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US Honors Woman Held in Brothel for 2 Decades

Alika Kinan recognized for work fighting sex trafficking since 2012 rescue

(Newser) - This week, Alika Kinan was honored at the State Department for her work fighting sex trafficking; just five years earlier she was being held prisoner and abused in an Argentinian brothel. NPR reports Kinan, herself a victim of sex trafficking, was held captive in the brothel for nearly two decades... More »

Hidden Room Yields Trove of Nazi Artifacts

Cops make disturbing find in Argentina home

(Newser) - In a hidden room in a house near Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history, including a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with swastikas, and even a macabre medical device used to measure... More »

A 'Noah's Ark' in Argentina Headed for Disaster

Animals at Buenos Aires zoo still in limbo a year after zoo shut down

(Newser) - The roars of lions, snorts of rhinos, and trumpets of elephants still blend with the cacophony of honking cars in a heavily congested area of Argentina's capital. A year after the 140-year-old Buenos Aires zoo closed and was transformed into a park, hundreds of animals remain behind bars in... More »

Argentina Gears Up for War Against 100K Beavers

What started out as 10 beavers in the '40s turned into 'totally out of control' scenario

(Newser) - After World War II, Argentina decided to boost the local fur trade by dumping a smattering of beavers into the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Now, 70 years later, local officials there are describing a "totally out of control" situation, with the free-to-roam rodents accused of decimating a region of... More »

She Was Once Called 'Monster.' Now She's a Trailblazer

Noelia Garella is breaking stereotypes by teaching preschool in Argentina

(Newser) - A woman once called a "monster" when her parents tried to enroll her in nursery school has just achieved a longtime dream: running her own nursery school class in Argentina as Latin America's first teacher with Down syndrome, Mother Nature Network reports. Noelia Garella, 31, who teaches an... More »

How a US Murder Suspect Became a 9/11 Truther Abroad

'GQ' examines the convoluted case of Kurt Sonnenfeld

(Newser) - On its own, the suspicious death of Kurt Sonnenfeld's wife would be worthy of a magazine article. On Jan. 1, 2002, his 36-year-old spouse was found shot to death in their upscale Denver home. Sonnenfeld insisted she killed herself, but prosecutors filed murder charges against him—only to drop... More »

Messi Chokes, Abruptly Ends International Career

Star's heat-of-the-moment decision could hurt his legacy

(Newser) - Soccer star Lionel Messi, hailed by many as one of the best to ever play the game, missed a penalty kick in a shootout in Sunday's Copa America final and abruptly announced he would stop playing for his Argentina national team, reports the AP . Messi has led his Barcelona... More »

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 »

Flier Says Lack of Legroom Almost Killed Him

The fit but tall traveler developed deep vein thrombosis on a cramped 10-hour flight

(Newser) - An Air Canada passenger says a cramped 10-hour flight from Chile to Toronto in January has taken a serious toll on his otherwise impeccable health, and he wants the airline to "take a good hard look at what they're doing," he tells the CBC . Colin Savage, a... More »

Argentina Sentences Last Dictator, 14 Others

They took part in 6-country conspiracy to kidnap dissidents

(Newser) - Argentina's last dictator and 14 other former military officials were sentenced to prison for human rights crimes on Friday, marking the first time a court has ruled that Operation Condor was a criminal conspiracy to kidnap and forcibly disappear people across international borders. The covert operation was launched in... More »

UN: Falklands Are Actually in Argentina

Territory ruling sparks concerns among islanders

(Newser) - Argentina's government celebrated on Monday a decision by a UN commission expanding its maritime territory in the South Atlantic Ocean by 35% to include the disputed Falkland Islands and beyond. The Argentine foreign ministry says its waters have increased by 0.66 million square miles and the decision will... 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 »

1972 Crash Survivor Recalls Descent Into Cannibalism

Roberto Canessa has written a new book on the ordeal in the Andes

(Newser) - "It was our final goodbye to innocence," writes Roberto Canessa, describing the decision he and his fellow survivors made to consume the flesh of those who died when their plane slammed into the Andes in October 1972. In I Had to Survive: How a Plane Crash in the ... 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 »

MTV Reality Show Chopper Crashes in Reservoir, Kills 2

Was flying to filming location in Argentina for 'The Challenge'

(Newser) - A helicopter working for an MTV reality show crashed in western Argentina on Saturday and both people on board were killed, local authorities said. The Bell 206 helicopter crashed as it flew over the reservoir at Potrerillos de Mendoza dam about 620 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, Gianni Vernier, security... More »

Baby Whale Killers May Have Come From the Sky

It might be from 'gull harassment,' scientists say

(Newser) - Scientists have been scratching their heads over hundreds of baby whales that perished off the coast of Argentina between 2013 and 2014, but a new study points the finger at a possible cause, or at least a contributing factor: pesky seagulls, Live Science reports. The study published in PLoS One ... More »

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 »

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