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Priest Charged in 'Dirty War' Torture Could Face Justice Soon

Franco Reverberi fled to Italy from Argentina more than a decade ago

(Newser) - A Catholic priest accused of taking part in torture sessions during Argentina's "Dirty War" regularly says Mass in the small town in northern Italy where he now resides—but victims still hope to see him face justice in Argentina. Franco Reverberi left Italy for Sorbolo, the town his...

Argentina Closes Nazi Publisher
Argentina Raids Nazi Publisher

Argentina Raids Nazi Publisher

Police official says operation made 'historic seizure' of material

(Newser) - A publisher near Buenos Aires selling books with antisemitic content was raided and shut down on Wednesday by Argentine authorities in what one official called a "historic seizure" of Nazi material. Libreria Argentina printed and sold Nazi propaganda texts and books with images of swastikas, iron crosses, and the...

Trump Admirer Stuns in Argentina
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Trump Admirer Stuns in Argentina

Far-right populist Javier Milier emerges as surprise frontrunner after primary elections

(Newser) - Far-right populist Javier Milei rocked Argentina's political establishment Sunday by emerging as the biggest vote-getter in primary elections to choose presidential candidates for the October general election in a nation battered by economic woes. Milei, an admirer of former President Trump who loves being compared to him, says Argentina'...

This Nation Spends the Most Time Online

South Africans spend average 578 minutes per day on the internet, per Atlas VPN

(Newser) - It can be hard to accurately estimate how much time we spend online, though Atlas VPN notes that for many of us, it's a "significant portion of our day." Using data on internet usage trends among internet users 16 to 64 years old, the VPN service found...

Argentina's Inflation Rate Hits Grim Milestone

It's 5th country to see annual inflation enter triple digits

(Newser) - A Swiss banking giant isn't the only foreign entity having a rough week. Argentina on Tuesday announced that month-on-month inflation hit 6.6% in February, pushing its 12-month rate to 102.5%. That means the prices of many consumer goods have doubled over the course of a year, per...

World Cup Victory Parade Gets a Little Out of Hand

Argentine team was airlifted off bus in Buenos Aires chaos; one fan is dead, young boy in coma

(Newser) - The world is still celebrating the Argentine soccer team's World Cup win over France over the weekend, with exuberant fans scooping up Lionel Messi jerseys and celebrating on the star's Instagram page. The celebration got a little too wild in the nation's capital and elsewhere, however, leading...

A Messi Image Is Now the King of Instagram

Celebration photo has more than 62M likes

(Newser) - Lionel Messi vanquished France , and now he has vanquished the famous egg of Instagram. An image of Messi celebrating Argentina's dramatic World Cup victory had racked up more than 62 million likes as of Tuesday morning on on the soccer star's Instagram page , making it the most-liked image...

Messi, Argentina Top France in World Cup Final for the Ages

Penalty kicks decide champion after Mbappe scores hat trick in losing cause

(Newser) - In what analysts are calling one of the most exciting finals in World Cup history, highlighted by exceptional performances by the teams' biggest stars, Argentina defeated France on Sunday on penalty kicks to take soccer's championship for the third time. The shootout won 4-2 by Argentina took place after...

Argentina, France Are Counting On These Players

Teams have potential heroes beyond Messi and Mbappé

(Newser) - Lionel Messi will line up for Argentina and Kylian Mbappé will be on the opposite side for France on Sunday in the World Cup final in Qatar. Messi has been there before but lost in the 2014 final to Germany. Mbappé won the 2018 title after scoring a goal against...

Argentina Brought 1,100 Pounds of This to World Cup

Traditional herbal beverage is essential to many South American players

(Newser) - When they took the field versus Croatia in Tuesday's semifinal World Cup match , the taste of yerba mate may have still been fresh in mouths of Argentinian players. That’s because they and many other South American players swear by the traditional herbal beverage, according to the New York ...

Messi, Argentina Celebrate
Messi, Argentina Celebrate

Messi, Argentina Celebrate

Shootout victory sets up match Tuesday against Croatia

(Newser) - Lionel Messi and his teammates hung around on the field for 20 minutes, taking turns dancing and jumping up and down in front of their celebrating, scarf-waving fans. Argentina was going to savor reaching the World Cup semifinals. Messi's quest to win soccer's ultimate prize is still alive....

Argentina's VP Sentenced to 6 Years in $1B Fraud Case

But Cristina Fernández's sentence isn't firm until appeals are decided

(Newser) - Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández was convicted and sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office for a fraud scheme that embezzled $1 billion through public works projects during her presidency, the AP reports. A three-judge panel found the Peronist leader guilty...

It May Be the Biggest Upset in World Cup History

Saudi Arabia stuns Argentina and Lionel Messi

(Newser) - Sportswriters are running out of superlatives to describe Saudi Arabia's upset victory over powerhouse Argentina in the World Cup on Tuesday. CNBC calls the 2-1 win by the Saudis "one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history." The New York Times sees the loss for Argentina'...

Miss Argentina Marries Miss Puerto Rico

Beauty queens Mariana Varela, Fabiola Valentin dated secretly before tying the knot Friday

(Newser) - Mariana Varela and Fabiola Valentin were rivals at the 2020 Miss Grand International competition, as representatives of Argentina and Puerto Rico, respectively. But the beauty queens remained close after finishing in the top 10. Very, very close . As the pair revealed Thursday, they've not only been secretly dating but...

Someone Tried to Kill Argentina's VP. Many Don't Believe It

Conspiracy theories abound amid probe into assassination attempt on Cristina Fernandez

(Newser) - At least three people have been arrested over the assassination attempt against Argentina Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner earlier this month, and the investigation is ongoing, but some now think that probe may be a wild goose chase of sorts. As the New York Times frames it: "A...

Cause of Mysterious Pneumonia Cluster Found

Argentina outbreak was initially feared to be possible new pathogen

(Newser) - The cause of a mysterious cluster of pneumonia cases in northwest Argentina has been identified as legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease, reports CNN . The Pan American Health Organization said in a statement that Argentina's health ministry has confirmed legionella as the cause of the outbreak in...

Argentina Suffers Its 'Most Serious Incident' Since 1983

Man attempts to assassinate Vice President Cristina Fernández

(Newser) - A man tried to kill Argentina's politically powerful Vice President Cristina Fernández outside her home, but the handgun misfired, the country's president said. The man was quickly overpowered by her security officers in the incident Thursday night, officials said. President Alberto Fernández, who is not related...

Tree Ring Data May Have Solved Mystery of Missing Ship
Shipwreck's Story
'Is There in the Tree Rings'
new study

Shipwreck's Story 'Is There in the Tree Rings'

Tree ring data suggests it's the Dolphin, which was lost in 1859

(Newser) - "For me, the story is there in the tree rings." That's the takeaway of a dendrochronologist—an expert in dating events and artifacts from tree rings—who was part of a team that used tree ring data from a shipwreck found in Argentina in 2004 to determine...

South America's Lithium Reserves Are a Boon—Maybe

'Wall Street Journal' looks at the obstacles in extracting one of world's biggest reserves

(Newser) - As the appetite for electric vehicles grows, the Wall Street Journal sees an obstacle in the way of production expanding at a similar clip: South America. The continent is one of three places on Earth—the others being Australia and China—that have substantial reserves of lithium, the metal needed...

Medical Team Faces Homicide Trial in Diego Maradona's Death

They allegedly acted in 'reckless manner' while soccer legend recovered from surgery

(Newser) - Eight people, including doctors and nurses, who cared for soccer legend Diego Maradona before his death in 2020 , will stand trial for homicide because of alleged criminal negligence, authorities in Argentina say. The 60-year-old died while recovering from brain surgery and while an autopsy found he died from natural causes,...

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