South America

People get gas in Venezuela

Venezuela To Raise Gas Prices To Combat Smuggling

Venezuela's gas prices haven't increased in years.

 | Caitlin Baldwin

Aerial view of Argentina National Congress

Argentina's Senate Votes Against Legal Abortion

The government is still expected to decriminalize abortion.

 | Jake Jones

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

6 Detained In Venezuela Over Alleged Maduro Assassination Attempt

The Venezuelan government says Nicolas Maduro was speaking at a military parade when drones armed with explosive devices flew toward the stage.

 | Katie Cammarata

A Venezuelan man waits to exchange bolivars

Venezuela To Knock 5 Zeros Off Its Currency To Help With Inflation

President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday the new sovereign bolivar will start circulating Aug. 20.

 | Briana Koeneman

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

One Brazilian Judge Orders Lula's Release — But Another Blocks It

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is serving 12 years in prison for a corruption conviction.

 | Katie Cammarata

The White House

US Sanctions 3 Nicaraguan Officials Over Violence And Corruption

Protests in Nicaragua began in April. Since then, over 230 people have been killed.

 | Ethan Weston

President Donald Trump

AP: Trump Asked Aides About Invading Venezuela Last Year

The Associated Press says President Trump asked why the U.S. couldn't invade Venezuela in a meeting on Aug. 10.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

Venezuelan protests

UN: Venezuelan Security Forces Killed Hundreds

The report claims the killings are often covered up by the officers.

 | Jake Jones

Ivan Duque, Colombian president-elect

Conservative Ivan Duque Wins Colombia's Presidential Election

Conservative Ivan Duque won 54 percent of the vote in Sunday's race, beating leftist Gustavo Petro by 12 points.

 | Briana Koeneman

Pope Francis

Pope Accepts The Resignations Of 3 Chilean Church Leaders

One of the leaders is Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, who's been accused of helping cover up sexual abuse within the church.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

A plastic bag.

Chile To Become First South American Country To Ban Plastic Bags

Congress approved the measure last week, which is part of an effort to protect the country's coastline and the ocean.

 | Briana Koeneman

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Pompeo Wants Venezuela Suspended From Organization Of American States

This comes after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro won a second six-year term in what some countries and U.S. lawmakers called a "sham" election.

 | Katie Cammarata

Guatemala's Fuego volcano

At Least 62 Dead After Volcano Erupts In Guatemala

The Fuego volcano is located about 25 miles southwest of Guatemala's capital.

 | Scripps News Staff

Ivan Duque and Gustavo Petro.

Colombia's Presidential Election Moves To The Second Round

Right-wing candidate Ivan Duque will face leftist Gustavo Petro in a runoff election after no presidential candidate won 50 percent of the vote.

 | Briana Koeneman

Joshua Holt

American Held In Venezuela For Nearly Two Years On His Way Home

Holt went to Venezuela in 2016 to marry. The Venezuelan police claim he and his wife were stockpiling weapons.

 | Ethan Weston

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

Venezuelan President Expels 2 US Diplomats Over New Sanctions

Nicolás Maduro's order comes after the U.S. banned American entities from buying certain Venezuelan assets.

 | Jake Jones

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

More Countries Rebuke Venezuela Election; US Imposes New Sanctions

Fourteen countries reportedly recalled their ambassadors to Venezuela after Nicolás Maduro won another six-year term as president.

 | James Packard

Cardinals in Vatican City

Every Catholic Bishop In Chile Offers To Resign Amid Abuse Scandal

The 34 bishops announced their intentions in a statement Friday.

 | Gabrielle Ware

Assange at Ecuador embassy in London

Ecuador Removes Extra Security At Embassy Where Julian Assange Lives

Assange has been staying in the embassy since 2012, when Ecuador granted him asylum.

 | Ethan Weston

Maduro rally

Opposition Parties Plan To Boycott Venezuela's Presidential Election

Sunday's election is expected to unfairly favor Nicolás Maduro, but two candidates are still challenging him.

 | Jake Jones

A massive fire engulfed a high-rise building in Brazil.

At Least 1 Dead After Massive Fire Engulfs High-Rise In Brazil

The Sao Paulo Fire Department said 160 firefighters were needed to battle the blaze, which started early Tuesday morning.

 | Briana Koeneman

Memorial for plane crash victims

Report: Deadly 2016 Plane Crash Was Caused By Lack Of Fuel

The plane was carrying a Brazilian soccer team, which was on its way to compete in the South American Cup finals.

 | Jake Jones

Managua, Nicaragua

Violent Protests In Nicaragua Leave At Least 10 Dead

Demonstrators have been protesting changes to the country's pension system.

 | Ethan Weston

Pope Francis

Pope Says He Made 'Grave Mistakes' In Handling Sex Abuse Allegations

Pope Francis long defended Bishop Juan Barros, who was accused of helping to cover up sexual abuse by a priest.

 | Jake Jones

President Donald Trump

What Trump Is Missing By Canceling His South America Trip

President Donald Trump's canceled trip to South America could have helped the president push several key policy goals.

 | Matt Picht

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Brazil's Ex-president Turned Himself In To Authorities

He failed to turn himself in to police on Friday.

 | Ethan Weston

Epsy Campbell

In A Historic Vote, Costa Rica Chooses A Black Woman Vice President

Epsy Campbell is making international headlines.

 | Melissa Prax

breaking news

Fire In Venezuelan Jail Kills At Least 68 People

The fire reportedly started during a riot at the jail in the city of Valencia.

 | Katie Cammarata

Pedro Kuczynski

Peru's President Resigns Ahead Of 2nd Impeachment Vote

Congress already had plans to impeach Pedro Kuczynski over allegations he profited from contracts with a Brazilian construction company.

 | Jake Jones

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Trump Bars US Citizens From Investing In Venezuelan Cryptocurrency

President Donald Trump issued an executive order that called Venezuela's recently issued cryptocurrency an "attempt to circumvent U.S. sanctions."

 | Lindsey Pulse