Spain, EU irked by YPF seizure

MADRID, April 17 (UPI) -- Spanish energy company Repsol plans to launch a legal challenge to a bid by Argentina to nationalize YPF, a company president said.

Argentina's prosecutor general quits in graft row

BUENOS AIRES, April 11 (UPI) -- Argentina faces another week of political turmoil after Prosecutor General Esteban Righi resigned in a row with Vice President Amado Boudou over a quickly unfolding corruption scandal.

One row too many? Argentina upsets Brazil in oil dispute

BUENOS AIRES, April 6 (UPI) -- Did Argentina take a step too far by targeting Brazilian oil giant Petrobras in its current campaign to pressure companies to invest more into producing more oil?
Argentina pressing for role in Falklands

Argentina pressing for role in Falklands

BUENOS AIRES, April 1 (UPI) -- Argentina's president says her nation still has sovereign right to the Falkland Islands, which have been under British control since the 19th Century.

Argentina courts trouble over unpaid debts

BUENOS AIRES, March 28 (UPI) -- Argentina is courting trouble again in its dealings with the United States over unpaid debts dating back to its infamous sovereign default a decade ago.

Argentina, Spain row over oil firm worsens

BUENOS AIRES, March 21 (UPI) -- Argentina has upped the stakes in a row with the country's biggest energy company, YPF, that threatens to go beyond a business dispute and become a political confrontation with Spain.

Drought spreads to Brazil, crop yields hit

SAO PAULO, March 20 (UPI) -- Drought has spread from Argentina and Paraguay to Brazil and is hitting soy yields at a time of growing concerns that regional growth may suffer as pressures mount on commodity prices.

Argentina under fire for muzzling press

BUENOS AIRES, March 15 (UPI) -- Argentina is facing new accusations it reached a new low trying to control the media and suppress dissenting voices.

Argentina toughens curbs on imports

BUENOS AIRES, March 13 (UPI) -- Argentina is toughening restrictions on imports as part of a government strategy that aims to reduce a drain on foreign currency earnings and stimulate local manufacturing.

Spanish king steps into Argentine YPF row

BUENOS AIRES, March 9 (UPI) -- Argentina's threat to seize control of Spanish subsidiary Repsol-YPF oil firm is forcing Madrid to attempt extreme diplomacy.

Argentine exports at risk from docker row

BUENOS AIRES, March 7 (UPI) -- Argentina's multibillion dollar export trade is increasingly at risk from a wage dispute with dockers that President Cristina Fenandez de Kirchner seems in no rush to resolve.

Argentine envoy hauled over U.K. trade row

BUENOS AIRES, March 1 (UPI) -- Argentine indicated Thursday it's pleased that Britain wants the European Union to intervene in the Falklands sovereignty dispute.

Argentine police pay protests grow

POSADAS, Argentina, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Argentine police protesters occupied the provincial police communications center as the government showed no sign of compromising on pay and job issues.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012.
By United Press International

The Falklands again

LONDON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Some say it is the new Meryl Streep movie about Margaret Thatcher coming out in time for the 30th anniversary of her splendid little war.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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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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