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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.

3rd LD Writethru: Argentine finance minister resigns amid economic turmoil

BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Argentine Finance Minister Nicolas Dujovne, who did not support the president's measures for dealing with the economic turmoil troubling the country, stepped down on Saturday.

In his resignation letter to President Mauricio Macri on Saturday, Dujovne said "under the present circumstances," the administration "needs a significant renewal in the economic area."

Argentina: Voters reject Mauricio Macri's austerity in primary vote

12 August 2019; DW: An election that was a litmus test for the October presidential election has dealt a blow to President Mauricio Macri. Argentines sent a resounding message of rejection of Macri's handling of the country's economy.

Voters in Argentina have cast doubt on President Mauricio Macri's chances of re-election by backing his opponent by a wide margin in a primary vote, early official results showed on Sunday.

EU, South American bloc strike long-sought free trade deal

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — South America’s Mercosur bloc and the European Union struck a free-trade deal Friday after two decades of negotiations that concluded amid global trade tensions and rising protectionism.

The agreement announced by both sides came as trade talks between the EU and the United States have stalled with the Trump administration threatening to impose tariffs on all autos, a major European export to the U.S.

Blackout in South America raises questions about power grid

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The huge blackout that left tens of millions of people in the dark in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay over the weekend raised serious questions about the vulnerability of the power grid in South America and brought criticism down on Argentina’s leader.

President Mauricio Macri promised a thorough investigation into the cause of what he called an unprecedented outage. Energy officials said the findings would not be available for 10 to 15 days, and they had no immediate estimate of the economic damage from Sunday’s 14-hour power failure.

Massive blackout hits tens of millions in South America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A massive blackout left tens of millions of people without electricity in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay on Sunday in what the Argentine president called an “unprecedented” failure in the countries’ power grid.

Authorities were working frantically to restore power, and by the evening electricity had returned to 98 percent of Argentina, according to state news agency Telam. Power also had been restored to most of Uruguay’s 3 million people as well as to people in neighboring Paraguay.

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