* Brazil: In a decision one Brazilian gay rights activist described as "a historic achievement," the country’s Supreme Court almost unanimously ruled in favor of recognizing same-sex unions.
* U.S.: Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela will supposedly leave his post.
* Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez said that he would seek additional investors to boost the country’s gold mining industry.
* Dominican Republic: University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari has reportedly accepted coaching the Dominican Republic’s squad.
Image – Nelson Antoine/Associated Press via CBC News (“Revelers hold a giant flag during the 2009 Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Millions of people took to the streets of South America's biggest city for its 13th annual gay pride parade.”)
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