Just hours after the passing of Nelson Mandela in December, over 8,000 youth from around the globe began gathering at the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students in Quito, Ecuador.
In spite of efforts to get talks going, fighting continues between factions aligned with President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar.
The so-called "legal" coup that removed Fernando Lugo from power set the stage for large agricultural corporations to establish control over Paraguay's government.
The measure will allow foreign multinational corporations to explore, drill and sell Mexican oil and gas.
For over a month the streets of the largest Palestinian city, Gaza, have been overrun with sewage and now are being covered with icy flood waters.
Migrants, who arrive by the thousands in Lampedusa fleeing war and insecurity in Africa/Syria, are shown being stripped naked and hosed down by authorities.
Left-wing Die Linke party MP Gregor Gysi took over as leader of the opposition when Germany's two largest parties united in a "grand" coalition.
This year in Latin America began with the tragedy of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Chiquita Brands International, Inc. has lost a case in which it attempted to block the SEC from releasing documents relating to its payments to a Colombian terrorist group.
The world celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela for one thing more than any other - his determination in the face of every provocation to establish a democratic "rainbow nation."