October 21, 2014

The Central Bank (BCRA) has launched a large control operation against foreign exchange offices, stockbrokers and credit unions in Buenos Aires and La Plata cities.

The committees of Constitutional Affairs, Energy and Budget have cleared the hydrocarbons bill for debate in the Lower House, even though a new plenary will be held on Thursday for further debate on the project, which has already been approved by the Senate earlier in the month.

Pope Francis will travel to Turkey next month, the Vatican said today, his first visit to the predominantly Muslim country which has become a refuge for Christians fleeing persecution by Islamic State militants in neighbouring Syria and in Iraq.

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will finally travel to Chaco province on Thursday evening, Cabinet sources confirmed to ámbito.com. Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich had anounced earlier today that the visit had been suspended.

Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich has defended the government’s plan to reform the Criminal Procedural Code, saying it will create a new, “faster and more efficient tool to fight crime.”

• Gov't rejects corruption probes claims

By Fermín Koop

If Argentines who hold 4,040 undeclared bank accounts in Switzerland don’t normalize their fiscal status and pay their debts, the AFIP tax bureau will file a complaint before the Office of Economic Crime and Money-Laundering (PROCELAC) requesting it investigates them.

US stocks rallied, with the S&P 500 on track for a fourth straight session of gains as Apple and Texas Instruments jumped following their results.

Private and public banks will be paralysed on Wednesday due to a nation-wide strike called by the union which represents employees in the sector with renewed demands to update the income tax floor.

Media conglomerate Grupo Clarín has presented a formal legal challenge against the president of AFSCA media watchdog Martín Sabbatella, which was dismissed as ridiculous by the official as the dispute over a forced divestment of the company's multimedia assets continues.

The cabinet chief said that the international economic crisis “has resulted in an economic slowdown” and praised the government’s efforts to maintain employment levels in an adverse context.

Broad Front presidential candidate Tabaré Vázquez and Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli met yesterday in Colonia and said they were confident they could eventually improve bilateral ties between the two countries if they are elected to the presidency.

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Buenos Aires police officers were swooping railways in Vicente López today, looking for leads on the disappearance of businessman Damián Stefanini, who went missing last Friday.

After the Central Bank launched its largest operation in months against foreign exchange offices and stockbrokers, the blue-chip swap rate plunged 25 cents to trade at 13.82 pesos, following yesterday’s 40-cent hike.

The Spanish nurse infected with Ebola in Madrid while caring for a priest who later died of the virus has been cleared of the deadly disease after testing negative two times in a row, doctors said on Tuesday.

• Nigeria declared 'Ebola-free'

One of two Canadian soldiers run down by a car driven by a suspected Islamic militant has died, police said, the first such incident in Canada since the country joined the fight against Islamic State militants.

Neymar and Messi guide Barca to victory over Ajax

Neymar and Lionel Messi maintained their lethal partnership with a goal apiece as Barcelona swept aside Ajax 3-1 in the Champions League, while Bayern Munich were in frightening form as they destroyed Roma 7-1 with five goals in the first half.

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ending a trial that has gripped South Africa and the world.

Leonardo Mayer's aspirations in the ATP Valencia Open were short-lived, as the Argentine fell to Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the first round to ensure the home favourite joined compatriots Feliciano López and Tommy Robredo in the next phase.

Energy ministers of Russia and Ukriane were meeting in Brussels for talks brokered by the European Union's energy commissioner, aiming to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies.

A 78-year-old woman suffered a cardiac arrest and died today after the ambulance that was on its way to assist her was intercepted and stolen by two criminals driving a motorcycle – known here as “motochorros”.

The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in an airplane collision with a snowplow at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said today.

President Dilma Rousseff has gained some ground, but remains locked in a fierce battle for votes with rival Aecio Neves ahead of the October 26 runoff to Brazil's presidential election, a new poll showed today.

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies

Oscar de la Renta, one of the most sought-after fashion designers of the last half century, dressing American first ladies and Hollywood stars in his classic silhouettes, died today at the age of 82.

In the early years of his reign, Spanish King Juan Carlos supported and financed the Argentine military dictatorship led by Jorge Rafael Videla, Público website reported yesterday. According to the media, Juan Carlos — who after 35 years on throne abdicated this year in favour of his son Felipe — personally approved several agreements with the 1976-1983 military regime, headed by Videla.


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