The oldest peson in Cuba, Juana Bautista de la Candelaria Rodriguez celebrated her 126th birthday with relatives and friends and attributes her health to the pure air of the countryside, a diet rich in meat and a "heart that has always been full of love."
On Monday January 10, the trial of Luis Posada Carriles began in the federal courthouse in El Paso, Texas. Posada is seen in most of Latin America as a terrorist, responsible for many deaths. Yet he is only being tried on two counts of perjury, one of obstruction of justice, one of naturalization fraud and seven of lying to immigration authorities.
Cuba is charting a new socialist course, asking "What is socialism, if not to give well-being to the people and redistribute the resources in the best way possible?"
A massive one-day general strike paralyzed Portugal November 24 led by major labor federations united to denounce austerity measures being imposed by the country's Socialist Party Prime Minister, Jose Socrates.
To satisfy the International Monetary Fund, countries like Ireland and Greece have taken drastic anti-worker measures.
Singers, painters and television presenters demonstrated across the Netherlands on Saturday against government plans to slash funding and subsidies for the arts.
Hundreds of desperate Romanians left destitute by the country's austerity drive lined up for food aid Wednesday in the Black Sea port of Constanta.
An official of the Mexican Electricians Union was thrown in jail after delivering a petition to the Puebla state government for public control of electrical utilities.
In elections September 26 for the National Assembly, the slate led by President Hugo Chavez' Venezuelan United Socialist Party (PSUV) took 98 of the 165 seats in contention.
Cuba announced a half million lay-offs this week. International affairs writer Emile Schepers gives some context and history to the announcement.