Default? What default? Argentina slams U.S. for using 'D' word


BUENOS AIRES - Argentina called in the United States' top diplomat in the country on Tuesday to express its "deep indignation" over a local newspaper interview in which he made reference the South American country's latest debt default.

Uncapped Harris named in All Blacks squad 16 Sep 2014

WELLINGTON - Uncapped hooker Nathan Harris is almost certain to make his test debut during New Zealand's final two Rugby Championship matches in Argentina and South Africa after being named in Steve Hansen's squad on Tuesday.


Wallaby Palu ruled out of rest of Rugby Championship 15 Sep 2014

MELBOURNE - Australia backrower Wycliff Palu has been ruled out of the Wallabies' final Rugby Championship matches against South Africa and Argentina as he continues his recovery from a head knock.


Argentina passes new debt bill with eye on next payment 12 Sep 2014

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's Congress on Thursday passed a new bill designed to enable the government to resume debt payments to bondholders in defiance of a U.S. court ruling which tipped the country back into default.


After default, Argentina economy falling into deeper hole 11 Sep 2014

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina's government is ramping up state intervention in the economy to try to prevent a new debt default from triggering a balance of payments crisis but its policies are also battering business confidence and may deepen a recession.


Argentina switch wingers for Australia test 10 Sep 2014

MELBOURNE - Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has switched his wingers and replaced suspended lock Tomas Lavanini with Matias Alemanno for the Rugby Championship match against Australia on the Gold Coast on Saturday.


Argentina concedes creditors do not want in on bond swap 10 Sep 2014

BUENOS AIRES - A majority of Argentina's creditors are opposed to their bonds being moved to a new jurisdiction under a government proposal that would sidestep a U.S. court ruling that toppled it into default, the country's economy minister said on Tuesday.


Argentina says most debt holders do not want change in bond jurisdiction 09 Sep 2014

BUENOS AIRES - A majority of Argentina's debt investors do not want to take up a government proposal to change the jurisdiction governing their bonds, Economy Minister Axel Kicillof told members of the country's Congress on Tuesday.

Australia recall Polota-Nau, snub Higginbotham 09 Sep 2014

SYDNEY - Australia welcomed hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau back from injury for Saturday's Rugby Championship test against Argentina but there was a snub for Scott Higginbotham when Ben McCalman was named as starting number eight on Tuesday.


Mayweather prepares for "dirty" Maidana re-match 08 Sep 2014

LOS ANGELES - Undefeated welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he expects Argentina's Marcos Maidana to be "once again extremely dirty and wild" in their heavily anticipated re-match in Las Vegas on Saturday.


U.S. general says cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

WASHINGTON - The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission.