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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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.

Some of the mangrove in Bajo Lempa destroyed by rising sea levels

El Salvador in battle against tide of climate change

Rising sea levels and deforestation have destroyed the mangrove crops that villagers depend on to survive

Crisis in the cloudforest for woolly wonders

The yellow-tailed woolly monkey has long been hunted for its meat and fur, but now local attitudes are changing, as Simeon Tegel reports from Corosha, Peru
Riot police in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa

Can private cities save a nation with world's worst murder rate?

Fears of new 'banana republic' as US firm signs Honduras deal

Aliaksandr Barankov poses in his Belarus military uniform

Ecuador rejects Belarus' extradition request of former police inspector Aliaksandr Barankov who may have faced the death penalty

Ecuador has freed a Belarusian former police inspector who allegedly faced the death penalty in his homeland after uncovering government corruption there.

Postcard From...Lima

Are they superhumans? Or just genetically blessed? American scientists studying remote communities in the Peruvian Amazon ravaged by vampire bats have found the first evidence of humans immune to rabies.

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