The Argentine Senate Thursday passed a bill by 38 votes to 27 to up the barrier indicating who must pay the Income (Earnings) Tax. Despite opposition from Juntos por el Cambio (JxC) citing electioneering intentions, the measure proposed by Economy Minister and presidential candidate Sergio Massa was approved last week by the Lower House.
The US State Department Thursday made available US$ 5 million in rewards for information leading to the arrest of those who murdered Ecuador's presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio last month in Quito. The State Department also offered up to US$ 1 million for clues leading to the identification of high-ranking members of the criminal group.
Authorities from Paraguay and the United States agreed in Asunción this week to extend until 2025 an agreement in place since 2019 to expedite the exchange, marketing, importation, and exportation of agricultural products.
According to uncorroborated rumors circulating in Buenos Aires Thursday, Congressman Javier Milei, the presidential candidate from La Libertad Avanza (LLA) was suffering from some sort of mental breakdown, which raised the possibility that he might not be fit for the mandatory debates with the other four contenders who made it through the Aug. 13 Mandatory, Open, and Simultaneous Primary (PASO) elections.
The so-called blue (a euphemism for black market) US dollar climbed sharply against the Argentine peso on Thursday, reaching a rate of US$ 1 = AR$ 790, it was reported in Buenos Aires. This was the highest rate since August 16, when it reached AR$ 795, and represented an increase of AR$ 43 in three days and AR$ 15 in just one day.
Trading of shares in Chinese property giant Evergrande and its two subsidiaries was suspended in Hong Kong on Thursday. A market statement on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange did not explain why trading in Evergrande Group's securities, and share certificates of Evergrande Property Services Group and Evergrande Electric Vehicle Group was halted.