Middle class key to poll in divided Brazil

‘Battle-axe’ and ‘playboy’ set for showdown after bruising fight

Mexican flag

Governor resigns over missing Mexicans

International outrage over complicity in students’ disappearance

An man passes by a McDonald's Corp. restaurant in Mexico City, Mexico, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013
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Education and taxation called to arms in Mexico’s effort to handle obesity

Scale of the problem has reached epidemic proportions. Plus: robots join drive to boost healthcare services

Cosmetic surgery cuts neatly into Brazil’s psyche

Appearance, ethnicity, status and social mobility are behind the phenomenon. Plus: efforts to improve treatment of diabetes

Fears mount of Venezuela default

President slashes imports to cover foreign debt payments

US revival defies Washington’s sclerosis

Local leadership and private enterprise dwarf the capital’s impact, writes Roger Altman

Dilma Rousseff and Aecio Neves

Rousseff and Neves lock horns in debate

Brazilian president fends off attacks in television contest

Mexican drug barons continue to flourish

Many veterans are behind bars or dead but new groups spring up

Neves has momentum in Brazil election

Challenger clashes with Rousseff over how to restore growth

Morales heads for third term in Bolivia

Victory could make him the world’s most successful socialist

Drama of state violence grips Mexico

Peña Nieto is accused of failing to clean up official corruption

Financial formulas

A lack of investment has pushed the region’s universities down the international rankings and created a vicious circle of academic decline. But new funding models are cause for optimism

Brazil markets rally on election result

Strong gains by pro-business candidate cheer investors

Hitmen confess to Mexico student killings

Students disappeared after clashes with police in Iguala

Mass graves found in Mexico after clash

Discovery is latest blow to country’s human rights record

Old faultlines emerge as Brazil votes

Social consensus crumbles among middle class and poor

Scandal amid success in Mexico drugs war

President faces criticism over deteriorating security

Brazil markets hit by Dilma surge in polls

Ibovespa falls as president widens lead

Rousseff backed amid shift to the left

Brazil president’s surge in polls worries investors

Brazil poll rivals clash on central bank

Rousseff campaign suggests independence will lead to famine