Unity News Lens lets you search Google news from Dash and it currently supports 61 countries. The lens was updated recently, and it now includes local news, topics and top stories with up to 100 results.
The updated News Lens uses geolocation for local news to define the language used based on your country, but you can also use your session language by selecting Language > Current from the Unity News Lens filter.
The lens will fallback to English and world news for countries not supported by Google News, but the news will be as local as possible, according to the Unity News Lens changelog.
To install Unity News Lens in Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10, use the following commands:
Once installed, log out and log back in.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install unity-lens-news
Report any bugs you may find @ Launchpad.
first image / info via David Callé @ Google+.