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.
On June 19, 1,450 barrels of crude oil spilled from a pumping station on a pipeline operated by the Enbridge company.
Activists and critics alike are outraged at the Canadian government's recent decision to drastically downsize its environmental assessment process.
After massive layoffs at Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans, leading ocean scientists - and the environment itself - will suffer the consequences.