Summit produces deal, rift

SANTIAGO, Chile, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The Ibero-American summit in Chile produced both a power transmission deal and widened a rift over a paper mill.

Christina Kirchner claims victory

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Christina Fernandez de Kirchner said she felt "an important responsibility for my gender" as she claimed victory Sunday in Argentina's presidential election.

Kirchner ahead in Argentine election

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was leading late Sunday in the race to replace her husband, Nestor, as president of Argentina.

Analysis: U.K. opens race for Antarctica

BERLIN, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- After Russia sparked a dispute over who has the right to the vast energy fields below the North Pole, Britain is now planning to claim sovereign rights over a remote seabed in Antarctica, a move that may lead to conflicts with Chile and Argentina.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Energy Correspondent

Argentine candidate drops Chile visit

SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Leading Argentine presidential candidate Cristina Kirchner has canceled a scheduled visit to Chile, it was reported Sunday.

Argentine first lady names running mate

BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Argentina’s First Lady Christina Fernandez de Kirchner Wednesday chose a running mate for the upcoming presidential election in October.

Analysis: Caracas mulls own 'Halliburton'

MIAMI, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Venezuela is keen on creating its own “Halliburton” to develop the country’s own fields and reduce dependency on foreign firms, Venezuelan oil officials said Tuesday.
CARMEN GENTILE, UPI Energy Correspondent

Argentina: Economic minister resigns

BUENOS AIRES, July 17 (UPI) -- Argentina's economic minister resigned after she was ordered to testify about $64,000 in cash discovered in a bag in her office.

Argentina revokes general's pardon

BUENOS AIRES, July 13 (UPI) -- Argentina's highest court has revoked the pardon for a former general during the country's military regime known at the "Dirty War."

Kirchner wants wife to succeed him

BUENOS AIRES, July 2 (UPI) -- Argentina President Nestor Kirchner says his wife should take his place as the candidate from the ruling party in October elections.

Argentines angered by goods shortages

BUENOS AIRES, June 22 (UPI) -- Despite boasting an economy that grows 9 percent annually, Argentina is short on many goods, including agricultural products.

Kirchner calls Falklands War unacceptable

BUENOS AIRES, June 14 (UPI) -- Argentine President Nestor Kirchner said Thursday that Britain's victory in the Falklands was unacceptable to the international community.

Brazil's Lula pays Argentina state visit

BUENOS AIRES, April 27 (UPI) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrived in Argentina for a short visit to talk energy and economics with his counterpart, Nestor Kirchner.

Argentina investigates dirty war rapes

BUENOS AIRES, April 16 (UPI) -- Argentina is investigating whether police officials raped female prisoners during the country's military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s.

Ex-Argentine President Menem to run again

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Former Argentine President Carlos Menem said he would form a new political party to run for president in October, La Nacion reported Tuesday.
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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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