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Argentina braces for major strike

Argentina braced Wednesday for a major strike in a fresh challenge to President Cristina Kirchner amid growing public discontent over high inflation and crime. Three of the country's five unions are expected to participate in Thursday's labor action, which takes aim at Kirchner's attempt to cap salary increases in an increasingly troubled economy. "Enough! That's what the workers are telling the government," said Hugo Moyano, a truck driver, who heads the CGT union.

Kirchner to be godmother of lesbian couple's daughter

Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner has agreed to be godmother to the baby daughter of a lesbian couple, one of the mothers told AFP on Tuesday. The couple said they asked the president -- a mother of two herself -- over Facebook. "Cristina has agreed to be godmother. What a great gesture! I hope she can come to the (baptism) ceremony and does not send a representative. It's a dream come true for us," Karina Villaroel said from Cordoba, 700 kilometers (450 miles) north of Buenos Aires.

Kirchner to be godmother of lesbian couple's daughter

Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner has agreed to be godmother to the baby daughter of a lesbian couple, one of the mothers told AFP on Tuesday. The couple said they asked the president -- a mother of two herself -- over Facebook. "Cristina has agreed to be godmother. What a great gesture! I hope she can come to the (baptism) ceremony and does not send a representative. It's a dream come true for us," Karina Villaroel said from Cordoba, 700 kilometers (450 miles) north of Buenos Aires.

Argentina's Kirchner to meet at Vatican with pope

Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner will meet next week with Pope Francis at the Vatican, her office said on Saturday. It will be Kirchner's second meeting with the pontiff, an Argentine native who this week marked one year in his papacy. Officials, who did not say what talking points are on their agenda, said Kirchner and Francis will meet Monday for lunch at the papal residence.

Argentine president calls for auto alliance with Brazil

Buenos Aires, Mar 2 (EFE).- President Cristina Fernandez said in an address to Congress that Argentina would benefit from the formation of a strategic alliance with Brazil in the automotive industry. "The principal factor affecting the automotive industry is the drop in exports and especially demand in Brazil," the president said. Fernandez denied that the higher taxes imposed by her administration were to blame, but she added that "if we have to correct something, we are going to correct it."

Argentine president calls for auto alliance with Brazil

Buenos Aires, Mar 2 (EFE).- President Cristina Fernandez said in an address to Congress that Argentina would benefit from the formation of a strategic alliance with Brazil in the automotive industry. "The principal factor affecting the automotive industry is the drop in exports and especially demand in Brazil," the president said. Fernandez denied that the higher taxes imposed by her administration were to blame, but she added that "if we have to correct something, we are going to correct it."

Argentina's Kirchner back at helm after head surgery

Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner was back at work Monday after a six-week medical leave following surgery for a blood clot on her brain. Kirchner, 60, "is carrying out her duties at the Olivos (presidential) residence" on Buenos Aires' north end, the government said on its website. She held meetings with Vice President Amado Boudou, who stood in for her leading the administration until Monday.

Argentina's Kirchner cleared by doctors post-surgery

One month after surgery to remove a blood clot on her brain, President Cristina Kirchner has been cleared to resume work, officials in Argentina said on Saturday. Kirchner was cleared by the Fundacion Favaloro Hospital after passing a battery of "neurological and neurosurgical tests" administered late Friday, said government spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro. She is expected resume her official duties on Monday.

'Favorable' recovery for Argentina's Kirchner

Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner is healing up well after surgery last month to remove a blood clot on her brain, her doctors said in a statement Friday. Kirchner "continues to show favorable post-operative progress," said the statement released by physicians at the private Buenos Aires hospital that performed the procedure. The Fundacion Favaloro hospital said a brain scan will be taken at about the one-month mark after the October 8 surgery, to confirm that Kirchner's recovery continues on track.

Argentina court upholds controversial media law

Argentina's Supreme Court upheld as constitutional a controversial law that would force the country's largest media group, Clarin, to divest some of its units. Clarin, which has been locked in conflict with President Cristina Kirchner, had challenged the validity of the media law, passed four years ago by the Argentine Congress. But by a vote of six to seven, the top court ruled that it was constitutional, upholding an antitrust clause that will force Clarin to divest most of its lucrative cable television operations.
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