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Nov 26, 2012

Argentina playing last cards in court battle with bondholders

BUENOS AIRES/NEW YORK, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Argentina will
make a last-ditch attempt this week to stall a 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.

A decade since it staged the biggest sovereign default in
history, Argentina faces a stark choice between depositing $1.3
billion before Dec. 15 to pay “holdout” creditors who rejected
two debt restructurings, or jeopardizing payments to all its
bondholders.

Nov 15, 2012

Leftist coca farmer presides over economic upswing in Bolivia

EL ALTO, Bolivia (Reuters) – A chaotic sprawl high in the Andes, the Bolivian city of El Alto has a fearsome reputation for altitude sickness, poverty and violent uprisings that topple governments. No wonder many businesses stayed away.

But years of economic growth and relative stability are changing attitudes as well as fortunes in one of Latin America’s poorest and most volatile nations. Entrepreneurs are even waking up to El Alto’s potential.

Nov 9, 2012

Argentines flood streets in anti-government protest

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of
Argentines flooded the streets of the country’s biggest cities
on Thursday in a broad protest against President Cristina
Fernandez’s interventionist policies and combative style.

The center-left leader won easy re-election a year ago but
her approval ratings have slid since. Her government has
virtually banned dollar purchases and it limited imports this
year, worsening a steep economic slowdown.

Oct 31, 2012

Bolivian farmers urge rethink on Mother Earth law

LA PAZ (Reuters) – Soy farmers in Bolivia are urging leftist President Evo Morales to reconsider a ban on genetically modified seeds contained in a package of environmental regulation called the Mother Earth law.

The Andean nation is a small producer of soybeans compared with its giant agricultural neighbors, Brazil and Argentina, but output and exports of the oilseed have jumped in recent years due to improved crop yields and bigger plantings.

Oct 18, 2012

Argentina’s Senate passes bill to lower voting age

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Argentina’s Senate easily
approved a bill on Wednesday to lower the voting age to 16 from
18 in time for a crucial midterm election that may determine
whether President Cristina Fernandez can seek a third term.

Fernandez, who backs the bill to extend voting rights, has
given prominent state jobs to members of a youth group founded
by her son, Maximo, and often praises young activists for their
political fervor.

Oct 17, 2012

Argentina expected to lower voting age; Fernandez supports move

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Argentina’s Senate is
expected to pass a bill on Wednesday to lower the voting age to
16 from 18 in time for a crucial mid-term election that may
determine whether President Cristina Fernandez can seek a third
term.

Fernandez, who backs the bill to extend voting rights, has
given prominent state jobs to members of a youth group founded
by her son, Maximo, and often praises young activists for their
political fervor.

Oct 4, 2012

Argentine president, media giant face off in reform push

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s biggest media group is resisting pressure from President Cristina Fernandez to dismantle its broadcasting empire to comply with an anti-monopoly law that critics call an assault on free speech.

Three years since the combative leader hailed the reform law as the start of a new era of media diversity, she has given Grupo Clarin until December 7 to start selling off dozens of operating licenses or have them auctioned by the state instead.

Jul 20, 2012

Argentina’s Teflon governor feels the heat

BUENOS AIRES, July 20 (Reuters) – Daniel Scioli is
Argentina’s Teflon governor.

He has raised taxes, paid wages late and been scolded
repeatedly by the president in public. But little sticks to the
former speedboat racer who dreams of becoming president himself.

Jul 12, 2012

Argentina’s biggest labor group splits

BUENOS AIRES, July 12 (Reuters) – Argentina’s biggest labor
federation split in two on Thursday as allies of
Secretary-General Hugo Moyano re-elected him in voting rejected
by rival union bosses and President Cristina Fernandez.

The splintering of the CGT might allow Fernandez to sideline
the gruff trucker, who has gone from being a close ally of the
center-left leader to one of her most dangerous foes in less
than two years.

Jul 5, 2012

Key Argentine ‘Dirty War’ figures jailed for baby thefts

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Three key figures from Argentina’s “Dirty War” got hefty jail terms for the systematic theft of babies from political prisoners during the 1976-1983 dictatorship, an Argentine court ruled on Thursday.

The missing children – stolen from their parents and illegally adopted, often by military families – are one of the most painful legacies of the crackdown on leftist dissent in which rights groups say up to 30,000 people were killed.

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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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