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Politics • American
Argentinean congressman quits after live sex scenes streamed during late-night congress session
Argentinean congressman quits after live sex scenes streamed during late-night congress session
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After starring in a streamed sex scene during a late-night Congress session Thursday, Argentinean congressman Juan Emilio Ameri has resigned.

In a letter addressed to the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Ameri said: "Given the fact of public knowledge, I am writing to you to apologize for my conduct during the remote special session on September 24 of this year. It was in no way my intention to disrespect this Honorable House, my fellow deputies and deputies, nor to the Salta people who elected me"

Politics • American • South America
Argentina Government claims 99% of $65 billion debt to be restructured
Martín Guzmán
Martín Guzmán Credit: Ministerio de Economía (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Argentina’s Economy Minister Martin Guzman announced Monday the country reached a deal with the majority of creditors, and that 99% of the $65 billion debt could be restructured.

The deal would allow Argentina to exit default, and start debt talks with the International Monetary Fund.

Science • Space
SpaceX successfully launches Earth-observation satellite for Argentina
SpaceX successfully launches Earth-observation satellite for Argentina
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SpaceX launched three satellites Sunday, including the SAOCOM-1B for the Argentine Space Agency. The mission was the first polar launch from Cape Canaveral since 1969.

The company reused a Falcon 9 booster that previously flew on two separate commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station, and one mission to deploy Starlink's internet satellites.

SpaceX originally planned two launches to be performed on Sunday, but the weather earlier in the day forced the first launch to be rescheduled.

Politics • American • Brazil
Merkel warns Amazon deforestation threatens EU-Mercosur deal
Angela Merkel meets Emmanuel Macron
Angela Merkel meets Emmanuel Macron Credit: Bundeskanzlerin (Public Domain)

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated she has "considerable doubts" about backing the EU-Mercorsur deal due to environmental concerns. The chancellor met Thursday climate campaigners in Berlin.

Steffen Seibert, spokesperson for the German government, told reports that "Serious questions have arisen due to the ongoing environmental concerns "as to whether the implementation of the agreement in the intended spirit would be guaranteed at present."

The trade deal between the EU and the Mercosur states of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, would create the world's largest free-trade zone.

Politics • American
Argentina, Mexico to produce AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine
Ginés González García and Alberto Fernández
Ginés González García and Alberto Fernández Credit: Argentina.gob.ar (Public Domain)

Argentinean President Alberto Fernández announced Wednesday that the private laboratory AstraZeneca would begin to produce in Argentina and Mexico a vaccine against the coronavirus that is developed in conjunction with the University of Oxford.

The president explained the goal is "to produce between 150 and 250 million vaccines for all of Latin America -except for Brazil- that will be available by the first half of 2021."

Fernández stated, "Latin American production will be in charge of Argentina and Mexico, and that will allow timely and sufficient access to potential vaccine for all countries in the region."

Politics • American • South America
Argentina: Another 84 Covid-19 deaths and 4,688 new cases reported in the last 24 hours
Press conference of the Argentinean Ministry of Health
Press conference of the Argentinean Ministry of Health Credit: Argentina.gob.ar (Public Domain)

More than 140 days after the start of the quarantine, the Argentina's Ministry of Health reported Sunday 4,688 new cases of Covid-19 and another 84 deaths, in the last 24 hours.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, the number of people who have died is 4,606, while there are 246,499 confirmed cases in the country.

Politics • American • South America
Banco de la Nación Argentina announces employment quota for trans people
Banco de la Nación Argentina announces employment quota for trans people
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The Banco de la Nación Argentina signed an agreement Wednesday establishing a quota of not less than 1 per cent of all the bank's personal destined to be occupied by trans people.
"This is part of the change in priorities, abandoning a model of political and cultural exclusion and moving to one of expansion of rights," said the chief of staff, Santiago Cafiero, who participated in the event at the bank headquarters at Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires.

Politics • American • South America
Argentina strikes deal with major creditors to restructure $65 billion in debt
Martín Guzmán, Minister of Economy of Argentina
Martín Guzmán, Minister of Economy of Argentina Credit: Ministerio de Economía (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Argentina reached a deal with its major creditors to restructure roughly $65 billion in sovereign debt, a hopeful sign for a country that now faces a brutal Covid-19 related recession on top of longstanding economic problems.

The official statement of the Argentinean Economy Ministry read: "Argentina will adjust some of the payment dates contemplated for the new bonds established in its July 6 Invitation, without increasing the total amount of principal payments or interest payments that Argentina undertakes to make and at the same time improving the value of the proposal for the creditor community ".

Politics • American • South America
Argentina reports 53 new Covid-19 deaths, total is 2,426
Argentina reports 53 new Covid-19 deaths, total is 2,426
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The Argentinean Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday 53 new deaths from Covid-19 compared to the latest report, making 2,426 fatalities in the country since the start of the outbreak.

The virus case fatality rate continues at 1.8% while the general mortality is 52 people for every million inhabitants. In addition, it was specified that the average age of deceased persons is 75 years.

Technology • Internet & Web
Argentina: Telecom falls victim to a ransomware, attackers demand $7.5 million
Argentina: Telecom falls victim to a ransomware, attackers demand $7.5 million
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Telecom, Argentina's largest telecommunications company, suffered a ransomware attack to its call centre on July 18. The attackers asked for a $7.5 million ransom demand to unlock encrypted files, a value that should double if not paid in 48 hours.

The company announced : "Telecom reports that it managed to contain a cyber attack attempt, of global dispersion, on its platforms. No critical services of the company were affected. It should also be noted that no client of the company was affected by this situation, as well as the bases of company data. Customer service efforts, suspended preventively, will be gradually restored.".

Politics • American • South America
Ex-officer accused of human rights crimes in Argentina found living in Berlin
Luis Esteban Kyburg
Luis Esteban Kyburg Credit: Ministerio de Justicia y Derechos Humanos

The former Argentinean commander Luis Esteban Kyburg was located in the Friedrichshain neighbourhood in Berlin. He has lived in the city since 2012.

Kyburg was charged with human rights crimes during Argentina’s dictatorship, as the alleged commander of an elite navy unit believed responsible for the deaths of at least 150 people.

German authorities would refuse the extradition of Kyburg, as he has a German passport, so the decision to initiate criminal action against the repressor is in the hands of the Berlin prosecution.

Politics • American • South America
Argentina reports a Covid-19 death toll of 1,818
Press conference of the Argentinean Ministry of Health
Press conference of the Argentinean Ministry of Health Credit: Argentina.gob.ar (Public Domain)

Argentina's Ministry of Health confirmed this Sunday another eight deaths from Covid-19, bringing the number of fatalities in the country to 1,818.

Alejandro Costa, Undersecretary of Health Strategies, reported 97,509 confirmed cases with 701 currently hospitalised in intensive care.

Technology • Games
Users allegedly abusing VPNs cause Horizon Zero Dawn PC prices to skyrocket
Users allegedly abusing VPNs cause Horizon Zero Dawn PC prices to skyrocket
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Horizon Zero Dawn prices on PC have increased in some countries most likely as a result of people using VPNs to buy the game from a different country where the game was cheaper due to regional pricing.

Some example include Argentina, Turkey and Russia where the prices increased by 389%, 351% and 301%, respectively.

Sports • Soccer
Maradona renews contract as coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata
Diego Maradona, head coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima.
Diego Maradona, head coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima. Credit: Gimnasia y Esgrima (Reproduction)

Diego Maradona will remain as coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima until the end of the 2020-2021 season, the club announced on Wednesday.

Maradona has been with the club for less than a year with 20 matches played for Superliga, Argentina Cup and Superliga Cup.

Politics • American • South America
Head of intelligence agency of Argentina denounces political espionage by previous government

Cristina Caamaño, the new head of the federal intelligence agency of Argentina (Agencia Federal de Inteligencia - AFI) filed a complaint showing evidence of illegal political espionage by the agency under the previous government of Mauricio Macri.

Intercepted emails from about 80 opposition politicians, journalists , businessmen and law enforcement were recovered from a deleted hard drive.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
LATAM Airlines files for U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
LATAM Airlines Airbus departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport
LATAM Airlines Airbus departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport Credit: Adam Moreira (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Latin America's largest airline Latam Airlines says it is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to a slump in travel worldwide sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Latam said the bankruptcy filing has the support of the Cueto and Amaro families, as well as large shareholder Qatar Airways.

The company said it had about $1.3 billion in cash on hand and its affiliates in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay were not included in the Chapter 11 filing.

LATAM Airlines' Brazilian affiliates are in discussions with the Brazilian government about the next steps and financial support for operations in the country.

Politics • American • South America
Argentinean researchers developed a fast and low-cost Covid-19 test
NEOKIT-COVID-19 Package
NEOKIT-COVID-19 Package

Five researchers from Argentinean CONICET have developed NEOKIT-COVID-19, a new kit to test for Covid-19 in less than two hours.

Argentinean Health Ministry expects the first 10,000 tests to be produced in the next 10 days, while capacity should be ramped up to 100,000 weekly tests in the short term.

Politics • American • South America
Argentina exits Mercosur trade talks

Mercosur released a statement last Friday (April 26) that Argentina decided to withdraw from ongoing trade negotiations with the South American trade bloc to focus on the growing economic crisis at home. The bloc, formed by Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay, has recently been hobbled by political squabbling and government changeovers.