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Coronavirus pandemic poses perfect storm scenario for Argentine debt

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Argentina currently owes $311 billion – more than 90% of the country's gross domestic product – and the coronavirus further complicates matters

A man walks next to the empty shelves of a supermarket, as a result of purchases for quarantine due to the Coronavirus, in Buenos Aires, on March 15, 2020. - Argentina announced its second coronavirus-related death on Friday and will increase land border controls to prevent the entry of foreigners who have been in areas of high coronavirus circulation. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP)

Argentina, Ecuador deaths take Latin American virus toll to 5

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Meanwhile, Venezuela, Uruguay, Guatemala, and Suriname report their first cases of the coronavirus

MOBILE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT. A doctor and paramedics from the Emergency Medical Care System (SAMU) of Jalisco stand inside the mobile intensive care medical unit the UTIM, the first in Latin America equipped to transfer people infected with the COVID-19 virus in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico on March 2, 2020. Photo by Ulises Ruiz/AFP

Argentina, Colombia, Peru to isolate travelers from virus-hit nations

Mar 12, 2020 - 9:33 AM

'This is not voluntary.... If you don't comply you'll be committing a crime, which is putting the public health at risk,' President Alberto Fernandez says

FLIGHT. A passenger wears a protective face mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus at Jorge Chavez International Airport, in Lima, on March 6, 2020. Photo by Luka Gonzales/AFP

Argentina announces Latin America's first coronavirus fatality

Mar 08, 2020 - 9:22 AM

The Buenos Aires man returned from Europe on February 25 and became ill with fever, cough, and sore throat

UP CLOSE. This transmission electron microscope image shows 2019-nCoV. Photo from NIAID-RML

Argentina, Chile confirm 1st coronavirus cases

Mar 04, 2020 - 9:36 AM

The two new cases bring the total number in Latin America to 17, with Ecuador (7) and Mexico (5) the worst affected countries

UP CLOSE. This transmission electron microscope image shows 2019-nCoV. Photo from NIAID-RML

Dollars under the mattress: Argentines' preferred savings

Mar 01, 2020 - 8:15 PM

One of Argentina's major problems is that citizens do not trust their own currency

(FILES) This file picture taken on October 17, 2018 shows Argentine money in Buenos Aires. - Hit by decades of inflation, recessions and cyclical devaluations, in 2020 many Argentines prefer to take refuge in the dollar as a way of saving and hide their money "under the mattress", meaning they keep it at home. (Photo by Eitan ABRAMOVICH / AFP)

Thousands of women rally for abortion law in Argentina

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:02 AM

'An unwanted pregnancy is synonymous with torture,' says psychologist Antonella D'Alessio

SEA OF GREEN. Thousands of women hold green scarves demanding the the decriminalization of abortion, in Argentina, in Buenos Aires on February 19, 2020. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Deaf Argentine child abuse victims accuse pope of inaction

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:12 AM

'We were raped, sexually assaulted, and physically tortured by Catholic priests, nuns, and lay people,' the victims write to the pope

ABUSER. Italian Catholic priest Nicola Corradi is being escorted out of court after being sentenced to 42 years in prison for sexually abusing deaf children at the Provolo Institute in Mendoza, in this Argentine city, on November 25, 2019. Photo by Andres Larrovere/AFP

Fernandez promises 'caring' Argentina as he assumes presidency

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Alberto Fernandez, whose vice president is controversial former leader Cristina Kirchner, will govern until 2023 in a country beset by recession, high inflation, rising unemployment and poverty

SWORN IN. Handout picture released by the Argentine Senate showing Argentina's new president Alberto Fernandez (L) waving next to his vice-president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, after receiving the presidential sash from outgoing president Mauricio Macri during his inauguration ceremony at the Congress in Buenos Aires on December 10, 2019. AFP PHOTO/ARGENTINA'S SENATE/CHARLY DIAZ AZCUE

U.S. reimposes steel, aluminum tariffs on Brazil, Argentina

Dec 03, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Industry leaders in both countries cry foul

2 kids die, scores injured in Argentine bus accident

Nov 28, 2019 - 11:08 PM

The accident occurs as the bus negotiates a curve near the town of Lezama, 160 kilometers south of Buenos Aires

Messi returns for Argentina after ban for Brazil, Uruguay friendlies

Nov 01, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Lionel Messi was handed a three-month suspension for accusing the governing body of South American football of corruption

BACK IN THE FOLD. Argentina will get a big boost from superstar Lionel Messi. File photo Johannes Eisele/AFP

Argentina's Grossi elected head of U.N.'s nuclear watchdog

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The election of Rafael Grossi, Argentina's ambassador to the IAEA, comes at a critical time for the Vienna-based agency as Iran is decreasing its commitments under the 2015 landmark deal

GROSSI. Rafael Mariano Grossi, Argentina's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, is pictured during an AFP interview in Vienna, Austria on September 20, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Peronist Alberto Fernandez wins Argentine presidential election

Oct 28, 2019 - 10:50 AM

Alberto Fernandez, a 60-year-old law professor, garners nearly 48% of the votes – crossing the threshold for outright victory – after 94% of the votes had been counted

WINNING. Argentina's presidential candidate for the Frente de Todos party Alberto Fernandez flashes the Victory sign as he leaves the polling station in Buenos Aires during Argentina's general election on October 27, 2019. Photo by Alejandro Pagni/AFP

Two jailed over online image of footballer Sala's body

Sep 24, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Romina Sala finds the post-mortem photos of her late brother on Instagram

MISUSE. Two people illegally access the  CCTV footage of the post-mortem of the late Emiliano Sala. Photo from Instagram (@emilianosala9)

Argentina ex-president Kirchner to be tried for fourth time

Sep 21, 2019 - 1:08 PM

Cristina Kirchner is accused of having taken $160 million in bribes for steering public works contracts towards favored businessmen close to her and her late husband Nestor

CRISTINA KIRCHNER. In this file photo taken on May 27, 2019 former Argentine president and current senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner waves as she arrives in court in Buenos Aires. Photo by Juan Mabromata/AFP

MVP Rubio says World Cup winners Spain 'had biggest heart'

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Ricky Rubio leads Spain to its second FIBA World Cup crown with averages of 16.4 points, 6.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals

AT THE TOP. Ricky Rubio and Spain are world champions again. Photo from

Spain trounces Argentina to recapture FIBA World Cup crown

Sep 15, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Ricky Rubio and 5 other players breach double figures as Spain reclaims its place at the basketball summit

CHAMPS AGAIN. Marc Gasol and Spain deny Luis Scola and Argentina the FIBA World Cup title. Photo from

Scola stars as Argentina thwarts France for FIBA World Cup finals berth

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The 39-year-old Luis Scola chalks up game-highs in points and rebounds to catapult Argentina to its third World Cup finals

BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY. Luis Scola and Argentina will face Spain in the FIBA World Cup finals. Photo from

HIGHLIGHTS: Argentina vs France - FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Successful in eliminating title favorites Serbia and USA, Argentina and France duke it out in the knockout semifinals at 8 pm on Friday, September 13

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Argentina ousts Serbia behind Scola in 2019 FIBA World Cup

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:46 PM

The 39-year-old Luis Scola provides the spark as Argentina crushes Serbia's bid for the 2019 FIBA World Cup crown

GOLDEN GENERATION. Luis Scola is the last active member of Argentina's 2004 Olympics champion team. Photo from FIBA

FIBA World Cup 2019: Spain, Serbia book quarterfinal berths

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Spain squeezes into the World Cup last 8 with a no-frills Italy win while Serbia shows again how it's done

Macri suffers crushing defeat in key Argentina primaries

Aug 12, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Center-left nominee Alberto Fernandez leads by around 15 points after partial results were revealed as Mauricio Macri admits it had been 'a bad election'

MAURICIO MACRI. Argentina's President and presidential hopeful for the Juntos por el Cambio party Mauricio Macri speaks to the press after voting during the primary elections in Buenos Aires on August 11, 2019.Photo by Juan Mabromata/AFP

Argentina votes in key primaries ahead of October election

Aug 12, 2019 - 7:49 AM

President Mauricio Macri is looking to earn a second mandate, while center-left nominee Alberto Fernandez is aiming to restore a Peronist government to power

TO THE POLLS. A polling officer checks the ID of a voter at a polling station during primary elections in Buenos Aires on August 11, 2019. Photo by Alejandro Pagni/AFP

Former Argentine president de la Rua dead at 81

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:01 PM

'I share in the pain of his family,' says President Mauricio Macri, in announcing his death. 'His democratic journey deserves recognition by all Argentinians.'

DE LA RUA. Argentine former head of state Fernando de la Rua – who was famously evacuated by helicopter from the presidential palace during the 2001 economic crisis – died on July 9, 2019, in Buenos Aires at the age of 81. File photo by Fabian Gredillas/AFP

Messi blasts Copa America 'corruption' after red card

Jul 07, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Argentina star Lionel Messi and Chile captain Gary Medel were given the boot after tangling on the goal line

FURIOUS. Lionel Messi says 'corruption and the referees are preventing people from enjoying' football. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Gilas Youth falls short vs Argentina, stays winless in FIBA U19 World Cup

Jul 01, 2019 - 3:18 AM

Dave Ildefonso finishes with a double-double and does most of the late heavy lifting for the Philippines, but Argentina builds enough lead to escape

ACHING TO WIN. Dave Ildefonso and Gilas Pilipinas Youth are still looking for their first win in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Argentina – FIBA U19 World Cup 2019 Group Phase

Jun 30, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Bookmark for updates as Gilas Pilipinas Youth shoots for its first win in Group C when it faces Argentina in Greece on Sunday, June 30 (Monday, July 1, Philippine time)

Argentina, Uruguay restoring power after massive blackout

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:24 AM

(UPDATED) It is the first time a power cut had affected the entirety of both Argentina, with a population of more than 44 million, and Uruguay, which has 3.4 million inhabitants

WORKING BY CANDLELIGHT. Photo released by Noticias Argentinas showing a man working by candle light at a bakery during a power cut in Buenos Aires on June 16, 2019. Photo by Juan Vargas/AFP

Argentine ex-minister jailed for hiding $9 million in convent

Jun 13, 2019 - 10:56 AM

The Argentina court sentences Jose Lopez to prison after he was caught red-handed tossing 160 suitcases and duffel bags stuffed with $9 million in cash over a wall into the garden of the convent

Argentine former Vice Minister of Public Works (2003-2015) Jose Lopez attends the first day of the trial for illicit enrichment, in Buenos Aires on June 11, 2018. Lopez, a former deputy minister of the governments of Nestor and Cristina Kirchner, was arrested in 2016 for trying to hide 9 million US dollars in cash at a convent in Buenos Aires - a case that unleashed a corruption scandal in Argentina. Eitan ABRAMOVICH / AFP

General strike against inflation paralyzes Argentina

May 30, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Workers' unions in Argentina lead a general strike as they demand government action on rising inflation

An information board displays the status of flights, with almost all of them cancelled, at Jorge Newbery Airport on May 29, 2019 during a 24-hour general strike called by workers' unions to demand the government of Argentine President Mauricio Macri to take measures against inflation and keep the campaign promises. (Photo by Juan MABROMATA / AFP)

Argentine surprise: Kirchner to seek vice presidency

May 19, 2019 - 12:02 AM

The announcement comes just 3 days before the ex-Argentine president goes on trial on corruption charges

RUNNING. This handout photo released by the Argentinian Senate's press office shows Argentina's former President and Senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (L) debating the bill to legalizing abortion at Congress in Buenos Aires on August 9, 2018. Photo by Charly Diaz Azcue/Argentinian Senate's Press Office/AFP

Maradona misses out on first title as coach: 'I nearly died'

May 06, 2019 - 1:53 PM

The Dorados team mentored by the Argentine football legend loses the Mexican second-division finals

MOVING FORWARD. Diego Maradona previously said he will leave the team after claiming league referees were biased against him. Photo from Maradona's Instagram account (@maradona)

Fossil of prehistoric deer found in Argentina

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:21 PM

The fossil – which hasn't yet been given a definitive age – includes almost 70% of the animal, including its spine, extremities and teeth

PREHISTORIC. Handout picture taken on October 26, 2018 and released by the Museo Paleontologico 'Fray Manuel de Torres' on January 7, 2019 showing fossil bones of a prehistoric deer specimen found recently at the Campo Sposito palaeontological site in San Pedro, in the north of the Argentine province of Buenos Aires. AFP PHOTO/MUSEO PALEONTOLOGICO/HO

U.S. and China in trade tariffs truce after tense G20 summit

Dec 02, 2018 - 11:09 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Trump withdraws his threat to raise the US tariffs even more on January 1, in return for a promise from China to buy more US goods and enter into a 90-day period of talks to resolve their differences

TAX SUSPENSION. US President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shake hands during dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

G20 summit shows strains over climate change

Dec 02, 2018 - 10:18 AM

A final communique adopted at the summit says all G20 members, except the United States, agreed to implement the 'irreversible' Paris Agreement on climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE. The Paris Agreement on climate change aims to prevent the worst-case scenarios of global warming. Photo from Shutterstock

Erdogan takes Saudi prince to task, demands extraditions

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan directly criticizes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

EXTRADITION CALL. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants extraditions of suspects behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. File photo by Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse

Trump, Xi trade war dinner went 'very well' – White House advisor

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Both US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping express optimism over finding a solution to their ongoing trade war

TRADE WAR TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) along with members of their delegations, hold a dinner meeting at the end of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires on December 1 2018.Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

China, U.S. showdown looms on trade at fractious G20

Dec 01, 2018 - 4:29 PM

US President Donald Trump sounds upbeat about making progress with Chinese President Xi Jinping after weeks of dire warnings

G20 PLENARY. A handout picture released by G20 Summit's Press Office shows a general view of the plenary hall prior during a session of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on November 30, 2018. Photo by G20 Press Office/AFP

Modi pursues yoga diplomacy at Argentina G20 summit

Dec 01, 2018 - 5:00 AM

Stepping away from the sealed security zone and ceremonial pomp of the Group of 20 summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about the value of yoga

FOR PEACE. People take part in a yoga session, during the 'Yoga for Peace' event, which will be attended by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Buenos Aires. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Legal problems back home dog Trump at G20 summit

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:54 PM

US President Donald Trump's G20 summit gets off to a rocky start with new allegations of hidden links to Russia overshadowing what he had hoped would be a triumphant burst of trade diplomacy

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Shortly before the summit kicks off, Donald Trump's 'America First' charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA

G20. View of the Obelisk as Corrientes Avenue remains without traffic due to security measures ahead of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires on Noviembre 29, 2018. Photo by Alberto Raggio/AFP

Saudi prince in Argentina as G20 summit tensions brew

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:40 PM

US President Donald Trump's trade war with China is a dominant theme at the weekend summit but one sideshow is how leaders deal with the presence of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

CROWN PRINCE. File photo of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is known by his initials MBS. AFP photo

Wreck of Argentine submarine found year after going missing – navy

Nov 17, 2018 - 2:38 PM

Ocean Infinity finds the ARA San Juan in the Atlantic Ocean

A black ribbon hangs next to supportive messages for the 44 crew members of Argentine missing submarine outside Argentina's Navy base in Mar del Plata, on the Atlantic coast south of Buenos Aires, on November 24, 2017. Argentina's navy confirmed Thursday that an unusual noise heard in the Atlantic near the last known position of a missing submarine appeared to be an explosion, dashing the last hopes of finding the vessel's 44 crew members alive. Relatives of the missing sailors reacted with grief and anger to the news after holding out hope since the sub was reported overdue at its Mar del Plata base on November 17, two days after the explosion.  / AFP PHOTO / EITAN ABRAMOVICH

Romero: Argentina has to beat Brazil even without Messi

Oct 16, 2018 - 9:23 AM

Lionel Messi is believed to have asked for some time off from international duty ahead of next year's Copa America in Brazil

MISSING. Lionel Messi has missed three international friendlies since Argentina was booted out of the 2018 World Cup. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

What does 10,000,000% inflation look like? See Venezuela

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:27 PM

In 2019 hyperinflation in Venezuela is expected to leave earth's orbit, hitting 10 million percent, a figure so large and improbable, readers of the IMF report had to count the zeroes to make sure they had the correct number

Picture of a new five Bolivar-note (R) and its equivalent in old Bolivar-bills in Caracas on August 20, 2018. Caracas is issuing new banknotes after lopping five zeroes off the crippled bolivar, casting a pall of uncertainty over businesses and consumers across the country. / AFP PHOTO / Federico PARRA

Pro-hunting nations block whale sanctuary bid

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Pro-whaling Japan has voted against the project, backed by commercial whaling states Iceland and Norway, as well as Russia

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

New mission to find Argentine sub that sank with 44 crew on board

Sep 07, 2018 - 4:49 PM

The Seabed Constructor will set out September 7 from the port of Comodoro Rivadavia, some 1,800 kilometers south of Buenos Aires, carrying both Argentine sailors and relatives of the missing submariners

Argentine senate approves search of Kirchner homes

Aug 23, 2018 - 9:14 AM

In a fiery and defiant speech to the chamber, former president Cristina Kirchner reiterates that the cases against her are politically motivated

Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:24 PM

Here is the state of play regarding lawsuits and restrictions on the use of glyphosate around the world

GLYPHOSATE. Roundup products are seen for sale at a store in San Rafael, California, on July, 9, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP