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Argentina: Carnivorous Fish Attck Tourists

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Tourists enjoying a sunny Christmas holiday on the Parana River near Rosario experienced a horrible surprise when a swarm of carnivorous fish attacked 70 swimmers, including a young child who had part of her finger amputated. The palometas fish, a relative of the piranha, sometimes bites swimmers but an event of this magnitude is extremely [read more]

Argentina: Airline Strikes Disrupt Domestic, International Flights

Date: September 1st, 2013 | No Comments

Airline unions confirmed plans to strike Aug. 29 against the pending eviction of LAN Argentina from Buenos Aires’ domestic Aeroparque airport at the end of August. LAN was asked to vacate its maintenance hangar in the Buenos Aires airport because of an ongoing dispute with the government. The eviction would result in the loss of [read more]

Argentina: Seven Detained for Questioning Regarding French Tourists’ Slaying

Date: August 11th, 2011 | No Comments

Authorities arrested seven suspects for questioning in the rape and slaying of two French tourists Aug. 7. Salta’s judicial authority will proceed with formal questioning of the suspects, two of whom are adult children of a high-ranking police official. They were detained after authorities found the victims’ camera and cell phone. Police believe that the [read more]

Argentina: “Reciprocal” $131 Entry Fee Goes into Effect Dec. 20

Date: December 16th, 2009 | No Comments

On Dec. 20 the government will begin collecting a $131 entry fee from U.S. business travelers and tourists, but only those entering the country at Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport. The fee buys a multiple entry visa good for the life of the passport, but is primarily being implemented to bring Argentina into a reciprocal [read more]

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil: Dengue Fever Epidemic Plagues Three Countries

Date: April 15th, 2009 | No Comments

Argentina’s health minister acknowledged that the country is in the middle of a dengue fever epidemic after denying that the outbreak was so severe. Nearly 8,000 people are officially infected, with the northern province of Chaco having almost half the reported cases. Officials said Argentina’s epidemic is linked to the epidemic in neighboring Bolivia, where [read more]

Argentina: National Police Strike Sparks Violence

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

A nationwide police strike spurred waves of looting in at least 17 of the country’s 23 provinces Dec. 8. At least five people were killed in separate incidents, with hundreds more injured. The violence began after demands for higher pay led to a police walkout in Cordoba province. The Cordoba strike was settled after the [read more]

Argentina: Labor Strike Halts Transit Nationwide

Date: November 21st, 2012 | No Comments

A nationwide union strike halted air, road and rail transit Nov. 20, stranding travelers and commuters, and effectively shutting down the capital city of Buenos Aires. All flights through Jorge Newberry Airport (SABE/AEP) were cancelled, as were most flights at regional airports throughout the country. Banks were also closed for the day, along with many [read more]

Argentina: Strikes Disrupt Travel to and from Buenos Aires’ Airport

Date: February 15th, 2011 | No Comments

Strikes at or near Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport have disrupted travel four times in first forty days of 2011, the most recent occurring Feb. 11 when protesters blocked the highway leading to the airport. The resulting traffic jam backed up three miles with some travelers walking the remaining distance hauling their luggage. The strikers [read more]

Argentina: Swine Flu (H1N1 Influenza) Creates Health Emergency in 12 of 23 Districts

Date: July 16th, 2009 | No Comments

Authorities announced several measures to control H1N1 influenza (formerly called swine flu), allocating $263 million to fight the spread of the disease. Officials extended school vacations throughout the country, declared administrative health emergencies in 12 of the country’s 23 districts, including the province and city of Buenos Aires, discouraged the public from attending events that [read more]

Argentina: Dengue Fever Cases Appear in Buenos Aires

Date: April 1st, 2009 | No Comments

Sixty cases of dengue fever have been detected in Greater Buenos Aires, but health authorities reported that all of those cases were contracted outside the region. Some 3,000 dengue cases have been recorded in the provinces of Salta and Jujuy near Bolivia and in Chaco province bordering Paraguay, while officials in those provinces say the [read more]

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