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Rattled Argentina Disbands Spy Agency

Fernandez to limit powers of new intelligence service

(Newser) - There are still far more questions than answers in the mysterious death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, but the case has already changed Argentina. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner—who earlier said she was convinced the death wasn't the suicide it was initially labeled as—has announced plans to... More »

Argentine Prez: 'The Suicide Was Not a Suicide'

Alberto Nisman's report released as his death gets murkier

(Newser) - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez dropped a bombshell on the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman today, telling state media that suspicions "have been converted into certainty. The suicide (I'm convinced) was not a suicide." That's in direct contrast to her statement Monday, which said she believed the... More »

Gun That Killed 'Cover-Up' Prosecutor Wasn't His

Associates say Argentina's Alberto Nisman was eager to testify

(Newser) - The death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman the day before he was due to testify about an alleged cover-up in the bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires is looking pretty fishy to many Argentines—not least because of the country's history of suspicious high-level suicides, and... More »

Argentina Prosecutor Who Claimed Cover-Up Found Dead

Alberto Nisman found shot to death hours before set to testify

(Newser) - A special prosecutor who accused Argentine President Cristina Fernandez of ordering impunity for Iranian suspects in the South American country's worst terrorist attack has been found shot dead. Alberto Nisman, who was set to testify today in a closed-door hearing, was found in his Buenos Aires apartment late yesterday,... More »

Surgery Set for Argentina President's Head Injury

Cristina Fernandez's operation will relieve pressure on brain

(Newser) - Argentina President Cristina Fernandez landed back in the hospital today, just after she was put on a month of bed rest for a subdural hematoma, and doctors have scheduled surgery for tomorrow to drain it, reports the BBC . Fernandez apparently suffered a blow to the head in August, but the... More »

Argentina Olympics Ad Tweaks Britain on Falklands

It shows athlete training there on 'Argentine soil'

(Newser) - Argentina isn't afraid to play politics with the Olympics: A controversial new ad shows an Argentine athlete training on the Falklands with the tagline, "To compete on British soil, we train on Argentine soil," reports the Guardian . The 90-second ad also refers to the islands by their... More »

Argentina Seizing Key Energy Firm

Kirchner to nationalize 'predatory' YPF

(Newser) - The government of Argentina, claiming that a rise in oil imports is making the country "unviable," is taking control of the country's main oil producer. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has announced plans to nationalize YPF, and is sending a bill to the country's senate allowing... More »

Sean Penn, Brits Bicker Over Falklands

Actor slams 'ludicrous colonialist ideology'

(Newser) - Sean Penn has waded into the latest dispute between Argentina and Britain over the Falkland Islands , much to the annoyance of British lawmakers. After meeting with Argentina's president, the actor and Haitian ambassador-at-large urged the UK to join UN-sponsored talks over the islands' future, warning that "the world... More »

Argentina Going to UN Over Falklands Dispute

Kirchner rips planned destroyer, Prince William deployment

(Newser) - Some 30 years after Britain and Argentina fought a war over the Falkland Islands, tensions are rising again. Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner plans to file a formal complaint to the United Nations about Britain's recent "militarization" of the disputed islands, the BBC reports. Argentina has... More »

Argentina's President Didn't Have Cancer After All

Post-op tests rule it out for Cristina Fernandez

(Newser) - Argentina's popular president and her followers have gotten some surprise good news: She never had cancer despite last month's diagnosis , reports the BBC . Cristina Fernandez was thought to have thyroid cancer and had the gland removed this week, but post-op analysis revealed it had no cancerous cells, notes... More »

Chavez Suggest US Gave World Leaders Cancer

Secret cancer-causing technology could be at work, he speculates

(Newser) - Argentina's Cristina Fernandez has become the latest Latin American leader to be diagnosed with cancer , prompting Hugo Chavez to wonder if the US is to blame. "Would it be strange if they had developed a technology to induce cancer, and for no one to know it?" pondered the... More »

Argentina's President Has Cancer

Cristina Fernandez diagnosed with thyroid cancer, prognosis is good

(Newser) - Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been diagnosed with cancer barely two weeks after she was sworn in for a second term. Routine tests uncovered papillary carcinoma in the thyroid of the 58-year-old leader, CNN reports. She is due to undergo surgery next week, and will be on... More »

Argentina Prez Fernandez Wins in Landslide

Fernandez is Latin America's first woman ever re-elected president

(Newser) - As expected, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez won yesterday's presidential election in Argentina in a landslide, reports AP . Her big win was the first time a woman has been re-elected president anywhere in Latin America. It represented a stunning turnaround for Fernandez, whose popularity dropped as low as 20% during... More »

Argentina's Ex-President Kirchner Dead at 60

Death leaves current president Cristina Fernandez a widow

(Newser) - Nestor Kirchner, Argentina's former and probable future president, and husband of current President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has died today of a heart attack. He was 60. Kirchner, widely expected to run for the presidency next year, had undergone two heart procedures earlier this year, reports Reuters. Kirchner was... More »

Clinton Seeks to Defuse Falklands Spat

Secretary of state offers to facilitate, but not mediate, UK-Argentina talks

(Newser) - Argentina and Britain need to do something to resolve rising tensions over the Falkland Islands but they shouldn't expect the US to mediate, Hillary Clinton said yesterday. "What we want to do is to facilitate them talking to each other,” she said at press conference in Uruguay. “... More »

Top 10 Hottest Heads of State

Sorry, Nobel Committee, Obama only ranks 15th

(Newser) - Barack Obama may have won a Nobel Peace Prize, and Yulia Tymoshenko has not, but there’s one thing the Ukrainian prime minister has over the president: She’s ranked No. 1 on HottestHeadsofState.com. The site offers “scientific and unbiased rankings” of world leaders’ hotness, complete with piercing... More »

Let's Legalize Drug Use: Argentine Prez

In US, Rep. Barney Frank leads lawmakers on marijuana crusade

(Newser) - Argentina's president is seeking to legalize drug use and a crack down on dealing and trafficking, CNN reports. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's plan follows similar moves by European and Latin American nations, where decriminalization has not increased drug use, one expert said. Mexico proposed such a law several years... More »

Argentina's Prez Struggles to Keep Power

Peronists abandon Kirchner as approval rating drops to 20%

(Newser) - Six months ago Cristina Fernández de Kirchner succeeded her husband as president of Argentina, romping to victory with the help of a huge turnout in rural provinces. But those bastions of Peronism have since turned on Kirchner, whose hugely unpopular agricultural tax hike set off a months-long battle between... More »

Rice Snubs Argentina in Trip South

Relations grow icier as Kirchner drifts toward Chavez

(Newser) - Condoleezza Rice has embarked on a visit to Brazil and Chile, but the secretary of State won’t be stopping in neighboring Argentina, a sign of ever-frostier relations. “The United States is clearly snubbing Argentina,” one expert tells the New York Times. New Argentine president Cristina Fernández... More »

Inside the $800K Suitcase Scandal

A wealthy Miami man implicates Hugo Chavez in an embarrassing cover-up

(Newser) - At the center of an international scandal linking Argentina, Venezuela, and a suitcase filled with nearly $800,000 in cash is a rotund dual US-Venezuelan citizen who lives in a million-dollar Miami condo and has a fondness for fancy watches and fast cars. Bloomberg takes a closer look at the... More »

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