An armed gang containing at least five delinquents took over a private neighbourhood close to the Greater Buenos Aires area of Luján and took at least twenty-seven people hostage, thereafter ransacking four homes.
Buenos Aires stocks moved considerably lower, with the Merval benchmark stock index plummeting by 3 percent to 2,605.50 points. The leading panel of stocks accumulated gains of 5.5 percent so far this year.
The US dollar stood at AR$4.355/AR$4.395 today, remaining unchanged from the previous price at the close business yesterday at Buenos Aires exchange houses.
The Argentine Foreign Ministry made a sharp comeback to the comments made by UK Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday, on the thirtieth anniversary of the Malvinas War between Argentina and the UK, blasting the UK's persistent glorification of colonialism. Cameron yesterday labelled Argentina’s invasion of the Islands, “a profound wrong.”
The ombudsman in the Communications National Committee, Ceferino Namuncurá, said that the Government would sanction the Movistar mobile phone service provider with “the biggest fine possible” after a service disruption left over sixteen million people in the country without service on Monday.
National Human Rights Secretary, Eduardo Luis Duhalde died today at the age of 72, officials informed.
Lawmaker María Rachid introduced a draft bill in the City Legislature on Tuesday which looks to allow foreign gay couples to marry in Buenos Aires without the need of a local address.
The Central Bank made official today new restrictions on the withdrawal of US dollars abroad. As of today those who wish to withdraw dollars from their Argentine bank account with a debit card, while out of the country, must already have money in that currency in their account.
Tax collection rised 29.1 percent in March against the same month of 2011, reaching 48,363 million pesos, the head of AFIP tax agency Ricardo Echegaray reported.
Deputy Mayor María Eugenia Vidal said she appreciated “the call for dialogue” made by Transport Secretary Alejandro Ramos, but insisted that the solution of the subway transfer conflict must be done between President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Mayor Mauricio Macri.