Note: The big news of the day is the massive earthquake and tidal wave that have officially killed about 100 people in Japan. Later today we will discuss this latest natural disaster and how it pertains to Latin America.
* Latin America: Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim was ranked by Forbes as the world’s wealthiest person while the number of Brazilian billionaires spiked over the past year.
* Peru: Scandal has hurt several presidential candidates who have been accused of accepting funds from suspected drug traffickers.
* Guatemala: The U.S. government could be sued by attorneys representing hundreds of Guatemalans secretly infected with syphilis between 1946 and 1948.
* Bolivia: President Evo Morales blasted the U.S. and the U.N. for issuing recent reports criticizing Bolivian anti-drug efforts.
Image – Jeremy Piper/AP via CBC News (“Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim Helu is the world's richest person according to Forbes magazine. Here, he is pictured at the Forbes Global CEO conference in Sydney on Sept. 29, 2010.”)
Online Sources- Reuters, CNN, The Globe and Mail, BBC News