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Argentines celebrate Christmas Eve in stifling heat

Buenos Aires, Dec 24 (EFE).- Amid a new heat wave with maximum temperatures around 37 C (99 F), residents of Greater Buenos Aires prepare Tuesday to celebrate Christmas Eve despite prolonged power outages. The situation has sparked widespread protests and even some acts of violence, as occurred before dawn Tuesday in the capital neighborhood of Flores, where a resident was shot and killed when he tried to block a street to express his anger. The 40-year-old man was shot in the chest by a traffic cop, who was suspended pending an investigation.

Argentines celebrate Christmas Eve in stifling heat

Buenos Aires, Dec 24 (EFE).- Amid a new heat wave with maximum temperatures around 37 C (99 F), residents of Greater Buenos Aires prepare Tuesday to celebrate Christmas Eve despite prolonged power outages. The situation has sparked widespread protests and even some acts of violence, as occurred before dawn Tuesday in the capital neighborhood of Flores, where a resident was shot and killed when he tried to block a street to express his anger. The 40-year-old man was shot in the chest by a traffic cop, who was suspended pending an investigation.

Football fan shot and killed in Buenos Aires

A teenager was shot in the head and killed in Buenos Aires early Friday after a Boca Juniors "supporters' day" erupted into violence, police and witnesses said. The young victim, who was named as Rafael Ruiz, 19, was on a train from the festivities with hundreds of other fans when they were shot at from a van, witnesses said. He was hit in the head and chest and died on the way to hospital. Police were investigating whether supporters from another club were to blame or if it was a rival Boca Juniors gang.

Argentina demands punishment for looters, instigators of unrest

Buenos Aires, Dec 12 (EFE).- Argentina's government called Thursday for a thorough investigation into deadly disturbances in several cities, where looters raided supermarkets and other establishments amid police protests for higher salaries. "The full weight of the law must fall not only on the perpetrators (of the looting) but also the intellectual authors," Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich, who was scheduled to meet Thursday with members of the Supreme Court, told reporters.

Death toll rises to 9 in Argentina disturbances

Buenos Aires, Dec 11 (EFE).- The death toll from the wave of looting in Argentina has risen to nine with the confirmation Wednesday of a third death in the northern province of Tucuman, the region worst hit by the disturbances. The wave of looting, which was sparked by police protests to demand wage increases, has been brought under control, officials said. "Officially, we have to talk about three dead, but there is a fourth person who died in the streets, but we do not have details on whether it is linked (to the looting)," Tucuman Health Minister Pablo Yendlin said.

Disturbances in Argentina leave 1 dead, 40 injured

Buenos Aires, Dec 9 (EFE).- One person was killed and 40 others were injured in a wave of looting sparked by police protests to demand wage increases in Argentina, officials said Monday. The disturbances have spread to six provinces, with the death toll now at three. The latest victim died from electrocution early Monday in Concordia, a city in Entre Rios province, located about 430 kilometers (267 miles) north of Buenos Aires, Entre Rios Gov. Sergio Uribarri said.

Nadal to return to Buenos Aires event after nine years

By Luis Ampuero BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - World number one Rafael Nadal will play in the Buenos Aires ATP tournament in February for the first time since 2005, the Spaniard said on Wednesday. The tournament to be held at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club from February 10 to 16 is part of the Latin American swing of claycourt events which also includes tournaments in Chile, Brazil and Mexico.

1 Dead, over 60 injured in disturbances in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Dec 4 (EFE).- At least one person was killed and more than 60 others injured in a wave of robberies and looting in the Argentine city of Cordoba, where police are on strike to demand higher pay, police spokesmen said Wednesday. A 20-year-old man died in the early morning hours from a gunshot to the chest, but the circumstances surrounding the shooting are not clear, police told the official Telam news agency. Police remain off the streets while their union representatives negotiate a pay deal with provincial officials.

Powerful storm hits Buenos Aires province

Buenos Aires, Dec 2 (EFE).- A powerful storm packing heavy rain, strong winds and hail on Monday affected the Argentine province of Buenos Aires, where windgusts damaged homes and cut electric service and telephone wires, but no fatalities have been reported so far. The storm, with windgusts up to 140 kph (87 mph), mainly affected the city of Chivilcoy, 164 kilometers (102 miles) west of the Argentine capital.

Bieber's concert gear impounded in Argentina

Justin Bieber's concert gear has been seized in Argentina in a legal scuffle with a photographer, the latest in a series of incidents trailing the Canadian teen idol's South American tour. Judge Maria Giraudi ordered that the singer's belongings be held after photographer Diego Pesoa filed suit for damages, alleging that Bieber's bodyguards hit him and damaged his equipment as the singer was leaving a nightclub. Pesoa's lawyer, Matias Morla, said Bieber "gave the order to beat him and then got back in his van."
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