Poppies a hard habit to break in Mexico

The 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

US arrests man who owns Brazil football

José Hawilla to return $151m after pleading guilty in Fifa case

Colombia’s Santos calls for peace talks to accelerate

Announcement comes amid recent attacks by both sides in the five-decade-long conflict

Haiti: Rising from the rubble

Much has been rebuilt since the 2010 earthquake, but it is more difficult to ensure the country’s economic future

42 cartel members dead in Mexico shootout

Government claims a victory over Jalisco New Generation

Cuba: Showtime in Havana

Dance troupes excite audiences but reforms are urgent in the Caribbean island to boost the economy

Armed civilians patrol Mexico town

Community on guard after gang activity

Gangs challenge the ballot box in Chilapa

Violence is interwoven with politics in the strife-torn Mexican town

Brazil politics broken, says former leader

Cardoso warns of ‘crisis of legitimacy’ amid corruption scandals

Bachelet remakes government in Chile

President reshuffles cabinet amid scandals and faltering economy

Healthy eating becomes a luxury in EMs

Cost of fruits and vegetables rises while that of junk food falls

Peru fails to dig its way out of deadlock

South America’s former star is failing to adapt to the end of the commodities boom

A deadly new enemy in Mexico’s drugs war

More sophisticated narco-gangsters are replacing the old guard

Latin America braces for higher US rates

Liquidity and austerity are new buzzwords for region’s officials

Mexico forced to change tack on corruption

Strategy approved by congress focuses on stronger institutions

Past still haunts Latin American leaders

No one answer for crime and corruption plaguing region

Brazil suffers from recession and scandal

President Rousseff’s new economic pragmatism faces a gruelling test

Extreme negotiation: Colombia and Farc

Sergio Jaramillo’s high-stakes work offers a lesson in dealing with a bitter opponent

Puerto Rico bonds slide as tax law fails

Financial warning over debts that have soared to more than $70bn

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