Venezuelan ills send chill over ally Cuba

Warnings of rationing revive memories of post-Soviet austerity

Crunch time for attempt to oust Maduro

Venezuelan presidency faces push for a recall referendum

Challenges hound organisers of Rio Games

Hurdles include huge logistics issues and Olympic-size rodents

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Democratic convention to hear calls for unity

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Brazil keen to open trade talks with UK

Move could come under Mercosur trade bloc, says foreign minister

Brazil makes 10 Olympic terrorism arrests

Justice chief says cell took part in Isis initiation over internet

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Wall St on edge at Glass-Steagall embrace

Proposals similar to post-depression act gain bipartisan support

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Brazil in 3 standout numbers

Figures to illustrate rapidly growing middle class and unstable political system

Economist Paul Romer to get World Bank job

Appointment as chief economist would add provocative voice to research department

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Farc rebels train for life after war

Colombia’s guerrillas contemplate civilian life after decades in the jungle

Brazil to enshrine central bank’s autonomy

Law would aim to strengthen institution’s credibility in markets

Peña Nieto gets lesson in school politics

Mexico’s president under pressure to weaken education reforms

Venezuelans cross border in hunt for food

Mass shortages prompt thousands to enter Colombia to shop 

Realism drives Macri’s foreign rethink

Argentine leader seeks to court US without alienating China

Climate change chief joins race to head UN

Costa Rican diplomat has been credited with sealing Paris accord

Messi given jail term over tax fraud

Spanish court hands Argentine footballer 21-month sentence

Missing ex-Gitmo detainee unnerves Brazil

Country ramps up security as it prepares for Olympic Games

EU trade deal bows to parliaments’ power

Brussels cedes ratification of pact with Canada to member states

Latin American links scale new heights

Gathering of leaders marks decisive shift back towards economic orthodoxy

Rousseff resorts to crowd-funding

Brazil’s suspended president campaigns against impeachment