Rio’s Olympics preparation faces crisis

Brazil’s lack of forward planning made worse by bureaucracy

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

Venezuelan rivals set for peace talks

Opposition demands release of imprisoned leader

Bachelet tested by Chile’s earthquake

Disaster adds to president’s demanding reform agenda

Chile cancels tsunami warnings

Area affected by earthquake escapes large casualties

Chile earthquake

A powerful tremor struck off northern coast, triggering landslides and a small tsunami

Lawless Colombian port key to trade pact

Pacific Alliance faces tough realities on the ground

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

Brazil minister attacks games preparations

Shift in tone from the government message it was on top of task

Holy hand seen in Fernández’s conversion

Argentine president takes Pope’s message of reconciliation to heart

Brazil grants $5.1bn aid to power sector

Move to protect consumers from price increases

Pricey beef a tender topic in Argentina

Once-dominant Latin American industry is in decline

Mexico president attacks vested interests

Powerful groups have been accepted as cultural norm

Venezuela exposes regional disunity

Maduro’s problems test Union of South American Nations

Bachelet reforms on shaky ground in Chile

‘Dead’ Mexican drug boss killed again

Nazario Moreno, reported dead in 2010, in shootout