* Latin America: According to U.N. figures Latin American exports and imports are expected to shoot up this year and the region will end this year with a trade surplus.
* Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez urged the extradition of a man convicted of a pair of 2003 bombings in Caracas and who is currently seeking asylum in the U.S.
* Cuba: Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez criticized U.S. President Barack Obama and claimed that he “has fallen far short of the expectations created by his speeches."
* Chile: Both houses of Chile’s legislature are expected to approve an increase in mining royalties designed to pay for post-earthquake reconstruction.
Image – The Guardian (“The 'super port' in Sao Joao da Barra is the largest port investment in Brazil and will have capacity for the largest ships in the world.”)
Online Sources- Miami Herald, CNN, Reuters, forbes.com