Joao Vaccari, treasurer of Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party, is escorted by police as he arrives at a legal medical institute in Curitiba. Brazilian police on Wednesday arrested Mr Vaccari, moving an investigation of graft and political kickbacks at state-run oil company Petrobras closer to President Dilma Rousseff’s inner circle. Photograph: Rodolfo Buhrer/Reuters

Moves by Brazil’s opposition to open impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff have intensified following the arrest of the treasurer o(...)

Judge Martin Nolan said “there was a degree of desperation” on Arteaga’s part and he was on the “very lowest rung of this transportation system”

A man who swallowed 39 condoms filled with liquid cocaine to smuggle the drugs into Ireland from Brazil has been jailed for four years.Bolivian natio(...)

A girl stands behind a Venezuelan flag and underneath a sign reading “Respect Dissidence in Venezuela” during a protest in Panama City ahead of this weekend’s Summit of the Americas. Photograph: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

The recent détente between Cuba and the United States faces its first public test this weekend when presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama attend the(...)

With its £47 billion (€64.6bn) purchase of BG Group, Royal Dutch Shell has consolidated its position as a leading liquefied natural gas player. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

With its £47 billion (€64.6bn) purchase of BG Group, Royal Dutch Shell has consolidated its position as a leading liquefied natural gas player.But alo(...)

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Paolo Sorrentino’s mesmerizing film La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), which won an Oscar for best foreign-language film in 2014, sparked contr(...)

Protesters in cities across Brazil held marches to pressure Rousseff over unpopular budget cuts and a corruption scandal that has snared leaders of her political coalition. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have marched peacefully in more than 50 cities to demand President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment and to criticise g(...)

 Mario Tadic (second left) and Elod Toaso (second right), at their trial, in La Paz, Bolivia. Photograph: Martin Alipaz/EPA

The two men arrested in the police raid that killed Michael Dwyer in Bolivia pleaded guilty to complicity in armed insurrection at their trial on Fri(...)

A group of prosecutors and judiciary workers lead a march under heavy rain in Buenos Aires on Wednesday to pay tribute to  prosecutor Alberto Nisman a month after his  death in mysterious circumstances. Photograph: Agustin Marcarian/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of Argentines took to the streets on Wednesday night to demand justice for prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who died in mysterious cir(...)

Jordanian Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein, FIFA vice-president, could lose his seat on the executive committee in a reorganisation by the Asian Football Confederation. Photograph: Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty

The English Football Association is set to back the nomination of Jordan’s Prince Ali in his battle with Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency.Prince A(...)

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(...)