March 12, 2014
A building collapsed in a largely residential block of Upper Manhattan today and the New York City Fire Department was searching for anyone trapped in the debris, officials said.
Jorge Capitanich will be attending Congress today to introduce a report on the federal government’s actions for the first time as cabinet chief. The head of ministers took office on November 20 last year after being appointed by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to replace Juan Manuel Abal Medina.
The cabinet chief has sent a clear message to unionized teachers. “Discerning involves the compliance of duties as well,” Jorge Capitanich said following yesterday’s failure in salary talks in which Buenos Aires province teachers rejected a 30.9-percent wage hike, vowing to continue with a walkout that has left more than 4 million students without classes since last week.
By Luciana Bertoia
Public school students in Buenos Aires province will continue their summer holiday today as the provincial teachers’ unions vowed to continue striking "indefinetely," rejecting the mandatory conciliation issued by Governor Scioli after a meeting with the unions in which workers rejected the latest salary offer.
By Fermín Koop
Alarm bells are ringing in Brazil after the US$297-million deficit registered in the first two months of the year in foreign trade with Argentina, with Brazilian government officials deciding to travel to Buenos Aires at the end of the week to meet with their local couterparts in what was described as an urgent meeting to discuss commercial relations.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has failed to fulfil campaign promises to allow greater freedom of expression and there has been a sharp rise in executions since his election, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
The Uruguayan Economy Minister Mario Bergara has announced that the government will reduce VAT on certain everyday food items such as fruits and vegetables as well as on electricity and phone tariffs, in an attempt to ease inflationary pressure.
European ministers agreed to strengthen a scheme to tackle troubled banks, seeking to win the blessing of EU lawmakers for a reform to fortify the euro zone against crises.
Some politicians are already putting forward their candidacy wishes. Ex President Eduardo Duhalde, for instance, thinks Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel Scioli has “lots of chances” to succeed Cristina Fernández de Kirchner while Renewal Front head Sergio Massa “should not jump over steps.”
Leaders of the Group of Seven economies told Russia to stop its work on a referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region and "cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea" or face action.• Crimea's Parliament asks to join Russia • Biden’s Ukraine role risks political future
The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner expanded today to cover a swathe of Southeast Asia, from the South China Sea to India's territorial waters, with authorities no closer to explaining what happened to the plane or the 239 people on board.• Interpol underplays terrorist attack version
There are small signs of encouragement in Michael Schumacher's condition but the most successful former Formula One champion of all time faces a long fight to recover after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident, his agent has said.
The US dollar was climbing two cents to 7.895 pesos amid Central Bank tightening controls. Meanwhile, the so called “blue” dollar was trading steady at 10.85 pesos due to a lower demand for the American currency in the informal market.
Michelle Bachelet took office today as the president of Chile for the second time in an inauguration ceremony held in front of more than 20 world leaders and public figures, among them, Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.• Pressure mounts as Bachelet takes office • CFK praises 'new democratic government' • New president on the challenges ahead
Supreme Court Justice Eugenio Zaffaroni has been in the eye of the storm in the ongoing debate over the Penal Code reform he sponsored. His colleagues at the Supreme Court yesterday made it clear they are not going to back one of the issues that has caused the most controversy: recidivism.• Capitanich says CFK to decide on reform bill
World Cup Brazil 2014
FIFA will open a new round of ticket sales for the World Cup online on a first-come, first-serve basis today. About 345,000 tickets will be available for all matches except for the opener, the two semifinals and the final.
By Esteban ColombetHeld hostage in the battle of the sexes
Buenos Aires City neighbours will be having a say in the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate. Following an initiative by the Mauricio Macri administration, locals will be able to sign a tapestry that will be sent to the Argentine pontiff as a gift, showing images of City’s landmarks. “We pray for you,” the artistic piece will read.
Marcelo J. García
By Gabriela Esquivada
Mark Zuckerberg. Miley Cyrus. Lady Gaga. Jessica Lynch. They are all Millennials, the broadly discussed, ill-defined cohort of US natives between 18 and 33 years old. Time magazine described them in the famous piece “The Me Me Me Generation” as narcissistic, lazy, and coddled. They number 80 million , a group even bigger than Baby Boomers, and the most ethnically diverse.