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Zoo Closing After 140 Years to Give Its Animals a Better Life

'Captivity is degrading'

(Newser) - The Buenos Aires zoo, one of the city's major tourist attractions, will be shutting down after 140 years to give its animal residents a shot at a better life, the Guardian reports. According to the BBC , the zoo had come under fire in recent years over the condition of... More »

Obama Does the Tango, Gets Panned

Critic: It was 'inconsistent with the seriousness of the day'

(Newser) - It takes two to tango, and when one of those is a US president, the boobirds come out in force. During a state dinner in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, President Obama danced the Argentine tango with professional dancer Mora Godoy. A YouTube video shows Obama decline her invitation several times... More »

Baby Dolphin Dies After Humans Take Selfies With It

Beachgoers passed endangered creatures around to capture them with their phones

(Newser) - What may have seemed like a fun, harmless photo op turned into premature death for a baby dolphin in Argentina, per Gizmodo . Buenos Aires beachgoers were spotted last week along the shores of Santa Teresita plucking a couple of baby Franciscan dolphins—a species labeled as "vulnerable to extinction"... More »

O'Reilly to NYT Reporter: 'You Can Take It as a Threat'

Fox News host offers clips to defend reporting record

(Newser) - On his Fox News show yesterday, Bill O'Reilly again defended himself against reports that he misled the public about what he called his "war zone" experiences. This time, he used footage from his time at CBS News to back up his assertion of the danger he faced in... More »

CBS Workers Dispute Bill O'Reilly's 'War Zone' Story

Fox host under fire over claim he saw combat

(Newser) - The media skirmish over Bill O'Reilly's "war zone" claim is only getting nastier. The Fox News host has long said "many were killed" in Buenos Aires, Argentina, when he was there in 1982 for CBS—but now several CBS staffers say it's not true, CNN... More »

As Germany Celebrates, Argentina Riots

60 arrested amid Buenos Aires unrest

(Newser) - Germans poured into Berlin's "Fan Mile" last night, watching the World Cup final in pouring rain near the Brandenburg Gate. Tension reigned until minute 113, when the German team scored the winning goal over Argentina. When the final whistle was blown, fireworks appeared in the sky as, for... More »

Pope Francis Known for Humble Style

As archbishop in Buenos Aires, he avoided the trappings of his position

(Newser) - The world is getting to know Jorge Bergoglio, to be known as Pope Francis from this day forward. The 76-year-old Jesuit is the son of Italian immigrants who has spent nearly his entire life in Argentina. He is known as conservative on most church issues—staunchly opposing gay marriage, for... More »

49 Die in Argentine Train Crash

Train hits station in 6th incident in 15 months

(Newser) - A train full of people crashed into a station in Buenos Aires today, injuring at least 550 people and killing 48 adults and one child in Argentina's worst train accident since 1970. The train came into the station too fast and hit the shock-absorbing pad at the end of... More »

Bus-Train Crash Kills 11 in Argentina

Train hits bus, another train as driver dodges signals

(Newser) - A bus driver who tried to beat a train was killed along with at least 11 passengers in Buenos Aires yesterday. More than 200 others were injured after the driver, ignoring bells and flashing lights, attempted to rush across railroad tracks as a train approached, AP reports. The bus was... More »

Thieves Tunnel Into Bank, Spend Weekend Robbing It

Hundred-foot tunnel was ventilated, lit

(Newser) - Even a local prosecutor was impressed by this crime: Thieves spent months digging a 100-foot-long tunnel into an Argentine bank, and made off with the contents of as many as 140 safety deposit boxes for their trouble. As if that’s not amazing enough, the tunnel—which originated from a... More »

Where Liberals Can Go if the Tea Party Wins

Pros and cons for five cities depressed voters might want to consider

(Newser) - If today’s elections turn out to be the “bloodbath” liberals fear, you’ll certainly hear the typical “I’m moving to Canada” lament, predicts Richard Lawson. But if Dems get trounced by the likes of Sharron Angle , "it might mean that things really are pretty hopeless... More »

Judge Blocks Latin America's 1st Gay Wedding

Argentine couple's case sent to supreme court at last minute

(Newser) - An Argentine judge put the kibosh on Latin America's first gay wedding before it could take place today. The federal judge ruled yesterday to reverse a decision from a Buenos Aires judge allowing the wedding to proceed, the AP reports, until the country's supreme court can consider the issue. Jose... More »

Voters Pummel Argentina's Power Couple

Kirchners' dynasty may be over as husband loses Congress bid

(Newser) - Voters in Argentina delivered a stinging verdict on President Cristina Kirchner last night, ousting the ruling Peronists from the lower house of Congress in mid-term elections. Her husband, former president Néstor Kirchner, suffered a humiliating defeat in his own bid for a seat. The result makes it unlikely the... More »

Sanford Mistress: Divorced, Mom of 2, 'Beautiful Brunette'

Local media dishes details on Argentinian divorcee

(Newser) - Mark Sanford’s mistress is a 43-year-old businesswoman who works in agriculture, Argentine media is reporting. A divorcée with two kids, Maria Belen Shapur speaks English, Portuguese, and Chinese and lives in an upscale Buenos Aires apartment, Fox News reports. Witnesses described the beautiful brunette with big eyes canoodling... More »

Sanford's Wife Asked Him to Leave 2 Weeks Ago

(Newser) - The wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says she asked him to leave the house two weeks ago when she learned of his affair. Jenny Sanford says she still loves her husband and is willing to welcome him home if he works on their marriage with "humility and... More »

Sanford Cops to Affair With Argentine Woman

(Newser) - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admitted today that he has been having an affair with an Argentine woman, Politico reports. “I’ve been unfaithful to be my wife,” the Republican said at a teary and rambling news conference in which he explained his mysterious absence. “It began... More »

'Hiking' SC Gov Returns From Buenos Aires

(Newser) - Mark Sanford is missing no more. The AWOL South Carolina governor surfaced early today at an Atlanta airport, saying he had just returned not from hiking the Appalachian Trail, but from cruising the Buenos Aires coastline, The State reports. As to why his staff said he was hiking, Sanford said... More »

Air France Flight Held Up by Bomb Call Last Week

(Newser) - An Air France flight scheduled from Buenos Aires to Paris was delayed last week because of a phoned-in bomb threat, according to Brazilian media. Authorities searched the plane for 90 minutes before allowing it to take off. Nothing was found. The delay occurred just three days before Air France flight... More »

Jews Rattled by Anti-Semitic Riot in Argentina

Armed youths attack event celebrating Israel's independence day

(Newser) - A violent attack on an Israel Day celebration in Buenos Aires has shaken Argentina's Jewish community, CNN reports. Community leaders—who warn there has been a surge in anti-Semitic incidents—say the event was attacked by an armed group of youths shouting pro-Palestinian slogans. Three Jews were injured and five... More »

Argentine Diggers Find 18th-Century Galleon

300-year-old Spanish wreck found by team building Buenos Aires apartment block

(Newser) - Workers digging the foundations for a riverside apartment complex in Buenos Aires stumbled across the buried wreck of an 18th-century Spanish galleon, Reuters reports. Experts believe the ship is at least 300 years old and was likely driven ashore by a storm and then buried in mud. Archaeologists are combing... More »

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