Cuba fed a president’s fears in Venezuela

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

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

Brazil’s anti-poverty plan plaudits wane

‘Bolsa família’ scheme fails to show boost to educational levels

An appliance store, frequented by the emerging middle class in Brazil, in the city center of Sao Paulo

Brazil aspiration at risk

Revolution of social expectations spirals into malaise

Rousseff hits back at Petrobras criticism

Brazil president says group is target of campaign

Papal envoy put to test in Venezuela talks

Vatican diplomat called in to help break political deadlock

The Fragile Middle

Slowdown puts 1bn middle class at risk

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

Pressure mounts on Rousseff over Petrobras

Police seize company documents in corruption inquiry

Rousseff faces Brazil inflation threat

President’s electoral prospects hit by economic data

Venezuelan rivals set for peace talks

Opposition demands release of imprisoned leader

Sleaze v spin in Mexico’s race for reform

Enrique Peña Nieto’s government combines reform with rigid control, writes Jude Webber

Bachelet tested by Chile’s earthquake

Brazil raises rates to two-year high

Increase to 11% seen to mark end of tightening cycle

Alliance founders seek closer political ties

Colombia’s president says that the path of partnership reaches beyond commercial arrangements

Lawless Colombian port key to trade pact

Fernández faces mother of political fights

Popularity under threat from policy U-turns

World Cup impact on Brazil ‘not large’

Moody’s says event will generate only 0.4% of GDP in 10 years

Argentina revises 2013 growth to 3%

Revision reflects attempt to improve economic reporting

Rio braced for World Cup as tensions rise

Favela residents say police acting like drug gangs

Jacketed Rousseff makes investors nervous

Fear that economic restraints will be cast aside after election

Brazil attacks credit downgrade by S&P