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Argentina: Football Crazy Latin American Economic Power House

Argentina is a federation of 23 provinces in South America and few autonomous states. It is South America's 2 nd largest country and the world's 8 th . The name Argentina is derived from the Latin word 'argentums' that means silver. Argentine lies between Andes mountain range in the west and southern Atlantic Ocean in the east and south. The World Bank currently classifies Argentina as an Upper-Middle Income Country and a second emerging market of South America and Argentineans have the second highest Human Development Index in the continent. Argentina is rich in resources, has a well-educated workforce and is one of South America's largest economies. Argentines gave the world the popular dance Salsa. Argentines are mad about soccer, and are reckoned to be the best polo players. Their love of horses is best personified by the figure of the Argentine ?gaucho or cowboy'. Argentina is also the birthplace of the Communist hero Che Guevara.

Argentina Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures:

  • National Name: Argentine Republic
  • Capital: Buenos Aires
  • Total area : 2.8 million sq km (1.1 million sq miles)
  • Population: 39.5 million (UN, 2007)
  • Currency: Peso
  • Languages: Spanish (official), Italian, English, German, French
  • Ethnicity/ Races: white (mostly Spanish and Italian) 97%, mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian ancestry), Amerindian, or other non-white groups 3%
  • Religion: nominally Roman Catholic 92% (less than 20% practicing), Protestant 2%, Jewish 2%, other 4%
  • GDP (Per Capita): $13,100 (2007 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: male: 73.11 years and female: 79.77 years (2008 est.)
  • Literacy Rate: Male: 97.2 % and Female: 97.2% (2001 census)

Geographical Information on Argentina :

The topography of Argentina can roughly be divided into four parts, the fertile Pampas plains in the center, which is the source of Argentina's agricultural wealth, the oil-rich plateau of Patagonia in the southern half down to Tierra del Fuego, the subtropical flats of the Gran Chaco in the north, and the rugged Andes mountain range along the western border with Chile.

There are several large lakes and rivers in Argentina that nurtures varieties of flora and fauna. Argentinean coastal areas are rich in fisheries and hold large deposits of hydrocarbon energy resources.

Argentina has many world-class cities that include Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Corrientes, Rosario and Mendoza. At the south of Argentina lies the strategic Falkland Islands over which UK and Argentina have fought two wars that lead to establishment of British control over the islands.

Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Argentina:

European influences can be found everywhere in the Argentine art, architecture and lifestyle. In the field of literature one can find broader cultural mix that gave birth to internationally known authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Ernesto Sábato, Manuel Puig and Osvaldo Soriano. Argentine cinema has also been internationally acclaimed and served as a medium to disclose the traumatic experiences under the military dictatorships.

The cuisine of Argentina is distinctive in South America because of its strong resemblance to Italian, Spanish, French and other European cuisines. Argentines are famous for their high protein diet, particularly beef. Grilled meat ( parrilla ) from the asado is a staple, with steak and beef ribs especially common. Chorizo (pork sausage), morcilla (blood sausage), chinchulines (chitterlings), mollejas (sweetbread), and other parts of the animal are enjoyed. Chimichurri , a sauce of herbs and chili, is usually the only seasoning for steak and chorizo. Bread and fried meat (schnitzel)? milanesas ? are used as snacks, in sandwiches or eaten warm with mashed potatoes.

Tourist Attractions of Argentina:

Argentina is located on the eastern side of South America and has many exotic locations for any tourist wanting to travel to Argentina that includes the historic resort city of Mar del Plata. Argentina is a vast country having ample of natural resources that nestle beauty of landscapes, mystic flow of river, miles stretched green forests and vast expanse of coastlines.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Argentina include:

    •  Buenos Aires

    •  Patagonia

    •  Mendoza

    •  Salta

    •  The Atlantic Coast

    •  Chaco National Park

1 in 7 think end of the world is near

May 2, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Johannesburg, May 2 (ANI): Nearly 15 percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime and 10 percent think the Mayan calendar could signify it will happen in 2012.

US puts India, China, Pakistan on IPR watch list

May 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Washington, May 2 (IANS) The United States has put India, China, Pakistan and ten other countries on a priority watch list for allegedly providing insufficient protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights or limited market access.

Vasco da Gama to play against Lanus

May 1, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Rio de Janeiro, May 1 (IANS) Brazilian club Vasco da Gama will host Argentina's Lanus Wednesday knowing that anything less than victory could prove fatal to their Copa Libertadores hopes.

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Teenage soccer fan gunned down in Argentina

May 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Buenos Aires, May 1 (IANS/EFE) An 18-year-old soccer fan was gunned down over the weekend after a match in Olavarria, a city outside Buenos Aires, Argentine police said Monday.

Loeb wins Argentina rally title

April 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Buenos Aires, April 30 (IANS) Citroen's French racer Sebastien Loeb won the Rally Argentina for the seventh time, coming in 15.2 seconds ahead of teammate Mikko Hirvonen of Finland in the fifth stop of the 2012 World Rally Championship.

Almost half of Cuba's foreign visitors are Canadians

April 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Havana, April 28 (IANS/EFE) Just over 48 percent of foreign tourists who visited Cuba in the first quarter of 2012 came from Canada, according to figures released Friday by the National Statistics Office, or ONE.

Chelsea wants to replace Drogba with Real Madrid's Higuain next season

April 27, 2012 at 5:14 PM

London, Apr 27(ANI): Chelsea is planning to make a 35 million pound move for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain at the end of the season.

Serbia-Czech Republic in Fed Cup final

April 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

London, April 23 (IANS) Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic won their reverse singles matches to take Serbia into the Fed Cup final for the first time, beating Russia 3-2.

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie picks up PFA Player of the Year award

April 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

London, Apr 23 (ANI): Arsenal striker Robin van Persie was awarded the Professional Footballer's Association (PFA) Player of the Year award, at a ceremony held at London's Grosvenor House.

Nicki Minaj deletes her Twitter account

April 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Rapper Nicki Minaj has bid adieu to social networking website Twitter after she got angry when her music was leaked online. The rapper has deleted her account from the social networking site.

Nicki Minaj quits Twitter

April 20, 2012 at 6:21 AM

Los Angeles, April 20 (IANS) Rapper Nicki Minaj has deleted her account on social networking website Twitter after she became angry about her music being leaked online.

Now a festival on Buddhist philosophy, aesthetics

April 18, 2012 at 7:17 PM

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The capital is set to host its first ever international Buddhist film festival, aimed at promoting Buddhist philosophy and aesthetics.

China's trade with Latin America grew in 2011

April 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Beijing, April 18 (IANS/EFE) The value of China's trade with Latin America rose 31.5 percent last year to $241.5 billion, a senior Chinese official said.

Pakistan hockey team to train in England

April 17, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Lahore, April 17 (IANS) Three-time Olympic hockey champions Pakistan will be training in England just before the 2012 London Games to fine-tune their preparations.

Fluminense to be without former Lyon striker Fred

April 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 17 (IANS) Brazilian football club Fluminense will be without former Lyon striker Fred for Wednesday's final Copa Libertadores group match against Argentina's Arsenal at the Julio Grondona stadium.

Argentina to nationalize Spanish-controlled oil company

April 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Buenos Aires, April 17 (IANS/EFE) President Cristina Fernandez announced Monday the immediate takeover of YPF, a unit of Spanish oil major Repsol, and said she will ask the Argentine Congress to approve the expropriation of 51 percent of the Latin American country's leading oil and gas producer.

Easter with largest egg weighing over a ton

April 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM

New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Easter just went by with people the world over celebrating the resurrection of Christ three days after being crucified on Good Friday. It also provided an opportunity to the hospitality industry to showcase various kinds of goodies including some innovative confections - a tradition that is fast catching up in India as well.

Chettri to lead India in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

April 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Goalkeeper Bharat Chettri will be leading an 18-member Indian hockey team in the 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Tournament to be held at Ipoh, Malaysia May 24-June 3.

'Dead' baby found alive in morgue coffin after 12 hrs

April 12, 2012 at 1:47 PM

London, Apr 12 (ANI): A stillborn baby girl in Argentina was discovered breathing 12 hours after she was buried in a coffin.

Baby declared dead wakes up in Argentine morgue

April 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Buenos Aires, April 11 (IANS/EFE) A baby born prematurely woke up in the morgue of a hospital in northern Argentina 12 hours after having been declared dead, authorities in Chaco province said Tuesday.

Argentina book place in Davis Cup semifinals

April 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Buenos Aires, April 9 (IANS) Four-time Davis Cup runners-up Argentina have entered the semifinals of the 2012 edition, beating Croatia 4-1 at home.

World's largest Easter egg unveiled in Argentina

April 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

London, April 9 (ANI): A chocolate Easter egg weighing over four tons and towering over 27ft high and 16ft wide was unveiled to a crowd of chocolate lovers in Argentina.

Brazil coach Menezes vows to win 2014 World Cup

April 9, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 9 (IANS) Brazil coach Mano Menezes is confident of leading the team to victory in the 2014 football World Cup.

Song dedicated to Maradona runaway hit on YouTube

April 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Abu Dhabi, April 9 (ANI): A song dedicated to Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona has become popular within a week with about 24,000 views so far on YouTube.

Julio Iglesias kicks off concert tour in Chile

April 8, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Santiago, April 8 (IANS/EFE) Spanish singer Julio Iglesias will give four concerts in Chile to promote his latest album "1", part of a tour that will take him later this month to Argentina and Paraguay.

Ricky Martin brings 'Evita' back to Broadway after 30 years

April 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM

London, Apr 8 (ANI): Ricky Martin plays the role of Che and Elena Roger that of Eva Peron in the latest version of 'Evita', which is returning to the Broadway stage after 3 decades.

Argentina draws 1-1 with Croatia in Davis Cup

April 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Buenos Aires, April 7 (IANS) Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, ranked 10th in the world, beat 52nd-ranked Croatian Ivo Karlovic to tie their Davis Cup quarterfinal series 1-1.

Cuba receives a million visitors

April 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Havana, April 6 (IANS) The number of visitors to Cuba this year reached one million Thursday.

Loss of permit in Argentina a surprise: Petrobras

April 5, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Rio de Janeiro, April 5 (IANS/EFE) The decision by Argentina's Neuquen province to cancel a concession granted to Petrobras caught the Brazilian state-controlled oil giant by surprise, CEO Maria das Gracas Foster said in an interview published Wednesday by the O Globo newspaper.

Latino dance-music fiesta to enthrall Delhi

April 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) Tango from Argentina, salsa from Colombia and much more will be on shown at the three day Latin American dance and music festival that starts here Saturday.

Effigy of Prince William burnt on Falklands War anniversary

April 3, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Buenos Aires (Argentina), Apr.3 (ANI): Argentinian leftists protesting near the British Embassy in Buenos Aires burnt an effigy of Britain's Prince William, who recently participated in naval exercises near the islands.

Cell phone service restored after outage in Argentina

April 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Buenos Aires, April 3 (IANS/EFE) Spanish telecom company Movistar said it restored both voice and data service to 16 million cell phone subscribers after a massive outage Monday.

Outage cuts cell phone service in Argentina

April 3, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Buenos Aires, April 3 (IANS/EFE) An outage left about 16 million customers of Spanish telecom company Movistar without cellular phone service Monday in Argentina, sparking protests on social-networking sites.

Argentina looks to stem imports of Mexican-made autos

April 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Buenos Aires, April 3 (IANS/EFE) Argentina is looking to reduce its imports of automobiles manufactured in Mexico in light of that country's refusal to revise the 2002 bilateral automotive trade agreement, media reports said.

Neymar, Messi in charity match

April 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Rio de Janeiro, April 1 (IANS) Santos star striker Neymar has been invited to take part in a charity match featuring Argentina's superstar Lionel Messi.

Married women celebrate Gangaur Festival in Rajasthan

March 26, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Jaipur, Mar.26 (ANI): Married women in Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, celebrated the Gangaur Festival with great fervour and devotion over the weekend.

Brazil's head coach warned to produce results

March 25, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Rio de Janeiro, March 25 (IANS) Mano Menezes, head coach of the Brazilian men's national football team, revealed that he received a stern warning from the interim president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) Jose Maria Marin.

Brazil to cede 2015 Copa America to Chile

March 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Rio de Janeiro, March 24 (IANS) Jose Maria Marin, the new president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), is expected to hand the 2015 Copa America to Chile.

Seven die in Argentina building collapse

March 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Buenos Aires, March 24 (IANS/EFE) Seven workers died when a building under construction collapsed in northeastern Argentina, officials said.

Ex-Argentina leader calls 'Iron Lady' Thatcher 'alcoholic'

March 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

London, Mar 20 (ANI): Former Argentina president Hipolito Yrigoyen has reportedly branded Britain's former prime minister, Margaret Thatcher an 'alcoholic'.

Leaked documents show 9,000 Nazi war criminals fled to South America after World War 2

March 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

London, Mar 20 (ANI): Nine thousand Nazi war criminals reportedly fled to South America after World War II, leaked secret documents have revealed.

'Falkland Islands 'were on verge of being shared by Britain, Argentina in 1974 deal'

March 14, 2012 at 9:32 PM

London, Mar 14(ANI): Britain was on the verge of sharing the Falkland Islands with Argentina almost 40 years ago, with islanders having joint nationality, it has been claimed.

'Falkland Islands 'were on verge of being shared by Britain, Argentina in 1974 deal'

March 14, 2012 at 5:16 PM

London, Mar 14(ANI): Britain was on the verge of sharing the Falkland Islands with Argentina almost 40 years ago, with islanders having joint nationality, it has been claimed.

Obama upgrades 'special relationship' for White House welcome to David, Samantha Cameron

March 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Washington, Mar 11(ANI): US President Barack Obama is set to warmly welcome UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha on an official visit with a state dinner" at the White House this week after describing the UK as "closest partner in the world."

Morrissey's band wears 'We Hate William and Kate' T-shirt at Argentina gig

March 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

London, Mar 7 (ANI): Morrissey's band performed in front of 15,000 fans in Argentina wearing "We Hate William and Kate" T-shirts, courting further controversy over his stance on the Falkland Islands.

Morrissey's band wears 'We Hate William and Kate' T-shirt at Argentina gig

March 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

London, Mar 7 (ANI): Morrissey's band performed in front of 15,000 fans in Argentina wearing "We Hate William and Kate" T-shirts, courting further controversy over his stance on the Falkland Islands.

Argentina jolted by 6.2 magnitude earthquake

March 5, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Buenos Aires, Mar 5(ANI): A major earthquake of 6.1 magnitude has jolted Argentina, 69 miles (111 km) east southeast of Santiago del Estero at a depth of 340 miles (550 km).

Argentina jolted by 6.2 magnitude earthquake

March 5, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Buenos Aires, Mar 5(ANI): A major earthquake of 6.1 magnitude has jolted Argentina, 69 miles (111 km) east southeast of Santiago del Estero at a depth of 340 miles (550 km).

Stockholm men ranked world's sexiest

March 4, 2012 at 9:57 PM

London, Mar 4 (ANI): A travel site has claimed that Stockholm has the best looking men in the world.

Stockholm men ranked world's sexiest

March 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

London, Mar 4 (ANI): A travel site has claimed that Stockholm has the best looking men in the world.

Interpol arrests 25 suspected Anonymous hackers in international sweep

February 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Washington, Feb 29 (ANI): Twenty-five suspected members of notorious Internet hacking group Anonymous have been arrested in a sweep across Europe and South America, the International Police agency has said.

Burial place of last Inca emperor 'discovered in Andes'

February 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

London, Feb 29 (ANI): The location of the tomb of last Inca emperor Atahualpa has mystified researchers for centuries but now an expert has pinpointed a site in the Andes mountains, nearly 45 miles south of Quito, Ecuador, as the emperor's resting place. atrimony Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa, spoke about the ruins unearthed by Ecuadoran historian Tamara Estupinan.

Burial place of last Inca emperor 'discovered in Andes'

February 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

London, Feb 29 (ANI): The location of the tomb of last Inca emperor Atahualpa has mystified researchers for centuries but now an expert has pinpointed a site in the Andes mountains, nearly 45 miles south of Quito, Ecuador, as the emperor's resting place. atrimony Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa, spoke about the ruins unearthed by Ecuadoran historian Tamara Estupinan.

Interpol arrests 25 suspected Anonymous hackers in international sweep

February 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Washington, Feb 29 (ANI): Twenty-five suspected members of notorious Internet hacking group Anonymous have been arrested in a sweep across Europe and South America, the International Police agency has said.

49 dead, over 600 injured in Argentina train crash

February 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Buenos Aires, Feb 23 (ANI): At least 49 people have been killed and over 600 injured a train crash in Argentina.

49 dead, over 600 injured in Argentina train crash

February 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Buenos Aires, Feb 23 (ANI): At least 49 people have been killed and over 600 injured a train crash in Argentina.

Israel Minister expresses faith in probe of Delhi blast, but warns about nuke capable Iran

February 21, 2012 at 9:59 PM

New Delhi, Feb.21 (ANI): Israeli Energy and Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau on Tuesday expressed faith in the investigations of a bomb blast near its embassy in New Delhi, saying he expected the perpetrators to be 'chased and found', but warned the world about dangers of a "nuclear capable" Iran.

Singapore ranked 'unhealthiest country' in Eco2 Index

February 21, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): Singapore - a country that looks good economically - has been listed as the unhealthiest nation in a new economic and environmental index that includes 152 countries around the world.

Israel Minister expresses faith in probe of Delhi blast, but warns about nuke capable Iran

February 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM

New Delhi, Feb.21 (ANI): Israeli Energy and Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau on Tuesday expressed faith in the investigations of a bomb blast near its embassy in New Delhi, saying he expected the perpetrators to be 'chased and found', but warned the world about dangers of a "nuclear capable" Iran.

Singapore ranked 'unhealthiest country' in Eco2 Index

February 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): Singapore - a country that looks good economically - has been listed as the unhealthiest nation in a new economic and environmental index that includes 152 countries around the world.

Argentina accuses UK of treating Falkands as 'last refuge of declining empire'

February 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Buenos Aires, Feb 11(ANI): Argentina has claimed that Britain is treating the Falkland Islands as the "last refuge of a declining empire," as it urged the United Nations to stop the "militarisation" of the area.

Maradona claims FA used Terry row as 'excuse' to fire under-performing Capello

February 11, 2012 at 1:01 PM

London, Feb 11(ANI): Former Argentina coach Diego Maradona has claimed the Football Association used the John Terry racism row to get rid of an under-performing Fabio Capello.

Selena Gomez battles sniffles during gig in Argentina

February 8, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Washington, Feb 8 (ANI): Selena Gomez, who battled through illness to stage her show in Argentina on Tuesday, was forced to run off stage to blow her nose throughout her set.

Prince William arrives in Falkland amid Britain-Argentina diplomatic row

February 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM

London, Feb 3 (ANI): Prince William touched down in Falkland Islands for his six-week deployment, amidst rising tensions between Britain and Argentina over the disputed area.

Prince William arrives in Falkland amid Britain-Argentina diplomatic row

February 3, 2012 at 2:04 PM

London, Feb 3 (ANI): Prince William touched down in Falkland Islands for his six-week deployment, amidst rising tensions between Britain and Argentina over the disputed area.

Senior UK military official says Britain faces 'impossible' battle if Argentina invades Falklands

January 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

London, Jan 29 (ANI): Britain will find it 'impossible' to win back the Falkland Islands if Argentina invades them again, one of the country's senior military figures has warned.

Senior UK military official says Britain faces 'impossible' battle if Argentina invades Falklands

January 29, 2012 at 4:28 PM

London, Jan 29 (ANI): Britain will find it 'impossible' to win back the Falkland Islands if Argentina invades them again, one of the country's senior military figures has warned.

Becks gets 'nightmares about 1998 World Cup red card'

January 27, 2012 at 9:19 PM

London, Jan 27 (ANI): David Beckham has revealed that the red card given to him during the 1998 World Cup and the reaction that followed still haunts him.

Becks gets 'nightmares about 1998 World Cup red card'

January 27, 2012 at 7:31 PM

London, Jan 27 (ANI): David Beckham has revealed that the red card given to him during the 1998 World Cup and the reaction that followed still haunts him.

Argentina President Cristina Kirchner resumes official duties following cancer scare

January 26, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Buenos Aires (Argentina), Jan 26 (ANI): Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner has resumed her official duties after 20 days of medical leave following a cancer scare that led to the removal of her thyroid earlier this month.

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