- 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.
05 February 2013
ECUADOR / GERMANY : 06 Feb UPDATE: 2 Killed At President Correa Campaign Rally; German Tourist Sentenced To 4 Years For Smuggling Iguanas.
President Rafael Correa is running for another...and last term...on 17 February.
At a campaign rally for him in Quininde, Esmeraldas province on Monday...a man stabbed to death 2 people...and wounded 5 others...moments before Correa's arrival.
The suspect ran away...but was later detained.
Correa declared that the killings were not politically motivated.
He claims the man was high on drugs and alcohol.
Correa, 49...recently greatly increased spending...for health care, education and new roads.
He is currently polling at more than 50%.
His closest rival...ex banker Guillermo Lasso...is 31 points behind...with 22% support.
German tourist Dirk Bender has been sentenced to 4 years for trying to smuggle 4 endangered Galapagos iguanas in July. He was caught at the island's airport.