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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 »

US Judge Holds Argentina in Contempt of Court

Country's lawyers call finding 'completely absurd'

(Newser) - A New York judge has found Argentina in contempt of court for its open defiance of his orders regarding US hedge funds that hold Argentina bonds. Judge Thomas Griesa made the finding today at a Manhattan hearing. He reserved decision on sanctions pending further proceedings. Lawyers for the US hedge... More »

36 Years Later, Activist Finds Grandson Stolen in Dirty War

Mother was killed after she gave birth in custody

(Newser) - A group devoted to tracking the children taken from parents murdered in Argentina's "Dirty War" and placed with families who supported the military regime has found its 114th "stolen child"—the grandson of the group's founder. The 36-year-old man, a pianist and composer, was found... More »

Argentina Defaults, Blames US

US' handling of talks with bondholders was 'shameful'

(Newser) - First the World Cup loss , now this: Argentina has defaulted for the second time in 13 years—but apparently through no fault of its own. Standard & Poor's considered the country in default yesterday after it failed to make interest payments to its bondholders and CNN reports that may... More »

Over 550K Sign Petition to Help 'Lonely Bear'

Arturo seems to be going crazy in Argentinian zoo

(Newser) - Arturo might feel better if he knew how many people want to help him. The polar bear, who seems miserable in an Argentinian zoo, could end up relocated to a zoo in Canada if social-media activists get their way, NPR reports. A Change.org campaign has over 550,000 votes... 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 »

Germany Wins It With Sweet Goal

Mario Goetze kicks it in for overtime World Cup victory

(Newser) - With two quick and sublimely deft touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina today in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to a few... More »

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