* Ecuador: Authorities indefinitely extended the state of emergency in Quito that had originally been put in place after a supposed coup attempt against President Rafael Correa on September 30th.
* Cuba: Havana's Catholic archibishop said that the government will release three more political prisoners in addition to the 52 already pledged to be freed.
* Brazil: With a little less than three weeks to go in the Brazilian presidential race a recent poll showed that Dilma Rousseff has a narrow seven point lead ahead of Jose Serra.
* Peru: Brazil's Petrobras division in Peru made a major discovery by finding over 1.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in an undergound well.
Online Sources - Bloomberg, Reuters, AHN, CNN, The Latin Americanist
Image - Press TV ("Ecuadorean military patrols in front of the National Congress in Quito on October 5, 2010.")