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.

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."

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.
By United Press International

Fernandez shakes up Argentine military

BUENOS AIRES, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has reshuffled the country's military command, a move seen by critics as indication of continuing tensions between her administration and the defense establishment.

Argentina toughens curbs on news media

BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has brought in new legislation that makes it harder for the country's news media to criticize her administration, critics said.

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Chile, Argentina row over past abuses

Chile, Argentina row over past abuses

SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A simmering row over conflicting attitudes to past military abusers of human rights in Chile and Argentina threatens to get out of control.
Thousands mourn Kirchner in Argentina

Thousands mourn Kirchner in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Thousands of people filed past the coffin of former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, who died of a heart attack at age 60, officials said.

Kirchner under fire over $2M deal

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, husband of President Cristina Fernandez, faced renewed criticism Wednesday over a $2 million deal that has drawn charges he took advantage of privileged information soon after the outbreak of the 2008 global financial crisis.
Kirchner resigns as head of Peronist party

Kirchner resigns as head of Peronist party

BUENOS AIRES, June 29 (UPI) -- Nestor Kirchner, the former president of Argentina, resigned Monday as head of the Peronist Party after losing a key congressional election.

Argentine army chief under indictment

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The commander of the army of Argentina has announced his retirement after his indictment on corruption charges in a procurement scandal.

Argentines remember 'Dity War'

BUENOS AIRES, March 24 (UPI) -- Thousands of demonstrators in Buenos Aires and throughout Argentina Monday marked the 32nd anniversary of the coup that introduced military rule.

Venezuelan man pleads guilty in spy case

MIAMI, March 3 (UPI) -- A Venezuelan man pleaded guilty Monday to espionage in a scheme to send $800,000 from the Venezuelan government to Argentina.

Venezuela, Argentina allegedly in cahoots

MIAMI, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Venezuela and Argentina allegedly conspired to hide a scandal involving a suitcase of money sent by Venezuela to an Argentine presidential candidate.

New Argentine president takes office

BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- New Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has pledged to not allow her country's differences with neighboring Uruguay to deepen.
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Nestor Kirchner
Nestor Kirchner, president of Argintine, addresses the 61st session of the General Assembly at the United Nations on September 20, 2006 in New York. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)

Néstor Carlos Kirchner (Spanish pronunciation: ; 25 February 1950 – 27 October 2010) was an Argentine politician who served as the 54th President of Argentina from 25 May 2003 until 10 December 2007. Previously, he was Governor of Santa Cruz Province since 10 December 1991. He briefly served as Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and as a National Deputy of Argentina for Buenos Aires Province. Kirchner's four-year presidency was notable for presiding over a dramatic fall in poverty and unemployment, following the economic crisis of 2001.

A Justicialist, Kirchner was little-known internationally and even domestically before his election to the Presidency, which he won by default with only 22.2 percent of the vote in the first round, when former President Carlos Menem (24.4%) withdrew from the ballotage. Soon after taking office in May 2003, Kirchner surprised the world by standing down powerful military and police officials. Stressing the need to increase accountability and transparency in government, Kirchner overturned amnesty laws for military officers accused of torture and assassinations during the 1976–1983 "dirty war" under military rule.

On 28 October 2007, his wife Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was elected to succeed him as President of Argentina. Thus, Kirchner then became the First Gentleman of Argentina. In 2009, he was elected a National Deputy for Buenos Aires Province. He was also designated Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations on 4 May 2010.

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