Buenos Aires cracks down on straws in its fight against plastic | AFP

Authorities in the Argentine capital begin to gradually eliminate the use of plastic straws as part of a wider fight in a global crackdown on plastic waste.

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Uruguay plunges into darkness as electricity fails in various parts of South America | AFP

Residents in Montevideo wake up to no electricity after a massive electricity cut leaves Argentina, Uruguay and some parts of neighbouring countries in the dark, according to Uruguayan and Argentine electricity companies. IMAGES

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Brazilian and Argentine Presidents hold joint presser | AFP

The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri hold a joint presser in Buenos Aires. IMAGES

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Macri welcomes Bolsonaro to presidential palace in Buenos Aires | AFP

Argentine President Mauricio Macri welcomes his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro to the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, for the Brazilian leader’s first visit to neighbouring Argentina. IMAGES

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro visits President Macri in Buenos Aires | AFP

The President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro and his wife Michelle Bolsonaro vist Argentine President Mauricio Macri and wife Juliana Awada in Buenos Aires. IMAGES

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Beards & rock ‘n’ roll: ‘the villains’ who help the poor in Argentina | AFP

With their black leather jackets, tattoos, and mandatory beards, a group of Argentine rock and roll fans united by their sense of solidarity gather to distribute food to the homeless on the streets of Buenos Aires at night.

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Argentina’s women protest for legal abortion, against violence | AFP

Thousands of Argentine protesters flood the streets of Buenos Aires in a show of force for the abortion rights movement and to denounce violence against women.

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Hundreds march in Argentina to protest violence against women | AFP

Hundreds of people march in the Argentine capital to protest violence against women and call for more laws to protect women’s rights. IMAGES

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Protesters block Buenos Aires access roads during national strike | AFP

Dozens of protesters block Buenos Aires access roads since early morning during Argentine’s national strike, as labour unions called for a protest against the austerity measures of president Mauricio Macri’s government. IMAGES

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Activists in Argentina launch new bid to legalize abortion

Pro-choice activists protest in Buenos Aires as Argentine lawmakers propose a new bill to legalize abortion before Congress, resuming a battle that has divided the homeland of Pope Francis ahead of October’s general election. IMAGES