As the US pressures Lima to halt Andean drug production, Simeon Tegel talks to the farmers for whom it is life
Plan aims to broaden the abysmally low tax base and root out corruption in public spending
The decision that no one will face charges over the mining accident in Chile that left 33 men underground for 69 days has left many speechless
Uruguay has taken a momentous step towards becoming the first country in the world to create a legal, national market for cannabis after the lower chamber of its Congress voted in favour of the groundbreaking plan.
A stay at the Tambopata Research Center requires effort, but the rewards include stunning wildlife encounters, says Simeon Tegel
Interim President Nicolas Maduro faces a battle to succeed El Comandante
Two American tourists feared dead or kidnapped deep in the Amazon Basin have turned up at a Peruvian military base, apparently bemused that their attempt to get away from it all sparked such alarm.
Hopes that their idol would take up the reins of his revolution appear to have dissipated
Colombian guerrillas begin ceasefire talks – but where are the missing victims? Simeon Tegel reports
Behind the ailing Socialist President is a likely successor who is even more anti-American
Venezuelans re-elect 'el Comandante' despite country's crippled economy and spiralling murder rate
He has survived cancer and a coup attempt in 14 years as Venezuela's President, but 'el Comandante' may be about to lose power in Sunday's vote
Ecuador has freed a Belarusian former police inspector who allegedly faced the death penalty in his homeland after uncovering government corruption there.
A record drought in northern Mexico has prompted warnings that the region's climate may have changed for good
Law allowing state to sell cannabis could be adopted across Latin America in defiance of US
Exhausted by the war on drugs, the country is on the verge of electing the PRI, a party notorious for its autocratic, corruption-plagued rule. Simeon Tegel reports from Mexico City