Petrobras Brazil's government owned hydrocarbons company said first-quarter profit fell 38% as oil prices dropped and costs rose. Net income dropped to 4.13 billion reais (2.05 billion US dollars), 6.68 billion reais in the first quarter of 2006, and net sales rose 8.4 % to 38.98 billion reais.
Pope Benedict XVI ended Sunday his five day visit to Brazil with a strong speech to Latinamerican cardinals and bishops criticising authoritarian governments and condemning the growing gap between rich and poor in the region.
The riverboat-style cruise ship Empress of the North that ran aground off the Alaska coast has finally reached Juneau Monday afternoon. She arrived with a US Coast Guard escort about ten hours after it became grounded early morning.
A Magellanic penguin whose natural habitat is the extreme south of Patagonia and the Falkland Islands has strayed thousands of miles and swam all the way to Peru's Paracas national reserve.
California's Yosemite and Chile's Torres del Paine national parks administrators visited this week Punta Arenas and met with local authorities in the framework of the recently signed twinning agreement with the purpose of promoting sustainable tourism.
The Organization of American States, OAS, Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza discarded the possibility of Venezuela abandoning the institution and underlined he favored the opening of dialogue with Cuba.
Venezuela's Minister of Communication and Information William Lara said private television station RCTV would be able to broadcast on cable or satellite following May 27, the date when its broadcast license to operate in open free radio frequency expires.
Ecuador's president Rafael Correa is the Latinamerican leader with most support in the continent while his counterpart in Guatemala Oscar Berger ranks in the opposite end, according to a report published by the Mexican public opinion consultants Mitofsky.