Outgoing president blasts the new administration
Tens of thousands of supporters jammed Argentina's most famous square Wednesday night to say goodbye to President Cristina Fernandez, who lauded her government's achievements while blasting the incoming administration in the same withering tones she aimed at opponents throughout her eight years in office.
As blue and white Argentine flags waved and people cheered on a balmy night, Fernandez gave a speech that was both a recap of her years in power and a clear sign that she does not plan to make things easy for President-elect Mauricio Macri, who will be inaugurated Thursday.
Fernandez addressed the crowd on Plaza de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires amid widespread criticism for her decision not to attend Macri's inauguration.
The two spent much of the last 10 days bickering over where the presidential baton and sash would be handed over. Many Argentines viewed the argument as a national embarrassment. - AP
Dengue vaccine approved
Mexican health authorities approved the first vaccine to gain official acceptance for use against the dengue virus, which sickens about 100 million people every year, mostly in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The federal medical safety agency said Wednesday the vaccine has undergone testing on more than 29,000 patients worldwide. In a separate statement, the Lyon, France-based Sanofi Pasteur identified the vaccine as Dengvaxia. Mexico said the vaccine is aimed at people ages 9 to 45 and will be used in areas where the disease is endemic. - AP
12 drown in boat sinking
A wooden smuggling boat carrying about 50 people sank Wednesday in the eastern Aegean Sea. Greek authorities said at least 12 people drowned, including six children, and 12 others were missing. Greek coast guard and navy vessels, a helicopter, and a vessel from the European border agency Frontex were searching for survivors off the Greek islet of Farmakonissi. Authorities said 26 people were rescued. - AP