July 28, 2014

Argentina does not have a meeting scheduled for tomorrow with court-appointed mediator Daniel Pollack in New York in its debt legal dispute with holdout creditors but talks continue, a government source said, as the country looks to avoid a possible debt default.

Agriculture Minister Carlos Casamiquela and Federal Planning chief Julio De Vido rebuffed the criticism of the head of the Argentine Rural Society Luis Etchevehere, who said the government was being “ignorant and arrogant”.

• Rural Society fiercely critical of CFK

President Cristina Ferández de Kirchner will this Tuesday attend the 46th leaders' summit of the Mercosur organisation in Caracas, Venezuela. Vice-president Amado Boudou will receive control of the executive while the head of state is out of Argentina.

Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian airliner was downed further complicated an investigation today as Europe and the United States prepared economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict.

Venezuela has revealed that retired military General Hugo Carvajal, wanted by the United States over drug accusations and arrested four days ago on the Caribbean island of Aruba, would be freed and return home shortly.

As negotiations with holdout investors have seemingly gone nowhere and neither side shows signs of blinking first, Argentina is now closer to default on its debt by Thursday when the 30-day grace period to pay holdouts ends. Nevertheless, a last minute deal can’t be discounted yet.

The cold wave from the Antartica that began last week, putting an end to spring-like weather, continues with below-zero temperatures in 10 Argentine provinces.

The wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants on the vice prime minister's home in the northern town of Kolofata.

The wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner limped into its last port. It was towed to the Italian city of Genoa to be broken up for scrap, two-and-a-half years after running aground and sinking with the loss of 32 lives.

Interview with attorney specialized on sovereign debt issues Eugenio Bruno

‘There has been no progress and the situation is stalled’

By Fermín Koop

In an interview with the Herald, attorney specialized on sovereign debt issues and partner at Garrido law firm Eugenio Bruno says that the situation is now “stalled” and explains that a new stay would only be granted if asked for by the plaintiffs.

By Tomás Brockenshire

The author of a recently published book on the subject, Ernesto Calvo, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Government and Politics, at the University of Maryland, spoke to the Herald about the way that the Argentine Congress has functioned since the restoration of democracy and how that reflects on this year’s 132nd session of Congress.

By Luciana Bertoia

Thirty five years ago, professor Tom Farer, as a member of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IAHRC), arrived in the country to report the crimes that the last Argentine dictatorship was perpetrating. Now he visited Buenos Aires City to deliver a lecture at the Di Tella University and he met the Herald at the hotel where he was staying.

Small US town looks back on crucial decision

Blocking child immigrants, with and without regrets

By Tina Griego

Immigration policy is never just about who and how many and under what circumstances we allow the foreign-born into the country. It is about the US future and identity and direction. In this heat, the children cease to become children.

French President Francois Hollande ordered that flags on government buildings across France fly at half-mast for three days from Monday after the death of 118 people including 54 French nationals in the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali.

• Bad weather likely cause of accident

At least 36 were killed in Benghazi, where Libyan Special Forces and Islamist militants clashed. More than 150 lost their lives amid the deadliest violence since the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi that forced foreign diplomats to pull out of the country.

• US evacuates Libya embassy

Hamas Islamist militants have agreed to a 24-hour humanitarian truce in their conflict with Israel in the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the group has said, hours after fighting between the sides resumed.

• Ceasefire ends Gaza resume firing rockets

Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square.

• Francis renews attack on mafia

Recently-relegated Colón de Santa Fe today became the latest team to knock out a higher-ranked opponent from the Copa Argentina, beating Primera División side Lanús 1-0 to reach the tournament's last-16 phase while Racing Club also advanced.

By Mariano Parada López

The ongoing death toll in the Gaza Strip has brought into the foreground the historical struggle between Israelis and Palestinians. Juan José Vagni, director of the Middle East Studies Programme of the Córdoba National University and a CONICET investigator analyzes the causes and consequences of the conflict.

Vincenzo Nibali became the first Italian to win the Tour de France since the late Marco Pantani today, dominating his rivals on all terrains as his main rivals crashed out of a superb three-week race.

Argentine tennis star Juan Mónaco fell just short in his bid to win the Swiss Open in Gstaad, as 'Pico' went down in two sets to Spain's Pablo Andújar to lose in the tournament's final today.

By Ishaan Tharoor

Europe’s ultimate dependence on Russia as a market and key source of energy means its bark is often worse than its bite. And by all accounts, Putin appears to be hardening his own position, fueled by record approval ratings at home. So now, some are venturing a new line of attack: depriving Russia of the privilege of hosting the 2018 soccer World Cup.

Red Bull's Australian Daniel Ricciardo won a dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix while Lewis Hamilton stunned championship-leading Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg with the drive of the day from pitlane to podium.

Soccer — Transfer window

Sergio Romero signs for Benfica

After a fantastic World Cup in Brazil, Argentina national team goalkeeper Sergio Romero was transferred to Benfica of Portugal.

By Terry Daley

Carlo Tavecchio, the favourite to become the next Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president, has been caught up in a racism storm after referring to African players as “banana eaters.”


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