South America

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

Venezuela's Maduro Faces His Toughest Challenger Yet

With international support, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó might be the most serious challenger that the country's president has faced.

 | Matt Picht

Protests in Venezuela.

Russia Warns US And Others Against Military Intervention In Venezuela

The White House hasn't detailed what a U.S. intervention could look like, but President Trump has previously considered a military option.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

Venezuelans protest

Protests Erupt In Venezuela After Failed Military Revolt

​According to Venezuela's defense ministry, a "small group" of national guardsmen tried to stage an uprising early Monday morning.

 | Ahmed Jawadi

Venezuela's National Assembly president Juan Guaidó

The US Might Stop Recognizing Nicolas Maduro as Venezuela's President

​The U.S. and several other countries have declared Maduro's presidency illegitimate.

 | Ahmed Jawadi

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

Venezuelan President Proposes Raising Minimum Wage 300 Percent

​It's one of several measures Nicolás Maduro's government introduced to help tackle Venezuela's massive inflation problem.

 | Ahmed Jawadi

President Jair Bolsonaro is recognized as commander-in-chief of Brazil's Armed Forces during his inauguration

Brazil's New Forest Policies Could Cause Worldwide CO2 Impacts

Brazil is home to one of Earth's most important carbon sinks, and President Jair Bolsonaro seems to be taking steps to develop that land.

 | Tyler Adkisson

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil Has A New President

Jair Bolsonaro was sworn in as the country's next president on Tuesday.

 | Katie Cammarata

Venezuelan father holds his daughter on a street corner

United Nations Approves Millions Of Dollars In Aid To Venezuela

​The funding will go toward providing food, medicine and other help to Venezuelans.

 | Ahmed Jawadi

Venezuelan migrants in Colombia

The UN Says 3 Million People Have Fled Venezuela In Just A Few Years

The number of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia alone is more than 1 million.

 | Sebastián Martínez Valdivia

Venezuelan flag and American flag.

Trump Signs New Sanctions Targeting Venezuela's Gold Market

President Donald Trump signed an executive order to issue the new sanctions.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's newly-elected president

Bolsonaro Win Foreshadows A Return To Power For Brazil's Military

Brazil's newly-elected president Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly praised the country's authoritarian past.

 | Matt Picht

A protester holds a Brazilian flag

Far-Right Candidate Bolsonaro Wins Brazilian Presidential Election

Heading into the election, polls showed Jair Bolsonaro held a 12 point lead over his opponent, Fernando Haddad.

 | Katie Cammarata and Sebastián Martínez Valdivia

Julian Assange addressing reporters outside of Ecuador's embassy in London

Julian Assange Sues Ecuador For Violating His 'Fundamental Rights'

​The lawsuit relates to a new set of embassy house rules that Assange claims violates his rights.

 | Ahmed Jawadi

Fernando Alban's body lies at the National Assembly

Venezuelan Councilman Dies In Custody Under Unknown Circumstances

Fernando Albán was jailed Friday by Venezuelan officials who allege he was part of an attempt to kill the country's president.

 | Caitlin Baldwin

People wave Venezuelan flag

Venezuela's Crisis Is Rooted In Oil Prices — And Authoritarianism

The economy's downturn is closely tied to its dependency on oil exports.

 | Chance Seales

People protest Jair Bolsonaro

Women Lead Protests Against Far-Right Candidate In Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro said Friday he won't accept the results of Brazil's upcoming election if he doesn't win.

 | Sebastián Martínez Valdivia

Pope Francis holds his General Weekly Audience in St. Peter's Square in August 2018

Pope Francis Defrocks Chilean Priest Found Guilty Of Sexual Abuse

The pontiff defrocked 88-year-old Rev. Fernando Karadima of Chile, who was found guilty by a Vatican court of sexually abusing minors.

 | Cristina Mutchler

Man walking past Petrobras building

Brazilian Oil Company Petrobras To Pay $853M Over Bribery Scandal

​The DOJ says Petrobras violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars companies from bribing foreign officials.

 | Ahmed Jawadi

Hillside slum housing in Caracas, Venezuela in 2003

World Leaders Want The ICC To Investigate Venezuela

Leaders from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Canada signed a joint statement asking the ICC to probe possible crimes against humanity.

 | Cristina Mutchler

A poor Venezuelan neighborhood

VP Pence Announces $48 Million In Humanitarian Aid For Venezuelans

Venezuela's economy has been spiraling downward and millions of people have fled the country.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

Nicolas Maduro

New Venezuelan Sanctions Target Maduro's Wife And His Inner Circle

The Trump administration announced the additional sanctions on Tuesday.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

Pope Francis gives a speech in Sweden in 2016

Pope Accepts Resignation Of 2 More Chilean Bishops Amid Abuse Scandal

That means a total of seven bishops in the country have stepped down this year during an investigation into widespread sexual abuse in the church.

 | Cristina Mutchler

Cocaine mixture

UN Report Says Cocaine Production In Colombia At All Time High

The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime published the report on Wednesday.

 | Katie Cammarata

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Former Brazilian Leader Ends Presidential Bid From Behind Bars

Fernando Haddad will take his place on the ballot.

 | Jake Jones

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

NYT: US Officials Met With Venezuelan Officers Planning A Coup

The plans to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro reportedly leaked, leading to arrests.

 | Jake Jones

Argentine President Mauricio Macri

Argentina Is Cutting Government Ministries To Stabilize Its Economy

Inflation, drought and a massive sell-off of Argentine assets have added to the country's worsening economic crisis.

 | Jake Jones

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

Nicaragua Kicks Out UN Investigators

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights published a report that said the Nicaraguan government is using violence to repress protests.

 | Jake Jones


Countries Put Up Barriers For Venezuelan Migrants

Officials from Peru and Ecuador are scheduled to meet counterparts in Colombia to discuss the growing migrant crisis.

 | Jake Jones

Venezuela's new currency sovereign bolivar

Venezuela Issues New Currency — The Sovereign Bolivar

It's part of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's "formula" to help his country's economy.

 | Katie Cammarata

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Brazil's Lula To Register As Presidential Candidate From Jail

Despite being in jail since April, Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva reportedly leads election polls.

 | Katie Cammarata