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Maradona charms Naples on anniversary of first Serie A title

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NAPLES, Italy Argentina's World Cup-winner Diego Maradona returned to Naples this week to regale audiences with memories of his heroics in helping Napoli win the 1987 Italian league title and took a pot-shot at fellow football great Pele.

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Ace high Karlovic prevails in Court 19 marathon 2:35pm GMT

MELBOURNE Ivo Karlovic fired down 75 aces in a record Australian Open marathon against Argentina's Horacio Zeballos which lasted five hours, 15 minutes and finished in a 6-7(6) 3-6 7-5 6-2 22-20 first-round victory for the Croatian on Tuesday.

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Argentina unveils 2017 debt plan, bond sales seen next week 12 Jan 2017

BUENOS AIRES Argentina clinched an 18-month financing deal worth $6 billion with six banks on Thursday, Finance Minister Luis Caputo told reporters, saying the government planned to tap international capital markets for $10 billion in 2017.

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Loeb retakes Dakar lead from compatriot Peterhansel 10 Jan 2017

Sebastien Loeb won the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally and recaptured the lead from Peugeot team mate Stephane Peterhansel on Tuesday as the Frenchmen led the field back into Argentina from Bolivia.

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Maradona backs Infantino's 48-team World Cup plan 09 Jan 2017

ZURICH Diego Maradona is delighted by plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams and Argentina's former captain said on Monday that it would rekindle interest in the tournament.

Jaguares name six newcomers, recover three 2016 campaigners 05 Jan 2017

BUENOS AIRES Argentina's Jaguares Super Rugby franchise have named six newcomers amid their 44-strong squad for the 2017 season, their second in the southern hemisphere club competition.

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Tax cut seen lifting soy planting in No.3 exporter Argentina 02 Jan 2017

BUENOS AIRES Argentina will cut its soybean export tax by 12 percentage points to 18 percent by 2020, the government said on Monday, a move expected to spur more planting in the South American grains powerhouse at a time of rising world food demand.

Venezuela cedes presidency of Mercosur trade block after dispute 30 Dec 2016

CARACAS Venezuela on Friday said it was formally ceding the rotating presidency of Mercosur to Argentina, citing the end of its term as the head of the trade bloc, a move that follows acrimonious dispute over its suspension from the group.

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Argentines declare $90 billion in tax amnesty, but recession lingers 27 Dec 2016

BUENOS AIRES Argentina said on Tuesday that $90 billion (73 billion pounds) in assets had been declared so far under the government's tax amnesty plan, which outgoing Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay called "an extraordinary success."

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Del Potro to miss Australian Open over injury concerns 24 Dec 2016

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro will miss next month's Australian Open and possibly his country's Davis Cup first round tie against Italy because of injury concerns.

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Iran's Rouhani says talk about renegotiating nuclear deal 'meaningless'

DUBAI Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday U.S. President-elect Trump could not unilaterally cancel the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers including Washington and that talk of renegotiating it was "meaningless".