Stories by Martin Aguirre

Political newcomer linked to Russian tycoon shakes up Uruguay's election

Sartori at a presidential rally. Photo: Mauricio Zina/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Montevideo, Uruguay — A small, stable, even boring democracy deep south in South America, Uruguay rarely makes international news. But in a region where Chinese and Russian influence is growing rapidly, and which has long been considered part of the the U.S. sphere of influence, a new political figure is sparking attention.

Why it matters: Juan Sartori, a 38-year-old businessman, only recently burst onto the political scene, but sits second in the polls for the main opposition party ahead of presidential primaries on Sunday. His sudden interest in politics, massive campaign spending and mysterious family backstory have opened eyes in neighboring countries, and beyond.

Jilted lover rocks Argentina's politics

Kirchner leaves court today. Photo: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images

Former Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner testified in court yesterday in relation to the biggest corruption scandal uncovered in years in her country, which could land her in prison.

Why it matters: Kirchner is accused of leading a criminal enterprise to steal hundreds of millions from public infrastructure contracts. She's the latest big name in Latin American politics to be implicated in a kickback scandal.

David Hogg's Parkland family home "swatted"

avid Hogg, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting, speaks to the media
David Hogg, survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The family home of Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor David Hogg — who was not present — was "swatted" on Tuesday morning, with the caller claiming a hostage situation was happening at the residence, according to Local 10 ABC News.

Why it matters: Swatting is the act of placing a fake emergency call to first responders, often leading to an armed response as police think they'll be encountering a violent situation. It can be used as a prank or form of harassment, and has led to fatal consequences.

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