President Alberto Fernández tried to connect with the Spanish prime minister by highlighting Argentina’s European heritage. Instead he caused offense across much of Latin America.
Argentina is weighing whether to host the Copa América, due to start in mid-June, in a discussion that mirrors the one in Japan over holding the Olympics.
The economy contracted by nearly 10 percent last year, and the country faces a reckoning with the I.M.F. over $45 billion in debts.
The president, who received the test result on his 62nd birthday, said he will remain in isolation while waiting for the results of the more rigorous PCR test
The fight for legalization began decades ago, but it gained traction only as more women became lawmakers and a massive grass-roots effort shifted the conversation.
The region, where Roman Catholic and evangelical churches hold sway, has long been unfriendly territory for abortion rights advocates. Argentina in 2020, though, offered a different landscape.
A bill before the Senate would make abortion legal in the predominantly Catholic nation, the homeland of Pope Francis. Its approval likely would have significant effect across Latin America.
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández has made the rights of women and of gay and transgender people central to his government, even through a recession and a pandemic.
The new regulation also orders insurance providers to cover cannabis products prescribed by doctors. Some of the strongest champions of the government’s move were mothers of sick children.
BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management company, is opposing a debt settlement deal with Argentina as the country grapples with soaring poverty and the pandemic.
Even before the coronavirus deepened Argentina’s recession, the country was on track to default on $66 billion in debt.
A movement to make Spanish grammar less centered on male terms has gained broad adherence, including from President Alberto Fernández.