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New Argentine President Sworn In

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La Capital, Dec. 11, 2015

"I want to be the president of a united Argentina," Argentina's oldest daily La Capitalquotes the country's new leader Mauricio Macri as saying on its front page Friday, a day after he was sworn in as president.

Predecessor Cristina Fernández de Kirchner boycotted Macri's inauguration after a bitter dispute over the details of the handover ceremony.

In his inaugural speech, center-right Macri, 56, outlined three primary objectives, La Capital reports — vowing to achieve zero poverty, and fighting drug trafficking and corruption in Argentina.

For more, we offer this El Espectador/Worldcrunch piece, Adios Populism! Cleaning Up Ruins Left By Maduro And Kirchner.

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Mourners carry the body of one of the nine Palestinians who were killed by Israeli troops on Thursday, during a raid in the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank.

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Welcome to Friday, where Viktor Orbán says Hungary will veto any European sanctions aimed at Russian nuclear energy, violence erupts in the West Bank a day after nine Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops, and phew, a minibus-sized asteroid brushes past the Earth. Meanwhile, Hong Kong-based digital media The Initium looks at how China’s poor management and distribution of COVID-19 medication have led people to turn to generic drugs of questionable safety.

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