Environmental advocates participate in the “People’s Walk for Climate Justice”, a walkathon against climate change in the  Philippines. The latest round of UN climate talks are set to “grind to a halt” unless its joint co-chairs find a way of reconciling serious differences between rich and poor countries. Photograph: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

The latest round of UN climate talks “will grind to a halt” unless its joint co-chairs find a way of reconciling serious differences between rich and (...)

Bolivia’s  Evo Morales speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in La Paz on Monday. Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

The main opposition candidate in Bolivia’s election has conceded defeat to Evo Morales, after the socialist president looked certain to have easily wo(...)

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales speaks during a closing ceremony of his presidential election campaign. The Bolivian presidential election takes place today.  Photograph: David Mercado/Reuters

Bolivians vote today in an election that is almost guaranteed to hand a third consecutive term to President Evo Morales, a former coca farmer whose br(...)

Michael Dwyer’s mother and sister travelled to Santa Cruz to visit the places where Michael  spent his last days before he was shot dead in Hotel las Americas. Photograph: Julien Behal/Phoenix Films

Santa Cruz is planned out in a series of concentric circles. My translator tells me there were just two when he was growing up. Now, each year seems t(...)

Michael Dwyer:  shot dead by Bolivian police. Photograph: PA Wire

Caroline Dwyer, the mother of Michael Dwyer who was shot dead by Bolivian police in April 2009, has spoken of the fear and intimidation she felt on he(...)

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 (...)