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Sep 20, 2010

U.N. says rich must not cut aid to poor to balance budgets

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pressed debt-ridden donor countries on Monday not to cut aid to the poor despite their budgetary woes.

“We should not balance budgets on the backs of the poor,” Ban told 140 leaders at the start of a three-day summit to review progress in meeting U.N. poverty goals by 2015.

Sep 20, 2010

U.N. chief urges donors not to divert aid from poor

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pressed rich nations on Monday not to divert aid from the poor in the face of a sputtering global economic recovery, while donors insisted that aid must not be wasted.

“We should not balance budgets on the backs of the poor,” Ban told 140 leaders at the start of a three-day summit to review efforts to meet U.N. poverty goals by 2015.

Sep 1, 2010

Key political risks to watch in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Political tensions are
bubbling up in Latin America’s No. 3 economy as President
Cristina Fernandez and her rivals grapple to seize the
initiative ahead of next year’s presidential election.

Doubts over state finances have eased due to robust growth,
a bumper grains harvest and the completion of a $12.3 billion
bond restructuring that aimed to clean up lingering damage from
a massive 2002 debt default and pave the way to sell new debt.

Jul 28, 2010

Maradona dropped as Argentina coach

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Diego Maradona’s stormy spell as Argentina coach came to an end Tuesday when the Argentine Football Association (AFA) voted unanimously not to renew his contract.

Maradona’s future had been in doubt since Argentina’s 4-0 thrashing by Germany in the World Cup quarter-finals in South Africa this month, less than two years since his headline-grabbing appointment.

Jul 3, 2010

Plucky Paraguay go home with heads held high

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Paraguay left the World Cup with their heads held high on Saturday after giving European champions Spain a headache before succumbing to a 1-0 defeat, coach Gerardo Martino said.

The South Americans, playing in their first World Cup quarter-final, came close to reaching the semi-finals in a dramatic and chaotic game at Ellis Park stadium in which both sides missed penalties.

Jul 1, 2010

Little Uruguay thinking big at World Cup

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Fighting spirit and a lack of big egos is helping Uruguay put together their best World Cup in 40 years, striker Diego Forlan’s father Pablo said on Thursday.

Uruguay play Ghana in the quarter-finals at Johannesburg’s Soccer City on Friday and “La Celeste” are hoping to emulate their previous title triumphs of 1930 and 1950.

Jul 1, 2010

Key political risks to watch in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, July 1 (Reuters) – Argentina has moved to
clean up lingering damage from its massive 2002 default and
lure investors as President Cristina Fernandez works to stoke
economic growth ahead of next year’s presidential election.

Fernandez faces rising debt obligations, but will be
reluctant to slow spending in the run-up to the election even
as inflation quickens to an annual rate estimated at more than
20 percent. [ID:nN14105436]

Jul 1, 2010

Two in three people want video replays, poll shows

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – About two-thirds of people think video replays should be used to avert refereeing blunders like those that marred two World Cup games at the weekend, a survey showed on Thursday.

England and Mexico fell victim to howlers by officials in their second-round matches on Sunday, prompting an apology from FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Jul 1, 2010

Soccer-World-Two in three people want video replays, poll shows

JOHANNESBURG, July 1 (Reuters) – About two-thirds of people
think video replays should be used to avert refereeing blunders
like those that marred two World Cup games at the weekend, a
survey showed on Thursday.

England and Mexico fell victim to howlers by officials in
their second-round matches on Sunday, prompting an apology from
FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Jun 29, 2010

Soccer must move with the times, tech firms say

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Companies ready to cash in if FIFA accepts goalline technology after World Cup refereeing howlers say they are not yet convinced soccer’s governing body will adopt measures common in other sports.

England and Mexico fell victim to mistakes by officials in their second-round matches on Sunday, prompting an apology from FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the decision on Tuesday not to retain the refs who made them for the rest of the tournament.

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      "Based in Argentina, I help lead our coverage of the southern cone, from politics to agriculture. My career with Reuters began in London in 2001 and I have reported from many Latin American countries including Bolivia, Cuba and Mexico."
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