December 10, 2013
The governor of Buenos Aires province Daniel Scioli today passed by decree an increased minimum wage for new police officers, as well as other benefits. Some officials, however, kept up a vocal protest in the provincial capital La Plata.
Justice secretary Julián Alvarez has announced the national government would tomorrow file a criminal complaint against Lanús councillor and former deputy in command of the Buenos Aires police force, Salvador Darío Baratta, for inciting officers to go on a protest that led to a wave of looting in the province.
The police crisis which prompted protests and further lootings in several provinces last week and during the weekend spread today to other districts, with deaths reported in Jujuy and Entre Rios.• Concordia: one dead in lootings amid police protest • Police crisis spreads to BA province
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich came on stage today to speak about the police crisis which has spread to several provinces. He assured the Government is “monitoring the situation with each provincial government and with each one in charge to generate mechanisms of social and civic protection.”
An elderly US Korean War veteran released from detention in North Korea said on a videotaped "confession" he made was given under duress and that he believed he may have been held in a misunderstanding over his interest in the war.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has warned that the Iranian nuclear deal would be dead if the US Congress imposes new sanctions, even if they do not take effect for six months.
Eight major US web companies, including Apple, Google and Facebook, made a joint call today for tighter controls on how governments collect personal data, intensifying the furor over online surveillance.
Wall Street rose modestly today after Chinese inflation data eased worries about policy tightening there, while investors were cautious before speeches on the economy by top Federal Reserve officials.
The composition of the Lower House of Congress will be decidedly different starting tomorrow as it becomes more diverse following the incorporation of several new blocs. A total of 33 congressional parties and 18 alliances were defined during a preliminary session held by lawmakers last week.
Economy Minister Axel Kicillof and Federal Planning Minister Julio de Vido will meet with Chinese business figures and politicans today and tomorrow to seek foreign investment of up to US$19 billion for 15 infrastructure projects in Argentina, as well as deeper bilateral relations with the Asian superpower.
Ukrainian opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko said today he was ready, with other opposition leaders, to hold compromise talks with President Viktor Yanukovich but added he feared that police action to break up peaceful protests was imminent.• Ukrainian protesters topple Lenin statue in challenge to Yanukovich
A car bomb exploded near a cafe in northeastern Iraq today killing 11 people and wounding 23, police said, as the country grapples with its deadliest violence in at least five years.• Car bomb attacks across Iraq kill at least 39
By Mariano Beldyk
Electoral reform is likely to be among today’s topics of discussion in the Buenos Aires City Legislature’s last session before new legislators are sworn in tomorrow. But in order to get it voted — fulfilling the wishes of Mayor Mauricio Macri — PRO policymakers must cope with a series of demands from opposition forces.
Directors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced today that they will give Argentine authorities an extended deadline in order to improve upon disputed national statistics, giving the nation until March 2014 to make the necessary changes.
Justice Minister Julio Alak has asserted that a wave of lootings across Argentina "are not spontaneous, but organised," and announced that 720 prosecutors in Buenos Aires and the entire federal prosecution service had been called upon to investigate the crimes.
At least one people died, eleven were injured and several remained trapped, after a roof of a construction work collapsed in the district of Merlo. Firefighters informed the accident took place in the streets of Eva Perón and Victoria, and that several people remained trapped under debris.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to deepen his "economic offensive" to force businesses to cut prices after his ruling Socialist Party won the most votes in weekend municipal elections.• Venezuela on tenterhooks as D-day arrives
Shocking violence at a Brazilian championship match is not an indication of what can be expected when the South American country hosts next year's World Cup, FIFA and Brazilian government officials have declared.
A young female doctor who was riding a motorbike was killed by a bus last Friday in Palermo neighborhood, in Buenos Aires city. The bus driver rejected accusations.
Boca Juniors, playing with the pink jersey for the first time, wrapped up the first half of the Argentine season with a lackluster 1-1 draw against Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata at La Bombonera stadium.
By Eric Weil
Argentina and Netherlands played a magnificent semifinal in the Women’s World League in Tucumán on Saturday as befits a clash between the two world top-ranked teams.
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