Chile's exports ÃÂ¢€ at least in terms of dollar amounts ÃÂ¢€ rose dramatically in 2006, fueled in large part by record high copper prices.
Argentina in the first ten months of 2006 exported 376.000 tons of rice valued at 98 million dollars US dollars, half of which to Mercosur partner Brazil, which is also its main trading partner.
Brazil's mostly government owned oil corporation Petrobras celebrated this week its entry to the select group of world companies with a market value over 100 billion US dollars.
Argentina's top football star Diego Maradona said he's feeling a bit distant from his heart team Boca Juniors and criticized the club's president Mauricio Macri for having presented the visiting daughters of US President George Bush with the team's colors.
Chile's Consumer Prices Index, IPC, ended at 2.6% in 2006 with a last 0.1% push from December, according to the latest release from the country's Statistics Institute, INE.
After twelve years of undisputed Republican majority in the United States Congress, opposition Democrats on Thursday took control of both houses with Representative Nancy Pelosi becoming the first female speaker ever in the House.
Venezuelan re-elected President Hugo Chavez dismissed Thursday his longtime confidant Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel and former Minister of Interior Jesse Chacón promising to complete his new cabinet by next Wednesday when he takes office for a six year mandate extending until 2013.
Cuba reached its target of 3.9 million tons of oil and gas in 2006, while foreign companies in association with the local Cubapetroleo, CUPET, corporation continue exploration in 30 other wells, reported Havana authorities.
Quiet farewell for local hero; Royal programme revealed; New Year's Honours; Planning begins for ferry terminals,
Cruise ships this week.