Simeon Tegel

Simeon Tegel is a British journalist based in Lima, Peru, and covering Latin America. Visit his website at simeontegel.com.

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'This is insane!' Couple feared abducted in Peru are found - kayaking up the Amazon

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.

A supporter of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez waves the national flag in front of the military hospital where Chavez is being treated, in Caracas

World Focus: Has Hugo Chavez come home to rule – or home to die?

Hopes that their idol would take up the reins of his revolution appear to have dissipated

President Chavez had a fourth round of cancer surgery last month

Venezuela forced to face prospect of life without president Hugo Chavez

Under the constitution, new elections must be held if the President is too ill to be sworn in

Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, will be sworn in today

Stakes are high as Mexico's new President bids to end the bloodshed caused by drug conflict

Enrique Peña Nieto takes office with calls to pursue the drug barons and protect the public

Indigenous Colombians drag a soldier from a military post on Mount Berlin. They expelled troops from the area after harassment by Farc guerrillas

Farc demands land in return for peace

Colombian guerrillas begin ceasefire talks – but where are the missing victims? Simeon Tegel reports

Postcard from... Peru

Hanging on by my fingernails half-way up a 100ft cliff, this is not the place to be running out of breath. With almost infinite virgin routes, fingertip-shredding volcanic rock, the “Forest of Rocks” at Huayllay, in Peru's central region of Cerro de Pasco, is a rock-climber's paradise.

Nicolás Maduro with Hugo Chávez earlier this month

Waiting in the shadow of Hugo Chavez

Behind the ailing Socialist President is a likely successor who is even more anti-American

Hugo Chávez celebrates being re-elected, while opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, warned a chastened president that he must govern for all Venezuelans

Man of the people Chavez survives scare to extend rule

Venezuelans re-elect 'el Comandante' despite country's crippled economy and spiralling murder rate

Henrique Capriles
Capriles studied law at university, but has spent almost his entire adult life in politics, working as a local mayor, member of congress and, since 2008, governor of Miranda, the wealthiest of the country's 23 states. Capriles was charged and cleared – twice – with orchestrating violent protests outside the Cuban embassy during the 2002 coup. He has always denied the accusation and claims he was
mediating between the ambassador and the mob.

Hugo Chavez finally meets his match

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

Ivan Velázquez Caballero, in the checked shirt, and two suspects are paraded with drugs and weapons seized during their arrest

The end of El Taliban: Mexico captures one of its most-wanted drugs kingpins

Mexico's navy has captured of one of the country's most-wanted druglords, Iván Velázquez Caballero, alias "El Talibán", a leader of the ultra-violent Zetas cartel.

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