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Argentine team finds crimes against humanity in Bolivia

By Beyza Binnur Donmez

ANKARA (AA) – Argentine human rights observers reported crimes against humanity committed by Bolivia's de facto government, local media reported on Wednesday.

"We have found that the repressive system set up by the de facto government has caused dozens of deaths, hundreds of arbitrary detentions, thousands of wounded, countless cases of coercion and torture, rapes and other crimes against the physical, psychological and sexual integrity of the victims who are men, women, children, the elderly and members of vulnerable groups," said the report of researchers, which was released in a Tuesday news conference, according to Argentina's daily Pagina 12.

"It is clear that what is needed is the action of a supranational body such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights or that a country opens an instance of trial," said Roberto Carles, among lawyers participating in the work of delegation.

A-week-long investigation carried out by the researchers includes testimonies of victims and witnesses of state violence after the ouster of former President Evo Morales.

The most serious violation cases, which the delegation treats as "crimes against humanity" in the report, were committed in Sacaba and Sentaka.

The delegation was stopped on Thursday by the interim government of Jeanine Anez on their way to the capital La Paz, where they seek to make contact with the Ombudsman's Office in La Paz, the daily said.

Turmoil in Bolivia began in October, when Morales won a fourth term in office and faced immediate resistance from opposition parties that challenged election results.

Protesters took to the streets claiming the ballot was rigged.

After weeks of upheaval, Morales resigned under pressure from the military and moved to Mexico, where he was offered political asylum.

Conservative Senator Jeanine Anez then proclaimed herself interim president.

But public demonstrations have yet to subside, with mostly rural and indigenous pro-Morales supporters taking to the streets, including in La Paz, as well as Sacaba and Cochabamba, since he left the country saying his ouster was a coup.

While a new presidential election was set for March 2020, the Anez government threatens Morales with a prison sentence if he is to return to the country.

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Ekonomi

Turkish natural stone sector focuses on South America

By Cem San

BURSA, Turkey (AA) – The Turkish natural stones sector, which makes $2 billion export annually, is finding new markets in South American countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Chile, the head of Istanbul Mineral Exporters' Association (IMIB) said.

The natural stones sector must diversify export destinations due to contractions in its export markets including China, Aydin Dincer told Anadolu Agency.

The half of natural stones exports are constituted by marble, of which main destinations are China and India, he noted.

China makes $1 billion natural stone imports from Turkey, a 10% narrowing means $100 million for the natural stone sector, he stressed.

"The U.S. is the leading country for our exports of manufactured goods with $400 million, followed by Saudi Arabia," Dincer added.

Touching on the mining sector's exports, he said the sector's exports were around $4.5-5 billion annually and it aims to close 2019 with $4.6 billion exports.

"The natural stone sector, which constitutes half of mining sector's exports, is a significant item," he added.

During the last one year, Dincer said, IMIB organized trade delegation visits to nearly 20 countries — including South American countries, Mexico and South Korea.

*Writing by Gokhan Ergocun from Istanbul.

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Alaturka Gazetesi

UPDATE – Argentina: Alberto Fernández wIns presidential polls

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By Muhammed Emin Canik

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AA) – Alberto Fernández won Argentina's presidential election Sunday with 47.9% of the vote.

With 93% of the ballots counted from nearly 34 million eligible voters, Fernández will be sworn-in in December and serve as president until 2023 with his vice-presidential partner and ex-President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Incumbent Mauricio Macri and his running mate, Miguel Ángel Pichetto, won 40.5% with the rest going to the other candidates.

Macri acknowledged the electoral defeat against Fernández.

According to Argentine electoral law, a candidate can win the presidency in a single round by either winning 45% of the vote or if they win 40% of the vote while finishing 10 percentage points ahead of the second-place candidate.

A second round is held if no candidate meets either threshold.

*Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

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Alaturka Gazetesi

Argentina: Alberto Fernández wIns presidential polls

By Muhammed Emin Canik

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AA) – Alberto Fernández won Argentina's presidential election Sunday with 47.9% of the vote.

With 93% of the ballots counted from nearly 34 million eligible voters, current President Mauricio Macri won 40.5% with the rest going to the other candidates.

Macri acknowledged the electoral defeat against Fernández.

Fernández will serve as president until 2023.

*Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

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Alaturka Gazetesi

#BREAKING: Alberto Fernández wIns Argentina's presidential election with over 47% of vote

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Alaturka Gazetesi

#BREAKING Argentina: President Mauricio Macri acknowledges electoral defeat against Alberto Fernandez

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Alaturka Gazetesi

UPDATE – Argentineans heading to polls in presidential election

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By Ali Murat Alhas and Muhammed Emin Canik

ANKARA/BUENOS AIRES (AA) – Argentineans began voting on Sunday to choose the country’s next president amid a struggling economy in South America’s second-largest country.

**Voting began at 8.00 a.m. local time (0600GMT) and will end at 18.00 p.m. (1600GMT).

According to recent opinion polls, opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez has the upper hand against President Mauricio Macri, who has been in office since December 2015 and been labeled business friendly.

In August's primary vote — seen as a dry run for the general elections — career politician Fernandez beat Macri by 16 points, to the surprise for many Argentineans.

According to official figures, the country's economy has been struggling due to surging unemployment, and inflation and poverty levels have peaked in recent years.

In Argentina, a candidate can win the presidential polls in a single round with 45% of the vote, or 40% of the vote with at 10 percentage points ahead of the number two candidate.

If there is no winner of the first round, then the candidates will head to a second-round runoff slated for Nov. 24.

An estimated 34 million registered voters are eligible to cast ballots in the elections.

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Alaturka

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.

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Alaturka

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.”

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Politika

'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.