By Lucas Parera
By Damian Pachter
In the first ordinary session of the year, the Congress passed a rejection statement against the referendum that the British administration of Malvinas Islands carried out on March 10-11.
With the support of top regional officials, Argentina will renew its long-standing demand that the UK sits at the negotiating table to discuss the Malvinas Islands’ sovereignty dispute at the United Nations this week.
Opposition MP Graciela Camaño has rejected the Kirchnerism-sponsored Penal Code Reform and revealed a referendum project to oppose the bill.
By Adrian Bono - As the second day of the referendum takes place, Malvinas Legislative Assembly member Dick Sawle has an exclusive conversation with the Buenos Aires Herald.com in which he discusses the 1982 war, the present of the islands and what he hopes today’s plebiscite will accomplish.
After Malvinas Islanders voted almost unanimously to remain under British rule, the Islands British Governor, Nigel Haywood, said “This was a pretty massive demonstration of the way the Falkland [Malvinas] islanders feel and the way they see their future."
Argentina's ambassador to London Alicia Castro dismissed the referendum held by Malvinas Islanders saying it is “a ploy that has no legal value”, and insisted that sovereignty claims are "over the territory and not the Islanders.
Ruling Victory Front part and opposition lawmakers have coordinated efforts to draw up a rejection move against the Referendum held by the British administration of Malvinas Islands this weekend.
Argentina's Ambassador in London, Alicia Castro, reiterated the country will not recognize the result of the referendum that began today in the Malvinas Islands.
The head of the Lower House, Julián Domínguez, assured that the referendum being carried in the Malvinas Islands is “another move by the English empire to continue justifying the illegal usurpation of land.”
A referendum on the fate of the Malvinas Islands is a publicity stunt with no legal status, Argentina's ambassador to Britain said, warning that oil exploitation around the territory was impossible without better regional ties.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Adoldfo Pérez Esquivel has addressed a letter to UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron rejecting the referendum that the British administration of Malvinas Islands will hold on March 10-11.
The Foreign Ministry rejected the referendum that is going to take part at the Malvinas Islands on Sunday and Monday, and affirmed that "the UK is trying to distort the controversy with Argentina instead of solving it."
After claiming victory in a constitutional amendment referendum that will allow him to seek a third term in office, San Juan Governor José Luis Gioja asked President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to seek reelection this October, assuring that the people of his province would be standing by her.
The Malvinas Islands government announced the date on which a referendum in order to enable islanders to express their view on the political status of the islands will be held.
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman indicated this morning that the referendum Malvinas islanders will submit regarding their views of the archipelago political status is “mere advertising without any legal value.”
A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks today to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with EU partners before a referendum on Sunday that may decide Greece's future in Europe.
Greece was likely to "have no place in the euro zone" if it voted "no" in the referendum on whether to accept the terms of continued international aid, the chair of the council of euro zone finance ministers warned.
EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker urged Greeks today to back a cash-for-reform package rejected by their government, saying a 'no' vote in Sunday's referendum would mean Greece was turning its back on the European Union.
There was no official response from the Greek government, elected on a promise to end austerity, but Greek daily Kathimerini reported that Tsipras had told Brussels he was considering the move.
The president of Spain's Catalonia region has signed a decree calling for a referendum on independence to be held on November 9, putting the local government on a collision course with Madrid, which says such a vote is illegal.
A majority of Scots would back independence if another referendum were held today, according to a poll, just six weeks after Scotland voted against leaving the United Kingdom.
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has called for renewed dialogue and a "return to sanity" in Catalonia as the region prepares to hold a symbolic vote.
Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout.
Alex Salmond, the defeated leader of Scotland's nationalists has accused Prime Minister David Cameron and other London politicians of tricking Scottish voters out of independence by making a false "vow" about granting them new powers.
New Zealand may vote next year on changing its flag, newly re-elected prime minister John Key has said, as the country looks to assert an identity independent of colonial ties to Britain.
By Nadia Nasanovsky
As the polls prepare to open in Scotland's independence referendum, the fate of the United Kingdom rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters, as opinion polls showed supporters of the 307-year union just a whisker ahead of secessionists.
View photo gallery on "Scotland decides."
Pro-democracy protesters marched in Hong Kong after 800,000 people voted for full democracy in an unofficial referendum, in what could turn out to be the biggest and most passionate challenge to Chinese Communist Party rule in more than a decade.
"I would be heartbroken if this family of nations ... was torn apart," the British PM, speaking in the atrium of the Scottish Widows building in central Edinburgh, said.
On the eve of Scotland's historic referendum, opinion polls today showed support for staying within the United Kingdom marginally stronger than backing for independence, but tens of thousands of undecided citizens agonized over which way to vote.
Ukraine's interim leaders pushed a plan to allow the regions a greater say over their affairs, but the exclusion of separatists from round table talks cast doubt over whether the move could defuse the crisis.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has responded to the republican sentiment widespreading in the European nation, calling anti-monarchy Spaniards to turn to “legal courses” to propose a constitutional reform. Still, Rajoy affirmed the royal family keeps wide support following King Juan Carlos’ abdication.
A gambler in England has placed what bookmakers say is one of the world's biggest ever political bets, wagering 400,000 pounds ($670,000) that Scots will reject independence in a referendum in September.
Pro-Moscow rebels expressed confidence that eastern Ukraine had chosen self-rule in a referendum today, with some saying that meant independence and others eventual union with Russia as fighting flared in a conflict increasingly out of control.
Separatists in the industrial Donetsk region claimed 90 percent support in the referendum, and appealed to Moscow to consider its absorbtion into the Russian Federation to "restore historic justice".
Political leaders locked in a bitter fight over Scottish independence have urged all Scots to reunite whatever the outcome of a referendum in September as the national church voiced concerns over rifts in society.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine to postpone a vote on secession just five days before it was to be held and announced he was pulling Russian troops back from the Ukrainian border, in what appears to be a breakthrough in the worst crisis between East and West since the Cold War.
Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored a public call by Russia's Putin to postpone a referendum on self-rule, declaring they would go ahead on Sunday with a vote that could lead to war.
Ukrainian acting President Oleksander Turchinov told eastern regions gripped by a pro-Russian uprising that they would be courting catastrophe if they voted "yes" in a separatist referendum on Sunday.
Ukraine's parliament endorsed today a plan to mobilise 40,000 reservists to counter Russia's "blatant aggression" in Crimea and guard against what a senior official described as further incursions in the south and east of the country.
Catalonia President Artur Mas said he would forge ahead with his region's plans to hold a referendum on independence in November after Spain's parliament overwhelmingly rejected the petition.
An independent Scotland would be a more constructive member of the European Union (EU) than a reluctant Britain, Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said in a campaign to persuade Europeans to keep Scotland within the Union.
Egypt's top military council has gavin army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a green light to seek election as president, a vote he is almost sure to win with Egyptians weary of turmoil unleashed by a pro-democracy uprising in 2011.
President Barack Obama said today that a proposed referendum in Crimea to join Russia would violate international law and said US sanctions were aimed at punishing Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine.
Catalonia's president has called on European Union prime ministers for support as the region seeks a vote on independence in November this year. In letters dating from December and made public today, Artur Mas urged Europe to encourage the referendum.
Local lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from Spain, setting themselves up for a battle with an implacably opposed central government in Madrid.
Britain's ruling Conservatives will unveil a draft bill that could make Prime Minister David Cameron's promise of a referendum on Britain's European Union membership legally binding.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party ordered protesters out of an Istanbul park, while making a limited concession in the form of an offer to hold a referendum on redevelopment plans that caused nearly two weeks of riots.
Separatist parties in Spain's Catalonia region set Nov. 9 next year as the date for a proposed independence referendum and agreed the wording, but the Spanish government poured cold water on the plan.
Zimbabweans have voted in a referendum expected to endorse a new constitution that would trim presidential powers and pave the way for an election to decide whether Robert Mugabe extends his three-decade rule.
As part of the British self-determination pledge to justify the occupation of Malvinas Islands, inhabitants of the disputed territories have stated that they are not London’s “captives” and defended the results of the referendum they held in March to ratify their decision to remain an overseas territory of the UK.
British Prime Minister David Cameron's ruling Conservatives will publish a draft bill to prepare for a referendum by the end of 2017 on Britain's European Union membership, his spokesman said.
Residents of the Malvinas Islands voted "yes" in the sovereignty referendum to remain UK overseas territory, by 98.8 percent in favour.
A video produced by US think tank "Heritage Foundation" addressed to US President Barack Obama intends to change the White House’s decision of not recognising the outcome of the Malvinas referendum.
UK Primer Minister David Cameron called on Argentina to respect the wishes of Malvinas Islanders, who have overwhelmingly voted to stay British.
Prime Minister David Cameron will promise today to give Britons a straight referendum choice on whether to stay in the European Union or leave, provided he wins an election in 2015.
US State Secretary John Kerry completed his first visit to the UK, where the official met his counterpart Foreign Secretary William Hague and told him that Washington will not recognize the result of next month's islanders referendum.
British Prime Minister David Cameron warned that Britain “will protect” the people of the Malvinas Islands from the “intimidation and threats” of Argentina, which claims sovereignty of the South Atlantic archipelago.
Egypt's president has given the army temporary power to arrest civilians during a constitutional referendum he is determined to push through despite protests accusing him of a power grab.
Egyptians voted on a constitution drafted by Islamists in a second round of balloting expected to approve a charter that opponents say will create deeper turmoil in the Arab world's most populous nation.
An Islamist-backed Egyptian constitution won approval in a referendum, rival camps said, after a vote the opposition said would sow deep social divisions in the Arab world's most populous nation.
UK's Foreign Secretary William Hague came on stage to back the Malvinas Islands Government’s announcement that it will hold a referendum on its political status
The Malvinas Islands Executive council officially approved a referendum that will be held in March 2013 in which islanders will vote on their political status, as Argentina continues to claim sovereignty of the South Atlantic archipelago, 30 years after the war.
Spain's parliament voted to block the northern region of Catalonia from holding a referendum on independence, the latest step in a growing political battle between Barcelona and Madrid in the midst of a deepening economic downturn.
US Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum told Puerto Ricans they would have to make English their primary language if they want to pursue US statehood, a statement at odds with the US Constitution.
The Malvinas Islands Legislative Assembly has announced the islanders are to hold next year a referendum on their "political status", thus hoping to bring an end to the continuing dispute with Argentina.
United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron assured today that the UK will “respect and defend” the result of the political status referendum that Malvinas islanders will hold next year in order to decide their future among Argentina’s claims on sovereignty over the South Atlantic archipelago.
Thousands of South Sudanese danced in the streets to mark their long-awaited independence, a hard-won separation from the north that also plunged the fractured region into a new period of uncertainty.
The Greek government faced possible collapse as ruling party lawmakers demanded Prime Minister George Papandreou resign for throwing the nation's euro membership into jeopardy with a shock call for a referendum.
Greece has dropped its plans to hold a controversial referendum on the country's euro zone membership, which had threatened to plunge the bloc into a crisis, the country's finance ministry said today.
Egypt's new military rulers have signaled their intent to share power with civilians and amend the constitution rapidly by popular referendum, opposition activists and a British minister said.
British voters punished the Liberal Democrats for their role in a deficit-cutting government, rejecting the party's efforts to reform the electoral system and deserting it in local elections.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered a humiliating defeat as Italians turned out in large numbers to vote in referendums which he had encouraged them to boycott.
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa is likely to achieve a sweeping victory in a referendum next month that calls for an overhaul of the justice system, a poll by Ecuadorean pollster Cedatos showed.
President Rafael Correa vowed a shake-up of Ecuador's courts after a referendum strengthened his grip on the South American OPEC member nation while heightening foes' fears of autocratic rule.
As the referendum allowing British inhabitants of the Malvinas Islands to reaffirm their political status approaches, a member of the Legislative Assembly of the South Atlantic territories, Jan Cheek, considered that the UK’s move will send a “strong message” to Argentina.
Romania's opposition asked its supporters not to vote in Sunday's referendum on impeaching President Traian Basescu, in an effort to keep turnout below 50 percent and invalidate the result.
Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and over 200 stars of film, art, sports and literature have signed a letter urging Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom, six weeks ahead of a historic referendum on independence.
Residents of the Malvinas Islands voted in the first of a two-day sovereignty referendum that seeks to counter Argentina's increasingly assertive claim over the British-ruled territory.