A small island archipelago in the South Atlantic recently made it back into the headlines. Known as the Falkland Islands and in Spanish as Las Malvinas, we look at why this little-known place brought two nations to war in 1982 -- a conflict that threatens to reignite. Martin Savidge hosts Juanita Brock of the Falkland Islands News Network and Professor Maria Victoria Murillo.
In addition to brake problems, Toyota announced today that it will be fixing oil hoses in 1.6 million vehicles around the world, most of them in the U.S. A famous American adage states, "As General Motors goes, so goes the nation." In Japan, many are wondering if the same principle applies to Toyota. Our German partner Deutsche Welle reports from Japan.
The earthquake that hit Chile has resulted in hundreds of deaths and infrastructure damage throughout the country. Tsunami warnings spread across the Pacific, as far away as Japan and Alaska. Read how blogs and social media have been assessing the impact of the quake around the world.
The Royal Bank of Scotland has become the leading symbol of the U.K.'s banking crisis. RBS announced more big losses this week yet still found room to award its employees almost $2.5 billion in bonuses. That has sparked a good deal of outrage. The bank's rationale for the bonuses is similar to what many U.S. banks have said to justify big payouts.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said today he is looking into whether Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms may have helped push Greece toward a ruinous level of debt through the use of credit default swaps. For more, Martin Savidge speaks with Roben Farzad, a senior writer for Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
A wave of unrest is building across Europe, as governments there seek to impose austerity measures. Several European countries -- Greece, Spain and Ireland -- are deeply in debt and under intense pressure to slash spending. For more, Martin Savidge interviews John Authers, and Deutsche Welle reports from around Europe.
Cari Machet is a multimedia producer who has traveled extensively in the Middle East. Look at a slideshow of what she found on a recent trip to bazaars in Syria's capital city, including political merchandise that makes U.S. politicians look restrained.
Rwanda has come a long way since a horrific genocide 16 years ago resulted in the death of around 800,000 Tutsis, as well as "moderate" Hutus who opposed the genocidaires. The Rwandan leader is often seen as a model for the developing world. Martin Savidge hosts Stephen Kinzer and Noel Twagiramungu to discuss the issues.
The dispute between Britain and Argentina over oil exploration in the Falkland Islands was just one of the topics on the agenda at a meeting today of Latin American leaders in Mexico. Thirty-two leaders from the Americas agreed to create a new regional cooperation organization. For more, Martin Savidge interviews Christopher Sabatini.
More than 30 heads of state met this week for a summit designed to create an alternative to the Organization of American States. The conference, however, has been overshadowed by a spat between Colombia's Alvaro Uribe and Venezuela's Hugo Chávez. Worldfocus looks at reactions from U.S. and Latin American writers.