The Spanish government called general elections for March 9, formally launching Monday what is shaping up as a close race between the ruling Socialists and opposition conservatives.
Two members of the conservation organization Sea Shepherd are being held on a Japanese whaling boat they boarded last night in Antarctic waters. According to the group the two men, a Briton and an Australian, boarded the Yushin Maru No. 2, to deliver a message that its whaling activities are illegal.
The political parties of the Chilean ruling coalition Concertación, the opposition Alianza alliance and the Communist Party (PC) gave their full backing Monday to the government's plan to defend Chile's northern maritime border against claims by neighboring Peru. The two countries seek to resolve the maritime issue at the International Court of Justice at The Hague.
United States is probably in or about to enter a recession, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. The odds are not overwhelming but they are marginally in that direction of recession.
Twenty-five years ago this month, in the wake of the Falklands conflict, the Islands Government set up an office in London to represent it in the UK. Sir Rex Hunt, then Falklands Governor, took me for a drink in London and asked if I'd join, recalls Sukey Cameron, pictured above left. She did so in 1983 ÃÂ¢€ becoming Representative in 1990 ÃÂ¢€ and there clearly could have been no better choice than this third-generation Falklander.
The two Colombian hostages liberated by the cocaine funded FARC, Clara Rojas and Consuelo Gonzalez de Perdomo described the guerrilla methods as brutal and condemned kidnapping as a crime against humanity.
One of the leading banks in United States, Bank of America is to take over the country's biggest mortgage lender Countrywide Financial, in a 4 billion US dollars deal.
Chile's Ministry of Mines expects to sign next March oil operating contracts with the corporations that have won licences to explore and exploit hydrocarbons in the extreme south of the country reports La Prensa Austral from Punta Arenas.
Released Colombian hostage Clara Rojas had an emotional reunion Sunday in Bogota with her son Emmanuel, three years after he was taken from her while she was in captivity in Colombia's jungle, according to government sources.
The World Trade Organization's chief agriculture negotiator said that members have narrowed their differences and made a lot of progress in recent talks but more still needs to be done before an agreement is reached.