Nicaragua breaks ground with $50bn canal

Ortega seeks to allay fears over China’s role in inter-ocean project

Euphoria hits Cuba amid doubts on detente

Easing of US ties could spark a boom but large-scale emigration is a risk

The Big Read: Oil’s winners and losers

Inflation and strong dollar could curb global economic impact

Mexico minister defends house purchase

Videgaray says he is willing to submit to an independent investigation

Petronas signs Argentina shale deal

Malaysian state oil company agrees $550m joint venture with YPF

Bogotá reaps peace dividend

Dark days of fear give way to hope

City’s political skirmishes fail to discourage outside investors

The capital is prospering as a hub for Latin American business

Chile rethinks its free market experiment

Critics warn reforms threaten the country’s economic ‘miracle’

Brazilians brace for ‘Scissorhands’ cuts

New finance minister targets tax breaks and unemployment benefits

Brazil lifts benchmark rate to 11.75%

Government strives to regain investor trust

Antofagasta appoints new mining chief

Herrera now in the frame as potential group CEO

Struggling with the transition

The end of the commodity supercycle is bringing challenges

Vázquez to extend reforms in Uruguay

Outgoing leader ‘Pepe’ Mujica will remain a powerful force

Brazil’s leader and the market-friendly Levy

A bullish sign but the finance minister faces a tough task

Brazil to raise ethanol content of petrol

Increase in blend is first in almost two years and brings much-needed relief for sugar mills

Brazil economy crawls out of recession

Growth of 0.1% illustrates challenge for economics team

Argentina says HSBC aided tax evasion

Buenos Aires says bank put clients’ money in secret Swiss accounts

Mexico outlines police and justice reforms

Peña Nieto acts after 43 students disappeared in September

Germany drops opposition to Canada deal

Berlin says opting out would be ‘disaster’

Brazil police probe UK property developer

EcoHouse subject of criminal inquiry into social housing scheme