When it comes to that special Valentine, however, Mexicans have an inner Romeo that puts other nations' residents to shame. Last year, Mexicans broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people kissing simultaneously.
December saw losses of 85,000 jobs, but Friday's labor report also showed a small employment gain in November, the first since the recession began in December 2007.
For cash-strapped vacationers, time off this years means exploring ... locally. A report from Europe, Japan, and the US on the return of the road trip, backpacking with a burro, and growing beets.
Voters express frustration with ANC, but a large turnout favors the ruling party.
Low-income Americans, civil rights activists 'expect more of him,' says the longtime consumer advocate, pursuing his fifth bid for the White House.
President Alan García presides over one of the region's fastest growth rates, but his approval rating sank to 26 percent this week because the poor say their lives aren't any better.
The opposition Socialists beat out the ruling UMP in many cities, prompting calls for the French president to modify his ambitious plans.