A ban on handguns in Washington DC has been ruled unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court. In a 5-4 decision, the justices upheld a lower court ruling striking down the ban. They said individuals had a right to keep handguns for lawful purposes
Oil futures shot above 140 US dollars a barrel on Thursday after OPEC's president said crude prices could rise well above 150 US dollars a barrel this year and Libya said it may cut oil production.
The administration of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is finding it increasingly difficult to retain the congressional majority which should ensure the approval of the sliding export taxes on grains and oilseeds, as sent by the Executive, and which triggered a 103 day conflict with farmers.
Headlines: Million pounds cost of lost BAS air link; Councillors in New York.
The International Whaling Commission voted down Thursday a request by indigenous Greenland fishermen to kill 10 humpback whales a year. IWC is holding its annual assembly for the first time in Santiago de Chile.
Brazil's Antimonopoly agency, CADE, finally approved the takeover of the once Brazilian flag carrier Varig by the low fare airline GOL, an operation which took place last year.
The Chilean Senate reiterated an invitation to Pope Benedict XVI to travel to Chile for the commemoration of a crucial papal mediation in avoiding a war between Chile and Argentina in 1978.
The world's major industrialized nations must take the lead in efforts to tackle the three interrelated crises of global food insecurity, climate change and development in poor countries, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on the eve of an official trip that will include his participation in next month's G-8 summit in Japan.
Argentina reported that its total foreign debt stood at 127 billion US dollars in the first quarter of the year, continuing to rise higher than when the country negotiated a record debt swap in 2005.
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe told Congress to call a new presidential ballot after a court challenged the law that allowed him to seek re-election in 2006.