US and Mexico boost manufacturing appeal

Report highlights cost advantages at two nations

Amazon rainforest

Brazil turns to drones to protect Amazon

Aerial monitoring would hold farmers to new forestry code

Venezuela sees a pragmatic revolution

Maduro is taking orthodox steps to rescue the economy

US jobless claims near lowest since 2007

Brazil unemployment declines and inflation lower than forecast

US and Mexico spar over sugar and steel

Nafta has failed to end trade frictions between the countries

Demonstrators make a barricade of burning garbage during a protest against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas

Cuba fed a president’s fears in Venezuela

Caracas is paying the price for Chávez’s misplaced trust, writes Moisés Naím

Risk seekers turn to Latin American bonds

Some countries, still labelled pariahs, are seen as opportunities

WTO raises global trade forecasts

Upturn in US and Europe likely to lead to stronger-than-expected growth

The Fragile Middle

Slowdown puts 1bn middle class at risk

FT analysis questions durability of march out of poverty in emerging markets

WTO chief warns on slow trade recovery

Fragile eurozone and EM woes hold global commerce back

Death knell for Brazil’s economic strategy

Pressure mounts on President to change strategy

Brazil raises rates to two-year high

Increase to 11% seen to mark end of tightening cycle

Mexican powerhouse looks to southern ties

Membership may shift geopolitical perceptions of focus chief ly inclined towards US and Canada

Venezuela's Torres on charm offensive

Jacketed Rousseff makes investors nervous

Fear that economic restraints will be cast aside after election

Brazil attacks credit downgrade by S&P

S&P cuts Brazil to one notch above junk

Rating agency cites concern about growth and economic credibility

Brazil yet to feel World Cup bounce

Container trade to expand less than hoped, says Maersk

S Africa inflation edges higher

South African inflation rises to 5.9% while retail sales climb

Transatlantic trade talks hit German snag

Berlin breaks ranks and opposes TTIP dispute settlement clause