Part of learning another language is learning to make the connections between the language and culture you are learning about and how they connect to your own life in the world outside the classroom.
This presentation asks students to find out about current events and happenings in Spanish-speaking countries. There are various cultures being studied and various world events, too. This focuses on student understanding of the news and current events in those target cultures. I had every level student do this bi-weekly (so the dates are predictable).