Left behind: Caroline Dwyer and her daughter Aisling in room 457 of Hotel las Americas, in Santa Cruz. Photograph: Julien Behal/Phoenix Films

They wore summer dresses and sandals, and you could at first glance have mistaken them for a mother and daughter off on a girls’ holiday together. But(...)

The family of Michael Dwyer has formally presented its request for an international inquiry into his death at the hands of Bolivian police to senior officials of the Andean country. Photograph: PA

The family of Michael Dwyer has formally presented its request for an international inquiry into his death at the hands of Bolivian police to senior o(...)

 Michael Dwyer: two former officials have apologised to the family.

Caroline Dwyer has met with the two men who were with her son Michael on the night he was shot dead by Bolivian police in April 2009.Accompanied in Bo(...)

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(...)

A Colombian anti-drugs police officer checks bales of marijuana, part of a load of five tons, seized on the outskirts of Cali, Colombia. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Increasing numbers of women are being locked up in the ferocious prison systems of Latin America in the so-called “war against drugs”. Often poor and (...)

Michael Dwyer: he was unarmed when shot in his hotel room in the city of Santa Cruz on April 16th, 2009. Photograph:  PA Wire

There are serious questions concerning the lawfulness of the Bolivian police operation in which Michael Dwyer was shot dead, according to the former (...)

Why did people of the 19th century consider tomatoes to be poisonous? The answer lies in the origin of tomatoes. Photograph: Frank Miller

My elderly American cousin was talking tomatoes as she drove me into Salem to walk the heritage trail and visit the courthouse. Tomatoes were the last(...)

Michael Dwyer, shot dead five years ago by Bolivian security forces. His family has called for “renewed external pressure” on Bolivia to compel it to investigate the circumstances surrounding his killing. Photograph: PA

On the fifth anniversary of his death, the family of Michael Dwyer has called (...)

Venezuelan opposition representatives by Gran Polo Patriotico speak during a demonstration against the Venezuelan government to reject violence of recent days in the country and to ask the parliamentary immunity for opposition leader Maria Corina Machado. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrezz/EPA

Venezuela’s jailed protest leader urged supporters today to keep demonstrating peacefully against President Nicolas Maduro despite violence tha(...)

A woman speaks along a flooded street on the outskirts of Trinidad, some 400 km northeast of the Bolivian capital La Paz. Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters.
Flooding in Bolivia kills 38 people
  • World
  • February 6, 2014, 18:19

Torrential rain and floods in Bolivia have killed 38 people and left many homeless, the government said today.Forecasters are predicting more heavy ra(...)