Mar 25, 2015

British government using Falklands for election gains: Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Britain’s remark that Argentina remains a threat to the disputed Falkland Islands is baseless and aimed at stirring nationalist sentiment ahead of a May general election in that country, a senior Argentine government official said on Wednesday.

Britain’s defense secretary told lawmakers on Tuesday that it would reinforce its military presence on the Falklands to ensure they were properly protected.

Mar 13, 2015

Peru’s currency woes prevented rate cut: central bank chief

BUENOS AIRES, March 13 (Reuters) – Peru’s central bank chief
said on Friday that concerns about the local currency’s slide
against the dollar kept the monetary authority from lowering the
benchmark interest rate to boost the flagging economy.

The central bank weighed cutting the key rate on Thursday,
President Julio Velarde said, after inflation eased under its
target ceiling and a poll of business and consumer sentiment
signaled a slower economic recovery than expected.

Feb 26, 2015

Argentine judge throws out cover-up charge against president

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An Argentine judge dismissed the accusation made by state prosecutors that President Cristina Fernandez conspired to cover up Iran’s alleged role in a deadly 1994 bombing, the country’s court system said in a statement on Thursday.

The judge ruled he would “discontinue” the case which had been revived earlier this month after its initial prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was found shot dead on Jan. 18 in mysterious circumstances that sparked political turmoil and the revamping of the country’s spy agency.

Feb 14, 2015

Top officials close rank around Argentina’s embattled president

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Top government officials rallied behind Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez on Saturday after a state prosecutor said he would keep investigating accusations that she tried to cover up Iran’s alleged involvement in a 1994 bombing.

The allegations have plunged Fernandez’s last year in office into turmoil at a time her leftist government is already grappling with an economy teetering on the brink of recession.

Feb 13, 2015

Argentina prosecutor goes ahead with Fernandez cover-up case

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – An Argentine prosecutor on Friday said he was taking over an investigation into claims President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover up Iran’s role in a 1994 bombing, after the previous prosecutor died mysteriously last month.

The appointment of Gerardo Pollicita as the new state investigator on the case ensures the probe will continue after prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment on Jan. 18.

Feb 5, 2015

Ex-Argentine spy boss wanted for questioning in prosecutor’s death

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentine investigators want to grill a former spy chief over the death of a state prosecutor who alleged the country’s president tried to thwart his investigation into the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.

Oscar Parrilli, head of the Intelligence Secretariat, known as SI, said ex-counterintelligence boss Antonio Stiusso would be allowed to divulge agency secrets so investigators could question him fully about events leading up to Alberto Nisman’s death.

Feb 5, 2015

Former Argentine spy chief summoned in case of dead prosecutor -reports

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Argentine investigators
summoned a former spy chief for questioning over the death of a
state prosecutor who alleged the country’s president had tried
to cover up his investigation into the 1994 bombing of a Jewish
center, Argentine media reported.

Alberto Nisman was found dead in his flat on Jan. 18, a day
before he was due to testify about his claim that President
Cristina Fernandez tried to whitewash his findings that Iran was
behind the attack in order to win economic favours from Tehran.

Feb 4, 2015

Argentina’s YPF sells $500 mln in bonds, 1st int’l sale since default

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Argentina’s state-run energy
company YPF sold $500 million of bonds on Wednesday, a
third less than it had offered in its first international debt
sale since the South American country tipped into default in
July.

YPF’s 2018 and 2024 notes fetched yields of 8.5 percent and
8.95 percent respectively. Local traders said YPF received
offers for up to $1 billion in debt, but many were for higher
yields than it would accept.

Jan 31, 2015
Jan 30, 2015

Argentina’s Fernandez dents credibility by playing victim

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 30 (Reuters) – President Cristina
Fernandez hunkered down in her presidential residence for a week
before speaking about the mysterious death of a state prosecutor
who claimed she sought to whitewash Iran’s alleged involvement
in a 1994 bomb attack on Argentine soil.

When she did, Argentines were left in little doubt who she
viewed as the victim in the scandal.