Madagascar today is one of the richest nations in the region, and one of the poorest. It has vast natural resources (gold, nickel, cobalt, petroleum), but 92 percent of its people live on $2.00 per day or less.
Honduras chooses a president on November 24, and Xiomara Castro, candidate of the new Liberty and Refoundation Party (Libre) is running. Three U.S. congresspersons have some election advice for Secretary of State John Kerry.
The train was one of several Mexican and Central American immigrants call "la Bestia" -- "the beast." It goes from Southern Mexico northward to Mexico's Northern border with the United States.
In a runoff presidential election on August 12, former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita easily beat engineer Soumaila Cisse.
The Guatemalan Constitutional Court on May 20 threw out the guilty verdict of General Efrain Rios-Montt on technical grounds, plunging the whole country into a state of new insecurity.
Venezuelan right-wing opposition receives substantial support from a not-often mentioned source: United States taxpayers.
On Feb. 13, a member of the French Chamber of Deputies tabled a motion to begin a parliamentary investigation of the assassination of Captain Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso, in 1987.
Paraguay interests the U.S. government now because it's close to unruly Bolivia, because of oil deposits, the Guaraní fresh water aquifer, and lawlessness in the tri-border area.
About 3,000 French troops have now entered the war in Mali, at the request of Malian President Dioncounda Traoré.