April 29, 2016

Hugo Moyano, the secretary general of one of the three splinters of the CGT union, said President Mauricio Macri is “against workers” as he warned “time is up”, accusing the government of failing to meet demands by the labour movement.

The Senate gave preliminary approval to an opposition-sponsored bill declaring a “state of labour emergency” in the country, a move that could prompt a politically costly presidential veto.

While keeping unchanged its forecast for the country’s economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) praised the Mauricio Macri administration for embarking on an “ambitious and much-needed” transition and highlighted its economic measures, though it warned of high inflation.

Argentina will issue a fresh round of dollar-denominated debt notes worth an estimated US$8 billion in the next few days, top officials from the Finance Ministry confirmed.

Let’s Change lawmakers use technicality

Brazil ‘coup’ talk quickly halted

The Lower House briefly addressed ongoing impeachment proceedings against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, though a motion by Socialist Workers’ Party (PTS) lawmaker Myriam Bregman, was quickly dismissed by Let’s Change lawmakers.

Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña didn’t pull any punches in his first appearance before Congres, answering questions from lawmakers about the administration’s policies and pointedly choosing to point fingers at the three previous Kirchnerite administrations.

On the second day of raids into the properties of arrested Kirchnerite businessman Lázaro Báez, judicial authorities continued to move at a rapid pace expanding the investigation o his family members and associates’ assets.

• Kirchner mausoleum also investigated

Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and protests as government offices closed their doors in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts.

Court clears way for ‘unity ticket’

Gioja to lead Peronist party

Air strikes hit a hospital in a rebel-held area of Syria's Aleppo and killed at least 27 people, including three children and the city's last pediatrician, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The US dollar today traded one cent lower at 14.51 pesos in BA City banks and foreign exchange offices, accumulating its fifth drop in a row, pushed by the Central Bank’s decision to maintain interest rates in the peso currency.

US stocks closed down on Thursday as the Bank of Japan's shocking call to cap monetary stimulus continued to rattle investors while a late day decline in Apple shares on remarks by billionaire investor Carl Icahn added to selling pressure.

The Federal Reserve held interest rates unchanged and while it left the door open to a hike in June, its statement implied that it was in no hurry to follow on from its December rate rise.

Venezuela’s opposition launched a signature drive seeking a referendum to remove President Nicolás Maduro as sporadic looting and protests over the economic crisis were reported.

A Turkish court sentenced two journalists to two years in jail for blasphemy, their newspaper said, after they reprinted a cover from the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo above their columns last year.

‘New diplomacy,’ old tics

Mempo Giardinelli

‘New diplomacy,’ old tics

Tinelli wants to change championship

Eric Weil / Sportsworld

Tinelli wants to change championship

Dilma — a dilemma for Macri

Sebastián Lacunza

Dilma — a dilemma for Macri

Say goodbye to free speech

James Neilson / As I See it

Say goodbye to free speech

Says Ambassador on royal birthday

Argentina ready to ‘go Dutch’

By Michael Soltys

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