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Deaf survivors of clerical sexual abuse from Argentina, from left, Claudia Labeguerie, Ezequiel Villalongo and Daniel Oscar Sgardelis, take part in a news conference at the Geneva Press Club in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. On Wednesday, they had a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican _ and Pope Francis himself _ to come clean about the crimes committed against them. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

Abuse victims look to Vatican after UN meetings in Geneva

Feb. 19, 2020 4:51 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Three deaf victims of sexual abuse by priests in Argentina wrapped up a string of meetings with United Nations human rights officials in Geneva on Wednesday, hoping to build pressure on the Vatican — and Pope Francis himself — to come clean about the crimes committed against...

This Feb. 15, 2020 photo courtesy of the Center for Great Apes shows an orangutan named Sandra in Wauchula, Fla. Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine's Day with a special new primate friend. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes says Sandra has “has adjusted beautifully to her life at the sanctuary” and has befriended Jethro, a 31-year-old male orangutan. (The Center for Great Apes via AP)

Orangutan granted 'personhood' turns 34, makes new friend

Feb. 16, 2020 1:00 PM EST

WAUCHULA, Fla. (AP) — A orangutan named Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine's Day with a special new primate friend. Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida, says...

Soccer player Mara Gomez poses for a portrait at her home in La Plata, Argentina, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Gomez is a transgender woman who is limited to only training with her women's professional soccer team, Villa San Carlos. She is waiting for confirmation from the Argentina Football Association (AFA) she can play. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Transgender woman poised to make Argentine soccer history

Feb. 14, 2020 2:29 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Dozens of trophies, balls and cups sit on two worn, wooden shelves in the small home in a Buenos Aires suburb of Mara Gómez, who is poised to become the first transgender woman to play professional soccer in Argentina. Tall and athletic, Gómez looks at the mementos...

Members of political parties and social movements protest the visit of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation, one with a sign that reads in Spanish

Argentina and IMF discuss debt in shadow of 2001 crisis

Feb. 12, 2020 5:30 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina has been here before: recession, growing poverty, high inflation, billions of dollars in debt, a looming deadline for repayment and simmering anger toward the International Monetary Fund. This is a big week for one of Latin America's biggest economies, which is...

Argentina delays payment on bond principal

Feb. 11, 2020 1:43 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina announced Tuesday that it will delay paying principal on a peso-denominated bond that had been due this week while it works on restructuring an overall debt it says is unpayable at a time of economic hardship. The announcement by the Economy Ministry comes ahead...

Pope Francis caresses a baby during his weekly general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope, with eye to Argentine debt, urges financial solidarity

Feb. 5, 2020 2:19 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged the International Monetary Fund and finance ministers from across Latin America to work together to end economic “injustices,” saying Wednesday that new forms of solidarity can give hope to the poorest. “We aren’t condemned to universal...

Pope defrocks founder of another Latin America-based order

Feb. 5, 2020 1:14 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Another founder of a Catholic religious movement has been defrocked for sexual misconduct and abusing his power, the latest in a string of purportedly orthodox, charismatic priests who turned out to be predators. Pope Francis defrocked the Argentine priest, Roberto Juan Yannuzzi, after...

Fabiola Yanez, partner of Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez, smiles during a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Remo Casilli/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope chats at Vatican with president of Argentine homeland

Jan. 31, 2020 7:28 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis chatted privately at the Vatican with the president of his native country, Argentina, on Friday. President Alberto Fernandez and Francis, the first pope from Latin America, spoke for about 45 minutes in the pontiff's library. The two men last met informally in August, at...

Demonstrators protest in front of Congress as lawmakers debate a foreign debt restructuring bill in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Lawmakers began discussing the bill to restructure the country's external public debt which officials say is unpayable amid a deep recession and has reawakened old fears of financial crises. The sign reads in Spanish

Argentina debates debt restructuring, reawakening old fears

Jan. 29, 2020 7:27 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Chamber of Deputies voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve a bill to restructure the Argentine government's $100 billion debt, which officials say is unpayable amid a deep recession that has reawakened old fears of financial crises. With the support of the main...

Artist, 84, dies after being hit by car in northern Virginia

Jan. 28, 2020 12:46 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — An artist known for work depicting his native Bolivia has died after being struck by a car in northern Virginia. Alfredo Da Silva died Sunday. He was 84. Alexandria Police say he died at the scene after he was struck by a car Sunday morning. Police said Tuesday that the crash remains...