* Latin America: A number of soccer friendlies were played on Wednesday including Brazil losing to France, Spain surviving a scare against Colombia, and a game-winner for Lio Messi.
* Peru: A “red alert” was declared by health officials for northern Peru as a result of an outbreak of dengue fever. (Update: Authorities in Brazil claimed that the number of dengue cases in Rio de Janeiro doubled last month compared to January 2010).
* Mexico: U.S. Army Undersecretary Joseph Westphal backtracked from remarks where he deemed Mexican drug gangs as “insurgents.”
* Haiti: The U.S. State Department would prefer that former President Jean Bertrand Aristide not return from exile though it's unclear if he will try to do so.
Image – Denis Balibouse/REUTERS via The Guardian (“Lionel Messi celebrates his goal during Argentina's friendly win over Portugal in Geneva.”)
Online Sources- ESPN, Bloomberg, France24, Reuters, CSMonitor.com