US companies carry flag for gay rights

Businesses urge Supreme Court to overturn same-sex marriage bans

Chile hints at way out of region’s gloom

World’s top copper exporter set to escape downturn

Brazil’s Schahin hit by Petrobras scandal

Third contractor in as many weeks to seek bankruptcy protection

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Raúl Castro, Cuba’s president

A rapprochement with America is part of his plan to save socialism from itself

Haitian President Michel Martelly arrives for the investiture ceremony of the ministers and state secretaries of the new Haitian government at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince on January 19, 2015
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Elections clouded by uncertainty

With four months before voting begins more than 160 political parties have registered

A woman holds a placard reading 'Petrolao Brazilian Shame' in reference to the Petrobras money laundering and corruption scandals, during a protest against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 15 March 2015
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Rousseff accused of ‘outsourcing’ politics

Crisis-hit Brazilian president weighs benefit of giving up control of key roles

Police arrest Rousseff’s party treasurer

Vaccari becomes most senior figure detained in Petrobras scandal

LatAm leaders must not be trapped in past

Scapegoating the US is time-honoured tactic for some politicians

Americas ‘love-in’ summit thin on action

Despite historic US-Cuba meeting, region remains mired in mistrust

Castro and Obama vow to ease tensions

US and Cuba leaders hold first face-to-face talk

Obama foreign policy doctrine takes shape

US president banks on engagement with old foes Iran and Cuba

US and Cuba in highest level talks in 50 years

US secretary of state John Kerry and Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez meet

Mexico’s economic gloom hard to crack

Families lose patience with Peña Nieto's reforms

Batista judge on embezzlement charges

Accusations are latest setback in Brazilian insider trading trial

Political theatrics dividing Brazil

More than half of Brazilians disapprove of the administration

Oil price rises as Saudis strike in Yemen

Houthi rebels hit back with rockets as conflict raises spectre of regional war

Lure of big ships fuels canal boom

Chinese companies bet on rival Latin American trade routes

An agenda for an outward-looking economy

A panel of business observers met to discuss the areas Brazil’s leaders must focus on now that the commodity boom has come to an end

Comment: Chronic institutional weakness holds nation back

Efforts to increase spending on transport and energy projects have delivered less than promised, writes Richard Lapper

Cuba flirts with free speech

The communist island is experimenting with its own version of glasnost