Since 1990, more than 10,000 Colombians have been wounded or killed by landmines, including 982 children. Britain's Halo Trust expects to be one of the first NGOs to start clearing mines in the next several months.
Well-known for lengthy speeches, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has been publicly silent for nearly a month. His inauguration, originally scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed. Critics are calling for new elections.