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Historic Election Delivers 'New Era' for Argentina

Macri says it will be a more business-friendly country

(Newser) - Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri won Argentina's presidential election on Sunday, marking an end to the left-leaning and often-combative era of President Cristina Fernandez, who, along with her late husband, dominated the country's political scene for 12 years and rewrote its social contract. With 98% of the vote counted... More »

Would-Be Mayor Defends Infamous Nazi War Criminal

Adolf Eichmann's daughter-in-law thinks he wasn't such a bad guy

(Newser) - "I want to assure the public that I don’t and never did support the Nazis" is a clarification you should never find yourself needing to make during a political campaign. Unfortunately, it's the exact statement Argentinian mayoral candidate Carmen Bretin Lindemann was forced to issue Thursday after... More »

Pope Met With Gay Couple Day Before He Met Kim Davis

Yayo Grassi, old Argentine pal of the pope's, brought his partner of 19 years

(Newser) - Kim Davis supporters who were whooping it up that the Kentucky clerk met up with Pope Francis last week may be dialing down their excitement a bit. First the Vatican announced Friday that their brief visit wasn't an endorsement of Davis' decision to not issue marriage licenses to gay... More »

Film About Real-Life Horror Family Breaks Records

'The Clan' shows Puccios' 'normal' life with screaming kidnap victims in background

(Newser) - Arquimedes Puccio seemed to neighbors like a pious, conservative, and obsessively tidy man. Several times a day, he'd sweep the sidewalk in front of his home in an upper-class Buenos Aires neighborhood. But cleanliness wasn't his only aim: Puccio was making sure that the screams of kidnap victims... More »

'Nazi Lair' Found Deep in Jungle

Argentina hideout part of secret network, archaeologists say

(Newser) - As the Nazis began to suffer battlefield reverses in World War II, they secretly began building a network of hideouts so remote that one of them has only just been discovered, according to archaeologists in Argentina. A University of Buenos Aires team says it believes three ruined stone buildings in... More »

French Sports Stars Dead in Helicopter Crash

Helicopters collided, officials in Argentina say

(Newser) - Two helicopters carrying passengers filming a popular European reality show crashed yesterday in a remote area of northwest Argentina, killing eight French passengers and two Argentinian pilots, authorities say. The crash near Villa Castelli in La Rioja province, about 730 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, killed all 10 people on... More »

Judge Tosses Case Against Argentine Prez

Rules Alberto Nisman's case didn't meet 'minimal conditions'

(Newser) - A federal judge today dismissed a prosecutor's allegations that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover-up the alleged involvement of Iranian officials in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Judge Daniel Rafecas said the documents originally filed by the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman failed to... More »

Pope Sparks Anger in Mexico With Drug Comment

Francis noted concerns over 'Mexicanization' of Argentina drug trafficking

(Newser) - The Vatican sought today to defuse a diplomatic tiff with Mexico after Pope Francis referred to the possible "Mexicanization" of his native Argentina from drug trafficking, the latest instance of Francis' casual speaking style getting him into trouble. The Vatican said it had sent an official diplomatic note to... 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 »

In Argentina, a Nation of Sudden Conspiracy Theorists

The mysterious death of Nisman is the nation's sudden obsession

(Newser) - The mysterious death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman has turned Argentina into a nation of Oliver Stones, reports the New York Times in a look at the new favorite national pastime, as various conspiracy theories blame President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner , the nation's spy agency, or really, anyone. "... More »

Argentine President Mocks Chinese Accent

...while in China for business reasons

(Newser) - Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is in China today, where she met with President Xi Jinping to sign various agreements and spoke at a conference attended by 1,000 businessmen in an effort to raise Chinese investment in Argentina's struggling economy. And yet, she still thought it would... More »

In Prosecutor's Trash: Draft of Arrest Warrant for Argentine Prez

Document accusing Cristina Kirchner reportedly found in Alberto Nisman's home

(Newser) - A 26-page draft of an arrest warrant for Argentine President Cristina Kirchner was found in the garbage at the apartment of deceased federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman , the New York Times reports, adding further mystery to his already conspiracy-theory-laden death. The country's lead investigator in the case—Nisman was found... More »

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 »

Argentina President Adopts Jewish 'Werewolf'

Move keeps country safe from 'el Lobizon'

(Newser) - Argentina's president has a new godson and the country remains safe from ravenous, flesh-eating mythical beings. According to folklore, a family's seventh son in a row turns into a werewolf-like creature called a "Lobizon" on his 13th birthday and feasts on the flesh of unbaptized babies and... More »

Court: Orangutan Has Human Rights

Argentina's Sandra wins case to leave zoo

(Newser) - Weeks after a court in New York denied a chimpanzee human rights , a similar case in Argentina has been found in an orangutan's favor. Sandra the orangutan has lived in a Buenos Aires zoo for 20 years, frequently avoiding people coming to see her. Animal rights lawyers filed a... More »

Justin Bieber Could Face International Arrest Warrant

Argentina summons him for questioning over nightclub incident

(Newser) - An investigative judge in Argentina is summoning Justin Bieber for questioning. The Biebs has been accused of sending bodyguards to attack a photographer outside a Buenos Aires nightclub during a South American tour last year, and Judge Facundo Cubas asked Interpol yesterday to use all "necessary means" to notify... More »

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