Julian Assange Granted Asylum in Ecuador

The government of Ecuador has granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.  The decision comes two months after Assange took refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct.»

Hugo Chavez Says He’s in Good Health

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he is in good health and denied rumors that he had medical checkups during his visit to Brazil, aimed at making Caracas’s entry into the South Common Market (MERCOSUR) official.»

Paraguay Suspended from Mercosur Trade Bloc

South American foreign ministers have suspended Paraguay from the regional trade bloc, Mercosur, over last week’s parliamentary coup against President Fernando Lugo, Argentine Foreign Minister said on Friday.»