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Argentina's Economy Implodes, Internet Swoons For Hunky Finance Minister

His name is Axel Kicillof, but they call him "Kicilove."

Argentine Finance Minister Axel Kiciloff, a.k.a. "Kicilove," a.k.a. the "Minister of Love"
Argentine Finance Minister Axel Kiciloff, a.k.a. "Kicilove," a.k.a. the "Minister of Love"

BUENOS AIRES — Creditors may find him infuriating, but teenaged girls seem to adore Argentina's youthful Finance Minister Axel Kicillof. Or Kicilove, the "Minister of Love," as one Twitter user called him.

The account shows the minister taking a "selfie" with delighted female fans, a picture that caused a modest furore on the Internet, though it seems that those loving (and liking) the photo are supporters of President Cristina Kirchner, who appointed Kicillof to his post last November.

#KiciLove#Gorila cuando paso esto con algún ministro d economía NUNCA #LTApic.twitter.com/LLorA1mnGo

— ♥Silvana♥ADN K♥ (@DoYouLoveMe666) August 21, 2014

Argentina is currently in a tug of war with foreign creditors, which it has denounced as "vultures" and speculators. But there he is, looking happy and handsome as ever even amid talk of the nation defaulting on its debt and the plummeting value of the Argentine peso.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Western Tanks To Ukraine Trigger Russian Threats — But Also Fears Of Major Counterattack

Germany and the U.S. overcame months of reluctance in the past 24 hours to commit to sending heavy combat tanks to Ukraine. Russia responded with official bluster, but others in Moscow fear that the tanks delivery could be a gamechanger on the battlefield.

Picture of recently mobilized Russian troops

Recently mobilized Russian troops getting ready to depart for service

Cameron Manley

A week of growing expectations of a coming Russian offensive was turned on its head Wednesday as Germany and the U.S. announced their intention to send heavy combat tanks to Ukraine.

The sudden show of resolve on supplying tanks — after months of reluctance, particularly from Germany — has prompted some Russians to fear that Ukraine will now be equipped for a major counterattack. That would be significant reversal after speculation had been growing this month about a Russian spring offensive.

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Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government confirmed Wednesday morning that Berlin plans to send at least 14 German-built Leopard 2 tanks to the frontline. U.S. media also reported that Joe Biden’s administration is expected to officially announce Washington's commitment, with at least 30 M1 Abrams tanks expected to be sent.

The timeline remains unclear as to when the vehicles would make it into combat. Still, both sides on the war acknowledged that it is a significant development with the potential to change the math on the battlefield.

Official Russian response was loaded with typical incendiary rhetoric. Dmitry Peskov, press secretary to Russian president Vladimir Putin, said the new tanks would "burn like all the rest, only these ones are expensive.”

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