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Messi penalty lifts Argentina into qualifying berths


BUENOS AIRES Lionel Messi converted a penalty as Argentina laboured to a 1-0 win over Chile in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday that put them back in the automatic qualifying spots for next year's finals in Russia.


Aguero and Rojo return for Argentina against Chile 22 Mar 2017

BUENOS AIRES Sergio Aguero has been reinstated to the Argentina attack and Marcos Rojo will stand in for the suspended Ramiro Funes Mori in their critical 2018 World Cup qualifier against Chile at El Monumental on Thursday.


Argentina players continue to shun reporters 20 Mar 2017

BUENOS AIRES Argentina’s players, who have been arriving in Buenos Aires for World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia, are sticking to a decision dating back to November not to talk to the media.


Argentina seeks better British ties but Falklands claim remains 17 Mar 2017

BUENOS AIRES Argentina is pushing for closer ties with Britain ahead of its largest trade mission to London in two decades later this month by avoiding a historical point of disagreement: competing sovereignty claims to the Falkland Islands.


Brazil foreign minister sees EU-Mercosur trade accord this year 15 Mar 2017

BRASILIA South American trade bloc Mercosur expects to sign a framework accord this year for a trade deal with the European Union as the U.S. shift to isolationism under President Donald Trump encourages it to look outside the hemisphere for opportunities, Brazil's top diplomat said on Tuesday.


Jaguares confident of coping without banned Sanchez 14 Mar 2017

BUENOS AIRES Argentina’s Jaguares have strength in depth and will be able to cope without suspended flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez as they look to build on their fine start to this year's Super Rugby against the Cheetahs on Saturday, flanker Pablo Matera told Reuters.


Two Argentine concert fans killed in spectators' stampede 12 Mar 2017

BUENOS AIRES Two people were killed and a dozen were injured on Saturday night when spectators rushed to the stage at an over-packed outdoor rock concert in eastern Argentina.


Infantino confident Argentina will escape suspension 09 Mar 2017

LONDON Argentina are close to resolving a row that could have seen the former world champions suspended, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Thursday.

Argentine players end strike, league to resume 08 Mar 2017

BUENOS AIRES Argentina's professional soccer players have ended their strike and the league is set to resume, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Wednesday.


Top Argentine labour group pickets over wages, challenging Macri 07 Mar 2017

BUENOS AIRES Workers represented by Argentina's main labour union gathered on the streets of Buenos Aires on Tuesday to protest job cuts and pay raises that have not kept up with inflation, challenging the government seven months ahead of key congressional elections.


Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension

HONG KONG A Beijing-backed civil servant, Carrie Lam, was chosen to be Hong Kong's next leader on Sunday amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better able to defuse political tension.