Mercosur senior members, Argentina and Brazil agreed to sponsor an increase in the common external tariff (AEC) on several products from third countries, during a meeting Monday of the Bilateral Trade Monitoring Committee held in Buenos Aires
Banking giant Citigroup announced it is planning shed 52,000 jobs with losses falling particularly heavily in London and New York. The cut - along with previously announced job losses of around 22,000 - will leave it with a global total of 300,000 employees in the near term.
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown promised real help for families and businesses to battle recession as he paved the way for tax cuts to be announced next week.
United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said that what remains of the 700 billion USD bail out plan authorized by Congress will be left for unforeseen emergencies and to help the incoming President elect Barack Obama administration.
Colombia, a country that has adjusted to living with four decades of guerrilla warfare and drug cartels declared a 30 day state of emergency Monday to crack down on illegal investment schemes that lured millions of people with promises of high payouts, only to collapse amid rioting.
With less than a week left for next Sunday's municipal and governor elections Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez arrived in his homeland to boost the campaign of his family who are candidates for the main posts of the province of Barinas and the city of Sabanera.
President Hu Jintao began a two-day visit to Cuba by agreeing to increase Chinese purchases of Cuban nickel and sugar, and send farm goods to the communist-run island as it recovers from three devastating storms.
China isn't letting the global financial crisis shrink its ambitions in Latin America, where it has sunk billions into mining and replaced the United States as Chile's top trading partner.
Troubled US carmaker Ford Motor is selling a 20% stake in Japan's carmaker Mazda Motor. The announcement follows General Motors decision to sell its 3% stake in carmaker Suzuki for 230 million US dollars to raise cash.
Falling energy costs meant US wholesale prices dropped by 2.8% in October, the biggest one-month decline since records began more than 60 years ago. The larger-than-expected fall was triggered by a 12.8% drop in energy prices, the biggest monthly decline for 22 years.