A record 711.000 cars were sold in Chile's Metropolitan Region in 2006, up 7.6% more vehicles than last year.
Former Marxist guerrilla and United States Cold War enemy Daniel Ortega was sworn in as Nicaraguan president on Wednesday 16 years after voters tired of a civil war with Contra rebels threw him out of office.
President Hugo Chavez announced plans on Monday to nationalize Venezuela's electrical and telecommunications companies, pledging to create a socialist state in the spirit of the Bolivarian revolution.
Chavez's nationalization announcement came in his first speech of the year, a fiery address in which he used a vulgar word roughly meaning idiot to refer to Organization of American States Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza.
PERU'S government, seeking to boost tourism in the Andean country, is urging residents and visitors to vote for the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu as one of the world's new seven wonders.
Chile's fisheries exports totaled 2.945 billion US dollars during the first ten months of 2006, up 19.6% over the same period a year ago, according to the Fisheries Under Secretariat, SUBPESCA. But figures also show that the total volume was 1.157 million tons compared to 1.36 million tons in 2005, which means 18% less.
Venezuela called on the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza to retract from censorship statements regarding the controversy over a television station license in Caracas.
Recent corruption cases plaguing the ruling Concertación coalition have had little effect on the public popularity of Chile's President Michelle Bachelet, according to a poll carried out by the Centre for Public Studies (CEP).
Exports of Chilean bottled wine to foreign markets are increasingly lucrative, with wine prices increasing in nine of the top ten market destinations between January to November last year.
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.