Bolivia and the United States restored full diplomatic ties Monday for the first time since 2008. Three years ago the Andean nation's government expelled the US ambassador and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The US expelled the Bolivian ambassador in return.
Lloyds Banking Group has reported a £3.9bn (6.3bn) loss for the first nine months of 2011, mainly due to the cost of settling claims for mis-selling payment protection insurance (PPI).
Social media moved into a new realm in technologically backward Cuba Tuesday when Cuban President Raúl Castro's controversial daughter Mariela began tweeting and quickly got into the Twitter equivalent of a shouting match with dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Tuesday he would resign after suffering a humiliating setback in parliament that showed a party revolt had stripped him of a majority.
Uruguay’s President, José Mujica said on Monday that Argentina had nothing to do with the comment made by France’s leader Nicolas Sarkozy indicating that Uruguay was a “tax haven.”
The approval rating of Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera rose to 31% over the month of October according the results released by Chilean polling company, Adimark on Monday. While that figure represents an improvement of only one percentage point from last month’s poll, it confirms that the president has arrested the downward trend that saw him fall to his lowest approval rating of 27% in August’s Adimark poll.
Luis Maria Kreckler currently Argentina’s Foreign Ministry’s Trade and Economic Affairs secretary and who was also considered a strong candidate to be the Foreign Minister in the next presidential cabinet, was appointed as Argentina’s Ambassador to Brazil.
Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist guerrilla leader, was headed for a landslide victory in Sunday's presidential election. Preliminary results showed Ortega, who has cemented his hold on power with social spending for the poor, had 63.7% support based on a count of votes from 18% of polling stations.
The White House has said it has no evidence that extraterrestrials have ever tried to contact humans. In a blow to conspiracy theorists everywhere, a senior Barack Obama administration official also says there is also no credible information to suggest evidence of alien life is being kept from the public.
Oil company YPF confirmed Monday the finding of its biggest oil discovery in Argentina yet to the Buenos Aires stock exchange. The discovery was made in the Neuquén province and is equivalent to 927 million barrels.