August 31, 2014

Seven Metropolitan Police officers were left with gunshot wounds as a result of clashes with a group of drug criminals in the Pope Francis settlement located in the BA City neighbourhood of Villa Lugano.

Security Secretary Sergio Berni has said the shooting in the Pope Francis settlement located in the BA City neighbourhood of Villa Lugano between Metropolitan Police officers and a group of drug criminals that happened earlier today is the consequence of “the badly executed eviction” of the area.

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has informed ARSAT 1, the first satellite fully developed in the country, will be launched into space, while praising state “capacity to develop technology”.

Brazilian airplanes had spotted debris in Brazilian shores that could have belonged to the "Tunante II", the Argentine sailboat that went missing on Tuesday while carrying four Argentine crew members, but finally confirmed they are part of another ship.

• Search for Argentines missing broadens • Argentine sailboat goes missing in Brazil

An Argentine tourist was shot when resisting a robbery in the Colombian Island of San Andrés where he was spending his holidays along with his pregnant wife. Luciano Narcisi was injured in the stomach and arm and had to undergo surgery in a nearby hospital where his conditions were reportedly "stabilizing."

By Nicolás Tereschuk

You may think or read every now and then that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is a “populist” leader. Too fond of “unorthodox” policies. Another chapter of the “leftist” or even “red” experiences of Latin American history. Just a new friend of Marxist Cuba and a Chávez-style leader.

The G77 group of developing nations, plus China, are requesting that the United Nations hold a General Assembly vote on whether to move forward with a new international convention to regulate the restructuring of sovereign debt.

• ICMA revises rules for sovereign defaults • Argentina to present debt project before UN

Roberto Cipriano, Buenos Aires Provincial Memory Commission

‘There is a lack of rigour relating to data of foreigners who commit crime’

By Mariano Parada López

Roberto Cipriano, the head of the Committee against Torture from the Buenos Aires Provincial Commission for Memory (CPM), talked to the Herald about the state of prisons at a time of increased debate over the role of foreigners in crime.

Into Estela Barnes de carlotto’s grandson

Judge accuses Grandmothers of obstructing investigation

By Luciana Bertoia

Long-simmering tensions between Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo and Federal Judge María Romilda Servini de Cubría blew wide open yesterday with the magistrate accusing the human rights group of obstructing the search for justice.

US judge overseeing litigation by Argentina and creditors Thomas Griesa has scheduled a hearing to assess whether Citigroup Inc (C.N) should be forced to comply with a subpoena.

Brazil fell into a recession in the first half of the year as investment dropped sharply and the country’s hosting of the World Cup suffocated economic activity, a major blow to President Dilma Rousseff’s already fading hopes for re-election in October.

By Veronica Stewart

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” That line, spoken by Spock in Star Trek II, was quoted by journalist Brian Boyer at the opening of the Hacks/Hackers BA Media Party. The quote goes a long way not only in making people chuckle in complicit geek understanding, but also in reflecting the theme of collaboration that defines the event.

Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a border town and rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled today they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis.

• Putin compares Kiev to Nazis

Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone, hospital staff told reporters today, a further blow to efforts to contain the deadly virus.

• WHO warns Ebola could infect thousands

Thirty-two UN peacekeepers were rescued today from Islamist militants who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, the United Nations said.

• UN says 43 peacekeepers seized by rebels

Iraqi army and Kurdish forces closed in on Islamic State fighters in a push to break the Sunni militants' siege of the Shi'ite town of Amerli, army sources said.

Argentina national basketball team beat Puerto Rico 98-75 in its World Cup campaign in Seville, Spain. The match for Group B started at 12.30pm (Argentine time) at the Sevilla Arena.

New Argentine coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino has said the main objective in the upcoming match of the Albiceleste against World champion Germany is not the score but to “transmit” a new “idea” of play.

• Maxi, Gago, called up by Martino

Leonardo Mayer has lost 6-4, 6-2, and 6-3 against Japanese Kei Nishikori in a match of the third round of the US Open in Flushing Meadows. With the loss, Argentina has no representatives left in the Open.

Di Maria, signed from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) on Tuesday, showed encouraging flashes in a 70-minute debut but United generally looked short of attacking ideas in their goalles draw against promoted Burnley.

Russian IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was involved in a multi car accident during practice in California.

Comedian Joan Rivers was in serious condition at a New York hospital after she was admitted suffering cardiac arrest when her breathing stopped during a vocal cord procedure, her family and hospital officials said.


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By Luciana Bertoia

The last three weeks have been marked by the recovery of the identities of two long-awaited grandchildren snatched during the 1976-1983 dictatorship. But the National Genetic Database (BNDG) is mired in controversy due to a 2009 law that establishes its transfer to the national Science and Technology Ministry.

Away from  the extremes

Marcelo J. García

Away from the extremes

Hooligan scene has changed

Eric Weil / Sportsworld

Hooligan scene has changed

Kicillof: our success is not down to ‘tailwind’

Michael Soltys / Senior Editor / Economic Outlook

Kicillof: our success is not down to ‘tailwind’

Forget about WTO

Andrés Federman

Forget about WTO

Emmanuel Burgio, travel company founder

The stars aligned

By Sorrel Moseley-Williams

Although his first visit was an initial flirtation as part of a round-the-world voyage, by his third trip on business Emmanuel Burgio had fallen for his Argentine wife. Twelve years on, the Frenchman has founded a Latin America-facing luxury travel company and lives in Recoleta with his young family.

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