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Argentine gov't confirms arrival of Evo Morales

BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Bolivia's ex-President Evo Morales arrived in Argentina on Thursday and will remain in the country under "refugee" status, said the Argentine Foreign Affairs Minister Felipe Sola.

"He has just arrived, he has come to stay. He entered as an asylum seeker, but after entering, he will apply for refugee status," Sola told local news channel TN.

According to Sola, Morales "feels better here" in Argentina as it is closer to Bolivia, and his children have been in Argentina for three weeks.

Argentina's Peronists return as Fernandez sworn into power

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina’s new Peronist leader Alberto Fernandez will assume the presidency on Tuesday, a sharp gear shift from conservative Mauricio Macri as the Latin American country firefights rampant inflation, credit default fears and rising poverty.

The 60-year-old center-left politician will be sworn in by lawmakers in the historic Congress building at around 11 a.m. (1400 GMT) before taking an oath in front of his newly appointed ministers at the Casa Rosada presidential palace.

Argentina’s Fernandez signals policy shifts with new cabinet, economy chief

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 7 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernandez unveiled his cabinet and new central bank chief on Friday evening, laying out his core team days before the centre-left leader takes office facing a stalled economy, rising debt fears and painful inflation.

Fernandez named Martin Guzman, 37, as economy minister, who will need to help steer debt restructuring negotiations with international creditors and the International Monetary Fund over around $100 billion (£78billion) in sovereign debt.

Argentina’s president-elect rejects remaining IMF money

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 27 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Argentina’s president-elect Alberto Fernandez said he would renounce the remaining $11 billion tranche of the country’s International Monetary Fund loan as soon as he takes office next month.

Outgoing resident Mauricio Macri agreed a massive $57 billion loan loan package last year, but the austerity measures he imposed failed to right the economy.

Priests guilty of abusing deaf children at Argentine school

MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) — Two priests were found guilty on Monday of sexually abusing deaf children at a Catholic-run school in Argentina and sentenced to more than 40 years in prison, in a case that has shaken the church in Pope Francis’s homeland.

A three-judge panel in the city of Mendoza sentenced the Rev. Nicola Corradi to 42 years and the Rev. Horacio Corbacho to 45 years for abusing children at the Antonio Provolo Institute for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children in Lujan de Cuyo, a municipality in northwestern 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.

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