- 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.
- SERBIA / LIBYA : Are Serbian Mercenary Pilots Bombing Protestors In Tripoli?
- BRASIL : Dilma Wins Port Privatization Approval From Congress.
- 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.
09 February 2013
GUATEMALA : Emergency Declared As Fungus Infects Coffee Crop.
A coffee tree fungus has infected 70% of Guatemala's crop...and forced the government to declare an 'emergency'...and offer nearly $14 million in aid to small farmers for pesticides.
Coffee is the nation's chief export...and without chemical treatment...production could drop by 40%
The coffee rust/roya...has also affected Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Panama.
The blight causes leaf loss...producing fewer beans...with inferior quality.