* Ecuador: In a novel initiative the Ecuadorian government is seeking international donations in exchange for foregoing oil drilling in the Yasuni national park.
* Latin America: According to the International Press Institute, Mexico and Honduras are the top two most dangerous countries for journalists this year.
* Chile: Esperanza (Spanish for hope) was the name of the child that was born to the wife of one of the miners trapped in a Chilean mine for over a month.
* Peru: Faced with low support president Alan Garcia shook up several cabinet positions yesterday.
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Online Sources- BBC News, MSNBC, Reuters, Sify, The Latin Americanist