National government appears to support intent by state intelligence services to monitor calls
The 17 special CD recorders are working non-stop in the communications directorate (known as the Dirección de Captación de Comunicaciones, DCC) recording wiretaps, the same recordings that have been questioned in the past for being used at times for domestic espionage and extortion. Those run of the mill CDs were a key tool for the Argentine spies that were in the spotlight last year following the shocking and mysterious death of special AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman, an intrigue in which they were involved. The intelligence agency at the time — the Intelligence Secretariat (SI) — lost control of the wiretaps and faced restrictions to the use of its funds in the aftermath. But now with a new government the old servicios — as they are known colloquially — are seeking to regain their influence, which they used in the past to harass the opposition and even to strike at governments, social organizations and judicial sources have warned.
Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner criticized the Let’s Change administration for implementing economic policies that are preventing the middle class from making ends meet, while defending herself from corruption investigations, in an interview with several news outlets released yesterday.
A woman breastfeeds her child yesterday in San Isidro. The rally was organized after a woman was ejected last week from a public park by San Isidro municipal police officers after she refused to stop. The protests drew thousands in many squares and public spaces nationwide.
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump accepted the nomination of the Republican Party for president by appealing to, and fanning the flames of fear and resentment. It was notable for a presidential convention acceptance speech that it had so little hope, vision, or concrete examples of how Trump would advance his agenda and “Make America Great Again.”
A La Plata prosecutor yesterday asked for the courts to suspend the 400-percent cap recently introduced by the Macri administration on natural gas price increases nationwide, on the basis that no public hearings were carried out before the measure was implemented.
Brazil arrested 10 people on Thursday on suspicion of belonging to a group supporting Islamic State (IS) and preparing acts of terrorism during next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Justice Minister Alexandre Moraes said.
A new economic controversy is making noise after suggestions that President Mauricio Macri’s administration could raise the retirement age.
Half of civil servants have not made mandatory filings
Almost half of the public officials who are obliged by law to present financial affidavits before the Anti-Corruption Office (OA) declaring their interests and holdings have failed to do so, the government department said yesterday.
Turkey will be able to extend detention times for suspects and issue decrees without parliamentary approval under a three-month state of emergency approved yesterday by lawmakers following last week’s attempted military coup.
US$1,000 and 50KG limits set for incoming packages
For many people living in Argentina, whether local- or foreign-born, receiving packages and post from overseas has meant bureaucracy and long queues at the City’s Customs Office in Retiro. Those lines, however, could soon be a thing of the past.
As demands for the removal of Buenos Aires province police chief Pablo Bressi continue, Governor María Eugenia Vidal yesterday tried to burnish her pro-transparency credentials saying the police’s internal affairs unit had suspended 1,600 officers from the force during her first seven months in office.
Argentina will experience a deeper economic contraction than initially expected this year, according to the International Monetary Fund’s latest report.
Federal Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral has requested that Singapore and Malaysia arrest Ali Akbar Velayati — Iran’s former foreign minister and a suspect in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community centre — and extradite him to Argentina.
Venezuela’s opposition coalition said yesterday that officials have validated enough signatures to proceed to the next phase of a referendum to recall unpopular President Nicolás Maduro.• Middle-class Venezuelans swap savings for food
Crimes commited in Police Station No. 8
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Supporters of the Islamic State militant group celebrated on social media a shooting rampage in a shopping mall in the southern German city of Munich on Friday that killed and wounded many people.
Donald Trump accused Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of a legacy of "death, destruction, terrorism and weakness" as US secretary of state and vowed to be tough on crime and illegal immigrants in a speech on Thursday accepting the Republican presidential nomination.• Trump attacks Clinton legacy of ‘death,’ vows to turn back on ‘globalism’ • The Republican refrain: ‘Lock her up!’
Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra’s hopes of becoming the first woman ever to lead the United Nations were hit with a damaging setback yesterday after she emerged from the first informal straw poll of Security Council members in the middle of the 12-candidate pack. She now faces a difficult task catching up to former Portuguese prime minister António Guterres, who received the most votes.
US Republican convention
Donald Trump accused his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton of a legacy of “death last night, destruction and weakness” dating from her time as US secretary of state, as he pitched heavily to the working class in a speech last night accepting the Republican presidential nomination.• The Republican refrain: ‘Lock her up!’
Employees say they face constant threats of harassment while at work
Medical staff from over 30 hospitals in Buenos Aires City staged a 24-hour strike yesterday in protest at the lack of action over ongoing security issues at hospitals throughout the Argentine capital, with many medical employees saying they face the consistent threat of harassment and insufficient security while at work.
Cleveland police arrested 18 protesters on Wednesday after scuffling with demonstrators who tried to set an American flag on fire near the crowded entrance to the arena where Republicans made Donald Trump their presidential nominee, officials said.
The Bastille Day attacker who killed at least 84 people in the French Riviera city of Nice had been planning the attack for months with the help of at least five accomplices, the Paris prosecutor said on Thursday.
36 percent of population considered ‘vulnerable’
The Argentine government and the United Nations Development Programme put pen to paper on a plan of action on sustainable development for the period of 2016 to 2020 signed to counter the threat of between 1.5 million and two million Argentines falling back into poverty.
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This June has joined every other month of this year so far in setting an all-time monthly record for global temperatures, according to two separate federal science agencies — though the globe was not as extremely warm last month as it was earlier in the year.
Roger Ailes on Thursday resigned as chairman and chief executive of Fox News Channel following allegations of sexual harassment, an abrupt end to his 20-year rein over America's most lucrative and powerful cable news channel for conservatives.
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