In the 1930s the Falkland Islands were reputed to hold the largest population of Southern sea lions, with a staggering 80,000 pups estimated to be born each year. However, a census in the 1960s and again in the 1990s revealed the population had declined by more than 90%.
Argentina's Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional a Ministry of Economy resolution imposing export taxes on the overseas sale of produce from Camaronera Patagonica. Following the ruling the Patagonia shrimp company should be able to recover the levies on exports charged between March and August 2002.
Brazil's ex-President Juscelino Kubitschek was not murdered by the country's 1970s military regime despite previous claims, according to a national investigation. The National Truth Commission said the car crash in which Mr Kubitschek died in 1976 was a genuine accident.
Violent protests broke out in Rio do Janeiro's tourist heart of Copacabana on Tuesday following the death of a professional dancer less than two months before the World Cup.
María Julia Alsogaray, a former official in Argentine ex-president Carlos Menem administration cabinet (1989/99), was sentenced this week to four years in prison for the fraud she committed during the privatization of the state-owned EnTel telecommunications company in 1989. It is the third sentence for Alsogaray in the past few years.
Argentina's economy expanded 1.3% in February compared with the same month a year ago, the government said on Tuesday, a result that outpaced market expectations. The government's stats office Indec also revised January economic activity to positive 1.4% from a previously reported expansion of 1.2%.
Spain’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs is urging Morocco and Portugal to block the sale of rocks to Gibraltar, according to the online publication El Confidencial. The website reported at the weekend that the ministry headed by Jose Manuel García-Margallo had initiated contacts with “friendly countries” in a bid to stop Gibraltar’s “expansionist” plans.
United Kingdom's Independent Party, (UKIP), Britain's anti-EU party, launched its campaign for next month's European elections fending off accusations from rival lawmakers that its pre-election posters were racist.
Brazilian soy crushing association Abiove said on Tuesday the nation would export 43 million tons of soybeans from this season's nearly harvested crop, down from its forecast of 44 million tons a month earlier due to weaker Chinese demand.
US Commerce Department's decision to ease its governance over the Internet and open it up to other countries will be the subject of much debate in Brazil starting Wednesday. Government representatives from around the world are heading to Sao Paulo for Net Mundial, a two-day meeting to discuss how the future of Internet governance will be handled.