Argentinians protest US intervention in Venezuela

            By Muhammed Emin Canik</p>  <p>BUENOS AIRES (AA) – Hundreds of Argentinians held a demonstration Tuesday in the capital Buenos Aires against U.S. intervention in Venezuela. </p>  <p>Non-governmental organizations, trade unions and student clubs gathered at the University of Buenos Aires and marched to the U.S. embassy.</p>  <p>The crowd chanted slogans such as &quot;End U.S. pressure on Latin America!” and “Establish dialogue and peace in Venezuela!”</p>  <p>The demonstrators said peace will only be achieved through dialogue, not by a military coup.</p>  <p>On Jan. 23, opposition leader Juan Guaido, who heads Venezuela’s National Assembly, declared himself interim president following mass protests over the country’s economic conditions. </p>  <p>The announcement was followed by a statement from U.S. President Donald Trump recognizing Guaido as the country’s acting president.</p>  <p>Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama and Paraguay followed suit. </p>  <p>Nearly 19 European countries -- including the UK, France, Spain and Germany – also joined the U.S. in recognizing Guaido.</p>  <p> Bolivia and Mexico continued to recognize the country’s elected president, Nicolas Maduro. Russia, China and Iran have also thrown their support behind Maduro, as has Turkey.</p>  <p>Tensions have mounted in the South American nation with Maduro refusing the opposition’s calls to step down.</p>  <p>Maduro accuses the U.S. of orchestrating a coup against his government, insisting that he is open to dialogue with Venezuela’s opposition.</p>  <p>The U.S. has led an international campaign to put economic and diplomatic pressure on Maduro, including the imposition of sanctions on the country's state-owned oil company.

UK agrees to extend search for missing footballer

            By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal</p>  <p>LONDON (AA) – The British government has ordered an underwater search for an aircraft that vanished from the radar last week near the Channel Islands while carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala to the UK, the Argentine Embassy in London said Wednesday.</p>  <p>Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed that his government has agreed to the Argentine government's request to extend the search for the missing aircraft in which Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were traveling from Nantes to Cardiff, the embassy said in a statement.</p>  <p>In a letter addressed to his Argentine counterpart Jorge Faurie, Hunt said as soon as the weather allows, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch will launch the underwater search.</p>  <p>News of the search followed reports that two seat cushions believed to be from the missing airplane had washed up on a beach in northern France about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from where the plane was last spotted on radar last week.</p>  <p>The Argentine footballer was on his way to join his new club, Cardiff City FC, after he signed a contract worth £15 million (about $19.7 million).</p>  <p>Sala reportedly sent a message via voicemail to his father saying he was frightened that the plane was about to break up.</p>  <p>According to media reports in Argentina, he said: &quot;I’m here on a plane that looks like it’s about to fall apart, and I’m going to Cardiff.</p>  <p>&quot;If in an hour and a half you have no news from me, I don’t know if they are going to send someone to look for me because they cannot find me, but you know … Dad, how scared am I!”</p>  <p>Search and rescue efforts failed to find the plane or any survivors and they were called off on the third day.</p>  <p>Hunt expressed solidarity with Emiliano´s family, the Argentine Embassy said.</p>  <p>“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Emiliano.”

'Political will exists to boost Turkey, Argentina ties'

             By Muhammed Emin Canik</p>    <p>BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AA) - There is a political will between Turkey and Argentina to boost the bilateral relations, said Turkey's new ambassador to Argentina.</p>    <p>&quot;There exist a mutual political will to further enhance the relations between Turkey and Argentina in all areas,&quot; Sefik Vural Altay told Anadolu Agency.</p>    <p>Altay presented his letter of credentials to Argentina's President Mauricio Macri on Jan. 18. </p>    <p>&quot;The brief meeting that I had with Macri was very positive. We discussed how we can improve the relations between the two countries mutually,&quot; he said.</p>    <p>The ambassador said there was a growing interest in Argentina towards Turkey.</p>    <p>&quot;Both Argentina and Turkey are really important countries for their regions. They are regional powers. That is why we have many similarities,&quot; he added.</p>    <p>Altay said he will work to enhance the bilateral relations during his term.</p>    <p>Also stressing that it is significant to boost economic ties, he said: &quot;It is important for the two countries to invest mutually and to focus on the projects that will bind the two countries.&quot;</p>  <p> </p>    <p>- Turkey aims to end FETO presence in Argentina</p>    <p>Altay said Turkey aims to end the presence of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup attempt in Turkey, in Argentina.

"They [FETO] have here a primary school, a foundation and two centers in Argentina. However, we frequently bring up this issue during our talks with Argentinian authorities. We clearly stress that these networks can not represent Turkey," he added.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

Thousands of Argentinians protest utility price hikes

            By Muhammed Emin Canik</p>  <p>BUENOS AIRES (AA) – Thousands of people marched in Argentina on Thursday to protest hikes in water, electricity and natural gas prices.</p>  <p>Many joined the call to protest by workers’ and teachers' unions as well as political parties and non-governmental organizations.</p>  <p>People gathered in the main square in the capital Buenos Aires and walked to the National Congress.</p>  <p>Protestors shouted slogans over the price hikes, addressing President Mauricio Macri and other politicians.</p>  <p>Some of the demonstrators carried torches during the march.</p>  <p>Many streets were closed to traffic due to the protest and public transportation in the city was disrupted.</p>  <p>Anti-government demonstrations are expected to be held in different parts of the country every Thursday until Feb. 7.</p>  <p>In December, it was reportedly announced that electricity prices would be gradually raised by 55 percent in 2019, water prices would increase 38 percent and public transportation fees would climb 40 percent in the capital city, with a population of 13 million, while the hike in the natural gas price would reach 35 percent on a national scale.

Prehistoric sloth fossil found in Argentina

            By Muhammed Emin Canik</p>  <p>BUENOS AİRES (AA) - A prehistoric sloth fossil was found Saturday in Argentina.</p>  <p>General Alvarado Municipality in Miramar said in a written statement that a family walking in Mar del Sur shore in the country's east.</p>  <p> Miramar is located on the Atlantic Ocean. </p>  <p>The Palvecino family called the Miramar Punta Hermengo Museum when they found the fossil.</p>  <p>Initial analysis showed the jaw of the sloth called Scelidotherium, estimated to live roughly 700,000 years ago.</p>  <p>Now extinct, a Scelidotherium's weight was more than a tonne (2,204 pounds) and has a long skull.</p>  <p>It is estimated that this species has giant claws to allow it to dig huge holes.</p>  <p> 

Turkey to enhance ties with Latin American countries

By Diyar Guldogan

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey will continue to enhance relations with the countries in Latin America and in the Caribbean, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

"We will continue to develop our bilateral and multilateral relations with the countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region which have an important place in our opening policy," Erdogan told reporters in the capital Ankara.

Erdogan's remarks came after concluding his visits to Argentina, Paraguay and Venezuela.

He said the leaders discussed global trade, infrastructural investments, modern tax system, new risks and vulnerabilities in the financial system, as well as the fight against terrorism during G20 Leaders' Summit in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

"During our bilateral meetings, the Jamal Khashoggi issue frequently came to the agenda," Erdogan said.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

The Saudi government changed its story on the murder, first denying it took place, then suggesting it was accidental and finally referring to it as a rogue operation.

Erdogan said following the G20 meeting, he was honored to pay Turkey’s first presidential visit to Paraguay and Venezuela.

"I believe that we will more clearly see the positive effects of our meetings on our relations with Paraguay and Venezuela in the upcoming period," he added.

Erdogan meets 8 leaders on G20 sidelines in Argentina

By Enes Kaplan

BUENOS AİRES (AA) – The Turkish president met eight heads of state and government on the sidelines of the two-day G20 summit.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the G20 summit in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires on Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday, he met his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in a close-door meeting which lasted 50 minutes.

On Friday, Erdogan had a brief chat with Trump.

The Turkish president also held a closed-door meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On the first day of the G20 summit, Erdogan held a closed door meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte which lasted nearly an hour.

In addition to the meeting with Rutte, Erdogan held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping for 30 minutes.

He also held talks with Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera for 35 minutes and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Erdogan also attended a cultural event together with other world leaders at the Colon Theatre and they dined in the theatre's Golden Room afterwards.

UPDATE – Erdogan, Trump meet on G20 sidelines in Argentina

ADDS DETAILS

By Ilkay Guder, Enes Kaplan

BUENOS AIRES (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with his US counterpart Donald Trump in Argentina on Saturday.

The closed-door meeting between two leaders, which lasted 50 minutes, was held on the sidelines of the G20 Leader's Summit in the capital Buenos Aires.

This was the second time Erdogan and Trump met in Argentina's capital on the G20 sidelines.

On Friday, before the special session — entitled Fair and Sustainable Future — of the summit, Turkish president had a brief chat with Trump.

Ahead of their meeting, Erdogan and Trump posed for a photo with FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Erdogan also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Argentina's President Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires.

Erdogan, Trump meet on G20 sidelines in Argentina

By Ilkay Guder, Enes Kaplan

BUENOS AIRES (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with his US counterpart Donald Trump in Argentina on Saturday.

The closed-door meeting between two leaders was held on the sidelines of the G20 Leader's Summit in the capital Buenos Aires.

UPDATE 2 -Turkey's president meets with other leaders at G20

             ADDS ERDOGAN ATTENDS CULTURAL EVENT, LEADERS’ DINNER<br> <br>  By Enes Kaplan</p>  <p>BUENOS AIRES (AA) –Turkey’s president met with other heads of state Friday on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.</p>  <p>Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte lasted nearly an hour.</p>  <p>Erdogan also held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping for 30 minutes and Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera for 35 minutes.</p>  <p>The meetings were closed to the press.</p>  <p>Erdogan also attended a cultural event together with other world leaders at the Colón Theatre and they dined in the theatre's Golden Room afterwards.</p>  <p>During the gatherings, the Turkish president was accompanied by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin as well as Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, the Turkish Presidency’s Communications Director, Fahrettin Altun, and Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan.</p>  <p>Argentine President Mauricio Macri, who is also the term president for the summit, welcomed guests, including 19 world leaders and EU representatives.</p>  <p>Around 15,000 people are expected to attend the two-day summit, while at least 3,000 journalists are following the event.</p>  <p>The summit's first session will be about human values, the global economy, the future of work and women’s empowerment.</p>  <p>The second session will cover sustainable development and climate change, while the third session will discuss infrastructure for development, energy and a sustainable food future.</p>  <p>A joint declaration is expected to be published at the end of the summit on Saturday.