* Bolivia: Japan’s government agreed to help in the development of Bolivia’s potentially lucrative lithium industry.
* Latin America: Latin America’s education performance is below average compared to most member countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development according to a study by that body.
* Peru: A U.S. appeals court ruled that a case by indigenous plaintiffs from Peru against Occidental Petroleum should be heard in Los Angeles instead of Peru.
* Colombia: A U.S. diplomatic document revealed by Wikileaks showed that despite his tough-guy rhetoric former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe tried to secretly negotiate with the FARC guerillas.
Image – Mercopress (“The spectacular Uyuni salt lake that holds world’s largest lithium deposits.”)
Online Sources- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, ABC News, KansasCity.com, LAHT