Latest Argentina News

Global worry over Amazon fires escalates; Bolsonaro defiant

Aug. 22, 2019 9:35 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amid global concern about raging fires in the Amazon, Brazil's government complained Thursday that it is being targeted in smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation. The threat to what some call "the lungs of...

Argentina candidate rules out default as an option

Aug. 22, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine presidential candidate Alberto Fernández said Thursday that no one wants a default for the South American country and he's ruling it out if elected. The center-left candidate appeared to be trying to calm investors who reacted to his strong finish against...

99-year-old grabs spotlight at Argentine Tango championship

Aug. 21, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — At the age of 99, James McManus embraces his partner and grabs the spotlight when he glides across the floor with his elegant two-toned shoes at the World Tango Championship in Argentina's capital. It's a dream come true for the Scotland-born tango aficionado. McManus had not...

New Argentina treasury minister guarantees peso stability

Aug. 20, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina will guarantee the stability of the peso after the local currency's recent crash and the government will meet its commitments with the International Monetary Fund, the country's new treasury minister said Tuesday. "This is a complex situation," Hernán Lacunza...

Venezuelan man makes 'one-legged' trek across South America

Aug. 19, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

USHUAIA, Argentina (AP) — A Venezuelan man who lost his left leg in a traffic accident has walked to the bottom tip of South America, hoping to inspire his daughter and his compatriots to pursue their dreams despite difficult times. Yeslie Aranda left his Venezuelan hometown of San Cristobal in the...

CORRECTION: Argentina story

Aug. 18, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In an Aug. 17 story about the resignation of Argentina's treasury minister, The Associated Press reported erroneously the first name of the country's president. The correct name is President Mauricio Macri, not President Nicolas Macri. A corrected version of the story is...

Ivanka Trump adds Colombia to upcoming South America trip

Aug. 17, 2019 12:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump is adding a stop in Colombia to a previously announced trip to South America in September to focus on the economic empowerment of women in developing countries. The White House said last week that President Donald Trump's daughter and senior adviser plans to visit Paraguay...

Chastened Argentine leader offers help for workers, the poor

Aug. 14, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A walloping at the polls led President Mauricio Macri to decree temporary economic relief for poor and working-class Argentines on Wednesday, with measures that include an increased minimum wage, reduced payroll taxes, a bonus for informal workers and a freeze in gasoline...

Uncertainty puts Argentine business owners on defensive

Aug. 13, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — At Boedo Automotive in Argentina's capital, rows of shiny new cars are for sale. But two days after the overwhelming primary election thumping for conservative President Mauricio Macri sent the Argentine peso into a tailspin, not a single customer walked through the door...

Argentine vote leader questions deal with European Union

Aug. 13, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's newly established leading presidential contender is throwing doubt on a newly signed regional trade pact with Europe and also feuding with one of his country's partners in the deal, the far-right president of neighboring Brazil. Alberto Fernández thumped...