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Nobel literature chief: US writing too 'insular'

Posted: 09/30/2008 - The man who announces the Nobel Prize in literature says the United States is too "insular" and ignorant to compete with Europe when it comes to great writing.

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Chavez says US crisis could bring down oil

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is calling the U.S. financial crisis a failure of free-market capitalism. Chavez also says that "the Washington consensus has collapsed" and that economies worldwide could be harmed if it causes drops in the prices of natural resources including oil and other minerals.

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Lawmakers want probe of US exports to Iran

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Two House Democrats are asking congressional investigators to examine U.S. exports to Iran to see whether approval procedures are being abused.

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Mexico secretary says crisis affects Latin America

Posted: 09/30/2008 - Mexico's Treasury Secretary says the current financial crisis will "undoubtedly" affect Latin America, reducing demand for the commodity exports that have fueled the region's recent boom.

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Al-Qaida criticizes Pakistani leaders in new video

Posted: 09/29/2008 - A new video message purportedly by al-Qaida criticizes Pakistani leaders -- both past and present -- and accuses them of having no concern for the welfare of Muslims.

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Correa says he'll nix some investment pacts

Posted: 09/29/2008 - Ecuador's leftist president, Rafael Correa, is studying whether to eliminate up to 20 international investment pacts because he says some have proven "nefarious for the country."

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Cuba freezes agricultural prices after hurricanes

Posted: 09/29/2008 - Cuba has frozen prices at farmers markets and is promising to punish vendors who charge more for hard-to-find food as reserves dwindle following two hurricanes.

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Al-Maliki says security pact in US, Iraqi interest

Posted: 09/29/2008 - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says a new security accord with the United States is something he wants and both sides need, but he says any deal that doesn't respect Iraqi interests could threaten his government.

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S Korea: North proposes holding military talks

Posted: 09/26/2008 - South Korea says North Korea has proposed working-level military talks in what would be the first official contact between the two countries since February.

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