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Pope says mind of predecessor Benedict is still ‘perfect’

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pope Francis has said his predecessor as pontiff is having trouble getting around, but remains sharp of mind and memory, according to an interview published Sunday. “His mind and his memory are intact, perfect,” Francis said of Benedict XVI in the remarks published by La …

Ex-Argentine leader tells court son was killed by Hezbollah

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Former Argentine President Carlos Menem said Friday he believes his son was killed by the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah, which prosecutors also suspect was behind two 1990s bombings in Buenos Aires. In testimony to a judge overseeing the investigation of his son’s death 21 years …

Argentine government says fighting inflation its next goal

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — After lifting currency restrictions and free-floating the peso in December, the focus of Argentina’s government will now be on fighting inflation, Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay said Thursday. “To control price expectations is the government’s biggest worry,” Prat-Gay said, adding that it will not be easy …

South American left in retreat as economic crisis deepens

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — After a decade on the advance, the left in South America is in retreat. Just in the past month, voters in Argentina elected a conservative businessman president over the chosen successor of Cristina Fernandez and Brazil’s congress launched an impeachment probe against President Dilma Rousseff, whose …

New Argentine president promises major changes and honesty

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Mauricio Macri was sworn in as Argentina’s president Thursday, inheriting myriad economic problems from the often-divisive outgoing leader Cristina Fernandez, who skipped the inauguration in a final sign of confrontation that underscored deep polarization in the South American nation. Macri, the former mayor of Buenos …

Argentines weigh continuity or overhaul in election

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentines will be weighing continuity versus a financial overhaul Sunday as they pick the successor to President Cristina Fernandez, a polarizing leader who dominated national politics for 12 years. Inflation is around 30 percent, the economy is stagnant and a bitter court fight with a …

Frustration with Latin America’s left on the rise

(AP) — Venezuela’s socialist government is struggling to put food on the shelves amid runaway inflation. Brazil’s president is facing calls for impeachment. And even Cuba’s communist government, an iconic touchstone for generations of leftists, is embracing closer ties with the U.S. Whether it’s because of corruption scandals or stagnant …

Argentina seeks charges in US firm’s plant closing

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The government of Argentina will seek criminal charges against representatives of a U.S.-based global printing company that abruptly shuttered its plant in the South American country, the president said Thursday. Representatives of RR Donnelley & Sons may have sought to “create fear in the population” …