Argentina is free of all type of mines, with the exception of those planted in the Falkland/Malvinas Islands which motivated Argentina to request and obtain a ten year de-mining extension, because Argentina currently does not have access to the Islands illegitimately occupied by the United Kingdom.
Global trade is expected to pick up again this year at a significant rate but not sufficient to overcome losses of 2009.
Brazil's leading private banking institution Itaú-Unibanco denied London press reports it was interested in block-buying into UK banks that were saved from collapse in 2008 by the British government, as well as banks in other countries including United States, but admitted an interest in shares.
Private consultants estimate that Argentina's inflation in 2009 and in spite of the devalued government statistics was the third highest in the world behind the Democratic Republic of Congo and Venezuela.
UK Gordon Brown has admitted he is the underdog in the forthcoming general election battle - but insisted he is ready to fight for Britain.
Argentine car manufacturers are looking ahead with great optimism to what they consider an excellent 2010 when they expect to break several records, according to Cesar Luis Ramirez Rojas, president of the Argentine car manufacturers association.
Brazil trade surplus in 2009 was 24.615 billion US dollars the lowest since 2002 (13.13 billion USD) and the worst since President Lula da Silva has been in office, according to the latest release from the Development, Trade and Industry ministry.
The Dakar Rally that began in the Southern Cone on New Year's Day has some people applauding, but others not so happy.
On Sunday evening Chile's two presidential hopefuls - billionaire businessman Sebastian Piñera and Senator Eduardo Frei - began airing five-minute TV spots designed to win votes for the January 17 run-off presidential election. The spots will run through January 14.
Canada's Industry Minister, Tony Clement, has given PetroChina the go-ahead for a 1.7 billion US dollars acquisition of two oil sand projects.