Sunday, October 19, 2014

Buenos Aires Herald

Sunday
October 19, 2014
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner took to Facebook and Twitter today to thank followers for their support, as well as sending out a message to mark Mothers' Day.
As Argentineans celebrate Mother’s Day today, the country’s Mid-Sized Business Association (CAME) said that retail sales have dropped a 3.5 percent this year.
Newly-appointed Central Bank governor Alejandro Vanoli denounced a “devaluation attempt” by concentrated powers and rejected any official plans to downward the value of the country’s currency. He pledged to discourage speculation and to “put and end to abuses from financial institutions.”
Pope Francis today closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to reach out to homosexuals and divorced people, saying the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.
• Synod message: Church excludes no one
Argentina's ambassador to the Vatican Eduardo Valdés said that even though Pope Francis “has a better relationship with certain (presidential) candidates,” he does not think the pontiff “wants to meddle with” Argentina’s presidential succession.

It was submitted to parliament for approval

Switzerland adopts dispatch on tax deal with Argentina

Switzerland took a step forward on implementing its double taxation agreement (DTA) with Argentina as the Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the deal and submitted it to parliament for approval. Meanwhile, in Argentina the agreement has already been passed by the Foreign Affairs and Budget Committees of the Lower House and was cleared for debate.
By Marianela Jarroud
Corruption and tax evasion are flagrant violations of human rights in Latin America, where they contribute to inequality and injustice in the countries of the region.
By Paul Kilby
Latin American borrowers are eyeing a broad set of alternative funding options in non-dollar markets that are becoming increasingly receptive to the region's credits.
A wave of violence hours after Nigeria's government announced a truce with Boko Haram raised doubt about whether more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militants will really be released, deflating the new hopes of their parents.
• Despite truce, Boko Haram fighters attack
North and South Korea exchanged gunfire when the North's soldiers approached the military border and did not retreat after the South fired warning shots, the South Korean Defence Ministry said.
Tens of thousands of Catalans crowded central Barcelona today calling for early regional elections after plans for a November 9 referendum on independence from Spain were declared illegal by Madrid.
Violent clashes erupted in Hong Kong for a second night, deepening a sense of impasse between a government with limited options and a pro-democracy movement increasingly willing to confront police.
The Spanish nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for two infected priests in a Madrid hospital, becoming the first person to contract the virus outside West Africa, appears to have overcome the deadly disease, the government said today.
A Dallas hospital lab worker who spent much of a cruise holiday in isolation after possible exposure to Ebola has tested negative for the disease, and in Texas some of the dozens of people still being monitored were expected to be cleared today and tomorrow.
• 'Travel ban could make situation worse' • Canada to ship experimental Ebola vaccine • Is Ebola biggest infectious threat since AIDS?
The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani overnight as Islamic State fighters attacked Kurdish defenders with mortars and car bombs, sources in the town and a monitoring group said.
• US-led coalition jets strike Kobani
Search efforts continued for missing businessman Damián Stefanini in San Fernando, in Buenos Aires province. The 45-year-old man went missing on Friday morning, while his car was found empty and undamaged in the locality of Florida.
A flurry of goals in the first-half helped extend Rosario Central's dominion over fierce city rivals Newell's Old Boys, as a 2-0 home victory sealed the club's third consecutive triumph in the prestigious Rosario derby.
Andy Murray clinched the Vienna Open title with a 5-7 6-2 7-5 victory over David Ferrer, one of the Briton's main rivals in the battle to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.
By Eric Weil
With one round to go in the Women’s Metropolitan First Division A, all six top teams for the title playoff, starting at Ciudad de Buenos Aires in November have qualified, but defending champions GEBA took a two-point lead yesterday by beating Banco Nación 2-1 thanks to goals by Geraldine Fresco Pisani and Antonella Rinaldi while Ciudad, also at home, were held 3-3 by Arquitectura.
By Jorge Andrades
La Dolfina, which won the Tortugas Open, beat Miramar 19-6 in its opener at the Hurlingham Open, the second event of the 2014 Triple Crown.
The couple who raised Ignacio Guido Montoya Carlotto had a more active role in his appropriation than previously thought, according to a deposition given by the grandson of Estela Barnes de Carlotto before a federal judge in La Plata.




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