Monitor staff writers and correspondents in each of the world's regions share what they expect to be top headlines in 2011.
As Costa Rica's coffee sales falter, farmers are turning to tours of their farms and production process to plump up their profits from this waning cash crop.
Costa Rica and Nicaragua are at loggerheads over control of a remote island on the San Juan River. Google Maps and The Hague have been sucked into the dispute.
The recession meant fewer Americans went abroad to study last year, and some countries sent fewer students to US colleges. But the number of Chinese students in the US increased by 30 percent.
Entering the ranks of global leadership, Brazil's President-elect Dilma Rousseff becomes the 18th woman head of state currently in power when she takes office in January.
The atrium of the Art of the Americas Wing at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is seen in this Thursday photo. The new $504 million addition, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster, opens to the public Nov. 20.
Rescuers search for victims after a landslide in San Antonio de Escazu, a suburb of San Jose, Costa Rica, on Nov. 4. A rain-sodden hillside collapsed on homes early that morning, killing at least 20 people, many as they slept.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (l) welcomes the President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (r) at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010.
Current leaders of Mexico and Colombia were relieved that Prop 19 failed, but former leaders feel more free to express their support of relaxing drug laws.