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ARGENTINA | 24-11-2017 18:40

In this week's Times: San Juan submarine, Venezuelans flee to Argentina

Pick up your copy inside Perfil, this and every Saturday.

As usual, one story has dominated all others in Argentina and this week is no exception. For the last nine days, the nation has been glued to its phones, tablets, television screens and printed pages, desperate to discover the fate of the missing ARA San Juan submarine. On Thursday, the Navy delivered devastating news, that at 10.31am on Wednesday, November 15, an explosion had been detected underwater, close to where officials lost communication with the vessel. In this week's edition of the Buenos Aires Times, we cover the submarine's disappearance, its 44 crew-members and their families and cover the issue in-depth. As he does each week, Agustino Fontevecchia trains his eye to the issue, confronting the questions that need to be answered.

In Latin America, the ongoing economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has repeatedly drawn headlines. But while much is known of the difficult situation facing its countrymen, not much is known of the those who have left their home country in search of a better life. In this week's edition, journalist and filmmaker Jayson McNamara returns to the pages of the Times to tell a handful of stories from the approximately 600 Venezuelans who arrive in Argentina each week, talking with individuals and families who have left Venezuela and now live in the capital, asking how they find life in Buenos Aires.

Turning our eye to economy, we crunch our way through some of the latest figures from the government and Central Bank and focus on the Mercosur-EU trade deal again as two big names throw their support behind negotiations. 

In our World section, we take pause to reflect on the downfall of two infamous figures: Bosnian Serb former general Ratko Mladic, who was sentenced to life in prison this week for war crimes and genocide and Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's liberator turned despotic dictator. As well as examining Mugabe's life and legacy, we also feature a column from former ITN reporter and UN secretary general envoy to Argentina David Smith, the former Zimbabwean leader's first biographer.

In Culture, Cristiana Visan and Silvia Rottenberg take a look at two huge upcoming exhibitions: MALBA's show on Mexican modernism and PROA's show featuring Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Meanwhile in sports, Dan Edwards shifts from the football pitch to the game behind the scenes, explaining the ins and outs of the FIFAgate scandal and what it reveals about the deals behind the broadcasting of major Latin American football tournaments.

We wrap things up with exclusive columns from Michael Soltys, who takes on the governors' recent deal with the government, Andrew Graham-Yooll on diplomacy and the political manoeuvring and James Neilson, who addresses how corruption in Argentina has been linked to the boom in commodities that swept Latin America in recent decades.
All in all, it's another packed edition of the Buenos Aires Times, the only printed newspaper in English in Argentina. Pick up your copy inside Perfil, this and every Saturday. Reserve yours at your local newsstand today!

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