Chinese stocks plunged Tuesday after mixed fortunes Monday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index tumbling 3.2% at opening. The Shenzhen Component Index also opened 3.4% lower and the ChiNext Index, tracking growth enterprises, opened 3.8% lower.
Pope Francis said Mass for more than 650.000 Ecuadoreans and hinted he wanted a major Vatican gathering this year to find ways to reach out to Catholics who feel excluded by the Church. On the first full day of a three-nation homecoming trip to South America, the Argentine-born pontiff was in Ecuador's second city Guayaquil, a steamy port sometimes referred to as the world's banana capital, given its bustling fruit trade.
The chairman of a 15-member Caribbean trade bloc said over the weekend that he backs Guyana's government amid an escalating border dispute with neighboring Venezuela. Freundel Stuart spoke at a press conference as Caricom leaders ended a three-day summit in Barbados.
President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday that he was recalling Venezuela's ambassador in neighboring Guyana for consultation amid mounting tensions over their disputed border. During an address to parliament, Maduro said that he also is initiating a comprehensive review of relations with much smaller Guyana and reducing the size of Venezuela's embassy there.
France and Germany told Greece to come up with serious proposals in order to restart financial aid talks, raising pressure on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to compromise a day after his country voted overwhelmingly against more austerity
New Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos may be less flamboyant than his predecessor Yanis Varoufakis, but his views on his country's debt crisis are no less stridently held. While most commentators appear to agree that Mr Tsakalotos, 55, will be less bombastic than Mr Varoufakis in his dealings with international creditors, some argue that his negotiating stance could even be more hard line.
Yanis Varoufakis, who was Greece's finance minister until Monday morning, was reportedly pushed from his job after he told a journalist that Greece could introduce a parallel currency in the weeks ahead. Cash is flooding out of Greek banks at the moment, and the government desperately needs money to make payments due later this month.
Brazil' former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso said on Sunday addressing his party's convention, the main opposition force in the Brazilian congress, that the PSDB was ready 'to clear the country of its problems' and accused leader Lula da Silva and the ruling Workers Party (PT) of bankrupting Brazil.
A raft of Brazilian organizations issued a statement on Monday denouncing what they described as the 'right's' attempts to topple President Dilma Rousseff. The statement was signed by 28 groups including the MST Landless Movement and the Catholic Church's Pastoral Land Commission.
Brazil's leading political commentator and O Globo columnist, Ricardo Noblat is forecasting that president Dilma Rousseff will not conclude her four-year mandate and could very well be out of office by next October.