Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff: admitted in a televised debate that while “it might seem I am satisfied with things, I am not
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In 1980, Ronald Reagan famously asked Americans if they were better off after four years of Jimmy Carter in the White House. Most decided they were no(...)

Michael Dwyer: an elite police unit stormed the hotel  in which he was staying   on April 16th, 2009. Mr Dwyer and two others were shot dead in the raid. Photograph: PA Wire

The mother and sister of Michael Dwyer have made an “emotional but necessary” visit to the hotel room in Santa Cruz where the Irish man was shot dead(...)

Marina Silva, Brazilian presidential candidate and former senator, been able to articulate a vision of a more just society, one that has resonated widely. Photograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Though young, energetic and telegenic Eduardo Campos had posed little threat to the re-election bid of Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff. Once (...)

Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner: denies the country re-entered default last month. Photograph: EPA/David Fernandez

Argentina’s government has unveiled a plan to get around a US court ruling and restart servicing debt on which it defaulted last month as the resul(...)

Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner: accused printing group RR Donnelley  of collaborating with bondholders. Photograph: Jorge Adorno/Reuters

Argentina’s government is seeking to prosecute a US company under anti-terrorist legislation for shutting down its local operation in the latest twist(...)

The recent Mercosur summit in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: EPA

After being stalled for years, trade talks between the EU and the South American bloc Mercosur are showing signs of life, with a deal that could have (...)

Estela de Carlotto with her grandson Guido Montoya Carlotto: “We must keep searching for those missing because other grandmothers have to feel what I feel.” Photograph: Florencia Downes/EPA

For Estela de Carlotto it was the call she must have feared she would never receive. Last Tuesday the Argentinian grandmother announced that she had f(...)

A fan of Argentina’s San Lorenzo dressed as Pope Francis cheers for the team in a recent  match  in La Paz, Photograph: Gaston Brito/Reuters

Most pontiffs wait until the next life before they start performing miracles but Pope Francis just might be about to carry out one while he is still w(...)

Supporters of Argentinean president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner protest against hedge funds in Buenos Aires last week. Photograph: EPA/David Fernándezs

Foreign bankers are in Buenos Aires for talks aimed at resolving Argentina’s debt impasse with a group of creditors that forced the country into a ne(...)

Paul Singer: To his enemies he is one of capitalism’s vultures who swoops down to feed off the weak.

One of the titans of Wall Street, Paul Singer is in many ways the embodiment of modern global capitalism.From his offices in New York he has just for(...)