust with government policy, plain speculation and hikes in the stock exchange rate were blamed for the situation.
Argentine Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich on Wednesday lashed out at Germany's finance minister, denouncing Berlin's hostile attitude toward Argentina's debt restructuring effort. He added that Germany had always had a hostile attitude toward Argentina from an economic and financial point of view.
President Cristina Fernández addressing on Wednesday the United Nations General Assembly said Argentina, in the context of a complex world situation, has become a triple leading case, (vulture funds, terrorism) and one referred to 'the use of force and territorial integrity', more specifically the pending dispute with the United Kingdom over the Falklands/Malvinas.
Brazil’s Real advanced from a seven-month low as the central bank signaled it will maintain support for the currency when it increased the number of foreign-exchange swap contracts offered in a rollover.
The Uruguayan government released this week the equivalent of 22.9 million dollars for the financing of political parties campaigning for 26 October when presidential and legislative elections are scheduled. In Uruguay political parties receive government support for electoral activities and private donations are closely scrutinized.
FIFA says its executive committee will this week discuss a proposal to introduce a three-minute stoppage if a player suffers a suspected concussion. Michel D'Hooghe, head of FIFA’s medical committee, recommended the new rules for the treatment of head injuries following a series of incidents in recent months that have sparked criticism of FIFA.
The Vatican has arrested a former archbishop accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic, the first-ever arrest inside the city state on charges of pedophilia.