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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 »

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 »

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 »

UK Snubs Argentina at Thatcher Funeral

Cristina Fernandez persona non grata

(Newser) - The latest fallout from the Britain-Argentina Falkland Islands feud : A government source tells Reuters that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is not invited to Margaret Thatcher's funeral next week because Thatcher's family doesn't want her there. Thatcher led Britain during the Falklands war, and "it's about... More »

Paraguay in Crisis After Ouster of Leftist President

South American leaders call removal of Fernando Lugo a 'coup'

(Newser) - The ouster of Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, a former Roman Catholic bishop elected with a strong anti-poverty mandate, is whipping up fierce criticism around the region, with the leaders of other South American countries calling it a "coup" and threatening not to recognize the new government, reports the AP... More »

Argentina's President Didn't Have Cancer After All

Post-op tests rule it out for Cristina Fernandez

(Newser) - Argentina's popular president and her followers have gotten some surprise good news: She never had cancer despite last month's diagnosis , reports the BBC . Cristina Fernandez was thought to have thyroid cancer and had the gland removed this week, but post-op analysis revealed it had no cancerous cells, notes... More »

Argentina Prez Fernandez Wins in Landslide

Fernandez is Latin America's first woman ever re-elected president

(Newser) - As expected, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez won yesterday's presidential election in Argentina in a landslide, reports AP . Her big win was the first time a woman has been re-elected president anywhere in Latin America. It represented a stunning turnaround for Fernandez, whose popularity dropped as low as 20% during... More »

Clinton Seeks to Defuse Falklands Spat

Secretary of state offers to facilitate, but not mediate, UK-Argentina talks

(Newser) - Argentina and Britain need to do something to resolve rising tensions over the Falkland Islands but they shouldn't expect the US to mediate, Hillary Clinton said yesterday. "What we want to do is to facilitate them talking to each other,” she said at press conference in Uruguay. “... More »

Let's Legalize Drug Use: Argentine Prez

In US, Rep. Barney Frank leads lawmakers on marijuana crusade

(Newser) - Argentina's president is seeking to legalize drug use and a crack down on dealing and trafficking, CNN reports. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's plan follows similar moves by European and Latin American nations, where decriminalization has not increased drug use, one expert said. Mexico proposed such a law several years... More »

Ecuador Wants Apology on FARC; US Backs Bogota

Bush to Colombia: We're with you

(Newser) - Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, is in Brazil today, pushing for an apology from Colombia for its incursion into Ecuador to attack FARC guerrillas Saturday. While most Latin American nations, including Brazil, have condemned the cross-border attack, the White House yesterday unequivocally backed Colombia in the rapidly escalating crisis. Correa heads... More »

Argentina Led by Woman, Still Lags on Gender

In Buenos Aires politics, women who rise are still Peronist wives

(Newser) - Argentina might have its first elected female president—and her nearest rival was also a woman—but the fairer sex is succeeding politically only on the coattails of husbands, and female-friendly policies get nowhere. In a phenomenon the Economist calls “Peronist”—president Juan Peron had two wives who... More »

Argentine Duo Evokes Evita Era

Hubby plans to handoff presidency to wife through Perón party

(Newser) - A popular Argentine political couple is evoking images of President Juan Perón and his powerhouse wife Eva, the London Times reports. Popular Senator Cristina Fernandez is a whispered favorite to take her country's top spot now that her husband, President Néstor Kirchner, has decided not to pursue a... More »

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