- EU / CROATIA : Zagreb Now Set To Become EU Member #28...In 2013.
- PHILIPPINES /USA : Stranded US Naval Warship Finally Dismantled.
- COSTA RICA: Currency Intervention Predicted As Colon Surges Vs USD.
- ITALY: 12 Dec UPDATE: Is Silvio's 'Friend'...Key Sex Trial Witness Ruby The Heart Stealer...On The Run? Ruby Finally Surfaces...In Mexico!
- PERU: Sand Fly Bite...Morphs Into Horror Story For American.
- BRASIL : Dilma Wins Port Privatization Approval From Congress.
- SERBIA / LIBYA : Are Serbian Mercenary Pilots Bombing Protestors In Tripoli?
- MUSIC FOR MONDAY: From SWEDEN / AZERBAIJAN : Eurovision Winner Loreen Sings "Euphoria."
- GUATEMALA : Court Throws Out Rios Montt Genocide Conviction; Trial Restart Ordered.
- VENEZUELA :6 March UPDATE: Shooting At Caracas Opposition Rally Wounds Capriles Supporter.
26 February 2013
COLOMBIA : 27 Feb UPDATE: 21 Injured After Striking Coffee Growers Protest; Some Clash With Police; Santos' Popularity Sinks.
Thousands of striking coffee growers marched in Bogota, Medellin and other cities...demanding larger subsidies...to soften the effect of falling world prices...and a stronger currency.
Some blocked roads and clashed with some 15,000 police.
At least 21 were reported injured but none seriously.
Colombia is the globe's #4 coffee producer...but last year's crop was the smallest in decades.
President Santos calls the strike 'unnecessary and inconvenient.'
Santos' popularity has plummeted...to 50%...from 56% in December...according to Gallup.
It is his lowest approval mark since taking office.
Citizens are increasingly concerned about inflation, corruption and growing insecurity.