Argentina’s inflation rate expected to hit 95% this year

Argentina’s inflation rate expected to hit 95% this year

Economists hiked their estimate for annual inflation in Argentina this year to 95%, a monthly poll published Friday by the central bank showed, as the country struggles to overcome a prolonged economic crisis marked by soaring prices. The latest forecast for surging consumer prices is 4.8 percentage points higher than the previous month's estimate.  Analysts estimated that Argentine inflation rose 6.5% in August. By next year, the South American nation's annual inflation rate is expected to reach 84%, and drop to 63% in 2024, according to the poll. The analysts consulted by the central bank moderately raised their projection for Argentina's economic…
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Argentina shaken by assassination attempt on vice president

Argentina shaken by assassination attempt on vice president

UENOS AIRES, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Argentines descended on the capital's main plaza on Friday in a show of solidarity against a shocking assassination attempt on the country's vice president a day earlier, which triggered an outpouring of support in a country gripped by deep political polarization and economic crisis. An assailant pointed a loaded pistol from close range at Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner outside her Buenos Aires home where crowds had gathered Thursday night, but the gun failed to discharge.  Authorities have yet to ascertain a motive for the attack on Fernandez de Kirchner, a…
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UPDATED: Argentina VP unharmed in assassination attempt

UPDATED: Argentina VP unharmed in assassination attempt

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Argentina's Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner escaped unharmed on Thursday after a man fired a loaded gun at her that failed to go off inches from her head. https://twitter.com/LautaroMaislin/status/1565506730661904384 The attack, which the economy minister called an assassination attempt, comes at a time of acute political and social frictions inside Argentina. It happened as Fernandez de Kirchner stepped out of a car outside her Buenos Aires home, where hundreds of supporters had gathered. Video footage showed a man holding a pistol next to her head. President Alberto Fernandez said the gun had been…
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Argentine official visits neighbors to bolster Falklands claim

Argentine official visits neighbors to bolster Falklands claim

The global geopolitical situation shaped by the war in Ukraine is an opportunity for Argentina to continue adding support for its sovereignty claim over British-run Falkland Islands, an Argentine official told Reuters. Secretary for Falklands (Malvinas) Affairs Guillermo Carmona begun a tour of neighboring countries on Wednesday to bolster support for his country's claim over the South Atlantic islands where Britain and Argentina fought a brief war 40 years ago. Argentina has long sought to restore negotiations over Falklands sovereignty, but that is not on the table for Britain as long as the island's inhabitants want to remain British. "Faced…
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Sick again, Argentine’s economy eats away at nation’s mental health -study

Sick again, Argentine’s economy eats away at nation’s mental health -study

BUENOS AIRES, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Argentines mired in their country's latest economic meltdown are experiencing a growing sense of hopelessness, according to a landmark mental health study that points to boom times for at least one profession: psychologists. Beset by soaring inflation that depresses livelihoods as the peso currency steadily declines, the dysfunctional economy is wreaking havoc on the population's state of mind as well as its wallets. That's the conclusion of a survey by Buenos Aires University's (UBA) applied psychology department, which found that upwards of 85% of 1,700 respondents think the present crisis has made them less…
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Analysts expect Argentina’s inflation to reach 90.2% in 2022

Analysts expect Argentina’s inflation to reach 90.2% in 2022

BUENOS AIRES, (Reuters) - Analysts polled by Argentina's central bank sharply raised their inflation estimate for 2022 to 90.2%, up 16.2 percentage points from the previous month's forecast, according to a survey published this weekend. The bank's monthly Market Expectations Survey (REM) shows July's monthly inflation at 7.5%. A source from Argentina's economy ministry told Reuters on Thursday that inflation in July could be so high that it will "shock" the government.   Nonetheless, the 39 economists polled between July 27 and 29 moderately raised their economic growth projection for Argentina in 2022 to 3.4%, a increase of 0.2 percentage…
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Argentina economy minister, IMF deal architect, quits as government crisis builds

Argentina economy minister, IMF deal architect, quits as government crisis builds

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) -Argentina's economy minister Martin Guzman, the architect of a recent major debt deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), resigned on Saturday as deep splits emerged in the ruling coalition over how to handle mounting economic crises. Guzman, a minister since late 2019 and a close ally of President Alberto Fernandez, posted a letter on Twitter announcing his decision, adding he maintained "confidence in my vision of the path Argentina should follow." The center-left Peronist president is facing his lowest approval rating since taking office in 2019, with cracks in his coalition, inflation running above 60%, the…
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Messi praises home fans in possible farewell before World Cup

Messi praises home fans in possible farewell before World Cup

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Lionel Messi paid tribute to Argentina fans in what could be their last home game before November’s World Cup finals and said the raucous support in their 3-0 win over Venezuela was vital in preserving his happiness. “I didn’t expect anything less of people, of the union between the Argentina public and this team,” Messi said after their comfortable win at Boca Juniors’ Bombonera stadium. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner has struggled at Paris Saint Germain since signing from Barcelona in August 2021 but he was as spritely as ever against a poor Venezuela side and…
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Argentina roasts in record-setting heat wave

Argentina roasts in record-setting heat wave

Argentina is facing a historic heat wave with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius (104°F), making the country for a while the hottest place on the planet, straining power grids and forcing residents to seeking sanctuary in the shade. With temperatures up around 45°C (113°F) in parts of the South American nation, hundreds of thousands of people were left without electricity when power grids failed in and around populous capital city Buenos Aires. "I came home and we were without electricity and the house was a furnace," said Jose Casabal, 42, who whisked his children off to find somewhere to…
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Heatwave to hit Argentina, further stressing corn, soybean crops

Heatwave to hit Argentina, further stressing corn, soybean crops

Most of Argentina's agricultural region will be hit in the coming days by a heatwave accompanied by little or no rainfall, adding pressure to adverse conditions that its corn and soybean crops have suffered for weeks, the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange said on Thursday. Argentina is the world's second largest corn exporter after the United States and the main global supplier of soybean oil and flour. The exchange estimated a record harvest of 57 million tons of soybeans and a production of 44 million tons of oil seed. Since mid-December, a large part of the country's main agricultural areas have…
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Argentina breaks COVID-19 case record as daily infections near 100,000

Argentina breaks COVID-19 case record as daily infections near 100,000

Argentina broke its record for COVID-19 infections, approaching 100,000 daily cases as it faces a third wave of the pandemic, driven by the highly infectious Omicron variant. But the record of 95,159 officially confirmed cases, coming in the middle of the Southern Hemisphere summer holiday season with tourist centers full of travelers, has not translated into a similar exponential rise in COVID-related deaths, which totaled 52. "We do not have a strong impact on intensive therapy units and less in terms of deaths," the chief of staff of the Ministry of Health, Sonia Tarragona, told local radio station Urbana Play.…
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Argentina detects first Omicron case

Argentina detects first Omicron case

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Argentina has detected its first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant in a person who had travelled from South Africa, the South American country's Health Ministry said late on Sunday. The passenger is a 38-year-old resident of the western Argentine province of San Luis, who arrived on Nov. 30 from South Africa on a flight via the United States and has been in isolation since. The Omicron variant has spooked global markets and led to renewed border restrictions. Argentina joined Brazil, Mexico and Chile on the list of Latin American countries where cases of…
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Messi will start qualifier v Brazil, Neymar out injured

Messi will start qualifier v Brazil, Neymar out injured

Argentina captain Lionel Messi is fit again and will start their World Cup qualifier at home to Brazil on Tuesday but Neymar will miss out for the visitors after feeling pain in his thigh, the teams announced. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni made similar comments ahead of their last game, a 1-0 win over Uruguay on Friday, although Messi only appeared for the final 14 minutes of the match. Argentina are second in South America’s 10-team qualifying group, six points behind Brazil, who are the only team from the region to have secured their place at Qatar 2022 so far. Scaloni repeated that Messi, 34, had recovered…
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Argentines vote in midterm trial by fire for President Fernandez

Argentines vote in midterm trial by fire for President Fernandez

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Argentines head to the polls on Sunday for midterm elections that will establish the power balance in Congress, with the ruling Peronist party battling to avoid damaging losses that could erase its majority in the Senate held for almost 40 years. The vote sees half the seats in the lower Chamber of Deputies up for grabs and a third in the Senate, with voters focused on rampant inflation running above 50% and high poverty levels arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Peronist coalition of left-leaning President Alberto Fernandez faces a trial by fire as…
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Colombia end Brazil’s winning run in engrossing 0-0 draw

Colombia end Brazil’s winning run in engrossing 0-0 draw

BARRANQUILLA, Colombia (Reuters) -Colombia held Brazil to a 0-0 draw in an engrossing game at home on Sunday, ending Brazil’s nine-match winning run in the South American qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup Finals. Brazil had never lost to Colombia in 12 previous World Cup qualifiers but Colombia came into the game unbeaten in six qualifiers under coach Reinaldo Rueda, their longest such run since 2008. That form book played out in the Caribbean heat with both teams playing an open game but neither creating many goalmouth chances, particularly in a stunted first hour. The gave came alive in the…
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Dybala out of Argentina squad due to injury

Dybala out of Argentina squad due to injury

(Reuters) - Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has been ruled out of Argentina's squad for this month's World Cup qualifiers due to injury, the country's soccer governing body said. Dybala was initially included in coach Lionel Scaloni's squad announced on Monday but he will now miss their qualifiers against Paraguay (away), Uruguay and Peru (both home) from Oct. 8-15. The 27-year-old picked up a thigh injury while playing for Juventus in last weekend's 3-2 Serie A win over Sampdoria, where he scored the opening goal before limping off in tears.  Dybala missed Wednesday's 1-0 Champions League win over Chelsea and Juventus…
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Argentina’s Fernandez reshuffles Cabinet after crisis week

Argentina’s Fernandez reshuffles Cabinet after crisis week

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Argentine President Alberto Fernandez reshuffled his Cabinet late on Friday, looking to draw a line under a bruising week that saw infighting within the ruling Peronist party threaten to derail the government coalition. The reshuffle, after a tug-of-war between more moderate and militant factions within the government, saw new ministers named in the key roles of Cabinet chief, foreign minister and agricultural minister. The center-left Fernandez has been fighting against a Cabinet revolt from ministers allied with the hard-left wing of his party since a sharp defeat in a midterm primary election last Sunday…
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Argentines head to polls in litmus test for Peronists

Argentines head to polls in litmus test for Peronists

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Argentines headed to the polls on Sunday for midterm primaries in a litmus test for the center-left Peronist government of Alberto Fernandez, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, economic crises and rising poverty. Voting stations around the South American nation opened at 8 a.m. (1100 GMT) and will close at 6 p.m., with exit polls before official results start to come around 11 p.m. Pollsters expect the ruling party to suffer some losses. With most candidates already set, the vote is in effect a huge straw poll ahead of the Nov.…
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FIFA chief says Brazil game abandonment was ‘crazy’

FIFA chief says Brazil game abandonment was ‘crazy’

FIFA is investigating the abandonment of the Brazil-Argentina World Cup qualifier with its president Gianni Infantino labelling the events "crazy", while Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to take disciplinary action against their Argentine players. Brazilian health authorities intervened on Sunday after accusing four Argentine Premier League players of violating the country's COVID-19 quarantine rules. Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and Spurs duo Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso were on the Neo Quimica Arena pitch as part of Argentina's team when officials from Brazil's health regulator Anvisa walked onto the field and stopped the game around five minutes after kickoff. Aston Villa midfielder Emiliano Buendia…
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‘Once in 100 years’ drought seen affecting Argentine grains exports into next year

‘Once in 100 years’ drought seen affecting Argentine grains exports into next year

A once-a-century drought has lowered the water level of Argentina's main grains transport river, reducing farm exports and boosting logistics costs in a trend that meteorologists said will likely continue into next year. The South American grains powerhouse is the world's No. 3 corn supplier and No. 1 exporter of soymeal livestock feed, used to fatten hogs and poultry from Europe to Southeast Asia. Farm exports are Argentina's main source of hard currency needed to bolster central bank reserves sapped by a three-year recession. Southern Brazil, source of the Parana River, has been hit by drought for three years. This…
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Police charge six from Boca Juniors after Brazil clashes

Police charge six from Boca Juniors after Brazil clashes

(Reuters) - Brazilian police charged six Boca Juniors players and officials on Wednesday, a day after they were involved in clashes with rivals and police following their Copa Libertadores elimination by Atletico Mineiro. Two were charged with damaging property and released after paying 3000 reais bail each, the Minas Gerais state police said in a statement. Four others from the Argentine club were charged with causing bodily harm and abusing authorities. They were released after "formally agreeing to appear before a judge" at a future date, the statement added. None of the six were identified by name. Boca, one of…
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Church in honour of Maradona opens its doors in Mexico

Church in honour of Maradona opens its doors in Mexico

PUEBLA, Mexico, July 15 (Reuters) - A pair of large vases bearing soccer balls stand at the entrance to Mexico's first Maradonian church and an image of Diego Maradona wearing a charro hat welcomes worshippers. Inside the church, the Catholic Stations of the Cross are recreated with photos of Maradona from his childhood to emblematic meetings with the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Pope Francis. The church in the central Mexican city of Puebla, which opened on July 7, celebrates the "religion" created in Argentina in 1998 by the admirers of the late soccer player Maradona. The Maradonian religion…
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Messi played Copa America final with injury, says coach

Messi played Copa America final with injury, says coach

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni paid tribute to Lionel Messi on Saturday, praising his team captain and revealing he played in the Copa America win over Brazil with an injury. "If you knew the way that he played in the Copa America you’d love him even more,” Scaloni told reporters after Argentina’s 1-0 win at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. “You can never do without a player like him, even when he is not fully fit like in this game and the previous one.” Scaloni did not say what the injury was but he…
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Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 to win Copa America, 1st major title in 28 years

Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 to win Copa America, 1st major title in 28 years

RIO DE JANEIRO - Argentina won their first major title in 28 years on Saturday and Lionel Messi finally won his first medal in a blue-and-white shirt when an Angel Di Maria goal gave them a 1-0 win over Brazil and a record-equaling 15th Copa America.    Di Maria, starting for just the second time in the Copa, justified his selection by scoring the opener midway through the first half.    Renan Lodi failed to cut out a long ball forward from Rodrigo De Paul and Di Maria lobbed the stranded Ederson with aplomb.  Brazil piled on the pressure in an exciting second half…
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Argentina beat Colombia in shootout to reach Copa America final

Argentina beat Colombia in shootout to reach Copa America final

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Emiliano Martinez was the hero for Argentina as he saved three times in a shootout to take his team into a Copa America final match-up with Brazil after Tuesday's semi-final against Colombia finished 1-1 after 90 minutes. Martinez, who tried to distract Colombia's players in the shootout with a barrage of trash talk, saved from Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina and Edwin Cardona. Lionel Messi, Leandro Paredes and Lautaro Martinez scored for Argentina as they booked a spot against the host nation in Saturday’s final at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium. “I’m speechless,” said Argentine keeper Martinez. “They…
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Messi becomes Argentina’s most capped player

Messi becomes Argentina’s most capped player

BUENOS AIRES: With his inauspicious Argentina debut nothing but a distant memory, Lionel Messi became his country's most capped player on Monday in their 4-1 Copa America victory over Bolivia. A perennial candidate in the 'Greatest of All Time' debate, Messi marked the occasion in style with a virtuoso performance, scoring twice and setting up another in his 148th national team appearance, surpassing Javier Mascherano's record. It was all a far cry from his debut in 2005 when he was sent off after just 43 seconds. Coming on the pitch as a second-half substitute in a friendly against Hungary in…
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No rest for Messi in record-breaking Argentina appearance

No rest for Messi in record-breaking Argentina appearance

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni considered resting Lionel Messi for Monday’s Copa America clash against Paraguay but in the end good sense prevailed as the Barcelona striker was once again a key man in their 1-0 win. “The truth is that Messi has played in all our games and so it is very difficult not to rely on him,” Scaloni said after a hard-fought game in which Argentina scored early and then ceded more and more ground to a Paraguay side that could not turn their possession into goals. “What worries me is the physical condition of the players,” the coach…
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Early header secures 1-0 win for Argentina against Uruguay

Early header secures 1-0 win for Argentina against Uruguay

A first half goal from Guido Rodriguez, his first in 11 international appearances, gave Argentina a 1-0 win over Uruguay in aleaden Copa America clash on Friday. Uruguay hadn’t beaten Argentina in the Copa America since 1989 and they went behind early on to Rodriguez’s header. The Real Betis midfielder started for his country for the first time since June 2019 and he justified that decision when he converted a cross from Lionel Messi after 10 minutes. The goal gave Argentina all three points and condemned their neighbors to a losing start to their Copa campaign. “We deserved to win,”…
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Copa America registers another 11 positive COVID-19 tests

Copa America registers another 11 positive COVID-19 tests

The number of COVID-19 cases recorded among people involved in the Copa America rose to 52 on Tuesday, an increase of 11 on two days previously, Brazil’s Health Ministry said. Two of the new cases were players or officials embedded with the competing teams, the ministry said. It did not reveal any more details or say which of the 10 competing South America nations were affected. In total 33 players or officials from Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia have tested positive since Sunday, the day the soccer tournament kicked off in four Brazilian cities. Another 19 were employees working at hotels in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro…
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Colombia score in added time to grab 2-2 draw with Argentina

Colombia score in added time to grab 2-2 draw with Argentina

Argentina scored twice in the first eight minutes but could not withstand Colombia’s second-half pressure as the hosts rallied for a 2-2 draw in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. Cristian Romero and Leandro Paredes gave the visitors a two-goal lead with less than 10 minutes on the clock before Colombia's Luis Muriel pulled one back from the penalty spot six minutes into the second half. Colombia substitute Miguel Borja then grabbed a sensational equaliser with a header deep into stoppage time. The result leaves Argentina in second place behind Brazil in the 10-team South American qualifying group for Qatar…
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With over 80,000 dead, Argentines struggle under weight of COVID-19

With over 80,000 dead, Argentines struggle under weight of COVID-19

For lawyer Lidia Alverisi, Argentina's COVID-19 pandemic has taken an almost unbearable toll. "We have all lost someone, someone we knew well," she told Reuters. "In my case, it's been friends I've known for 40 years who were gone in just 10 days." The South American country is engulfed in a second wave of the virus that started in mid-February and is pushing hospitals close to saturation point and its citizens to despair. By late on Friday, Argentina had confirmed 80,411 deaths among its 45 million citizens from the disease, with a total 3.9 million cases. At present it ranks…
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Argentina to return to strict lockdown

Argentina to return to strict lockdown

Argentina will tighten pandemic lockdown measures to combat a severe second COVID-19 wave, President Alberto Fernandez said, underscoring concern as daily cases and deaths have broken records over the last week. The strict "circuit-breaker" measures will come into force on Saturday and last until May 31. They include school and non-essential commerce closures and the banning of social, religious and sporting events in the nation of 45 million people. "We are living the worst moment since the pandemic began," Fernandez said. "Today as never before we must all take care of ourselves to avoid all the losses that we can."…
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Diego Maradona’s medical team charged with homicide

Diego Maradona’s medical team charged with homicide

Seven medical professionals were charged with homicide in the death of soccer legend Diego Maradona, according to ESPN. Maradona died in November, two weeks after having brain surgery. He was 60. Following Maradona's death, an investigation was launched. Prosecutors charged seven people in the death, including his neurosurgeon, according to ESPN. Leopoldo Luque, the neurosurgeon who performed a successful brain operation on Maradona, and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, who treated the former Napoli star, are among the seven individuals charged. The two have denied any wrongdoing. Prosecutors have asked that the individuals charged with homicide not be allowed to leave Argentina.  Medical board said…
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Argentina halts meat exports for 30 days amid inflation fears

Argentina halts meat exports for 30 days amid inflation fears

Argentina announced a 30-day halt on meat exports on Monday amid rising prices that have spooked the government as it struggles with runaway inflation ahead of key mid-term elections at the end of the year. The government said it would implement the emergency measure due to a "sustained increase in the price of beef in the domestic market," confirming what government and industry sources told Reuters earlier on Monday. The government added that during the 30-day halt it would implement other measures to improve regulation of meat exports. The halt could potentially be shortened if those other measures were successful in…
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Argentina pushes back mid-term elections as COVID-19 rages

Argentina pushes back mid-term elections as COVID-19 rages

The Argentine government has agreed with opposition parties to postpone primary and mid-term elections due to take place from August for five weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Argentina's ruling center-left "Frente de Todos" coalition is seeking to defend a majority in the Senate and its strong position in the lower house, where it is the largest bloc. "We were able to reach an agreement with the different (legislative) blocs to push back this year's elections, putting the health and lives of the people first," Interior Minister Enrique de Pedro said in a…
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Argentina COVID-19 cases hit 3 million

Argentina COVID-19 cases hit 3 million

Argentina coronavirus cases hit 3 million, as medical workers said hospitals were full to capacity despite toughened government measures to bring down the spread of infections. The country's health ministry said there were 11,394 new cases over the last 24-hour period, bringing up the grim new milestone, with 156 new deaths taking fatalities to 64,252. The government of President Alberto Fernandez this week unveiled a new round of tougher restrictions as a second wave of infections has battered the country, filling up intensive care units and setting new daily records for cases and deaths. But medical staff said it was…
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Maradona care ‘deficient and reckless’ before death, medical board report finds

Maradona care ‘deficient and reckless’ before death, medical board report finds

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - A medical board appointed to investigate the death of Diego Maradona has concluded that the soccer star's medical team acted in an "inappropriate, deficient and reckless manner," according to a copy of the report shared with Reuters on Friday. Maradona's death in November last year rocked the South American nation where he was revered, prompting a period of mourning and angry finger pointing about who was to blame after the icon's years-long battle with addiction and ill health. Argentine prosecutors launched investigations shortly after Maradona's death at age 60 from heart failure at a house near…
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Argentina COVID-19 deaths hit 60,000 in pandemic’s ‘worst moment’

Argentina COVID-19 deaths hit 60,000 in pandemic’s ‘worst moment’

Argentina is going through its "worst moment" of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health minister said, as deaths from the virus hit 60,000 amid a sharp second wave that has forced the country to re-impose some lockdown measures. Health Minister Carla Vizzotti warned that the South American country's healthcare system was at risk, especially in the metropolitan area around the capital Buenos Aires, which had forced the government to restrict movement and suspend indoor activities. "We are living through the worst moment of the pandemic now," she told a daily briefing, adding the country was seeing an important rise in the…
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Argentina closes schools, imposes curfew in Buenos Aires as COVID-19 cases spike

Argentina closes schools, imposes curfew in Buenos Aires as COVID-19 cases spike

Argentina’s government will tighten pandemic restrictions in and around the capital Buenos Aires to rein in a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases, including shutting schools and imposing a curfew from 8pm to limit social activity. President Alberto Fernández, 62, given his all-clear earlier in the day after he was infected with the virus, said the South American country needed to “gain time” in the fight against COVID-19 after daily cases hit a record this week. “The virus is attacking us and is far from giving in,” the center-left leader said in a televised address. The measures will see schools closed…
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Argentine President Alberto Fernandez says tests positive for coronavirus

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez says tests positive for coronavirus

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez has tested positive for the new coronavirus, is waiting for the result to be confirmed and is in good spirits despite having a light fever, the first-term Peronist leader tweeted on Saturday. "I am in good physical condition," the president, who turned 62 on Friday, said in a tweet. He had received Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus early this year. (Reporting by Eliana Raszewski and Hugh Bronstein; Editing by William Mallard) BUENOS AIRES (Reuters)
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‘Justice for Diego’: Argentines to march seeking answers over Maradona’s death

‘Justice for Diego’: Argentines to march seeking answers over Maradona’s death

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentines will take to the streets on Wednesday to demand what they say is justice for Diego Maradona after the soccer icon's death in November sparked investigations into how he died and whether there had been any negligence in his care. "He did not die, they killed him!," the organizers of the demonstration said in materials sent out on social media. "Justice for Diego. Trial and punishment of the guilty." The march will begin at 18:00 local time (2100 GMT) at the emblematic Obelisco monument in central Buenos Aires. A view of a life-size bronze statue of the…
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Photo Story: Argentine beef consumption falls to its all-time low

Photo Story: Argentine beef consumption falls to its all-time low

Cows wait in a corral to be transferred to a refrigerator for their slaughter, at the Hacienda de Liniers Market, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 12 January 2021 (issued 15 January). The consumption of beef by Argentines, whose table can not miss the roast, fell to its historical minimum in 2020, about 49.7 kilograms per person, due to the fall in purchasing power and an opening towards chicken meat and pork. EPA-EFE/JUAN IGNACIO RONCORONI
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Argentina legalises abortion

Argentina legalises abortion

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Argentina on Wednesday became the first major country in Latin America to legalize abortion when the Senate voted by 38 in favor to 29 against with one abstention to approve a bill allowing the procedure through the 14th week of pregnancy, bucking the traditionally strong influence of the Catholic Church in the region. The contentious vote followed a marathon debate that began at 4 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Tuesday. (Reporting by Nicolas Misculin, writing by Aislinn Laing; editing by Jason Neely)
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Argentina’s senate poised to vote on legalizing abortion, rare in region

Argentina’s senate poised to vote on legalizing abortion, rare in region

Argentina was on the cusp of legalizing abortion on Tuesday over the objections of its influential Roman Catholic Church, with the senate preparing to vote on a measure that has the backing of the ruling party and has already passed in the lower house. If passed, the bill would make Argentina the first big country in predominantly Catholic Latin America to allow abortion on demand. The vote is expected to be close after what is likely to be a marathon debate, beginning at 4 pm (1900 GMT). "For decades we have been waiting for this moment," said more than 1,500 prominent Argentine personalities in an open letter to senators. "This is…
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Maradona autopsy shows no drink or illegal drugs

Maradona autopsy shows no drink or illegal drugs

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona did not consume alcohol or illicit narcotics in the days before his death, an autopsy released on Wednesday said. Maradona, who died in November aged 60, had taken seven different medicines to treat depression, anxiety and other ailments but "there was no presence of (illegal) drugs," a judicial official told Reuters. The autopsy, which was based on blood and urine samples and released by the Buenos Aires Scientific Police, said Maradona had problems with his kidneys, heart and lungs. Investigators are looking into various facets of his death that rocked Argentina…
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Argentine recession, exacerbated by COVID-19, increases poverty

Argentine recession, exacerbated by COVID-19, increases poverty

Gustavo Delgado walks every day from his home in La Boca, a hard-scrabble neighborhood of Buenos Aires, to a nearby community pantry to find the only food that he and his family are sure to be able to eat that day. Office cleaner Delgado, 52, lost his job after the company he worked for went belly-up due to COVID-19. Unable to find a new job, he lives in a small house with his wife and granddaughter. They are three months behind on rent. "The company forced us to resign and accept the miserably small severance they were offering. That only…
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Argentine Congress approves wealth tax as COVID-19 hits state coffers

Argentine Congress approves wealth tax as COVID-19 hits state coffers

Argentina's Congress approved a wealth tax late on Friday that will impose a one-off levy on people with large personal fortunes as the government of the indebted nation tries to boost revenue hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Senators gave final approval to the so-called solidarity and extraordinary contribution law, which had already been passed by the lower house, with 42 votes in favor and 26 against, the chamber said on its official Twitter account. The legislation stipulates a one-off tax of at least 2% on individuals with assets of more than 200 million pesos ($2.45 million), with the government…
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5.2 earthquake rattles San Juan Province in Argentina

5.2 earthquake rattles San Juan Province in Argentina

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 shook the province of San Juan, Argentina at 0237 GMT on Thursday. The epicenter, with a depth of 124.13 km. Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
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Maradona’s doctor speaks to prosecutor but no charges brought

Maradona’s doctor speaks to prosecutor but no charges brought

Leopoldo Luque, the doctor of soccer legend Diego Maradona, appeared at a local prosecutor's office in the Buenos Aires suburb of San Isidro on Monday but his attorney subsequently stated he has not been charged with anything by police. "Doctor Luque is not formally charged," Luque's attorney Mara Digiuni told journalists Monday. Argentine justice officials on Sunday (November 29) seized medical files from the doctor as part of their investigation into the recent death of the soccer star. Maradona died at age 60 on Wednesday after a heart attack. The search was requested by prosecutors in the rich Buenos Aires suburb of…
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Maradona buried next to his parents

Maradona buried next to his parents

Argentine soccer icon Diego Armando Maradona was interred Thursday alongside his parents at a cemetery on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Only around 30 people were permitted inside the gates of Jardin Bella Vista, where the elder Diego Maradona was buried just five years ago, for the hour-long ceremony at the grave site. Thousands of people lined the 40km (25mi) route to the cemetery from the Casa Rosada, the seat of Argentina's government, where Maradona's coffin lay in state for nearly 12 hours on the first of three official days of mourning. Maradona’s body was held in a wooden coffin draped with the blue-and-white national flag and…
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Argentine Congress moves toward implementing wealth tax to fund COVID-19 aid

Argentine Congress moves toward implementing wealth tax to fund COVID-19 aid

The lower house of Argentina's Congress on Wednesday approved a bill seeking to raise 300 billion pesos ($3.75 billion) through a tax on large fortunes to finance programs aimed at helping families hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senate was expected to consider the government-backed legislation before the end of the month. The lower house vote was 133 to 115 with two abstentions. People with more than $2.5 million - about 12,000 individuals - would get hit by the 2% flat tax. The levy would increase progressively as equity increases, under the proposal. President Alberto Fernández took office in December…
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Argentina beefs up security because of possible terrorist threat

Argentina beefs up security because of possible terrorist threat

Argentina said on Saturday it would tighten security at its border with Paraguay after its embassy in the United Kingdom received an anonymous tip alerting authorities to the possiblity of bomb-making materials entering across its northern border. The tip warned of a person seeking to ship ammonium nitrate from Paraguay to Argentina "for a bomb with a Jewish objective," the country´s Security Ministry said in a statement. Authorities said they had launched an investigation to identify the individual cited in the tip. More than 100 people were killed in two attacks in Argentina in the 1990s. In 1992, the Israeli…
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Argentina ‘could receive’ 750,000 doses of eventual Pfizer vaccine

Argentina ‘could receive’ 750,000 doses of eventual Pfizer vaccine

Argentina President Alberto Fernandez said on Friday his country could receive 750,000 doses of an eventual coronavirus vaccine from U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc in December, a glimmer of hope as cases in the South American nation show signs of receding following months of quarantine. The announcement comes just days after the country said it was expecting to receive at least 10 million doses of Russia's main experimental COVID-19 vaccine, known as Sputnik V, between December and January. Regulators have yet to approve a vaccine for COVID-19 but large global trials are well underway and early results are expected in November…
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Former Bolivia President Morales left Argentina

Former Bolivia President Morales left Argentina

Bolivian former President Evo Morales has left Argentina on a flight traveling to Venezuela, Argentine state news agency Telam reported on Friday, which would come in the wake of his socialist party's election win in Bolivia. Telam said that Morales, who has been living in Argentina since resigning amid protests in November last year, departed on an official Venezuelan government plane on Friday afternoon heading to Caracas. Argentina's foreign ministry did not have an immediate comment on the matter and Morales representatives did not respond to requests for comment.
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Photo Story: Eating out in Argentina in times of pandemic

Photo Story: Eating out in Argentina in times of pandemic

Three women wait for their order inside a dome for the isolation of customers in a restaurant, in the town of San Miguel, in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. A woman walks with a tray in a restaurant equipped with domes for the isolation of its customers, in the town of San Miguel, in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Seven months after the first death in Argentina from coronavirus, the authorities are unable to lower the contagion curve, which now increases in the interior of the country after a few months in which the capital was the epicentre,…
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