Uribe demands changes to Colombia peace deal

Thursday, October 6, 2016 Uribe demands changes to Colombia peace dealColombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos talks during a press conference after a meeting with former president and Senator Álvaro Uribe at Nariño Palace in Bogotá, yesterday. Without giving any concrete proposals, Uribe, 64, said Santos had shown he was disposed to changes. Uribe, a former lawyer and cattle rancher, opposed Santos’ peace talks from the start and said the final deal, which was reached in August after four years of painstaking negotiations in Havana, gave too many concessions to the rebels. A senior US State Department official said yesterday the government and rebels are committed to dialogue to reach agreement. The official also said it was too soon to discuss US plans to send Colombia hundreds of millions of dollars in aid intended to support the country as the peace deal went into effect.

October 06, 2016 04:06 UTC

Argentina, without Messi, faces Peru today

Soccer — South American World Cup qualifiers Thursday, October 6, 2016 Argentina, without Messi, faces Peru todayArgentina''s Gonzalo Higuaín (left) with Paulo Dybala at the end of their training session in Lima. LIMA, Peru — Argentina’s national team, without its star and captain Lionel Messi, will visit Peru today at 11.15pm (Argentine time) at the Nacional del Peru stadium in Lima for a ninth-round match of the South American World Cup qualifiers. Apart from Messi’s absence, Argentina will not have Lucas Biglia either, as the Lazio midfielder suffered an injury a couple of weeks ago. We prepare for the match without him and that’s why Agüero, Dybala and Higuaín will play,” said the coach. Peru has not played a World Cup since Spain 1982.

October 06, 2016 04:06 UTC

World Bank: 2016 recession to hit 1.5%

Thursday, October 6, 2016 World Bank: 2016 recession to hit 1.5%Protestors block traffic at the Corrientes and Callao intersection in downtown Buenos Aires to organize one of many impromptu soup kitchens across the country demanding measures against poverty and joblessness. During a presentation of the World Bank’s report on the regional economic perspective for Latin America, the Bank’s Augusto de La Torre forecast three percent growth in 2017, as investment will rise by 1.8 percent. He was speaking during a conference in Washington DC where the IMF and the World Bank hold their yearly assembly. The World Bank also worsened its forecast for Argentina, although by a lesser margin. Questions over the health of Germany’s largest lender loomed large over the start of the IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Washington, dominating a news conference on risks to global financial stability.

October 06, 2016 03:15 UTC

Former Portuguese PM Guterres to steer UN after decade of work with refugees

And it paid dividends: after a decade out of power, the Socialists won a 1995 election and went into government with Guterres as their prime minister. Guterres made his name in the 1990s as one of a new European generation of modernizing Socialists that included British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Under Guterres’ leadership, the Socialists jettisoned their leftist policies and became a moderate party occupying the political centre ground. One newspaper described Guterres’ time in power as “a permanent balancing act” of trying not to upset anyone. Guterres unexpectedly resigned as prime minister after the Socialists lost heavily in municipal elections in 2001.

October 06, 2016 00:56 UTC

Miller leads South Africa to victory

Thursday, October 6, 2016 Miller leads South Africa to victorySouth Africa''s David Miller celebrates after winning the match to clinch the series against Australia. Pakistan sweeps ODI series against West Indies in Abu DhabiDURBAN, South Africa — David Miller blasted an unbeaten century as South Africa chased down a massive target of 372 in the third one-dayer against Australia at Kingsmead yesterday to clinch the series. Quinton de Kock made 70 as South Africa reached 217 for five in the 32nd over of its reply but an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 107 between Miller and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo (42 not out) saw them home against Australia’s inexperienced attack. Azhar made 101, becoming the first Pakistan ODI captain to score three centuries. They were separated in the 39th over, at 232-2, but reasonable expectations of a score of about 350 were undermined by the West Indies bowlers who didn’t give up.

October 06, 2016 00:56 UTC



Buenos Aires Province Approves Gender Parity Law

The legislature of the province of Buenos Aires has approved a much anticipated gender parity law, establishing equal representation on electoral ballots. This law, which amends Article 32 of the provincial Electoral Act, aims to reduce the proliferation of gender inequality, and increase the participation rate of women in provincial governance. In a few years, they will say ‘look at what the women had to fight for!’” acclaimed Maria del Huerto Ratto, member of the political party Renewal Front. Congresswoman and “Let’s Change” party member Sandra Paris shared similar sentiments: “Today we are making this change in our country and in our province. In La Plata the FIT candidate lists were 70% women, but with this law, that could not happen,” said Kane.

October 05, 2016 20:43 UTC

BA province OKs gender parity on electoral lists

Legislature moves ahead with measure as Congress mulls reform Wednesday, October 5, 2016 BA province OKs gender parity on electoral listsWhile national lawmakers in Congress are still debating a bill that would establish gender parity in ballots across the country, the Buenos Aires Province Legislature yesterday moved forward gender parity in politics with a 50 percent quota for women’s participation. Unlike other countries in the region, Argentina has laws that determine at least 30 percent of candidates on electoral lists for both houses of Congress must be women. Now, the province governed by PRO leader María Eugenia Vidal increased has increased that number to 50 percent. The initiative was introduced by Renewal Front lawmakers with leader Malena Galmarini as one of its main promoters. “Parity is a fact, a right for all women,” said to the press Galmarini (Sergio Massa’s wife) after the bill was approved.

October 05, 2016 03:35 UTC

Argentina close to hosting 2027 WC

Rugby Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Argentina close to hosting 2027 WCArgentina, the only Latin American country that can compete with the top rugby nations, is a step closer to hosting the World Cup in 2027. Having earlier made the intention known, President Mauricio Macri backed the candidacy by meeting with World Rugby officials late on Monday at Olivos presidential residence. “We are still evaluating the 2023 World Cup venue. It’s interesting for rugby to change venues and it’s good for Argentina to participate in the bidding process,” Beaumont said. To host a successful rugby World Cup in 10 years, we have to start now with better sporting policies and greater infrastructure, not only new stadiums.

October 05, 2016 03:35 UTC

The politics of healthcare

Apparently, Democratic and Republican doctors don’t just vote differently. The 233 physicians who responded did not know that the survey was about their politics. Now, he hopes it will serve as proof of concept for more work on how party affiliation affects patients in real life, from end-of-life decisions to LGBT healthcare. Until political data can be linked to actual outcomes, though, it won’t be clear to what extent politics affect physicians’ decisions. “Party affiliation should have nothing to do with patient care.”That may be true, but, Hersh says, there are good reasons to check out your doctor’s party affiliation before heading into the office.

October 04, 2016 23:26 UTC

Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo Find 121st Missing Grandchild

The Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo have revealed that they are ready to announce the 121st grandchild recovered since Argentina’s last military dictatorship. The 121st grandchild – whose identity has not yet been made public – was born in a concentration camp in 1976 and raised by different parents. Menna, born in Italy, and Lanzilloto, of La Rioja, lived in Villa Martelli. Menna and Lanzilloto were taken to Campo de Mayo, where Menna was reportedly executed. The Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo estimate that around 500 babies were born in captivity and abducted during the 1976-83 dictatorship.

October 04, 2016 19:07 UTC

Seven Officers Arrested For Abusing Youngsters from La Poderosa

Seven officers of the Naval Coastguard are being held on charges of abusing two young members of La Garganta Poderosa, a magazine and grassroots community based in Villa 21-24 in southern Buenos Aires. Moya and Navarro were walking in Villa 21-24, where both live, when PFA officers stopped and questioned the pair. After being released, the boys were again stopped by at least three cars, each containing four uniformed officers from the PNA. The Facebook page of La Poderosa, which first detailed the incident, shows photos of the boys after the encounter. When La Poderosa went to a local police station to report the incident, they found one of their attackers at the station.

October 04, 2016 14:15 UTC

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Italy quake zone

August tremor razed towns, left nearly 300 dead Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Italy quake zoneVATICAN CITY — Pope Francis made a surprise visit yesterday to the site of the devastating August earthquake in central Italy, praying silently and alone amid the rubble in the hardest-hit area of the devastated town of Amatrice. The Vatican announced the pope’s visit to the quake zone in central Italy shortly after his arrival, in keeping with Francis’ wish to keep the visit private. “I didn’t come earlier so as not to cause problems, given your condition,” the pope told survivors, according to Vatican Radio. The pope met with a man who lost his wife and children in the quake, the Vatican said. Francis had made clear his intentions to visit the quake-stricken zone but without announcing a date.

October 04, 2016 14:03 UTC

Why the peace accord went off the rails

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Why the peace accord went off the railsBy Elizabeth DickersonForeign PolicyDespite the fanfare, voters were not convinced by the government’s rhetoric — nor its negotiating skillsHalf of Colombia went to sleep still in shock Sunday night, after voters narrowly rejected a peace agreement many considered a done deal. Four years of negotiations in Havana, Cuba, had yielded a 300-page accord between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a Marxist rebel group. The government never properly communicated what the peace deal would mean in practice, preferring to rely on platitudes like “the end of war” and “lasting and durable peace.” Authorities were dismissive of concerns about the deal’s sections on justice and political reform, choosing to let international applause overshadow protests at home. Talks in Havana worked in part because everyone was mum; there were remarkably few leaks throughout the negotiations on the ceasefire and peace deal. President Santos admitted that the trade-off of justice and peace wasn’t ideal, but he insisted it was the best possible compromise.

October 04, 2016 03:00 UTC

Macri, Temer reiterate Venezuela ultimatum

Monday, October 3, 2016 Macri, Temer reiterate Venezuela ultimatumPresident Mauricio Macri today met with his Brazilian counterpart Michel Temer, in the latter’s first official visit to Argentina as the new president of the neighbouring country. When asked if he was worried about the protests planned against him today, the Brazilian president said was not at all bothered. If not, we will evaluate in the future what position we will take,” said Temer in the La Nación interview. Temer also warned that if Venezuela doesn’t fulfill its financial obligations to Mercosur they would move towards expelling the country from the bloc. Temer and Macri are both seen as more willing to advance on these accords.

October 03, 2016 16:33 UTC

State ads: abuses remain

It means that those debts are paid by free spaces for public advertisment in media outlets. Among the findings, based on information provided by the Cabinet chief’s office, is that initially the Macri administration reduced spending on public advertising in comparison to the CFK government. According to Marino, spending less in public advertising “implies a political decision”. “At the same time, the government is living a honeymoon with the private media outlets, which treat the Macri administration with kindness,” Marino added. (For the same period in 2015, the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner administration spent up to 1.2 billion pesos, according to Chequeado’s report.)

October 02, 2016 03:11 UTC



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