Women played some significant roles this past year, from making peace to crafting economic policy in the midst of a crisis. Here are seven who shaped 2011:
The slums of Buenos Aires, called villas miserias, grew by 50 percent from 2001 to 2010. The government also has not released any poverty data this year, causing critics to pounce.
Police are striking for higher wages in 16 of Argentina's 23 provinces. Looting has followed, reflecting an unaddressed social volatility.
Kirchner's party was the most popular nationally, but lost in Buenos Aires province, home to more than a third of the country's population. Her family's ten-year rule may be enough for Argentina.
As Argentines go to the polls today, the campaigns are laying bare a widening fissure that could become increasingly entrenched.
Beneath the cordial meeting today between new Pope Francis and President Kirchner lies a rocky and strained relationship that stretches back to 2004.
Residents of Buenos Aires met the papal announcement with surprise, checking smartphones in the street and asking each other if the news was true.
A group of government officials charged with orchestrating the abduction and murder of more than 100 dissidents across the region in the 1970s and '80s are now on trial for the first time.
President Kirchner announced last month the government will invest $1 billion in the country’s railways, but critics say that may be too little too late.
Argentina announced it would work with Iran to resolve a deadly 1994 anti-Semitic attack in Buenos Aires. Trade considerations underlie the deal.
Is there another regional leader with the clout and charisma to pick up where the Venezuelan president left off?