News A red bellied piranha, similar to the palometas that have injured bathers in attacks in Argentina

The fish already injured swimmers cooling down from the heat last month

Flashback: No 11. Argentina 1978: Kempes denies Dutch for a second time

Mario Kempes wheels away in delight after scoring his first goal in Argentina's 3-1 defeat of the Netherlands in the 1978 World Cup final at the Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires.

Tadpoles scream when threatened by cannibals

Some might think it's up there with the flying pig and the killer rabbit, in the list of improbable animals – the screaming tadpole. But it's real.

Lion's Den (15)

Pablo Trapero's film is set in a women's prison in Buenos Aires that makes Prisoner: Cell Block H look like the Four Seasons.

Letters: A mythical mandate

A weak and doubtful mandate from the voters

'War is excluded from horizon,' says Argentina

But tensions rise as Buenos Ares recruits allies and promises to use all legal means to stop British oil drilling

Falkland Islands: First it was sovereignty, now it's oil

Ministry of Defence steps up surveillance of Argentinian navy as tensions escalate over black gold

Best for Latin passion: Uruguay

Font size isn't everything, but Uruguay's self-esteem may be challenged by the succession of travel guidebooks that shout "ARGENTINA" and follow up almost apologetically with "& Uruguay" in much smaller type. The nation (which, since you ask, is nine times the size of Wales, and 90th biggest in the world) seems destined to be merely an appendix to a trip to mighty, beautiful Argentina.

Dakar Rally marred by death of fan

A woman watching the Dakar Rally has died after being struck by a vehicle competing in the race's first stage.

Obits in Brief

Solange Magnano

Argentine leaders throw chairs at each other

Argentine politicians pushed, punched and threw chairs at each other during a raucous session to choose the president of a northern province's lower house.

Marcos Ayerza: 'Joining the Tri-Nations is just what the Pumas need'

Leicester prop Marcos Ayerza tells Chris Hewett about missing family life in Buenos Aires, how playing in England has made him better, and why southern-hemisphere internationals will be the making of his beloved Argentina

Rage, By Sergio Bizzio

This unnerving novel from Buenos Aires, translated with punch and pace by Amanda Hopkinson, starts out in a vein of hard-boiled Latin American noir but then moves – in every sense – into a very strange place indeed.

Album: Artemis Quartet with Jaques Ammon, The Piazzolla Project, (Virgin Classics)

The Artemis Quartet cellist Eckart Runge has been fascinated by the tango music of Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla since the mid-1980s, discerning in it a blend of joy and melancholy.

Dream Teams: Boca Juniors

Argentinean outfit Boca Juniors are one of the most successful sides in South American football history.

Ingrid Fliter, Wigmore Hall, London

Live lunchtime broadcasts from the Wigmore Hall have a pleasant fizz.

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