April 20, 2014

Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires Daniel Scioli has admitted that there is no easy solution to the issue of crime in the region, also explaining that his passing of emergency laws was a reaction to more violent attacks by thieves and law-breakers.

Philosopher Ricardo Forster, one of the leading names behind the Carta Abierta movement that since 2008 has defended Cristina de Kirchner's presidency, has criticized the Kirchnerite anti-picket project.

Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa.

• Good Friday and the plight of the suffering • Francis washes feet of 12 elderly, disabled • Mega salaries are evil, papal preacher tells

Hundreds of protesters rallied to demand the "resurrection" of Venezuelan democracy while effigies of both President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders were paraded for burning in a local Easter Day tradition.

The Presidency’s Legal and Technical Under-Secretary Carlos Liuzzi — involved in a scandal after Federal Judge Norberto Oyarbide stopped a raid of the Propyme financial firm at his request — denied he had quit, after media reports said yesterday that he had submitted his resignation to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

The former army general who toppled Egypt's first freely elected president will face a leftist politician in next month's presidential election, as they were the only candidates to enter before nominations closed, the committee organising the vote said.

Rescuers have given up searching for three sherpa guides missing two days after the deadliest ever accident on Nepal's Mount Everest killed at least 13 and shocked the mountaineering world.

Divers gained access to the hull of the Sewol for the first time overnight and the number of those confirmed dead rose steadily throughout today by 25 to 58 dead with 244 still listed as missing.

• Vice-principal of school commits suicide

Iran and world powers will begin work drafting a long-term settlement of Iran's disputed nuclear programme at expert-level talks in New York next month.

By James Neilson
It’s not difficult to comprehend why the critics see so many things wrong with Argentina right now. For instance Axel Kicillof, the Economy minister, announced that March’s inflation rate clocked in at 2.6 percent, according to the new nationwide consumer price index as measured by the INDEC’s statistics bureau.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists.

UNEN Broad Front members such as Libres del Sur have resisted making a deal with PRO, suggesting that there is not a common political agenda and that the PRO party is too far to the right to make a coalition workable.

By Fermín Koop
The main element of information to build the new index was the 2012 national survey of household spending, which explains how and how much people spend nationwide. The old index was built on the 2004 version of the survey, which was considered outdated and because of that it was changed.

purchase of 1.2 million tons to be cancelled

Massive soybean defaults loom as China buyers play hard ball

Chinese buyers may default on a further 1.2 million tons of soybeans worth about US$900 million being shipped from the United States and South America, to avoid incurring huge losses in a depressed local market, the country’s top soy buyer said.

At least four people were killed in a gunfight early today near Slaviansk, a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking a fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict.

• Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal • Call for an end to violence

Victory Front senator Aníbal Fernández was last night the victim of an armed assault in the Gerli district of Greater Buenos Aires, where thieves obliged the politician to leave his vehicle which was subsequently taken and found later in the City neighbourhood of Constitución.

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead in the Afghan presidential race has widened, with 44.4 percent, although half of the votes have yet to be counted.

Colón de Santa Fe picked up the point they needed to draw level with Estudiantes at the summit of the Final Championship, after an uninspiring clash with Belgrano this afternoon finished in a 0-0 deadlock.

Lionel Messi smashed in a superb free kick to complete a 2-1 comeback win for injury-hit Barcelona at home to Athletic Bilbao that kept alive their slim hopes of winning La Liga.

Narcotics, firearms and uniforms seized

100 arrested after raids in Greater BA

Over 100 people were arrested and 85 weapons seized yesterday as a result of 46 simultaneous raids carried out by the Buenos Aires Provincial police in the districts of Lomas de Zamora, Lanús and Avellaneda.

Third seed and Australian Open champion Wawrinka recovered from the loss of the opening set to claim his maiden Masters title on the Monte Carlo clay just six weeks before the start of the May 25-June 8 grand slam tournament in Paris.

Lewis Hamilton raced to a hat-trick of wins in today's Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, cruising unchallenged to the flag ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg as a dominant Mercedes claimed a third straight one-two finish.

Former boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

By Martín Gambarotta
If Axel Kicillof really is the dyed-in-the-wool Marxist some of his admirers and many of his detractors say he is, meeting all those IMF people may have been a distasteful experience for him.

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck central and southern Mexico today, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street though there were no early reports of major damage.


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Running out the clock

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Running out the clock

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Swings and roundabouts

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Swings and roundabouts

The invention of pride

Ivan Briscoe

The invention of pride

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An extended landing

By Sorrel Moseley-Williams
Despite graduating with a good degree, North Carolina native Jed Rothenberg found himself in limbo in the intervening years after college. But some vague plans concocted with his brother, whose employer happened to have a satellite office in Buenos Aires, led him to Argentina. Nine years on, Jed runs his own business and has a three-year-old son.

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