MSC Cruises to base ship in Havana

Optimal time to establish presence in Cuba, says cruise ship operator

Brazil hails long-awaited EU trade deal

Hopes raised for exchange of offers on tariffs by end of year

Snoop Dogg promotes cachaça to gringos

Rum’s Brazilian cousin raps on US door

View of the bottle filling line at the factory of Venezuelan Santa Teresa rum, in La Victoria, in the state of Aragua, on September 23, 2014
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Success stems from resilience of spirit

Troubled history has spawned thriving drinks industry which stretches from the Americas to Asia

Strategy wants more of us to sip and not mix

Small Caribbean brands struggle with distribution

Buenos Aires market bucks Argentina trend

Popularity of La Salada is ironic bookmark to rule by Fernández

Executives arrested in Petrobras probe

Politically connected Marcelo Odebrecht detained

Spain’s Tabacalera set to take the cigar

Tobacco group prepares for surge in sales

Mexico suffers the costs of lawlessness

Up to 3% of GDP a year lost to crime and violence

Eucalyptus clones key to productivity

Innovations help producer of pulp from gum trees to boost output

Petrobras scandal ensnares power group

Brazil’s Eletrobras hires lawyers to probe corruption allegations

Brazil outlines $65bn infrastructure package

Private sector to build and operate roads, airports and railways

Fifa scandal tests Trinidad’s Robin Hood

The football boss divides loyalties but all agree he has influence

UK developer plans to invest $500m in Cuban resort

London & Regional’s move comes as Havana’s US relations improve

Patagonian shale raises hopes and fears

Argentina is sitting on a wealth of undeveloped energy resources

In defence of Europe’s long holidays

Research links ‘les grandes vacances’ with higher productivity

Guyana tests waters of a ‘new era’

Poor South American nation has a new leader and the chance of oil

Romário drives Brazilian probe into Fifa

Senate launches inquiry over awarding of 2014 World Cup

Poppies a hard habit to break in Mexico

Heroin crop offers high risks and few rewards for farmers

US tackles Brazil’s dirty game

Fifa arrests expose corruption claims in Latin American football