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Mar 27, 2013

Behind the charm, a political pope

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – When Jorge Bergoglio finished studying chemistry at high school his mother asked him what he would study next.

“Medicine,” replied the skinny 19-year-old, according to his younger sister, Maria Elena.

Mar 27, 2013

Special Report: Behind the charm, a political pope

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – When Jorge Bergoglio finished studying chemistry at high school his mother asked him what he would study next.

“Medicine,” replied the skinny 19-year-old, according to his younger sister, Maria Elena.

Mar 16, 2013

Argentina’s dictatorship economy chief Martinez de Hoz dies

BUENOS AIRES, March 16 (Reuters) – Jose Alfredo Martinez de
Hoz, economy minister during the most brutal years of
Argentina’s “dirty war” dictatorship and architect of some of
the crisis-prone nation’s most infamous economic experiments,
has died at age 87.

The former economy chief, who was under house arrest as part
of an investigation into the kidnapping of two businessmen, died
on Saturday in Buenos Aires, local newspapers reported on their

Mar 14, 2013

Argentina’s pope stood up to power, but has his critics

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s pope, Jorge Bergoglio, is a fearless critic of the powerful and a bold advocate of the poor, but some say he let down his country by staying silent during a “dirty war” dictatorship.

Links between some high-ranking Roman Catholic clergymen and the military regime that kidnapped and killed up to 30,000 leftists between 1976 and 1983 tarnished the Church’s reputation in Argentina and the wounds have yet to heal.

Mar 8, 2013

Falkland Islands defy Argentine sovereignty push with referendum

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Voters in the remote British-ruled Falkland Islands hold a referendum on their future on Sunday that seeks to challenge Argentina’s increasingly vocal sovereignty claim.

Thirty-one years since Britain and Argentina went to war over the windswept archipelago in the South Atlantic, tensions between London and Buenos Aires are running high. That has unsettled some of the roughly 2,500 islanders and strengthened patriotic feeling.

Feb 28, 2013

Argentina’s Congress approves pact with Iran to probe bombing

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s Congress approved early on Thursday a agreement with Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center that Argentine courts have long accused Tehran of sponsoring.

Jewish leaders say the pact to set up a “truth commission” risks undermining the ongoing judicial investigation into the attack, which killed 85 people, but President Cristina Fernandez says it could shed new light on the case after years of deadlock.

Jan 3, 2013

Key political risks to watch in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Argentine President Cristina
Fernandez is under pressure in an important election year as
sluggish economic growth and high inflation fuel labor unrest
and middle-class discontent with her combative style.

Tight finances have prompted the left-leaning president to
pursue increasingly heavy-handed policies, such as a virtual ban
on foreign currency purchases, which have hurt her approval
ratings over the last year and ruffled financial markets.

Nov 29, 2012

Argentina’s debt holdouts say they’re savers, not vultures

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – A decade after Argentina’s debt default turned their savings to dust, a U.S. judge has rekindled the hopes of pensioners and other small investors fighting for full repayment alongside hedge funds.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa ordered Argentina last week to deposit $1.33 billion to pay a group of so-called holdout creditors who refused to accept steep losses by swapping their bonds in restructurings in 2005 and 2010.

Nov 27, 2012

Argentina appeals U.S. court order to pay holdout bond investors

BUENOS AIRES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Argentina on Monday appealed a U.S. court order to pay $1.3 billion to investors who rejected two debt restructurings tied to its 2002 sovereign debt crisis, amid fears that the country faces another default.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa last week ordered Argentina to deposit the money before December 15 to pay the “holdout” creditors, a move that could jeopardize payments to bondholders who participated in the 2005 and 2010 debt swaps.

Nov 27, 2012

Argentina bondholders seek fresh halt on court ordered payments

BUENOS AIRES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Investors holding $1 billion worth of restructured Argentine debt filed an emergency motion in a U.S. federal appeals court on Monday to fight a ruling that they fear could prevent payment on their bonds and trigger a new default.

The move came as Argentina makes a last-ditch attempt this week to stall the U.S. court ruling that has shaken the nation’s strategy to put a 2002 debt crisis behind it and fueled fears of a fresh default.

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      "Based in Argentina, I help lead our coverage of the southern cone, from politics to agriculture. My career with Reuters began in London in 2001 and I have reported from many Latin American countries including Bolivia, Cuba and Mexico."
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