Petrobras president Aldemir Bendine: markets reacted negatively to news that a loyal lieutenant of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was being handed the job. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

Brazil’s government has appointed the controversial head of a state bank to be the new president of the crisis-stricken oil giant Petrobras. Th(...)

The Irish Times’ Generation Emigration project is on the hunt for the best Irish pub in the world outside Ireland. Why? Because the best Irish pubs(...)

Argentine president Cristina Kirchner waves to  children as Chinese president Xi Jinping accompanies her during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China,  on February 4th, 2015. Photograph: Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty Images

A federal judge in Argentina has been appointed to investigate accusations made by Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor who died in mysterious circumstances(...)

Petrobas CEO Maria das Graças Foster who, along with five other managers, has resigned.

The head of Brazil’s state-controlled oil giant Petrobras has resigned along with five other senior managers becoming the latest high-profile casualti(...)

A woman holds up an image of Alberto Nisman at his funeral in Buenos Aires. The Argentinian public prosecutor died in mysterious circumstances the day before he was to testify about allegations against the president. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

When he ran to be its president back in 2003, Néstor Kirchner promised to transform Argentina into “a serious country” if elected. He said he wanted a(...)

Auguste Comte: His positivist philosophy looks to science to understand the workings of society. Photograph: Prisma/UIG/Getty Images

The imposing building on Benjamin Constant Road in Rio de Janeiro did nothing to mark Christmas, even though it is a church.There was no tree or crib (...)

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff: during the campaign she claimed her opponents would inflict austerity on Brazilians if she lost, but since her victory, she has accepted that spending cuts will have to be made, subsidies to consumers unwound and interest rates raised.  Photograph: Joedson Alves/Reuters

Having tacked to the left during a deeply polarised campaign to secure re-election in October, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is coming under fire(...)

Demonstrators march in Sao Paulo against corruption and the government of president Dilma Rousseff. Photograph: Bosco Martin/EPA

Public prosecutors in Brazil have charged 36 people, including top executives from some of the country’s leading civil engineering companies, with inv(...)

Cubans queue to apply for tourist visas to visit the US at the American Interests Building in Havana. Photograph: Meredith Kohut/New York Times

When foreign ministers from the 21 republics that then made up the Organisation of Americas States (OAS) gathered in the Uruguayan beach resort of Pun(...)

Michael Lynne: being held in a prison in the city of Recife. Photograph:  Garrett White/Collins

Brazil’s supreme court has cleared the way for the extradition of fugitive former solicitor Michael Lynn back to Ireland to face charges relating to t(...)