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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 »

Lonely Polar Bear: Going Insane?

Arturo may be going insane since losing his longtime companion

(Newser) - A polar bear in Argentina is looking sickly, and activists want him relocated to colder climes—but so far Arturo is stuck at Mendoza Zoo in Buenos Aires, the Independent reports. Disturbing video shows him pacing around his concrete enclosure while swaying his head and baring his teeth, possible signs... More »

Unlikely Star Lifts Argentina to Victory

'Weak link' goalie Sergio Romero makes 2 saves against Netherlands in shootout

(Newser) - Attention, Brazil: This is how a World Cup semifinal is supposed to go: a close game between two evenly matched teams that requires penalty kicks to decide the winner. In this case, Argentina emerged the victor over the Netherlands, as goalie Sergio Romero made two saves in the shootout. Regulation... More »

Supreme Court OKs Challenge on Law Against Lying

Court also strikes down 'straw man' gun purchases

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that an anti-abortion group can challenge an Ohio law that bars people from making false statements about political candidates during a campaign. The high court said the Susan B. Anthony List does not have to wait until it is prosecuted under the law to... More »

Researchers on Horseback Find Bits of 1765 Shipwreck

Most of the 193 aboard survived the wreck, spent 2 months ashore

(Newser) - In a tale of archaeology with a bit of an Indiana Jones ring to it, researchers have identified new pieces of a 1765 shipwreck off Argentina—while traveling 125 miles of Tierra del Fuego on horseback. IANS reports that the team was on the hunt for pre-Columbian sites on the... More »

Study: Climate Change Killing Penguins

Wetter storms, warmer temperatures taking a toll in Argentina, say researchers

(Newser) - Researchers who have spent nearly 30 years studying a major penguin colony on the coast of Argentina say climate change is taking a real toll on the animals, reports LiveScience . In their study published in PLoS One , the researchers say wetter storms that are particularly deadly for young chicks are... More »

Piranhas Attack 70 in Feeding Frenzy

7 children lost fingers or toes in Argentina

(Newser) - This was a Christmas Day feeding frenzy that didn't involve shrimp cocktail and cookies. Piranhas attacked 70 people in Argentina yesterday, including seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes. A heat wave has driven temperatures north of 100 degrees, leading hordes of people to attempt to... More »

240M-Year-Old Toilet Found in Argentina

Large mammals pooped there in early Triassic period

(Newser) - Curious about the world's oldest public bathroom? It's in Argentina and it's impressive, covering nearly 3,000 feet and dating back to a time when giant rhino-like creatures roamed the region, the BBC reports. Appropriately, the 240-million-year-old latrine is full of big fossilized feces, some up to... More »

2 New Moms Sent Home With Wrong Babies

Women in Argentina figured it out themselves after 3 weeks

(Newser) - Two new mothers in Argentina would still be caring for the wrong infants if they hadn't acted on their suspicions. As it was, they took home the wrong babies and cared for them for three weeks thanks to a clinic mixup, reports AFP . The women gave birth on Sept.... More »

Argentines Say Agrochemicals Causing Birth Defects, Cancer

In one town, 80% of kids have pesticides in their blood

(Newser) - Argentina is the third-largest soybean producer in the world, and also grows a lot of cotton and corn. Nearly all of it is now genetically modified, since Monsanto convinced farmers to switch to its seeds and chemicals in 1996. But the agrochemicals the country's farmers use to keep up... More »

Surgery Set for Argentina President's Head Injury

Cristina Fernandez's operation will relieve pressure on brain

(Newser) - Argentina President Cristina Fernandez landed back in the hospital today, just after she was put on a month of bed rest for a subdural hematoma, and doctors have scheduled surgery for tomorrow to drain it, reports the BBC . Fernandez apparently suffered a blow to the head in August, but the... More »

Man Rescued in Andes Was Fleeing Child Sex Charges

BBC reports he allegedly abused 8-year-old boy in Chile

(Newser) - The man who survived on raisins and rats while lost in the Andes for four months may not have exactly wanted to be found: It turns out Raul Fernando Gomez Cincunegui got lost while fleeing child sex charges, the BBC reports. The facts are a little mushy: The AP got... More »

Incas Drugged Child-Sacrifice Victims First

Hair samples from 3 mummies show alcohol, cocaine

(Newser) - About the best that can be said about three children killed by the Incas in a sacrifice ritual 500 years ago is that they might not have felt a thing. New analysis of hair samples from the mummies found near the summit of a volcano in Argentina show that they... More »

New Argentine Rule: Welfare Money Goes to Mom, Not Dad

Too many guys were skipping out on family

(Newser) - A new decree by Argentina's female president is designed to help women abandoned by husbands who skip out after fathering a family. From now on, mothers will collect welfare payments instead of fathers. The measure by President Cristina Fernandez is a victory for the Argentine housewives union, underscoring the... More »

Argentina Train Wreck Kills 3

Dozens more injured in accident

(Newser) - A double-decker commuter train collided with a train that had stopped between two stations outside Buenos Aires today, killing at least three people and injuring 150 more, CNN reports. Emergency crews are currently pulling people from the wreckage, with helicopters air-lifting some to area hospitals. A union leader is saying... More »

Argentine Dictator Videla Dies in Prison

Ran one of the bloodiest military governments in South America

(Newser) - Former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, who took power over Argentina in a 1976 coup and led a military junta that killed thousands of his fellow citizens in a dirty war to eliminate so-called "subversives," died quietly in his sleep today while serving life in prison for crimes against... More »

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