Australia first held Earth Hour in 2007 and it went global in 2008, attracting 50 million people, organisers say. WWF, which started the event, is hoping one billion people from nearly 90 countries will take part.
Good, Bad, and Ugly
Brazil stocks rise; real flat on housing plan, US
SAO PAULO, March 25 (Reuters) – Brazil’s stocks gained on Wednesday following the government’s announcement of a massive low-income housing plan and stronger than expected U.S. durable goods sales in February, while the currency traded sideways.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – About one in every eight U.S. households, a record share, ended 2008 behind on their mortgage payments or in the foreclosure process as job losses intensified a housing crisis spawned by lax lending practices, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Thursday.
Chavez seeks re-election reform in Venezuela vote
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelans voted on Sunday on a reform proposal that would allow President Hugo Chavez to stay in power for as long as he keeps winning elections, his second bid to extend his rule after a decade in power.
Seven killed in Arizona tourist bush crash
Quite a few readers noticed this one. We corrected: GBU Editor
Officials work the scene at tour bus accident that left seven Chinese tourists dead on US-93 near Dolan Springs, Arizona January 30, 2009. REUTERS/Richard Brian/Henderson Home News