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Argentina: cocaine seized in World Cup trophy replicas

Argentina: cocaine seized in World Cup trophy replicas

World
Some Argentines are taking advantage of World Cup fervor. The security minister of Buenos Aires province said Friday that police have broken up an organization that trafficked marijuana and cocaine in fake World Cup trophies. The so-called "Narcos de la Copa" took advantage of the global merchandising boom generated by the soccer tournament to move the drug without raising suspicions. "These merchants of death have endless ingenuity, but don't be fooled. They shouldn't be admired. On the contrary... they are now in jail," said minister Cristian Ritondo, according to a statement. Officials said 20 kilos of marijuana, 10 kilos of cocaine, 1,800 doses of crack-cocaine known as "paco," and 400,000 Argentine pesos ($ 14,819) were seized. Four men and two women were arrested in the operation.L...
Croatia stun Argentina to reach World Cup last 16

Croatia stun Argentina to reach World Cup last 16

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Argentina are facing the prospect of an early World Cup exit after a dreadful error from goalkeeper Willy Caballero set Croatia on their way to victory and a place in the last 16.On a night when so much was expected of Argentina captain Lionel Messi, Caballero made the most telling contribution to his team's fate with an attempted chip over Ante Rebic that backfired badly, allowing the striker to volley into an exposed net in the 53rd minute.Messi - adrift for much of the match, especially during a pedestrian opening half - rallied his side,...
Argentina ousts navy chief after San Juan sub disappearance

Argentina ousts navy chief after San Juan sub disappearance

World
Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Argentina has dismissed its navy chief one month after the disappearance of the submarine ARA San Juan off its southern coast with 44 crew members.Defense Minister Oscar Aguad placed Adm. Marcelo Eduardo Hipolito Srur in retirement, the Argentina newspaper La Nacion reported Saturday. The ministry plans to name an interim leader Monday.Srur, 60, was named head of the navy and promoted to admiral in January 2016.The San Juan, a 34-year-old, German-built, diesel-electric vessel, has not been found after losing contact on Nov. 15 in the south Atlantic Ocean.The sub's last known location was in the San Jorge Gulf was between where it departed from southern Argentina's Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its home base in Mar del Plata.One week after the disappearance, Argentina's ...
Argentina reports new clue in search for missing submarine

Argentina reports new clue in search for missing submarine

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Ships and planes hunting for a missing Argentine submarine with 44 crew members will return to a previously search area after officials said Wednesday that a noise made a week ago in the South Atlantic could provide a clue to the vessel's location. The Argentina navy spokesman, Capt. Enrique Balbi, said the "hydro-acoustic anomaly" was determined by the United States and specialist agencies to have been produced Nov. 15, just hours after the final contact with the ARA San Juan and could have come from the sub. The sound originated about 30 miles north of the submarine's last registered position, he said. "It's a noise. We don't want to speculate" about what caused it, Balbi said. He said Argentine navy ships as well as a U.S. P-8 Poseidon aircraft and a Brazilian air force plane would ret...