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Pope Knew of Allegations vs. 'Spiritual Son' in '15: Report

Argentine diocesan officials say bishop was allowed to quietly resign, then promoted

(Newser) - The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis had taken naked selfies, exhibited "obscene" behavior, and been accused of misconduct with seminarians, his former vicar general told the AP , undermining Vatican claims that allegations were made a few months ago. Francis... More »

Woman Kidnapped in Late '80s Finally Rescued in Bolivia

She has been reunited with family, police say

(Newser) - An Argentinian woman who was kidnapped as a teenager in the late 1980s and taken out of the country has finally been reunited with her family, police say. In a statement, police said they rescued the 45-year-old woman and her 9-year-old son from human traffickers in southern Bolivia after a... More »

'Let's Go': a Deal to Change 'Trade Landscape Forever'

US, Mexico, Canada sign USMCA, the replacement for NAFTA

(Newser) - President Trump has joined the leaders of Mexico and Canada to sign a revised North American trade deal. Trump gathered with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on the sidelines of Friday's G20 summit in Buenos Aires. The three sat a table, pens... More »

Saudi Crown Prince to Risk Arrest at G20

Argentine prosecutors reviewing request to lay charges

(Newser) - Mohammed bin Salman has a very good reason to skip the G20 summit in Buenos Aires this week. Should he arrive as planned on Friday, Argentine prosecutors are considering charging Saudi Arabia's crown prince with war crimes and torture related to mass civilian casualties in military operations in Yemen,... More »

The Submarine Was Found 3K Feet Down. That's a Problem

Argentina says it doesn't have the means to raise it

(Newser) - "I'm not going anywhere until they bring the submarine to shore. We know it can be done, but it's up to the government to decide it wants to do it." So says an Argentine man whose son was one of 44 crewmen aboard the ARA San... More »

It Vanished a Year Ago With 44 Crewmen. Now, a Found Sub

Argentina's navy says it has found the ARA San Juan

(Newser) - Argentina's navy announced early Saturday that searchers found the missing submarine ARA San Juan deep in the Atlantic a year after it disappeared with 44 crewmen aboard. The vessel was detected 2,625 feet deep in waters off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia, the statement said. The navy... More »

Clashes Break Out After Argentina Abortion Vote

Legalization narrowly failed in Senate

(Newser) - Argentina's Senate on Thursday rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion, a defeat for a grassroots movement that came closer than ever to achieving the decriminalization of the procedure in the homeland of Pope Francis. Lawmakers debated for more than 15 hours and voted 38-31 against the measure that... More »

Cops Claim Mice Ate Half a Ton of Marijuana

Investigators smelled a rat

(Newser) - "The mice ate the marijuana" was an excuse no more believable than "the dog ate my homework" for authorities in Argentina, where eight police officers have been fired over the disappearance of around 1,200 pounds of pot. The officers in Pinar, roughly 40 miles west of Buenos... More »

Her Identity Was a 40-Year-Old Secret. Then It Unraveled

She was one of 126 babies confirmed as stolen in Argentina's 'Dirty War'

(Newser) - Violeta Ortolani was eight months pregnant when she was detained by Argentina's military in 1976 during the country's "Dirty War." Following the January 1977 birth of her daughter, the 23-year-old wasn't seen again, nor was her 21-year-old partner, Edgardo Garnier, following his detention in February... More »

Argentina: Search for Sub Is No Longer a Rescue Mission

'New phase' will seek wreck on seabed

(Newser) - The search for a missing Argentine submarine will continue, officials say, but there is no longer any hope of finding survivors. Argentine Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said Thursday that the search for the ARA San Juan is no longer a rescue mission, the BBC reports. He said in the "... More »

Water Entered Missing Sub, Frying Battery

San Juan's captain reported the issue had been contained

(Newser) - A US undersea rescue vehicle has arrived at the spot where an Argentine submarine vanished on Nov. 15, but with little hope of finding its 44 crew members alive. Shortly before it disappeared, the ARA San Juan reported water had entered the sub through a snorkel and reached a battery... More »

Navy Reveals Grim Development in Search for Missing Sub

An explosion was detected soon after it was last heard from

(Newser) - Hope turned to anger and despair for the families of 44 missing submariners Thursday after the Argentine navy shared news of a grim development. The navy said that a "hydro-acoustic anomaly" detected by the US Navy and a nuclear test-ban monitoring organization soon after the ARA San Juan was... More »

New Clue Causes U-Turn in Search for Missing Sub

Meanwhile, crew's oxygen supply could be running out

(Newser) - More help is arriving Thursday in the search for a missing Argentine submarine with 44 crew members as concern grows that the vessel's oxygen supply could soon start to run out, reports the AP . Britain's Ministry of Defense sent a special helicopter with emergency life support pods to... More »

7 Brief Calls Didn't Come From Missing Sub's Phone

What we know about the San Juan thus far

(Newser) - A surge of optimism followed by something more grim: The seven brief satellite calls made Saturday that were suspected to have been made by a missing Argentine submarine may have originated elsewhere. The Argentine Navy on Sunday said its analysis was still underway but that it had no "clear... More »

7 Calls Might've Come From Missing Sub: Argentina

Navy thinks missing crew is 'trying to re-establish contact' as search continues

(Newser) - Argentina's Navy detected seven brief satellite calls Saturday that may have come from a submarine with 44 crew members that hadn't been heard from in three days . The communications "indicate that the crew is trying to re-establish contact, so we are working to locate the source of... More »

'We Are Praying': Argentinian Submarine Missing 2 Days

NASA joins search for submarine with at least 44 crew members on board

(Newser) - Chile, Britain, and even NASA have joined the search for a submarine that disappeared two days ago with at least 44 people on board. The submarine—which the Guardian notes is one of three in the Argentinian navy—was traveling from the south of Argentina to its base hundreds of... More »

5 Friends on Dream Trip to NYC Among Victims of Attack

Group from Argentina was celebrating 30th anniversary of graduation

(Newser) - Five of the eight people killed in what authorities believe was an ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in Manhattan Tuesday were friends visiting the city to celebrate the 30th anniversary of graduating from high school in Argentina. Authorities say the five men from Rosario, all in their late 40s, were riding bikes... More »

Meet What May Have Been the Largest Land Animal Ever

'Patagotitan mayorum' dino may have been as long as 7 elephants

(Newser) - One hundred million years ago, a sauropod that stretched more than 120 feet and weighed some 70 tons existed—perhaps the largest creature to ever roam the Earth. Over the past few years, researchers have excavated fossils from six young-adult dinosaurs from a Patagonian quarry, and New Scientist puts stats... More »

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 »

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