Voices President Obama urged members of Congress to make 2014 a 'year of action' in his State of the Union address

Institutional flaws have held the President back

Chavez home after cancer treatment

President Hugo Chavez returned to Venezuela on Saturday a week after leaving for chemotherapy in Cuba, saying no malignant cells were found and that he was arriving home in better health than when he left. News that he underwent surgery in Havana last month to remove a cancerous tumour has called into question his fitness to run for re-election next year, but he insisted at the capital's airport that all was well.

New Firm in town as Uruguay eye record 15th Copa

A new order in South American football? Perhaps not, but there is something to savour in the fact that, despite the best efforts of the organisers, tomorrow's Copa America final will be between Uruguay and Paraguay and not, for the third time running, feature Brazil and Argentina.

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino banished from touchline for Copa America final

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino will watch the Copa America final from the stands after he was suspended for two games following a brawl at the end of their semi-final win over Venezuela.

Paraguay reach Copa America final after penalties

Paraguay beat Venezuela 5-3 in a penalty shootout to reach the final of the Copa America for the first time since 1979 after a fortunate goalless draw last night.

Briton shot taking on robbers in Venezuela

A British holidaymaker was shot dead in Venezuela after taking on robbers, a hotel owner said today.

Paraguay and Venezuela in battle for Copa America final place

Uruguay awaits the winner of Paraguay and Venezuela in the final of the 2011 Copa América.

British tourist shot dead in Venezuela

A British tourist has been shot and killed during a robbery while on holiday in Venezuela.

Menezes pleads for time to get Brazil on track

Mano Menezes has defended his Brazil team, insisting that his record was not "all negative" after they were eliminated in the quarter-final of the Copa America on Sunday night. Brazil lost 2-0 on penalties to Paraguay after drawing 0-0 in 120 minutes. Brazilian newspaper O Globo described it as an act of "historical incompetence".

Copa America shocks continue as Venezuela progress

Venezuela reached the semi-finals of the Copa America for the first time last night by beating Chile 2-1 in yet another quarter-final upset.

Chavez returns to Cuba to begin chemotherapy

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has returned to Cuba to begin chemotherapy nearly a month after surgery to remove a tumor, and he is expressing optimism the treatment will help him survive his cancer.

Brazil face Paraguay in a group stage rematch

The penultimate quarter-final of the 2011 Copa América sees Brazil and Paraguay play out a rematch of a Group B clash that ended in a 2-2 draw.

Chile tackle Venezuela in Copa América quarter-final

Chile will attempt to maintain the natural order at the 2011 Copa América when they take on Venezuela for a spot in the semi-finals.

Chavez announces plan to return to Cuba for chemotherapy

President Hugo Chavez's fight against cancer has taken another surprising turn, with Venezuela's leftist leader announcing plans to fly back to Cuba today to begin chemotherapy.

Fickle fans simply helping to make Argentina stronger, warns Messi

Perhaps if you're Brazilian, this has been a tournament for fretting about the form of Neymar, but for everybody else it has been all about Lionel Messi.

Alexandre Pato and Neymar ensure Brazil progress at Copa America

Strikers Alexandre Pato and Neymar scored two goals apiece as Brazil beat Ecuador 4-2 to finish top of Group B at the Copa America last night and set up a quarter-final against Paraguay.

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