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Stories for March 18th 2024

  • Monday, March 18th 2024 - 19:29 UTC

    Protesters prevented from blocking access to Buenos Aires

    Protesters were met with Bullrich's anti-riot protocol which includes the use of tear gas

    Federal troops and Buenos Aires City Police clashed Monday with leftwing organizations seeking to block access to the country's capital through the Saavedra (north) and Pueyrredón (south) bridges to protest against President Javier Milei's policies.

  • Monday, March 18th 2024 - 18:57 UTC

    Lula says Brazil was “abandoned” under Bolsonaro

    Most ministries were understaffed and lacked social policies, Lula insisted

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Monday that his country was “abandoned” by the government before his and, therefore, “much remains to be done,” Agencia Brasil reported.

  • Monday, March 18th 2024 - 18:29 UTC

    Bats force closing of Uruguayan Health Ministry HQs

    People should not touch these mammals directly because, although relatively low, there is rabies circulation

    An invasion of bats forced Uruguayan authorities Monday to shut down the Health Ministry's (MSP) headquarters in Montevideo out of safety and sanitary concerns. All clerical work was done remotely as measures were taken to restore normalcy at the earliest, it was reported.

  • Monday, March 18th 2024 - 10:35 UTC

    Argentines faring worse off under Milei

    Average salaries are not enough to purchase one basic food basket and Argentines are looking for second jobs to make ends meet

    Despite the apparent success of Argentine President Javier administration's policies to curb inflation, various reports last week showed plummetting figures regarding economic activity and welfare. To fight growing retail prices, the Libertarian Government authorized imports of yerba mate, dairy products, meat, rice, and even sugar.

  • Monday, March 18th 2024 - 10:17 UTC

    Milei invited to Miami to receive accolade from Jewish Community

    Milei will be out of Buenos Aires between April 8 and 11. No meeting with Trump has been arranged for now

    Argentine President Javier Milei will travel to Miami during the second week of April to receive the “Ambassadors of Light” distinction from the local Jewish community, it was announced during the weekend. TTraveling with the head of state will be his sister and Presidential Secretary Karina Milei.

  • Monday, March 18th 2024 - 10:12 UTC

    Argentina's SME industry records new interannual fall in February

    CAME is also taking center stage in Argentine politics

    Argentina's small- and medium-sized manufacturing industry fell 9.9% last month compared to February last year at constant prices, the Argentine Confederation of Medium-sized Companies (CAME) said in a report released over the weekend. It was the third straight month downwards despite a slowdown from December's 27% and January's 30%, the survey also showed.

  • Monday, March 18th 2024 - 09:50 UTC

    Haiti: Gangs grab essential Unicef supplies

    The Haitian government declared a state of emergency from March 7 to April 3 in Port-au-Prince and its surrounding areas (Pic Reuters)

    As if Haiti's shortages were not severe enough, armed groups sabotaged the main docking facilities in Port-au-Prince and looted several containers, including one from the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), containing essential supplies, it was reported this weekend.

  • Monday, March 18th 2024 - 08:29 UTC

    Falklands government thanks those involved in the Sea Lion island fire rescue operation

    (Pic Falkland Islands Fire & Rescue Service)

    The Falkland Islands government Chief Executive, Andy Keeling in an open statement has thanked all those involved in the response to the Sea Lion Island fire since Friday 8 March.

  • Monday, March 18th 2024 - 08:07 UTC

    Uruguay picks new Ambassador for Caracas post

    Montes de Oca is said to have vast experience in regional matters

    The Uruguayan Government of President Luis Lacale Pou decided to appoint Silvana Montes de Oca as the new Ambassador to Venezuela following the resignation of Eber Da Rosa, which raised doubts as to whether Montevideo would lower its diplomatic mission in Caracas to a chargé d'affairs level.

  • Monday, March 18th 2024 - 07:56 UTC

    Rio de Janeiro under unprecedented heat wave

    Higher-tan-usual temperatures have been forecast for Monday as well

    Wind chill factor included, Rio de Janeiro Sunday recorded for the second day in a row temperatures above 60º Celsius, Agencia Brasil reported. The Rio Alert System recorded 62.3ºC at the Guaratiba station, on the city's west side, at 9.55 am, the former Brazilian capital's City Council said.