China import deal boosts Argentina's genetically modified crops

BUENOS AIRES, June 11 (UPI) -- Argentina is celebrating an agricultural success in China that is seen likely to blunt advocacy groups' frequent campaigns against genetically modified food crops.

Argentina, Brazil head for showdown over rail seizure

BUENOS AIRES, June 6 (UPI) -- Argentina triggered a new political confrontation with neighbor Brazil as it appropriated two railway concessions from Brazilian freight company America Latina Logistica S.A.

Petrobras mulls reducing energy role in Argentina

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 31 (UPI) -- Petrobras says it will continue to operate in Argentina but may sell some of its assets.

Argentine grain exports hit by port workers' strike

BUENOS AIRES, May 24 (UPI) -- Argentine exports suffered another blow as dock workers continued their go-slow and strikes in ports.

Argentine beef trade decimated by policy shifts

BUENOS AIRES, May 21 (UPI) -- To the joy of neighboring rivals, Argentina's beef exports are dwindling and traders blame government policies.

Chevron to the rescue of YPF's shale project

BUENOS AIRES, May 17 (UPI) -- Chevron will invest $1.5 billion in Argentina's ambitious shale development despite skepticism over Argentine President Cristina Fernandez keeping promises.

Argentina offers tax amnesty to head off devaluation

BUENOS AIRES, May 8 (UPI) -- Argentina's latest effort to tease out billions of U.S. dollars said to be held by citizens through sweeping tax breaks and interest earnings received lukewarm response, though this may change.

Mercosur seeks more Pacific partners for commodities, goods

SANTIAGO, Chile, April 30 (UPI) -- As Europe struggles with multiple eurozone crises and economic downturn, emergent Latin America is tilting toward the Pacific region as a potential major partner for its diverse inventory of commodities, processed goods, minerals and other raw materials.

Argentinians protest proposed judiciary changes

BUENOS AIRES, April 19 (UPI) -- Tens of thousands Argentinians gathered in Buenos Aires to protest a government proposal to reform the judiciary, inflation and crime.

Argentina importing fuel to meet shortages

BUENOS AIRES, April 16 (UPI) -- Argentina is having to import fuel to cope with shortages after fire damage to a state-run refinery in La Plata, 35 miles southeast of Buenos Aires, officials said.
Thatcher funeral to be heavily guarded

Thatcher funeral to be heavily guarded

LONDON, April 11 (UPI) -- Security will be tight for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral, London's Metropolitan Police have announced.

Uruguay president's remark about President Fernandez angers Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, April 5 (UPI) -- Uruguayan President Jose Mujica was caught unawares by an open microphone referring to his Argentine counterpart as "the old lady."
Argentine growers face crippling tax hikes

Argentine growers face crippling tax hikes

BUENOS AIRES, March 29 (UPI) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is headed for another confrontation with farmers after the government announced hefty increases in tax on grain exporters.

Pope may be dragged into Falklands dispute

BUENOS AIRES, March 14 (UPI) -- Pope Francis, acclaimed worldwide as a powerful new champion for the world's poor, risks becoming embroiled in Agentina's increasingly strident rhetoric of a sovereignty claim on British Overseas Territory of the Falkland Islands.
Britain: Respect Falklanders' wishes

Britain: Respect Falklanders' wishes

LONDON, March 13 (UPI) -- The international community is called on to recognize the wishes of Falkland Islanders, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.
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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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