- SERBIA / LIBYA : Are Serbian Mercenary Pilots Bombing Protestors In Tripoli?
- UKRAINE / EU / RUSSIA : Pressure Builds On Yanukovych; Yulia's Treatment Is Euro 2012 PR Blunder; Putin Backs Kyiv.
- GUATEMALA : Court Throws Out Rios Montt Genocide Conviction; Trial Restart Ordered.
- MEXICO/ USA : 11 Oct. UPDATE: Navy Admits Killing Top Zetas Leader Lazcano...Was Accident; 'La Ardilla' Smirks Over His Arrest For Falcon Lake Murder; Analysis Of Calderon's 'Kill The Capos' Plan.
- MEXICO: The Growing Number Of Narco Women.
- COLOMBIA : Top Pop Singer Shakira...Sued By Ex-Novio...For $100 Million.
- AUSTRALIA / USA : USA Navy Resumes Ship Sinking Exercises.
- PERU: Sand Fly Bite...Morphs Into Horror Story For American.
- MEXICO / USA: Despite Violence, Border Factories Bloom.
- CHINA: Off Topic But Interesting: Ai WeiWei...Rebel Artist...With A Cause.
17 December 2011
It took 18 years of negotiations...but Russia has joined the 153-member WTO.
Georgia has blocked Moscow since its short 2008 war.
The Swiss brokered the deal between Russia and Georgia.
Fewer trade barriers may spur billions in trade between Russia and the rest of the world.
But in the USA...the congress must approve any deal for increased trade with Russia.
AND: PM Putin's popularity is plummeting...according to new polls.
One poll has his support at 51%...down from a recent 60%...with only 42% willing to vote for him as president.
Another poll shows him with only 44% approval...vs 70%...in 2008.