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Argentine teachers accept pay raise offer, call off strike

Buenos Aires, Mar 29 (EFE).- Teachers' unions in Buenos Aires province, Argentina's most populous region, accepted Saturday a new pay offer by the provincial government and will return to the classrooms after 17 days on strike. The pay offer, an average 32.5 percent increase for most teachers, was accepted Saturday in a plenary session of the unions taking part in the complex negotiations with the Buenos Aires government. The plenary session resolved to drop the pressure tactics that have gone on for four weeks and kept 3.5 million students from beginning their school year.

Argentine teacher strike drags into third week

Thousands of Argentine teachers clad in white rallied in Buenos Aires on Wednesday as their strike over pay dragged into its third week, shutting millions of schoolchildren out of classrooms. The strike is being observed in half of Argentina's 24 regions, preventing the start of the school year in those areas earlier this month. The teachers are demanding a 35 percent pay hike after rejecting the government's offer of a 31 percent raise as insufficient to offset rising inflation, which experts say was at 25-30 percent last year.

Argentine teacher strike drags into third week

Thousands of Argentine teachers clad in white rallied in Buenos Aires on Wednesday as their strike over pay dragged into its third week, shutting millions of schoolchildren out of classrooms. The strike is being observed in half of Argentina's 24 regions, preventing the start of the school year in those areas earlier this month. The teachers are demanding a 35 percent pay hike after rejecting the government's offer of a 31 percent raise as insufficient to offset rising inflation, which experts say was at 25-30 percent last year.

Death toll from 2013 flooding in Argentine city hiked to 89

Buenos Aires, Mar 25 (EFE).- The death toll almost a year ago in the Argentine city of La Plata has been raised to 89 from the 51 deaths initially reported, the Argentine Justice Ministry announced Tuesday. Judge Luis Arias, who is in charge of the investigation of the fatalities during the tragic storm that hit Buenos Aires province, confirmed the higher death toll to local media.

Fire extinguished at oil depot in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Mar 23 (EFE).- Firefighters brought the blaze that caused an explosion that injured 17 people at an oil depot in the western Argentine province of Mendoza under control on Sunday, state-controlled oil company YPF said in a statement. The storage tank at the Cerro Divisadero complex exploded on Saturday. The explosion was caused by a fire that started on Friday night at the oil depot located about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) west of Buenos Aires.

Blast at oil depot in Argentina injures 14

Buenos Aires, Mar 23 (EFE).- State-controlled oil company YPF said an explosion at a tank farm in the western Argentine province of Mendoza injured 14 people. Media reports, however, said 17 people were injured in Saturday's explosion. The explosion was caused by a fire that started on Friday night at the Cerro Divisadero complex, located about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) west of Buenos Aires. Firefighters continued working on Saturday evening to put out the blaze and barriers were erected to keep crude from flowing into the Rio Grande.

Blast at oil depot in Argentina injures 14

Buenos Aires, Mar 23 (EFE).- State-controlled oil company YPF said an explosion at a tank farm in the western Argentine province of Mendoza injured 14 people. Media reports, however, said 17 people were injured in Saturday's explosion. The explosion was caused by a fire that started on Friday night at the Cerro Divisadero complex, located about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) west of Buenos Aires. Firefighters continued working on Saturday evening to put out the blaze and barriers were erected to keep crude from flowing into the Rio Grande.

Paris Club invites Argentina to hold debt negotiation

By Leigh Thomas PARIS (Reuters) - The Paris Club invited the Argentine government on Friday to negotiate paying off its overdue debt, with talks starting in the week of May 26 to take an important step towards settling the long-running debt dispute. Eager to settle disputes with its creditors, Argentina outlined its conditions in January to repay the roughly $9.5 billion it owes Paris Club members.

Sunken ship from 1765 found off Argentina's coast

A team of archaeologists in Argentina has pinpointed the location of the 1765 shipwreck of a Spanish merchant ship off the southern coast, officials said Saturday. It is the oldest wrecked ship of twelve that were identified along 200 kilometers (124 miles) of the windswept Tierra del Fuego coast. The ship, "La Purisima Concepcion," went down January 10, 1765 off the Mitre peninsula --- about 3,500 kilometers south of Buenos Aires -- as it headed for the turbulent Cape Horn after sailing from Cadiz and stopping in Montevideo.

Ted Turner rushed to clinic in Argentina with appendicitis: media

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Philanthropist and former media tycoon Ted Turner was rushed to hospital with appendicitis early on Friday in Argentina's Patagonia region, where we he owns property, local media said. After a brief stay in the San Carlos clinic in the picturesque lake-side city of Bariloche, the 75-year-old founder of cable TV powerhouse CNN was flown to Buenos Aires to be operated on, according to several Argentine newspapers.
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