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Argentina's Macri chooses moderate running mate in move to broaden base

11 Jun 2019

BUENOS AIRES Moderate Argentine Senator Miguel Pichetto will run as vice-presidential candidate with President Mauricio Macri in October's election, the two politicians said on Tuesday, a selection that could help broaden the struggling leader's voter base.

Argentine activists try again with new bill to legalise abortion

29 May 2019

BUENOS AIRES The Argentine lower house presented a bill on Tuesday to legalise abortion less than a year after the Senate rejected similar legislation, backed by a persistent groundswell of support from the abortion rights movement.

Argentine markets stumble, then recover after election twist

20 May 2019

BUENOS AIRES Argentine markets recovered following an early wobble on Monday as investors grappled with the likely impact of a shock twist in the country's presidential election race after the main populist challenger opted instead to launch a vice presidential bid.

Argentine lawmaker wounded, aide killed in 'mafia-style' attack

09 May 2019

BUENOS AIRES An Argentine lawmaker was wounded on Thursday and an aide was killed in a shooting about a block from the National Congress in downtown Buenos Aires, in what the country's security minister described as a "mafia-style" attack.

UPDATE 5-Argentina's peso rises after central bank signals more dollar sales

29 Apr 2019

BUENOS AIRES, April 29 Argentina's embattled peso gained strength on Monday after the central bank said it would ease limits on its foreign exchange market interventions, signaling its willingness to sell reserves in an effort to better control volatility of the local currency.

Argentine peso ends rollercoaster week with record low close

27 Apr 2019

BUENOS AIRES Argentina's peso fell back on Friday afternoon to post a record low close, giving up earlier gains after a tumultuous week that saw the currency battered to its weakest ever level and local debt pummeled as anxious investors fled.

UPDATE 3-Argentina's financial markets rattled as political fears rise

25 Apr 2019

BUENOS AIRES, April 25 Argentine bonds and the country's embattled peso currency fell for a second day on Thursday, cranking up the challenge facing President Mauricio Macri as his drop in the polls ahead of knife-edge elections later this year unnerves investors.

UPDATE 4-Argentina unveils new measures to shield peso as inflation quickens

16 Apr 2019

BUENOS AIRES, April 16 Argentina's inflation rate accelerated for the third straight month in March, the government statistics agency said on Tuesday, prompting the central bank to unveil fresh measures to temper raging inflation and protect the embattled peso currency.

UPDATE 3-Argentina's peso rebounds on central bank measure to boost deposits

28 Mar 2019

BUENOS AIRES, March 28 Argentina's peso strengthened on Thursday, buoyed by central bank moves to encourage more domestic deposits, snapping a recent plunge that has seen the currency trade at its weakest ever level against the dollar.

UPDATE 2-Argentina's leaders face growth conundrum after 2018 contraction

21 Mar 2019

* Unemployment rate flat at around 9 pct (Adds unemployment numbers, analyst comment)

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