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Feb 27, 2015

Argentina to purge disloyal spies from intelligence agency: sources

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s government will purge spies it no longer trusts from the state intelligence agency as part of a major overhaul of the security body, sources familiar with embattled President Cristina Fernandez’s thinking said.

The move comes after lawmakers passed a law on Thursday disbanding the former Intelligence Secretariat, or SI, parts of which Fernandez has portrayed as sinister and out of control, and established a new agency.

Feb 27, 2015

Argentine judge says no evidence government tried to derail bombing probe

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – There is no evidence that President Cristina Fernandez tried to whitewash Iran’s purported involvement in a deadly 1994 bombing, an Argentine judge told Reuters in an interview on Thursday after dismissing the case.

On the contrary, the evidence suggested “the government exhausted all possibilities to enable the investigation into the AMIA (Jewish community centre) attack to advance”, said Judge Daniel Rafecas, who showed Reuters copies of the evidence.

Jan 22, 2015

Spies, lies and death: plot thickens in Argentine scandal

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Alberto Nisman was working hard preparing for a congressional hearing on his claim that Argentina’s president tried to whitewash Iran’s involvement in a bombing attack that killed 85 people, a make-or-break day in his career as prosecutor.

    In the spotlight since leveling his hefty accusations last week, Nisman needed to make a convincing case, based on a decade of work with spy agencies around the world.

Oct 1, 2014

Argentina central bank chief quits, raising policy uncertainties

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Argentina’s central bank
chief resigned on Wednesday after a long tussle with the Economy
Ministry and was replaced with a regulator considered
sympathetic to the interventionist stance of a government
battling one of the world’s highest inflation rates.

The move drew a sharp negative reaction in financial
markets, with the price of Argentina’s local U.S.
dollar-denominated bonds skidding.

Jul 16, 2014

More Argentine grains workers strike in pivotal export hub

BUENOS AIRES, July 16 (Reuters) – Port workers in
Argentina’s Rosario hub began an indefinite strike on Wednesday,
joining grain inspectors, who walked out a day earlier and
threatening exports from the world’s No. 3 exporter of soybeans
and corn.

Strikes and labor disputes are common in Argentina, Latin
America’s No. 3 economy, which has one of the world’s highest
inflation rates and a depreciating currency, both of which are
eating into buying power. Argentine unions have hunkered down
for a tough round of wage talks.

Oct 10, 2013

Thrust into crisis, Bernanke tested bounds of Fed policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ben Bernanke spent his whole life training for the job of Fed chairman – even if he didn’t know it at the time.

One of the Great Depression’s most prominent scholars, Bernanke inherited a historic slump of his own not long after taking the helm of the Federal Reserve eight years ago.

Oct 8, 2013

Plosser says time has come for Fed to phase out bond buys

, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve should
start reducing its asset purchase stimulus program as soon as
possible given that economic growth is already firm and will
become stronger next year, a top Fed official said on Tuesday.

Charles Plosser, president of the Philadelphia Fed, told a
local chamber of commerce meeting that he disagreed with the
central bank’s decision last month to hold off on reducing the
$85 billion current monthly pace of bond-buying.

Oct 4, 2013

Lacker says Fed can still cut stimulus despite U.S. shutdown

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve could reduce the pace of its bond-buying stimulus despite a government shutdown that is preventing the release of key economic data, Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker said on Friday.

He was speaking even as the Labor Department failed to release its monthly jobs report, the most widely watched global indicator, because of cost cuts related to the budget impasse and shuttering of government.

Oct 3, 2013

Protests at key Argentina port cause headaches for exporters

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A spike in shipping costs
and lower profits resulting from a series of union protests at
Argentina’s Rosario port, one of the world’s biggest grain
export centers, has raised concerns among the country’s
agricultural companies.

Strikes by powerful unions representing river pilots,
longshoremen and soy crushing workers have been frequent at the
port, about 300 kilometers (200 miles) north of Buenos Aires,
where some of the world’s top grain traders – such as Cargill
, Bunge and Louis Dreyfus – operate.

Sep 26, 2013

Lacker says Fed’s guidance on rates could hurt U.S. growth

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve’s effort to assure the public that interest rates will remain near zero for years could have the perverse effect of hurting confidence and damaging economic growth, a top Fed official said on Thursday.

Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Richmond Fed, offered a conference in Stockholm a taste of his hawkish skepticism of the U.S. central bank’s unconventional monetary policies.

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      "Pedro da Costa has been covering economics and financial markets since 2001. He is currently based in Washington and focuses on the Federal Reserve and macroeconomic policy. Da Costa earned a Master's in international relations at the University of California San Diego and studied sociology and political science as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics. He grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil."
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