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© AFP/File | The Buenos Aires Herald was founded in 1876 when British investments flocked to Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - 

One of Latin America's last English-language newspapers is folding after 140 years, a victim of a decline in sales of its print edition.

"We fought to the end," Buenos Aires Herald editor Sebastian Lacunza told AFP on Wednesday. There will not be an edition on Friday.

Trying to stave off a closure, the last English-language daily in Latin America had become a weekly last year and laid off some of its staff.

Founded in 1876 when British investments flocked to Argentina, the newspaper was initially a conservative publication.

But the Buenos Aires Herald became known for its critical coverage of the military dictatorship that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983, reporting on crimes committed by the junta.

Its director at the time, Robert Cox of Britain, was imprisoned by the dictatorship before being released under pressure from Washington.

The Herald was part of the Indalo group, owned by a close relative of former leftist president Cristina Kirchner, who was in office from 2007 to 2015.

© 2017 AFP