April 18, 2014

Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez dies at 87

A bill submitted earlier this week by Kirchnerite MPs has turned it difficult for allies to stay loyal to the federal government this time. Social leader Luis D’Elía considered organizations should have been consulted about the project. The Legal and Social Studies Center commanded by pro-government journalist Verbitsky warned about a “setback” in the right to protest.

• The bill at a glance • Rights groups, leftists blast project • Victory Front MPs submit protest bill

The end of a lenient stance towards picket lines?

Kirchnerism and roadblocks: a troubled relationship

The ex vice president during Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s first term in office considered the Buenos Aires province governor is not likely to meet the president’s expectations for the 2015 electoral battle.

• 'La Cámpora, next ruling generation'

The Easter holidays started today with intense traffic in Argentine routes. Over 2 million people are expected to travel across the country during the long weekend.

By Federico Poore

As part of a much-announced security plan for the country’s biggest district, Buenos Aires province Security Minister Alejandro Granados yesterday inaugurated a Community Crime-prevention Centre (CPC) in the Greater Buenos Aires district of Malvinas Argentinas led by Jesús Cariglino, a mayor at odds with the Kirchnerite administration.

Neuquén’s Governor Jorge Sapag and provincial Energy Minister Guillermo Coco will travel in two weeks to Houston to launch a tender for eight oil and gas areas located in the Vaca Muerta shale formation.

The government has implemented Law 26,844 which takes into effect comprehensive regulation for domestic employment, including a minimum age for hiring of 16-year-olds.

Following yesterday’s announcement that the CPI consumers’ price index hit 2.6 percent in March, Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich defended the new method to calculate economic data and estimated a “declining trend" in prices for the future.

Buenos Aires City lawmaker Alejandro Bodart (MST-New Left) has appealed Judge Elena Liberatori’s order to maintain the subte fare at 4.50 pesos, asking for the tariff to go back at 3.50 pesos until “the real cost structure of the service is clarified.”

The Kirchnerism-sponsored labour market bill aims at dropping unregistered jobs to 28 percent in 2015 following a personal “conviction” of President CFK, the head of ministers has stated.

• Gov't defends bill to tackle informal work

Defence minister Agustin Rossi today handed over a copy of the complete minutes of meetings from the last dictatorship, discovered last year in the ministry's Condor Building, to Grandmothers' leader Estela de Carlotto, and underlined his conviction that the armed forces have changed.

The rescue operation to save the lives of 287 missing passengers of the ferry that capsized yesterday in Korean southwestern coast continues. Nine people were found dead and 179 were rescued.

• Video: Hundreds missing after ferry sinks

Within ten days, Chinese-owned supermarkets will join the Price Watch programme, including 122 goods.

Mexican police have captured the second-in-command of one of the country's main drug gangs, who was operating in Mexico City, the government said.

Two brothers of deceased actor Paul Walker joined the film crew of Fast and Furious 7 to shoot scenes left unfinished by Walker's sudden death in a car accident.

A British shoe bomb-plotter-turned-government informant, who once conspired with Osama bin Laden, has become a key witness for US prosecutors seeking to give American juries a taste of life inside al Qaeda.

Colombian author and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez, who crafted enchanting stories that blurred the line between magic and reality, died on Thursday at the age of 87.

The US, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have called together for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.

• The West’s financial arsenal • Three pro-Russia activists killed

US stocks ended a holiday-shortened week with mostly modest gains, though the S&P 500 notched its biggest weekly advance since July as Morgan Stanley and General Electric rallied after strong results.

Footage taken by a deep-sea drone should determine sooner than previously thought whether a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean is the final resting place of a missing Malaysian jetliner, Australian search authorities said.

In the traditional Holy Thursday Mass, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 disabled people in commemoration of Jesus' gesture of humility towards his apostles on the night before he died.

• Pope: 'Priests' only girlfriend is the Church'

Syria has submitted a "more specific" list of its chemical weapons to the global regulator overseeing the destruction of its stockpile after discrepancies were reported by inspectors on the ground, officials said.

• Rebels accuse Assad of new poison gas attack

It was the first known direct contact between Putin and Snowden since Russia gave the American refuge after he disclosed monitoring data by the US.

The murder trial of Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been adjourned until May 5 after the state wrapped up three days of punishing cross-examination of a forensic expert brought by the defence.

India has held the biggest day of its mammoth general election, with a quarter of its 815 million-strong electorate eligible to vote, in an ongoing electoral process that takes place from April 7 to May 12.

Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic showed their superior class on clay as they eased into the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Bale & Di María goals give Madrid Copa del Rey win over Barca

Boca 0 San Lorenzo 0

Boring derby at La Bombonera

Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo played a boring derby at La Bombonera stadium yesterday that finished with the visitors playing with nine men. Bianchi’s side continued with its irregular season and the team failed again to show a performance that could satisfy fans.

Final Championship leaders Estudiantes were slightly better than title rivals River Plate and could have put themselves in the lead with an early penalty, but the La Plata side were forced to settle for the 0-0 draw that leaves both teams well in the fight at the top.

'Gabo': a life in pictures


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The 15-year-old, whose identity was not released, suffered mental retardation as a result of malnourishment and weighed a mere 20 kilos when she was rescued. She was living under the custody of a couple who were yesterday charged with aggravated assault and unlawful imprisonment.

By Santiago Del Carril

The founder of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, “Chicha” Mariani Chorobik, is pleading with Pope Francis to hand over information and documents allegedly kept in the Vatican that could shed light on the whereabouts of the children who were snatched from their parents during the last military dictatorship.

Swings and roundabouts

Michael Soltys / Senior Editor / Economic Outlook

Swings and roundabouts

The invention of pride

Ivan Briscoe

The invention of pride

An easy way out

James Neilson

An easy way out

Moyano muscle

Martín Gambarotta

Moyano muscle

The last laugh?

Marcelo J. García

The last laugh?

By Simon Doonan

The look is a knowing take of the heterosexual male’s desperate desire to be sartorially unremarkable. It is not brave or butch or ‘swagger-y’. It is for real.

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