December 9, 2013
Buenos Aires province governor Daniel Scioli this afternoon announced a salary hike for the provincial police force and urged officers to halt protests and return to work.
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich came on stage today to speak about the police crisis which has spread to several provinces. He assured the Government is “monitoring the situation with each provincial government and with each one in charge to generate mechanisms of social and civic protection.”
After long discussions held between government officials and police representatives, a wage deal was reached today ending a conflict which prompted protests during the weekend.
The Governor of Entre Ríos Sergio Urribarri today confirmed one person died during lootings reported last night in the city of Concordia amid a protest staged by the provincial police force on wage hikes demands.
Eight major US web companies, including Apple, Google and Facebook, made a joint call today for tighter controls on how governments collect personal data, intensifying the furor over online surveillance.
Wall Street rose modestly today after Chinese inflation data eased worries about policy tightening there, while investors were cautious before speeches on the economy by top Federal Reserve officials.
The composition of the Lower House of Congress will be decidedly different starting tomorrow as it becomes more diverse following the incorporation of several new blocs. A total of 33 congressional parties and 18 alliances were defined during a preliminary session held by lawmakers last week.
Economy Minister Axel Kicillof and Federal Planning Minister Julio de Vido will meet with Chinese business figures and politicans today and tomorrow to seek foreign investment of up to US$19 billion for 15 infrastructure projects in Argentina, as well as deeper bilateral relations with the Asian superpower.
Ukrainian opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko said today he was ready, with other opposition leaders, to hold compromise talks with President Viktor Yanukovich but added he feared that police action to break up peaceful protests was imminent.• Ukrainian protesters topple Lenin statue in challenge to Yanukovich
A car bomb exploded near a cafe in northeastern Iraq today killing 11 people and wounding 23, police said, as the country grapples with its deadliest violence in at least five years.• Car bomb attacks across Iraq kill at least 39
By Mariano Beldyk
Electoral reform is likely to be among today’s topics of discussion in the Buenos Aires City Legislature’s last session before new legislators are sworn in tomorrow. But in order to get it voted — fulfilling the wishes of Mayor Mauricio Macri — PRO policymakers must cope with a series of demands from opposition forces.
Federal Planning Minister Julio De Vido has confirmed that the government is looking at the eventual removal of utility subsidies for high-earning sectors of the population, although he denied that a removal of funds would lead to a sharp rise in prices.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the United States and other world powers to demand that Iran change what he called its "genocidal" anti-Israel policy as part of negotiations with Tehran on a final nuclear deal.
At least one people died, eleven were injured and several remained trapped, after a roof of a construction work collapsed in the district of Merlo. Firefighters informed the accident took place in the streets of Eva Perón and Victoria, and that several people remained trapped under debris.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pledged to deepen his "economic offensive" to force businesses to cut prices after his ruling Socialist Party won the most votes in weekend municipal elections.• Venezuela on tenterhooks as D-day arrives
A young female doctor who was riding a motorbike was killed by a bus last Friday in Palermo neighborhood, in Buenos Aires city. The bus driver rejected accusations.
The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Executive Board is set to begin analyzing Argentina’s proposed Consumer Price Index (CPI) reform today.
Colombia's main leftist guerrilla group, the FARC, said today it would implement a 30-day ceasefire from December 15 while the government said it would keep pursuing the rebels after they attacked a police station a day earlier, killing eight.• Eight killed in attack blamed on FARC
Boca Juniors, playing with the pink jersey for the first time, wrapped up the first half of the Argentine season with a lackluster 1-1 draw against Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata at La Bombonera stadium.
By Eric Weil
Argentina and Netherlands played a magnificent semifinal in the Women’s World League in Tucumán on Saturday as befits a clash between the two world top-ranked teams.
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Washoku, the traditional cuisine (1) of Japan, is being considered for designation as part of the world's priceless cultural heritage by the UN. But even as sushi and sake booms worldwide, purists say its finer points are candidates for the endangered list at home.