* Mexico: Police arrested the founder of the Zetas drug gang and accused him of controlling drug and migrant smuggling routes from southern Mexico.
* Bolivia: According to reports the U.S. will formally object to Bolivian plans to end the global ban on coca leaf chewing.
* Chile: An agreement was reached to end protests over a planned 17% gas price hike in Chile’s southernmost region.
* Cuba: Work is set to begin on the laying of undersea fiber optic cable between Venezuela and Cuba, thus circumventing U.S. sanctions on the island.
Image – PRESS TV (“Flavio Mendez Santiago, founding member of the Zetas drug cartel, was arrested in southern Mexico on Monday, January 17, 2011.”)
Online Sources- Al Jazeera English, Reuters, Canadian Press, BBC News