Argentina

23 people killed in Bolivia since political crisis began - human rights commission

BUENOS AIRES, November 17. /TASS/: At least 23 people have been killed, 715 more were injured in clashes since the beginning of the political crisis in Bolivia, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights informed on Saturday.

"Since yesterday (Friday - TASS), 9 people have been killed and 122 have been injured in the wake of clashes with police and armed forces. In total, 23 people have been killed since the beginning of the political crisis, 715 have been injured," the commission informed on Twitter.

Protesters attack residence of Argentine ambassador in Chile — diplomat

BUENOS AIRES, November 13. /TASS/: Protesters threw stones at the residence of the Argentine ambassador in Chile's capital on Tuesday. Argentina's Ambassador to Chile Jose Octavio Bordon said that no one was injured in the incident.

"They have already been trying for half an hour to enter the territory of the residence, and they are throwing stones at the building," Bordon told the Clarin newspaper.

The ambassador said that protesters set on fire a restraurant near the diplomatic residence.

Schools close in Argentina as teachers lead national protest

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 9 (NNN-Prensa Latina) — Hundreds of Argentine teachers are leading a strike, with protests in several cities, in solidarity with several colleagues repressed during a demonstration in the province of Chubut.

Both public and private schools were closed Friday, as from the early hours members of the Confederation of Education Workers (CTERA), one of the largest unions in the country, rallied in several areas.

University building on fire amidst protests in Chile's capital — media

BUENOS AIRES, November 9. /TASS/: A fire has broken out in the building of the Pedro de Valvidia University in Chile's capital Santiago as protests continue in the country, 24 horas TV channel reported on Friday.

Footage shown by 24 horas indicates that the whole building of the university is on fire. Firefighters are working on the scene. They say that the building was set on fire.

Argentina’s center-left Peronists poised to return to power

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Conservative President Mauricio Macri conceded defeat in Argentina’s election Sunday night, paving the way for the country’s Peronist center-left to return to power under Alberto Fernández as frustrated voters rejected the incumbent’s handling of a bruising economic crisis that has sunk many into poverty.

Chinese-built solar park to power 160,000 Argentine homes

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Argentine government inaugurated a solar park built with Chinese funding and technology, with an eye to illuminating more than 160,000 homes.

Cauchari Solar Park, located atop a remote mountain peak 4,000 meters above sea level, was opened Tuesday near Cauchari, a town in the province of Jujuy, which borders neighboring Chile and Bolivia.

Argentina ex-president Kirchner to be tried for fourth time

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Argentina’s former president Cristina Kirchner is to stand trial for a fourth time on corruption charges, even as the leftist opposition leader vies for the position of vice president in elections next month.

The 66-year-old, who served two terms as president, is accused of having taken US$160 million in bribes for steering public works contracts towards favored businessmen close to her and her late husband Nestor, who served as president before her.

No date for the latest re-trial has been announced.

Venezuelans in Argentina get to grips with crisis: again

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Andreina Pirrone left Venezuela for Argentina six years ago as her country was spiraling towards the worst humanitarian crisis in its history. She did not know what the future would hold, but she was certain it would be brighter.

Pirrone, an employee at a pasta factory in Buenos Aires, is now feeling a sense of deja vu, as her adopted home teeters towards its own economic crisis, with inflation running at over 50% and the peso currency plunging amid default fears.

Argentina: Thousands demand state of ‘food emergency’

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 5 (NNN-TELESUR) — Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Buenos Aires Wednesday to demonstrate against the government of President Mauricio Macri’s reforms, demanding the Congress to pass a bill declaring a state of Food Emergency in order to address poverty and hunger growing across the country.

Protesters brandished banners slamming Macri’s economic austerity policies and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), heading towards the Congress and the Ministry of Social Development.

Argentine court decides not to suspend corruption case of ex-president

BUENOS AIRES, Aug 27 (NNN-XINHUA) — A federal court of Argentina on Monday rejected 51 requests to suspend or throw out charges of corruption against the country’s ex-president and current Senator Cristina Fernandez, and put her on trial, Xinhua news agency reported.

Fernandez and 12 others were accused of illicit enrichment in granting public works contracts.

“Postponing (the trial) delays justice without justification,” the court said in its ruling.

Monday’s hearing was the tenth in a legal process against the former head of state that began on May 21.

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