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Oct 27, 2010

Factbox: Key political risks to watch in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – The death of former President Nestor Kirchner, the current president’s husband and a strong contender to succeed her in the 2011 presidential race, has shaken Argentina’s political landscape.

President Cristina Fernandez, whose approval ratings have risen this year in tandem with brisk economic growth, may now adopt more moderate, consensus-building policies as she seeks to shore up her administration without the support of her powerful husband.

Oct 27, 2010

Argentina’s powerful ex-president Kirchner dies

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, the current president’s husband and a leading contender to succeed her in next year’s election, died from a heart attack on Wednesday.

Kirchner, 60, was credited by many Argentines with putting South America’s No. 2 economy back on its feet after a devastating 2001/02 economic crisis, but critics reviled his combative style and interventionist economic policies.

Oct 22, 2010

Surging Argentine industry output boosts growth

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Argentina’s industrial
output soared 10.1 percent in September from a year earlier,
and also rose from the previous month, another sign that the
country’s brisk economic growth is not easing, data showed on
Friday.

Latin America’s No. 3 economy is expanding at one of the
fastest rates in the region, fueled by strong demand for
Argentine-made cars and manufactured goods from neighboring
Brazil and a record soybean and corn harvest.

Oct 1, 2010

Key political risks to watch in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Argentine opposition
leaders are working to sew up political alliances as sizzling
economic growth bolsters support for President Cristina
Fernandez a year from the next presidential election.

Doubts over state finances have eased due to the economy’s
recovery, a bumper grains harvest and the completion of a $12.3
billion bond restructuring to clean up the damage from a
massive 2002 debt default.

Sep 30, 2010

Argentine lawmakers pass glacier law to curb mining

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Argentina’s Senate passed
a law on Thursday that curbs mining on the nation’s glaciers to
protect water supplies, a measure praised by environmentalists
but criticized by industry supporters.

Senators approved the law 35 to 33 after hours of debate,
eventually agreeing to changes made in the lower house that
pro-mining provinces had opposed. [ID:nN11246097]

Sep 25, 2010

Latin American nations demand global push on drugs

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Latin American leaders at the United Nations this week called for more coherent global policies to fight drug trafficking and increased aid to help crack down on the trade.

Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli called drugs the region’s “weapon of mass destruction” while El Salvador’s president, Mauricio Funes, said the trafficking posed a growing threat to global security.

Sep 22, 2010

Water, sanitation vital to poverty goals: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The lack of clean drinking water and sanitation in the world’s poorest nations threatens U.N. goals to cut poverty and disease, and raises the risk of conflict, leaders and aid groups said on Wednesday.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said the Millennium Development Goal on increasing access to sanitation services had become the “the orphan MDG.”

Sep 22, 2010

African leaders urge action on poverty goals

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – African leaders said on Tuesday they could do more to meet U.N. goals to slash extreme poverty and urged stronger leadership among developing countries to tackle hunger and disease and attract investment.

“If Africa fails to achieve the MDGs, the world would have failed,” South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane told a summit of the U.N. General Assembly reviewing progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals agreed to in 2000.

Sep 21, 2010

Rich must not cut aid to poor to balance budget – U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pressed debt-ridden donor countries on Monday not to cut aid to the poor despite their budgetary woes.

“We should not balance budgets on the backs of the poor,” Ban told 140 leaders at the start of a three-day summit to review progress in meeting U.N. poverty goals by 2015.

Sep 21, 2010

UN: Rich must not cut aid to poor to balance budget

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 20 (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon pressed debt-ridden donor countries on Monday not
to cut aid to the poor despite their budgetary woes.

“We should not balance budgets on the backs of the poor,”
Ban told 140 leaders at the start of a three-day summit to
review progress in meeting U.N. poverty goals by 2015.

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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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