There is now an International category. This can also be used for national news items. Have you contributed to a newspaper and found that your contribution has been ignored? well, within reason your news item or comment could be published here. Your contribution will be published unless it is defamatory or otherwise subject to possible legal action. I will not edit or mark as unapproved your contribution just because it differs from my own views. But why an International category, just because we live in the "sticks" doesn't mean that our views are those of some country bumpkin.