Vatican inequality talks start in California farm heartland
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Vatican inequality talks start in California farm heartland

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Pope Francis said that “no people is criminal and no religion is terrorist” in a welcome letter read aloud at a conference on economic inequality that opened Thursday, February 16, in the small farming city in California. The gathering of Catholic clergy and activists in Modesto, California, came as the world … Continue reading

Opposition wins Argentine election, ending ‘Kirchner era’
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Opposition wins Argentine election, ending ‘Kirchner era’

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri won Argentina’s presidential election on Sunday, marking an end to the left-leaning and often-combative era of President Cristina Fernandez, who along with her late husband dominated the country’s political scene for 12 years and rewrote its social contract. Ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli, Fernandez’s chosen successor, … Continue reading

Argentina’s president-elect inherits large economic problems
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Argentina’s president-elect inherits large economic problems

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri on Monday prepared to confront myriad problems in Latin America’s third largest economy, including soaring prices and high government spending that are a legacy of outgoing President Cristina Fernandez. Macri, fresh off his historic election win late Sunday, began laying out how he would achieve some … Continue reading

The Latest: Argentine opposition wins presidential election
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The Latest: Argentine opposition wins presidential election

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — The latest on Argentina’s presidential runoff election. All times local: ___ 9:45 p.m. Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri has won Argentina’s historic runoff election, putting an end to the era of left-leaning President Cristina Fernandez, who along with her late husband dominated the political scene and rewrote the country’s social contract. Ruling … Continue reading

Argentines’ fear of change gives ruling party election boost
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Argentines’ fear of change gives ruling party election boost

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Nora Beatriz Diaz says her choice for president in Sunday’s election was essentially decided six years ago, when she was hired by a government jobs program. Now 55, the mother of two struggled for years to make ends meet. But through the “Argentina Works” program created by Cristina Fernandez’s government, … Continue reading

Debt spat thorny issue for Argentine presidential candidates
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Debt spat thorny issue for Argentine presidential candidates

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Like a dark cloud, the bitter fight between Argentina and a group of holdout creditors in the U.S. has hung over South America’s second largest economy for years, preventing the country from accessing international credit markets. The dispute pits creditors led by U.S. billionaire Paul Singer against Argentine President Cristina … Continue reading

Argentine voters focused on economy, not corruption
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Argentine voters focused on economy, not corruption

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The corruption allegations against several top government officials are stunning: The convicted killer of three men alleges that the Cabinet chief ordered the hit, the vice president is being tried for bribery and authorities are investigating a possible money laundering scheme at a luxury hotel owned by President Cristina Fernandez. … Continue reading

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Argentine president now says prosecutor’s death not suicide

  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — President Cristina Fernandez made an about-face Thursday, saying she now is “convinced” prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death was not a suicide just days after she suggested the man who accused her of protecting Iranians charged in Argentina’s worst terrorist attack had killed himself. In a letter published on social media … Continue reading