Argentina's president doing well after brain surgery

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez was "recovering favorably" after surgery Tuesday to relieve pressure on her brain from a blood clot, a spokesman said.
Argentina's president to have surgery

Argentina's president to have surgery

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez, will have surgery to deal with an accumulation of blood in her skull, the clinic where she was admitted Monday said.

Month's rest ordered for Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez's doctors recommend she take a month off to rest after suffering a head injury in August, her spokesman said Saturday.

Argentina taking Uruguay to world court over pulp mill, again

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Argentina is taking Uruguay to the International Court of Justice at The Hague over its claim a border pulp mill affects its "environmental sovereignty."

Argentina goes for second-hand jets for air force

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- As compromises go, Argentina is buying used French Mirage jets from Spain rather than pour scarce cash into an ambitious but more desirable acquisition of new aircraft.

Uruguay going slow on pulp mill opposed by Argentina

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Uruguay will go slow on commissioning its second pulp mill on the riverside it shares with Argentina as a major concession to Buenos Aires.

Argentina protests Uruguay pulp mill expansion

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Argentina has revived gripes against neighbour Uruguay's plans to expand an eucalyptus pulp mill near the Uruguay river, a waterway shared by the two countries.

China invests cash, expertise in Argentine dams, railroad

BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- China is entering a politically sensitive partnership with Argentina to build two new giant hydroelectric dams that are set to showcase the Asian country's expertise in a region ripe for more trade with Beijing.

Argentine political wrangling worsens after primary poll results

BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner vowed setbacks in election primaries would not derail her political and economic policies despite their increasing unpopular and lackluster results.

Paraguay upset over Argentine nuclear plant near border

ASUNCION, Paraguay, July 23 (UPI) -- Argentina has upset land-locked Paraguay with iits plan to build a nuclear power reactor near the border without formal consultations.

Brazil blames Argentina for delaying EU trade accord

BUENOS AIRES, July 8 (UPI) -- Argentina's fraught politics are under spotlight after Brazilian agribusiness leaders blamed Argentine government policies for delays in concluding a free trade deal with the European Union.
Fernandez shakes up Argentine military command

Fernandez shakes up Argentine military command

BUENOS AIRES, June 27 (UPI) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner reshuffled the country's military command in a follow-up to an earlier ministerial shake-up that sent the defense minister to internal security, Argentine media reported, citing official communiques.

Spain's Repsol not happy with YPF offer

MADRID, June 27 (UPI) -- Spanish energy company Repsol said it was not satisfied with a $5 billion offer from the government of Argentina for seizure of holdings in energy company YPF.

Argentina struggles to raise cash for shale develoment

BUENOS AIRES, June 25 (UPI) -- Argentina is struggling to raise cash to develop its lucrative shale oil and gas resources. The problem, industry analysts say, is not that the shale deposits are hard to access.

Grain markets face turmoil as Argentine strike looms

BUENOS AIRES, June 14 (UPI) -- International markets for corn, soybean and other grains face turmoil as Argentine farmers announced they'll go ahead with port stoppages starting Saturday.
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Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner attends the opening plenary of the Nuclear Security Summit at the Washington Convention Center in Washington on April 13, 2010. UPI/Andrew Harrer/Pool

Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner (Spanish pronunciation: ; born 19 February 1953), commonly known as Cristina Fernández or Cristina Kirchner (or simply Cristina), is the 55th and current President of Argentina and the widow of former President Néstor Kirchner. She is Argentina's first elected female President, and the second female President ever to serve (after Isabel Martínez de Perón, 1974–1976). A Justicialist, Fernández served one term as National Deputy and three terms as National Senator for both Santa Cruz and Buenos Aires Provinces.

A native of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Fernández is a graduate of the National University of La Plata. She met her husband during her studies, and they moved to Santa Cruz to work as lawyers. In May 1991, she was elected to the provincial legislature. Between 1995 and 2007, she was repeatedly elected to the Argentine National Congress, both as a National Deputy and National Senator. During Kirchner's presidency (2003–2007) she acted as First Lady. Fernández was chosen as the Front for Victory presidential candidate in 2007. In the October 2007 general election she obtained 45.3% of the vote and a 22% lead over her nearest rival, avoiding the need for a runoff. She was inaugurated on December 10, 2007. As a First Lady, and later President, she has become a fashion icon for women, a notable advocate for human rights, poverty awareness and health improvement.

Fernández was born in Ringuelet, a suburb west of La Plata, Province of Buenos Aires, daughter of Eduardo Fernández and Ofelia Esther Wilhelm. She studied law at the National University of La Plata during the 1970s and became active in the Peronist Youth. During her studies there, she met her future spouse, Néstor Kirchner. They were married on March 9, 1975, and had two children: Máximo and Florencia. Néstor died on October 27, 2010 after suffering a heart attack.

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