PRETORIA, South Africa -- For the first time in the history of the World Cup games Latin America has four teams among the last eight.
Recent events bring to mind what Britain's Lord Palmerston said in the 1800s: "England has no permanent friends and no permanent enemies, only permanent interests."
Another step in the tortuous process of Latin American integration was marked May 3-4 when representatives of all 12 states belonging to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) met.
Brazil may allow new U.S. base, Sudan elections set to fail, Egypt's El Baradei speaks out, Afghanistan ups cannibas production, executions return to Belarus and Cuba hosts conference for Chernobyl's children.
Brazil Minister of Labor and Employment announced a historic record for job creation.
At its national congress in February, the Workers' Party acclaimed President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's endorsement of Dilma Rousseff as the Party's presidential candidate for elections in October.
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The world, it is generally acknowledged, has been torn loose from the old moorings that for decades structured life for billions of people.
Cuba: Retamar honors Marti Poet Roberto Fernández Retamar inaugurated the 7th International conference on Marti Studies. The writer and Casa de las Americas president praised Jose Marti's contribution to Latin American unity and his inspiration of a "second Cuban revolution," led by Fidel Castro in 1953.