October 26, 2014

Buenos Aires City Mayor, Mauricio Macri assured today he will confront a Kirchnerite candidate in a hypothetical second round scenario during the upcoming presidential elections of 2015.

National Security Secretary Sergio Berni has said foreigners enter Argentina to commit crimes due to the “judicial laxity” present in the country, while praising the government-sponsored Criminal Code reform and questioning opposition representatives for “not making any concrete proposal to fight crime”.

A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager has been hanged, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared.

Canadians have returned to the grounds of their parliament building, three days after a homegrown radical rushed in armed with a rifle after shooting dead a soldier in the second attack on the country's military at home in a week.

• PM vows crackdown after fatal attacks

A US judge has delayed by a week a December hearing to consider whether Citigroup Inc should be allowed to process an interest payment by Argentina on bonds issued under its local laws following its 2002 default.

• US court denies Argentina appeal • Griesa schedules new hearing on December 2

EM Limited, a hedge fund owned by billionaire Kenneth Dart, has presented a lawsuit against Argentina before New York district judge Thomas Griesa, for u$s835 million in defaulted bonds.

• 'We’ll pay within limits of the law'

By Luciana Bertoia

For many, former Buenos Aires Herald editor Robert Cox is synonymous with courage during a time when reporting the truth meant not only saving lives but also putting one’s own life on the line.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) removed the country yesterday from its so-called grey list, which means the country won’t be subject any longer to the FATF’s continuous monitoring process thanks to the “significant progress” made by the country in improving its legislation and procedures against money laundering and terrorism financing.

Economy Minister Axel Kicillof reacted today against the criticism displayed by local businessmen, during the IDEA panel celebrated in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires province.

BA province Governor Daniel Scioli has questioned comments made by some business representatives during the 50th IDEA congress held in Mar del Plata, arguing he does not think the kirchnerite economic model is exhausted. “I’m convinced that if we persevere, the best is yet to come,” he told reporters.

Ruling Victory Front (FpV) senator Aníbal Fernández said Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel Scioli is not the party’s candidate to run for president in next year’s elections, affirming he was even ready to “compete” against him.

A period of economic growth led by the Broad Front and the popularity of outgoing President José Mujica will not guarantee victory for the ruling coalition in the presidential elections tomorrow.

• VP Astori calls for more flexible Mercosur

Federal health regulators granted emergency authorization today for two new tests made by BioFire Defense that detect Ebola in humans, highlighting new steps by the government to prevent a severe outbreak in the United States.

• New Jersey medical workers tests negative

Mauritania has closed its border with Mali to prevent the spread of Ebola, officials said today, highlighting fears of further contagion in West Africa after a girl from Guinea died of the disease in Mali this week.

• Ebola spreads as death toll tops 4,900 • Mali's first Ebola case, a 2 year-old girl, dies

Independiente has beaten Tigre 3-1 in a match for the 13th round of the Transition tournament played in Avellaneda. With the win, the “Rojos” reach the second position in the league table, two points behind River, who will visit Rafaela tomorrow.

Andy Murray took another step towards securing a berth at next month's World Tour finals when he fought off a typically dogged David Ferrer to win 6-4 7-5 and move into the final of the Valencia Open.

Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from conceding an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the 'Clásico'.

Egypt is considering expanding the jurisdiction of military courts and displacing thousands of residents to enlarge a military buffer zone near the border with the Gaza Strip following an attack on security forces in the area.

• Attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 30

Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State on Saturday and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants.

• Libyan army claims control of Islamist camp


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Window of opportunity

By Sorrel Moseley-Williams

While James Eccleston came to Buenos Aires with the simple intention of a little travel and language learning, four years on he’s ready to move on and will take in the rest of South America via his photography project ¿Qué te hizo feliz? (What Made You Happy?).

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Quino receives Príncipe de Asturias Award

“Quino has known how to imbue his characters with a remarkable ability to transmit universal and educational values,” said King Felipe of Spain, who chaired the ceremony along with his wife, Queen Letizia. Mafalda was first published in 1964.

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