Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, of the right-center Revolutionary Institutional Party, has announced long awaited plans for allowing private industry to play a bigger role in the finances of the national oil company, PEMEX.
On April 14, Venezuelans will elect a new president replacing Hugo Chavez Frias, who died on March 5.
Chavez cared about the poor at a time when "some of the wealthiest people on our planet have more money than they can ever reasonably expect to spend."
At least 51 percent of candidates of Correa's Alianza Pais political party gained National Assembly seats. Never before in Ecuadorian history has a single party held a legislative majority.
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.
The oil-rich island nation of Trinidad and Tobago has become engulfed in political turmoil, in part a result of the breakup of the country's ruling coalition.
The war in Syria has taken a turn for the worse with two recent developments: Turkey's military involvement, and the growing role of extremist groups.
With anti-nuclear protests heating up after Japan revoked a previous anti-nuke plan, the country is desperately looking for energy alternatives.
Environmental activists world wide - including community leaders and journalists - were being killed at a rate of one per week during 2011 alone.