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FCO: Argentina claims on Falklands 'wholly false'

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman has issued a firm rebuttal of Argentinian claims that military exercises on the Falklands amount to "provocation".

Argentine claims that we are 'militarising' the South Atlantic are wholly false. UK forces numbers have declined to the minimum necessary to defend the Islands.

Argentina's suggestion that the UK is seeking to threaten militarily either Argentina itself or the wider region is entirely without foundation, as is the suggestion that we deploy nuclear weapons in the region.

These are routine exercises in the Falkland Islands that have happened approximately twice a year for many years

British Ambassador summoned over Falklands exercise

Deputy foreign minister Eduardo Zuain has summoned the British Ambassador in Buenos Aires in a protest over a planned military exercise on the Falkland Islands next week.

The capital of the Falkland Islands, Stanley Credit: Trevor Page/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

A spokesman for the Embassy of Argentina in London said: "The Government of the United Kingdom will conduct military exercises on occupied Argentine territory between 14 and 27 April, including missile launchings from the Malvinas Islands.

"This action falls within a pattern already denounced by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on 2 April, consisting of provocations and hostile acts towards Argentina from an extra-continental nuclear power."

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Argentina: UK exercises on Falklands 'provocative'

A file photo of troops from the Falkland Island Defence Force on a run. Credit: PA Archive

Argentina has accused the UK of provocative behaviour by planning military exercises in the Falkland Islands next week.

Deputy foreign minister Eduardo Zuain summoned the British ambassador in Buenos Aires to protest over the "new show of military force".

It is the latest diplomatic clash following heightened tensions over the territory since Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner took power in Argentina.

Biting fish attack leaves over 70 injured in Argentina

An attack from a swarm of biting fish left more than 70 people injured on a popular beach in Argentina.

The "palometas" are a relative of the pirhana (pictured). Credit: David Davies/PA

A seven-year-old girl had her finger partially amputated and dozens more suffered bite marks on Christmas Day from the "palometas" - a relative of the pirhana, said Federico Cornier, the director of emergency services in the city of Rosario.

He added: "This is not normal. It's normal for there to be an isolated bite or injury, but the magnitude in this case was great ... this is an exceptional event."

The attack happened off the popular beaches of the Parana River near Rosario, 186 miles north of Buenos Aires, where many Argentines were seeking relief from a heat wave over the holiday.

Pope reveals he worked as a nightclub bouncer

Pope Francis has revealed that he worked as a nightclub bouncer in Buenos Aires when he was a student.

Pope Francis revealed he used to work as a bouncer. Credit: Vandeville Eric/ABACA

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The 76-year-old Argentine pontiff also spoke of his experiences of working in a laboratory and sweeping floors during a visit to a church in Rome.

The revelation that the Pope worked as a bouncer comes after a book looking at his personal life was published.

Francis: Life and Revolution claimed that the pontiff makes a "fantastic paella", used to tango dance as a teenager in the hope of meeting girls and starts his day with a cup of "maté" - a caffeine-rich South American drink.

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Brain surgery 'completed' on Argentine president

Doctors have reportedly completed an operation on Argentine President Cristina Fernandez.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez
Fernandez's bleeding was diagnosed as the president was being tested for another condition on Saturday. Credit: PA

The surgery was performed to relieve pressure on her brain two months after she suffered an unexplained head injury.

According to Buenos Aires Govenor Daniel Scioli, Fernandez is currently recovering from anesthesia.

Argentine president to undergo brain surgery

Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is to undergo surgery today to treat bleeding on her brain.

Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is to undergo surgery today. Credit: Reuters

The bleed, which is thought to have been caused by an earlier fall, was diagnosed as the president was being tested for another condition on Saturday.

According to doctors, 60-year-old Kirchner will have to rest for at least a month following the surgery. This means she will have to suspend campaigning for Argentina's congressional elections.

Argentina's president told to take time off for health

Argentina's President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
Argentina's President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Credit: Diego Pares/DPA/Press Association Images

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been told by doctors to take a month off for health reasons, her spokesman has said.

The 60-year-old leader, who had her thyroid glands removed last year after she was diagnosed with cancer, was earlier admitted to a hospital specialising in cardiovascular disease for routine checks, a source said.

Queen's effigy and UK flags burned in Argentina protest

The protest was the latest by the Quebracho group, which has rallied for the Falkland Islands to be handed over to Argentina. Credit: REUTERS/Martin Acosta

Argentinian protesters have burned an effigy of the Queen amid anti-British demonstrations ahead of an announcement of the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

Around 250 demonstrators burned flags and chanted against British involvement in the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The IOC will elect the host city for the 2020 Summer Games later today, deciding between bids from Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo.

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