International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spokeswoman Julie Kozack Thursday said the global credit agency hoped Argentina's latest measures would have the political support they needed, particularly the adjustments included in the so-called Omnibus Law bill currently in Congress.
A shipment of 22,320 units of Portezuelo brand budines and alfajores (La Plata river sweets), along with 1,122 bottles of vermouth, originating from Uruguay and bound for Belgium, was found to contain 2.16 tons of cocaine. The discovery was made by Belgian Customs on December 28, sparking an investigation into the oversight during its transit through the Uruguayan port.
Despite stemming from different political forces, the governors of Argentina's Patagonian provinces Thursday issued a joint statement condemning President Javier Milei's bold approach to the country's economic crisis, particularly his most-encompassing emergency decree (DNU) and the so-called Omnibus Law bill currently in Congress.
Argentina's National Institute of Statistics and Census (Indec) Thursday said the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for December 2023 went up by 25.5% for an interannual total of 211.4%, it was reported in Buenos Aires.
Ecuadorean authorities Thursday confirmed drug-trafficking gangs continued to have a total of 178 hostages in prisons nationwide while the number of casualties after four days of internal turmoil was updated to 16 as the outlaws retaliated following law enforcement forces operations. In this scenario, daily life is gradually getting back to normal.
Health authorities in the Argentine province of Buenos Aires Thursday confirmed the first death due to Western equine encephalitis in the territory which was also the second nationwide. The victim was a 74-year-old woman with comorbidities from a semi-rural area. All 10 cases in the province -in General Viamonte, Junín, Leandro N. Alem, Arrecifes, Baradero, La Plata, Ramallo, Campana, and Bragado- required hospitalization, with only four of them discharged so far.
Paraguay's Director General of Health Surveillance, Águeda Cabello, this week echoed a recommendation by the country's leading physicians to wear face masks in healthcare facilities as the number of Covid-19 cases is reported to be on the rise.