New world: the first map of the world to show America, drawn in 1500 by Juan de la Cosa, Christopher Columbus’s pilot. Photograph: Universal/UIG via Getty

As every Irish person knows, St Brendan discovered the Americas almost a full millennium before Christopher Columbus made landfall there, in 1492. Or (...)

Mr Lynn was arrested in Brazil almost two years ago – on August 29th – and has been held since in a prison in the city of Recife while fighting efforts to return him to Ireland. Photograph: Federal Police of Brazil

Fugitive lawyer Michael Lynn should be back in Ireland before the end of the year to face charges relating to the collapse of his property empire, acc(...)

Overcrowded and described as barbarous:  Cotel prison in Recife, Brazil. Photograph: Federal Police of Brazil

On a muggy Wednesday morning a steady stream of women make their way towards the Cotel remand prison, home of the fugitive Irish lawyer Michael Lynn s(...)

Eduardo Cunha, president of Brazil’s lower house of parliament, who has been accused of accepting a $5 million  bribe in return for helping a company win contracts to supply  oil giant Petrobras with drill ships. Photograph: Miguel Schincariol/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil’s political crisis has entered a new and more volatile phase with last week’s decision by federal prosecutors to formally charge the powerful p(...)

Recife: revival of interest in its Jewish past is part of a still-emerging change in Brazil since the return of democracy in the 1980s

In the heart of Old Recife is a street sign that hints at the remarkable history of one of Brazil’s oldest neighbourhoods. Painted onto tiles in the P(...)

Dilma Rousseff: The president’s  Workers’ Party administration is now engulfed in a huge corruption scandal and struggling to navigate the country’s worst recession in two decades.   Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Bloomberg

Standing on a corner of São Paulo’s main avenue, holding a banner demanding “Impeachment Already”, Michele Pick and Maria Necela Sampaio were clear ab(...)

President Dilma Rousseff:  Hundreds of thousands are expected to take to the streets on Sunday  to demand her impeachment. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians are expected to take to the streets on Sunday in the latest round of the campaign to force President Dilma Rous(...)

Mayor of Buenos Aires Mauricio Macri, who is attempting to become the first right-wing politician to secure Argentina’s presidency in free elections, speaking on Sunday as the results of primary elections began to come in. Photograph: AFP/Telam/Alejandro Santa Cruz

Argentina is set for its most open presidential election in years after primaries held on Sunday showed the country’s right-wing opposition was unusua(...)

Cristina Kirchner and Aníbal Fernández at a rally in Buenos Aires last month. Kirchner compared those allegedly behind the accusations to the death squads of the military dictatorship. Photograph: Charly Diaz Azcue/CON

A bitter internal feud has broken out in Argentina’s ruling Peronist movement in advance of primary elections tomorrow after a prominent journalist ac(...)

José Dirceu, who was detained  yesterday morning at his home in Brasília. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

Police in Brazil have arrested one of the founders of the ruling Workers’ Party, accusing him of being the mastermind behind the massive corruption s(...)